Dive into Lembeh, a resort built by a diving duo from scratch in ‘muck diving heaven’ in Indonesia, is celebrating two years since it opened its doors for business.
Husband and wife team Miranda and Steve Coverdale are planning a big celebration in January to mark the milestone of Dive into Lembeh, which is based in Kasawari bay and has its own resort located on the main land of the Lembeh strait.
Miranda, who has been diving since 1991, told Scuba Diver magazine at the DEMA show: “We’ve been officially open for two years, but when we arrived it was a jungle. We had a chance to create what we wanted, and we have to pinch ourselves on a regular basis.”
Miranda and Steve had a friend who’d been sitting on the land. He called the divers and explained that he had an impressive location up for grabs and asked if they’d be interested in creating something unique with it.
“It’s rare to find a piece of land like like ours which is so flat, as everything in Indonesia is very steep,” said Miranda (pictured).
“We have coral right in front of us, so you can walk into the reef from the beach. We thought we’d be stupid not to, and as we’d run another resort for five years, we thought it was a great opportunity to do something for ourselves.”
“We had a great team of local people as we tried to give back as much as we could when building, using local labour and sourcing local materials,” she said.
Lembeh is famous for its muck diving with black volcanic sand and critters, providing macro photography opportunities aplenty.
The ninth bungalow has just been built at the Dive into Lembeh resort and at the end of the anniversary, they’ll have a total of 10 bungalows – all with a hot tub on the balcony. The couple are working toward a grand total of 14.
“We’ve had people coming back four times in the two years that we’ve been open. They arrive as guests and leave as friends,” said Miranda.
She likens staying at the resort to a ‘land based liveaboard,’ as guests dive from speedboats and come back to the resort after every dive.
Check out diveintolembeh.com for more information.