FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, LEMBEH STRAIT NORTH SULAWESI OF INDONESIA
How do I get to The Resort?
Dabirahe Resort is 90 minutes drive from Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Manado (MDC). To get here is via one of Silk Air’s direct flights from Singapore; fly 4 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
There are also several domestic airlines which service Manado from airports throughout Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Balikpapan, Makassar and Sorong. For more information, please e-mail us at: info(at)dabirahe.com
Do I need a VISA when traveling to Indonesia?
Passports for all travelers must be valid for at least 6 months after entry. There are currently 11 countries and territories whose citizens not require a visa: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. A 7-day or 30-day tourist visa is issued on arrival to citizens of the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Currently, a 30-day visa is US$25.00. Please note that Immigration officials calculate the 30-day period as follows: your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave the country on the 30th day.
* The above information is provided only as a guide to current regulations. Please confirm with the Indonesian Embassy in your country before embarking on your travels.
Is there an airport departure tax from MDC?
Yes, there is. The current international departure tax is RP 100,000. If you are traveling on to other destinations within Indonesia, the domestic departure tax is RP 40,000. The departure taxes must be paid in Indonesian Rupiah at the kiosk in the check-in area. These rates are subject to change, so please ask the Reception for it before your departure.
* Rate might change anytime without notice
What is the best time of year to visit and dive in North Sulawesi?
Basically diving in North Sulawesi is always nice all year around. Located very close to the equator makes North Sulawesi a tropical place that warm and humid all year around but the coastal sea breeze keeps it comfy, with daytime temperatures averaging 32°C (89°F), and nighttime around 24°C (75°F). The dry season is from October to May, and the wet season from November to April. However, with daily showers common during the dry season and lengthy periods without rain during the wet season, there isn’t much of a difference between the two. The north westerly winds in the wet season can occasionally bring rougher seas, but they don’t typically last for more than a couple of days.
What is the water temperature diving in North Sulawesi?
Diving is possible all year long throughout North Sulawesi especially diving in Lembeh Strait. Water temperatures remain fairly steady all year, between 27 and 30°C (80.6-86°F) and the visibility, depending on the dive site, ranges from 15 to 45 meters (~ 45 to 150 feet). For exposure suit recommendations, a 3mm long suit is recommended. However, if you are skeptical to cold, you may like to have a 5mm and/or a hood. Long suits are always recommended as it provides not just thermal protection but it also protects you from being stung by sea bugs or jelly fishes. Please note that YOS Dive Lembeh discourages the use of gloves.
What credit cards and currency are accepted at Lembeh Hills Resort? Are there any ATM’s? Money Changer?
We accept Indonesian Rupiah, Euros, English Pounds, US Dollars, Singapore Dollars, and Japanese Yen. The only credit cards we can accept are American Express, Visa and Master card (with no additional surcharge), all credit card payments are charged in Indonesian Rupiah (which will be converted to your credit card currency by your bank). The closest ATM where you can withdraw Indonesian Rupiahs, the closest can be found in Bitung, 30 minutes from the resort, please advice the Reception if you need to use one. There are also a few at Manado International Airport you can make a visit upon arrival if you require local cash. For money changer, one or two stand can be found at the airport as well.
Is there internet access at Dabirahe Closest To Nature?
Yes. We provide free Wi-Fi, available in most of the resort public area, lobby, restaurant, and in every villa. For those who didn’t bring their own Laptop, a PC is available for you to use in our mini Business Center.
What is the voltage at the resort?
220V power supply and multi-plugs adapters available, for 110V power supply we provide it in Camera Room.
What languages are spoken at the resort?
Every staff in the resort speaks good English and very one speaks the national language Bahasa Indonesia.
Do I have to bring my own dive gear?
You may bring your own gear even when most of the time it disturb you just because it’s way too heavy to be carry with you while travel or you may choose to leave it as we have a full range of equipment rental available in our Dive Centre.
What kind of clothes should I bring? Is there a dress-code at Lembeh Hills Resort?
No dress-code, just wear anything nice that is comfort on you. We suggest you to wear shorts and shirts as we are in tropical paradise and not to forget to bring your sunny (cap and sun glasses) if you don’t like the sunlight that much. Please also bring a light jumper/sweater for the boat ride as sometime you might not be able to stand the wind blows. Indonesia is still a conservative country and topless sunbathing is not allowed but to wear a bikini is ok.
Where is the nearest Decompression Chamber?
The nearest hyperbaric chamber is in Manado at Malalayang Hospital, about 2 hours from Lembeh Hills Resort. The service is available 24 hours with doctors’ on-call service.
– Dr. Sosiawati – cell: +628124672923
– Dr. Hanry Takasenseran – cell: +6281340000840
Do I need to have and bring my Diving Travel Insurance?
Yes. It is strongly recommended for you to bring your diving travel insurance when diving with Lembeh Hills Resort
Is there any entrance fee for divers to dive in Lembeh Strait?
|Lembeh Fee: Effective Feb 1, 2010 all divers to dive Lembeh Strait must pay one-time entrance fee per visit at IDR 50,000 (moreless USD 5) and follow the specific dive rules in Lembeh Strait:
NO touching or disturbing animals, NO anchoring, Dive Ratio of no more than 4 guest per 1 Dive Guide, Maximum of 15 divers per site including Dive Guide. The Bitung goverment established this entrance fee and diving rules to help protect this invaluable strait and promote the good diving habits. The entrance fee can be paid at the resort.