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Black Sand Dive Retreat, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi

Black Sand Dive Retreat is an exclusive 6-bungalow quality dive resort located on Lembeh Strait - Indonesia’s exotic "Critter Capital". Our resort is spread across three ha. of an old coconut plantation fronted by a private black sand beach in sheltered Kambahu Bay. This resort is the realization of a long-term dream of Bruce and Fung Moore, who have more than twenty years of experience when it comes to diving and hospitality in North Sulawesi.

We welcome the opportunity to share with you the countless treasures of the area, both above and below the water. Now in our tenth year of operation, BSDR offers specialized services leading to an exceptional dive holiday experience for our discerning guests...

Come and see what the excitement is all about!


Only six bungalows means a maximum of twelve guests in the resort, so more personal attention

Only 4 divers per speedboat guarantees small diving groups, so no pile-ups at special critters and less kicked-up sand

Our House Reef is one of Lembeh's best dive sites with calm and current-free conditions

Free self-guided shore dives off our beach helps to stretch your diving dollar

We are located in the middle of Lembeh's best dive sites, so the speedboat ride to most of the top sites in the strait takes less than ten minutes

Transfers to and from BSDR are smooth owing to the well-surfaced asphalt road from Bitung to the resort; no boat ride necessary

Our open and elevated property offers not only great views, but catch seasonal breezes, so it's cooler and there are less mozzies

Diving in Lembeh

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 is an impressive array of underwater topography, including verdant soft and hard coral gardens, walls, and even a pinnacle. But it is the plain black sand sites that make the area famous with their profusion of strange and beautiful attractions.

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New Camera, First Two Dives...

New Camera, First Two Dives...

 New Camera, First Two Dives

I was finally back in the water, replacement camera in hand. 

Flooding a camera is a terrible experience. I had avoided t

Melibe Madness!

Melibe Madness!

We had an noteworthy find recently: something from the genus Melibe, which has some very interesting members. 


Over the past year all the resorts in

The Spell of the Hunt

The Spell of the Hunt


Our Dive Centre Manager Ben is starting off his blog contribution with something artistic... a poem about one of the most sought-after critters - the Rhinopias. 

The Spell o

Monkey business with Dr. Gerry Allen

Monkey business with Dr. Gerry Allen

Gerry & I had a fabulous afternoon in the Tangkoko National Park. No fish, but plenty of fun.... and sweat.

Tangkoko is a popular sidetrip from Lembeh for nature lovers. I hadn't

Getting older in style

Getting older in style

As my annual Age Counter clicked over another year on May 22, I decided to celebrate simply. I spent my weekend shirking my responsibilities and getting a load of dives in. The visibility

To Mimic or Not to Mimic

To Mimic or Not to Mimic

So now that we are all clear on telling the difference between the wonderpus and the mimic octopus, I’d like to delve further into the realm of the mimic.

There are actually three s

Kel. Kasawari, Bitung
Lembeh Strait
North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tel: 62 (0)821-9969-5992