Lembeh Straits Dive Site Descriptions

Lembeh Dive Point


1. Bimoli - Wreck - Propeller 40m, Length 60m

A Japanese WWII wreck lying on its starboard side in 100' of water. It suffered major damage when it was hit by torpedo. The twisted wreckage is heavily overgrown and great for exploring. A giant lobster usually puts in an appearance and a school of giant Barracuda circle the ship.

2. Goby-A-Crab - Depth 5m - 25m

Is a point on Lembeh across from Bitung Town. A fringing reef runs down to about 80' where it turns into sand. The reef has giant sea fans and sponges, which are home to mollusks, squat lobsters and nudibranchs. In the shallows look for mantis shrimps and crab-eyed-gobys.

3. Kapal Indah - Wreck & Coral - prop 25m, length 40m

Means beautiful ship. It is a small wreck about 180' long, it sits in 100' of
water along side a fringing reef. The wreck has been down for 40+ years so is covered in coral life; a great spot for finding black coral crabs on sea whips and crinoid critters also large scorpion fish. When your bottom time is up simply swim into the shallows where you can find devilfish and crab-eyed gobies.

4. Pulau Abadi - Depth 5m - 25m

Is another shallow reef with good coral growth and many giant sea fans, pygmy sea horses have been found here along with crab-eyed goby's and mantis shrimp.

5. Mawali - Wreck - Propeller 30m,Length 70m

Is a wreck named for the near-by village on Lembeh. A Japanese WWII ship that was scuttled lies on its port side in 100' of water; it's about 250' long, intact and heavily overgrown. The highlight of the dive is its many large lionfish that suspend themselves around the masts. Also seen are many kinds of nudibranchs huge scorpion fish and a banded sea snake often puts in an appearance.

6. Critter Hunt - Depth 5m - 25m

At the southern tip of Sarena Kecil or Small Island does not look like much at first. It is a sandy slope dotted with small coral heads down to a sand rubble area at 60'. Sharp eyes can find seahorses, decorator crabs, squat lobsters and nudibranchs. Bob-tailed squid and tiny red waspfish come out at night.

7. Police Pier - Depth 3m - 25m

Is a muck dive south of KBR. A gradual sandy slope runs from the shallows. The bottom is covered with patches of sponges and rubble that conceal thorny seahorses and frogfish. They blend in well with their habitat but our guides are experts at finding them.

8. Sarena West - Depth 5m -25m

At the northwest tip of Sarena Kecil, it is a steep reef with lots of nooks and crannies for critters to hide. The reef is beautiful with many green branching corals. Two giant frogfish are often seen and also crab-eyed gobies in the shallows.

9. Nudi Falls - Depth 3m - 28m

Is a beautiful miniwall that gives way to a sand and rubble slope. This site is well known for it's variety of nudibranchs, comet fish and pygmy seahorses.

10. KBR House reef - Depth 2m - 24m

Walk off the beach at KBR and discover the many wonders of our house-reef. This stunning coral garden is home to a wide variety of reef fish as well as the many weird and wonderful creatures which inhabit the Lembeh Strait. In April 2004 a 10m wooden wreck was purposely sunk just off the jetty, to add yet more habitat on our doorstep.

11. Aer Perang - Depth 3m - 25m

Means War-water. Just after WWI, a passing warship blasted a hole in the rocks to get at the fresh water, hence the name. The sandy bottom is dotted with patches of elegance coral which is teeming with commensal shrimp and crab life, while the sand is home to many unusual critters like snake eels, fingered dragonettes, seahorses and robust pipefish. At night, stargazers and bubble shells have been spotted.

12. Pantai Parigi - Depth 3m - 28m

Is a gentle slope just off of Lembeh, hiding in the sand we've seen seahorses, devil fish and robust pipe fish, in the shallows is a very pretty patch reef in which to end the dive.

13. Jahir - Depth 3m - 30m

One of our new sites named after the dive guides that discovered it. Another great muck site with lots of purple heart urchin's home to the beautiful Zebra crab. Ambon scorpion fish are regulars along with tiny frogfish and many eels. Nighttime gives a good opportunity to see the strange stargazer.

14. Makawide - Depth 5m - 30m

A gradual slope which is a great place to find lots of different kinds of sand dweller's including the Black-rayed shrimp goby and dragonettes, the depths have lots of sea whips where black coral crabs and shrimps make their home, pygmy seahorses have been spotted around 90'.

15. Tanjung Tebal - Depth 5m - 25m

Is a point on Lembeh Island from which a series of canyons stretches out from the land into the strait. The canyons are lined with gorgonians and seawhips that attract schooling bannerfish and fusiliers.

16. Nudi Retreat - Depth 3m - 28m

Is a small-protected cove along the Sulawesi coast. The reef slope starts in only 10' of water and gradually works its way deeper. A colorful wall abuts the slope in the shallows. It has resident cockatoo waspfish, and a pair of Pegasus sea moths. Frogfish often put in an appearance and on night dives a coral cat shark can be seen.

17. Magic Rock - Depth 3m - 25m

A small fringing reef leads to patch reefs and coral heads at 35'. The site
takes its name from the small rock that teems with life, ribbon eels; pearl-eyed morays, sweepers, leaf fish and devilfish have been seen. The shallows are a good place to spot large cuttlefish.

18. Batu Sandar - Depth 4m - 25m

Or leaning rock is found midway up on Lembeh Island. The fringing reef in the shallows gives way to sand and patch reefs that go down to 80', ornate ghost pipefish are regulars here.

19. Retak Larry - Depth 3m - 25m

Classic black sand muck dive. Frogfish and Ambon Scorpionfish are among the many critters to inhabit this site.

20. Teluk Kembahu 1 - Depth 3m - 25m

Named after the village in the bay is another gentle black sand slope with a great chance of seeing many different types of pipefish, from ornates to robust, also in the sand stargazers and devilfish have been seen.

21. Teluk Kembahu 2 - Depth 3m - 25m

Next door to Teluk Kembahu 1. Regular sightings of the infamous Rhinopious on this site.

22. Angel's Window - Depth 3m - 28m

Is a submerged pinnacle off the North Coast of Lembeh Island that rises to just under the surface. Visibility is usually good the pinnacle has several swimthroughs at 80' where Jacks and snappers hang out. It also has an assortment of critters like pygmy seahorses, devilfish, and leaf fish.

23. Hairball Two - Depth 3m - 30m

A site similar to hairball but with a great chance of seeing common seahorses in the shallows.

24. Hairball one - Depth 3m - 30m

A true "Muck" site that is home to some of our most unusual critters. There are no corals, only black sand, algae and an occasional patch of sponges. Some of the critters found here grow skin filaments to blend in with the algae, often seen are the frogfish, Ambon scorpion fish, snake eels, devilfish, dragonettes and even the flamboyant cuttlefish.

25. Aw Shucks - Depth 3m - 28m

Is a patch reef near one of the pearl farms along the Sulawesi Coast, The mushroom corals here sometimes have the tiny commensal white pipefish. A seemingly endless sand slope can hold surprises like devilfish, nudibranchs and snake eels.

26. Batu Merah - Depth 3 - 24m

Or Red Rock is a gradual sand slope with a fringing reef that has several
beautiful ribbon eels. At 80' there is a depression in the sand that houses and marvelous rock that is filled with sweepers, feather stars, cleaner shrimp, dragonettes, eels and many other critters.

27. Pulau Putus - Depth 3 - 30m

on the Northern end of Lembeh is a steep reef that gives way to a sand slope at 80'. A very pretty site with good visibility and lots of fish life. You can we see the shy jaw fish on a sand slope by the mooring.

28. Batu Angus - Depth 2m - 12m

Situated at the Northern end of the Straight. This shallow site is visited at sunset to see the colourful Mandarin fish mating ! Regular sightings of the blue ring octopus also at this beautiful dive site.

29. California Dreaming - Depth 3m - 40m

On the northern coast of Lembeh Island so visibility is usually good. The area is full of gorgonians, sea fans and brilliant orange tree corals that bloom when the current is running. Giant green frogfish have been seen and there are plenty of fish. A shallow plateau at 40' is a great place for hunting unusual critters.

30. Jiko Yance - Depth 3m - 40m

This is our Northern most site and often has the clearest water. This is a steep reef slope filled with beautiful soft corals, sea fans and sponges. The pygmy seahorse is often spotted here.

" Much current flows through Lembeh Strait, and can be very fast at certain times of the moon cycle, many of the dive sites can only be done on specific tidal directions "


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