I posted earlier on the existing "where to from Singapore" thread but the obscure title may have led to no replies while I know there are members with first-hand experience on both destinations.
I am always looking for affordable places where you can complement boat dives with (unlimited) shore diving on a house reef. Both Bunaken and Lembeh look promising but I've had a hard time finding specific info.
Bunaken divers/Seabreeze resort list unguided house reef dives for 5euro/dive in their price list. Other resorts mention good snorkling from their beach but no mention of shore diving. I also read that a boat is needed because there are strong and unpredictable currents.
Has anyone been shore diving on Bunaken or in that general region. I have no problem staying away from the wall if currents are a problem and am perfectly happy to play around in 1+ meters depth looking for small stuff and juveniles near shore. What places are best for shore diving: east, north or south/west part of the island?
Many resorts here have shore diving, what was harder to find out is if there are places that have at least some reef/corals to supplement the muck experience. I've looked specifically at Divers Lodge Lembeh. From Google Earth it appears their site faces both Lembeh Straight as well as a protected bay at the back. Can you dive both from shore and what does it look like. Tips for other places in Lembeh that are affordable with some corals and their associated fishy denizens are welcome too.
I hope to tap into the collective wisdom here and look forward to hearing about personal experiences on the shore diving in particular. The boat diving seems to be great all around.