Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives - Surf ResortNorth Male Atoll, Maldives
Dive Into Lembeh is nestled in Kasawari bay and has its own resort, located on the main land of the Lembeh Strait – a true macro photographer’s paradise- just off the north east coast of Sulawesi and is famous for it’s “muck diving” on black volcanic sand. The resort is located at the northern end of the Strait out of sight of Bitung harbor in the south, offering unspoiled views of Lembeh Island.
Muck diving is all about spotting weird and wonderful underwater critters, species that you would normally not find during a regular dive.
Dive Into Lembeh prides itself on not using plastic bottles or straws in the resort. Guests are given their own personal refillable water container on check in. To minimize carbon footprints, the resort kindly asks guests to be conservative in the use of water and electricity and turn lights, TV and air conditioning off whilst not in the room.
To find out more about this area, visit our Manado page.
Flight time to Manado from the UK is approximately 18hrs, via a transit through Singapore. From Manado, the transfer time to the resort is approximately 2hrs 30mins by car.
Guide price: 10nts / 9 days diving from £1950pp*
Includes: Return economy class flights on Singapore Airlines and Silk Air from London to Manado, transfers, 10nts full board accommodation in a twin/double Sea View Bungalow, unlimited tea,local coffee, water, 2 guided day dives by speedboat per day plus House-reef dives from 8:00 AM to 18:00PM. House reef dives are FOC for guests who have booked an All-inclusive Dive & Accommodation package only, valid on the diving days of their package.
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
Quick Guide: Dhonveli
- Location: North Male Atoll
- Transfer: 25 minutes by speedboat
- Size: Medium (700m x 100m)
- No. of rooms: 148 (20 Garden Bungalows, 24 Superior Rooms, 40 Beach Bungalows, 4 Family Beach Bungalows, 36 Water Bungalows and 24 Over Water Suites)
- House reef: Yes
- Meal plan: All inclusive
Dive into Lembeh has nine sea view private bungalows, carefully laid out so that everybody has a great view of the sea. Each balcony has comfy bean bags for your relaxation as well as a drying rack. All materials and labour for the construction of the bungalows was sourced locally to ensure that we put as much back into the local community as possible.
All of our stand alone bungalows are spacious and equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, safe and ensuite western style bathroom with walk in shower. Drinking water is provided in all bungalows in the form of a five gallon hot & cold water dispenser, with tea and coffee facilities available for your use.
Every bungalows has it’s own private Japanese-style Onsen (hot tub) on the balcony, perfect for relaxing after a fabulous day’s diving in Lembeh Strait.
The resort has a 18m by 6m swimming pool with a spacious sun deck for sunbathing in between dives. All of the water for the rooms and swimming pool is sourced from an onsite well.
All meals are served in an open air restaurant / bar. Experienced chefs provide you with a great selection of local and international dishes. Fresh baked breads are made daily for your enjoyment.
There is a fully stocked bar, which is a great place to hang out and there is a 55 inch 4K television, which is fantastic for presentations or just simply checking your day’s underwater results. All international sporting events are available to enjoy.
Surfing and Diving
The dive centre schedules 3 day dives per day on a twin engine fiberglass dive boats to a choice of more than 60 dive spots in the Lembeh Strait. After every dive the boats return back to the resort so you can enjoy your surface interval by the swimming pool or make any adjustments to your camera before your next dive. A night dive by boat is available daily, providing there are a minimum of two people. Dive packages also include complimentary access to the resort’s two world-famous house reef dive sites (“Hairball” and “Aw Shucks”) between the hours of 8AM and 6PM.
The fully equipped dive centre has a spacious camera room and dedicated camera rinse tanks. There is also a guest dive gear locker room, with gear rinse tanks and showers for after the dive. Dive guides are trained in camera handling and are specialised in working in Lembeh’s unique underwater environment.
Tangkoko National Park is home to the world’s smallest nocturnal primate –the Tarsius Spectrum- which is endemic to Sulawesi. This tiny little creature measures around 15cm from head to tail. With a bit of luck, you may also stumble across black tailless macaques, cuscus and the large hornbill bird, amongst other flora and fauna.
This trip is a nice way to end your stay at Dive Into Lembeh, allowing you time to off-gas before flying the next day. The tour starts after lunch, so you can still dive in the morning, and you will be back at the resort around 19:00pm, in time for dinner. We strongly advise people to wear long trousers with socks and trainers, as you will go into the rainforest where there are mosquitoes, ants and other insects.
The guide cost per person for this trip is US $75 and includes a local lunch, bottled water, English speaking guide and air-conditioned transportation. A minimum of two people is required to run the trip.
Minahasa Highland Tour
Full day tour commencing after breakfast at around 08:00AM and you will be back in the resort in time for dinner. We take you to visit a variety of sights around the highlands of North Sulawesi, including:-
- “Sawangan”, an ancient cemetery with beautifully decorated graves called “Waruga”, that each tell their own story.
- The small village of Woloan, where you can see the Minahasan traditional houses being built, ready for delivery or shipping.
- The traditional food and flower market in Tomohon.
- The high hill of “Rurukan”, with views that stretch as far as the Lembeh Strait in the distance.
- The beautiful “Lake Tondano”, where the mountain air is cool (600 m above sea level) and where you have a beautiful view of the lake and can see the hot spring.
- “Lake Linau” –also known as the three coloured lake- because of the volcanic gas around the shores.
The guide cost per person for this trip is US $90 and includes a local lunch, bottled water, English speaking guide and air-conditioned transportation. A minimum of two people is required to run this trip.
Please note that at some of the above mentioned sights, it is greatly appreciated to leave a small donation for the local communities, which are not included in the cost of the tour. Please also note: you are in the Minahasa highlands and they do sell local “delicacies” (think bats, jungle-rats and dogs), so please let your guide know if you do not want to see these and we will avoid this section of the market.
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Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010
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