Monkey business with Dr. Gerry Allen

by Apr 18, 2018Lembeh Updates

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 been there in years and with Gerry visiting on his own, I decided to tag along to the forest. We walked a lot, got sweaty, saw some cool animals, stepped over a lot of tree roots and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Most of these shots are of the endemic celebes macaque. Since visitors aren’t allowed to feed them, they aren’t bothersome pests as some species are in SE Asia.

This young male came up and sat, literally, at my knee (lower left), playing it cool and showing some interest in this big goofy human with a camera. We had luck in finding six tarsiers in a single huge tree, offering plenty of photo ops.

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