Black Sand Dive Retreat Lembeh

Step away from the crowds & dive Lembeh with us.

Come and see what the excitement is all about!

Black Sand Dive Retreat is a 7-bungalow boutique dive resort spread across three hectares of a coconut plantation, fronted by a private black sand beach in sheltered Kambahu Bay. Since our opening in 2007, BSDR has been offering personalized services for an exceptional dive holiday experience in Indonesia’s “Exotic Critter Capital”.

Diving in Lembeh Strait

Lembeh Strait 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.

How are we different?

  • Only seven bungalows means a maximum of fourteen guests in the resort, so more personal attention.
  • Maximum four guests per speedboat guarantees small diving groups, so no pile-ups at special critters and less kicked-up sand. Why pay more and travel so far to dive in groups of eight, twelve or more divers?
  • Our fantastic 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.
  • Our cuisine is served hot and fresh a la carte from a short menu that changes daily, not buffet style.
View over Lembeh Strait
Swimming Pool

Latest Updates



FINALLY! After two years and three months of being closed due to The Pandemic, BSDR has opened again. We were waiting for quarantine on entry restrictions to be lifted. Now that it is easier to enter Indonesia and Visa on Arrival (VOA) is available again, the divers...

BSDR Update: May 2021

BSDR Update: May 2021

We are 14 months into our shutdown, so we wanted to post a general update. The big question on everyone’s lips is “When will Indonesia open up to foreign visitors?” The answer is (still) that we do not yet know. The Indonesian President Mr. Joko Widodo has stated in a...

BSDR-Lumbalumba Lembeh-Bunaken Combo Package!

BSDR-Lumbalumba Lembeh-Bunaken Combo Package!

Do you want maximum variety on your dive trip to North Sulawesi? Do you want to stay at two resorts but not miss any diving days while transferring? Do you want a hassle-free combination package to experience both the walls, schooling fish, sharks & turtles of...

Our Location

Our superb location in Kambahu Bay means that we are right in the middle of Lembeh’s best dives. Most of the sites in the strait are within ten minutes by speedboat. Directly off our fine black sand beach lies our exceptional BSDR House Reef, offering dedicated critter hunters and shutterbugs fantastic easy dives in calm and current-free conditions.

Black Sand Dive Resort - Lembeh Strait

Tripadvisor Reviews:

What Every Dive Resort Should Strive to Be

"This was a phenomenal dive trip and we will be back here on our next visit to Lembeh. Thanks again to Bruce, Fung, and all of the wonderful staff who made our vacation a fantastic one!"

Scallywag81 on TripAdvisor

Three times is not enough...

"In the 20+ years that we've been diving, in about the same number of different countries, there was only one other place where we went back a second time. But Black Sand? Oh we just couldn't stay away!"

Katrien V on TripAdvisor

Idyllic Resort Set in Middle of Lembeh’s Best Diving

"Bruce was often present at meal time, and he is a wealth of knowledge about all things diving, especially Lembeh and critter identification. We really enjoyed our discussions with him. The dive staff was outstanding."

Doug F on TripAdvisor

Missing it Already and Can't Wait to Return!

"We visited Black Sand for the second time because we could not have imagined having better hosts than Bruce and Fung as well the number and variety of great dive sites."

Brown C on TripAdvisor


Black Sand Dive Retreat

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