How do I get to Lembeh Strait?
Do I need a visa to enter Indonesia?
A second alternative is the Indonesia visa on arrival (VOA) , which is valid for 30 days and can be extended by another 30 days while travelling in Indonesia. There are 67 countries who can get a 30 day visa on arrival at USD 35 per person. The Indonesia visa fee can be paid in cash or credit card. If you pay with cash you can use US Dollars or any other major currency. You will find a piece of paper at the VOA payment counter with the current price in your currency.
Alternatively, you may apply for a visa before you leave home by contacting the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
For further up-to-date information please visit Indonesia’s Department of Foreign Affairs website: www.deplu.go.id, which also lists the location of Indonesian Embassies and Consulates.
Is there malaria & dengue fever in the area?
Guests will find very few mosquitos on our property, but we still provide mozzie spray and coils in our bungalows and we recommend that you bring insect repellent and appropriate clothing for the late afternoon and early evening hours.
Before your departure we also recommend that you consult with your doctor for advice on anti-malarial drugs suitable for divers if you seek absolute protection.
How far is the resort from the airport?
What is the voltage at the resort?
What money/credit cards should I bring?
Bitung has a number of ATM machines, which can be used to withdraw Rupiah using your credit or debit card. Because of widespread credit card fraud in this part of the world, we also recommend that you notify your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as there have been cases of cards being blocked by banks thinking that it has been stolen.
What else is there to do in the area besides diving?
The Minahasa Highlands offers splendid scenery in cool temperatures, making for an interesting day tour with much to see.
Can I get a refund on unused pre-paid dives?
Is there an airport departure tax?
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
North Sulawesi, Indonesia