Black Sand Dive Retreat is an exclusive 6-bungalow quality dive resort located on a sheltered bay in its natural setting on Lembeh Strait - Indonesia’s Exotic Critter Capital. This resort is the realization of a long-term dream of Bruce and Fung Moore, who have extensive experience when it comes to the wondrous adventures that North Sulawesi has to offer.
Over the past seventeen years, Bruce and Fung have made this area their home and welcome the opportunity to share with you the countless treasures of the resort, both above and below the water. BSDR offers specialized services for an exceptional dive holiday experience for its discerning guests...
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Our superb location in Kambahu Bay means that we are right in the middle of Lembeh’s best dives and most of the sites in the strait are within five minutes by speedboat. Directly off our fine black sand beach lies our exceptional House Reef, offering calm and current-free conditions so that dedicated critter hunters and shutterbugs can have fantastic dives at whatever time they choose.
Known as the “Muck Mecca”, Lembeh is famous as the best destination on the planet for what is known as exotic critter diving, macro diving, or muck diving. There are two shipwrecks and an impressive array of underwater topography, including pinnacles, walls and verdant soft and hard coral gardens, but it is the plain black sand sites that make the area famous with their profusion of strange and beautiful attractions.
We have just posted a selection of photographs kindly donated by our friend Dr. Gerry Allen from his recent week with us. Just roll your mouse over the Lembeh Gallery icon to your top left. Rare species, new species and "regular" species, these fish pics show some a good variety of Lembeh denizens.
Our Fish Geek Week went very well, with Gerry and Mark constantly making great finds: possible new species, rare species that they needed pictures of, species described long ago but had not been reported from the area or photographed and just common species that offered good photographic opportunities. Aw Shucks and Nudi Falls were the "hot" sites for them, with Angel's Window offering some surprises.
Gerry is completely fish-oriented, so there are no shots of crustaceans, nudis or the like. In this gallery you'll notice great shots of fish that are often overlooked by dedicated critter-hunters, making this gallery somewhat different to collections normally posted.
We are very proud to announce that we will be holding BSDR's first ever Fish Geek Week on July 20-27, 2013. Our friends Dr. Gerry Allen and Dr. Mark Erdmann will be here to share their impressive knowledge of marine biology and we look forward to the discovery of new species, which is something they both have been doing here every time they visit. This will certainly be a very fun and informative week.