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Review: Two Fish Divers - Lembeh

May 2010

Two Fish Lembeh is basically a smaller version of their Bunaken resort. Set in it's own small bay, there are around eight cottages that can hold up to three people each as well as four twin budget rooms over the office. Meals are served in the large open air restaurant, while a beach-front lounge area provides space to fill out your log books, read and relax.

Because the resort is in its own little bay, the place is somewhat isolated and can only be accessed by boat. It's a little like being on a live-aboard, only a lot more roomy! Like a live-aboard, room rates are full-board except for juices, soft drinks and beer. The food from the kitchen was usually Indonesian, and always good.

Two Fish Lembeh
Photos of Two Fish Lembeh resort. Click on any of the thumbnails to see the full size image.
Restaurant Building Office w/budget rooms above Cottage rooms Cottage interior

The Diving

Two Fish has two dive boats. These are local style boats without a lot of amenities, but the travel time to most any dive site is generally less than 20 minutes, so you don't need much on the boat. The general pattern is to make two dives in the morning between breakfast and lunch, with an optional afternoon and/or night dive.

The policy at Two Fish is that there will be no more than four guest divers for each of the dive guides, and on my visit there were never more than three. This helps keeps the divers spread out so they don't get all bunched around some tiny little seahorse or other vulnerable critter.

The local dive masters are very good, as are the boat crews. Many of the fish people want to see will stay in a given area for a while, so the guides seem to be good at finding them quickly. The crews handle all your gear, including taking it on and off the boat, as well as hanging it up to dry after the last dive of the day.

Getting There

Two Fish has its own mini-vans as well as a speedboat to carry people between the pier at Bitung and the resort. They can provide a transfer service from the airport or Manado for €25. This is competitive to what just a taxi to Bitung would cost you, so it's highly recommended that you use their service, since the pier in Bitung is not a place you want to negotiate on your own.

It's useful to note that if you're transferring to or from Two Fish in Bunaken, you don't have to worry about packing up wet gear in your bag, or stopping diving for long enough to dry out your gear. Two Fish will stow your gear in one of their own day bags for the transfer.

Quick Summary

Pluses: Very good dive guides. Comfortable, if not posh, facilities.

Minuses: Accommodations are not air conditioned - although it's not really necessary, and it may change as more power becomes available in the area.

Booking Two Fish Divers

You can find more information and book your stay at the Two Fish Divers web site.

Disclosure: I received a preferential rate for staying and diving at Two Fish Lembeh.