NAD-Lembeh Resort and the Lembeh Strait are famous all over the world for the peerless macro and muck diving. NAD-Lembeh are experts in Photography, Nitrox, Rebreathers – they do it all.

NAD Lembeh Resort, Indonesia

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The Lembeh Strait region offers more than just face-to-face encounters with weird and wonderful critters. It also has wall diving, technical diving, big fish dives but most importantly – a lot of muck and sand.

NAD is owner-operated: almost all year Simon and Zee are present on site. If they aren’t at the resort, they are off on a photographic adventure or diving. This also makes them different from any other resort we know – they still go on diving holidays. Their dive team is second-to-none, with 15 full-time dive guides who between them have over 100 years of experience diving in Lembeh.


The Resort

NAD-Lembeh Resort is a small, owner-operated family run dive resort, situated in a private bay on Lembeh Island and away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. SilkAir operates flights 4 times a week from Singapore (SIN) directly to Manado (MDC). Alternatively, you can fly in via Jakarta (CGK) or Makassar (UPG). Our driver will meet you at the airport in Manado from where it takes around 90 min. by car and boat to reach our resort.

The dive team consists of 15 full-time guides with over 100 years of combined experience. They guarantee a 2:1 guest to guide ratio which is unique in Lembeh, if not the world! This makes for a private dive experience and lots of time for everyone to take pictures. Air as well as Nitrox and various cylinder sizes (both DIN and Yoke) are available onsite.

NAD-Lembeh Resort features 10 Beachfront Rooms and 5 Seaview Bungalows with an extra day room/ office attached.

All our rooms offer ocean view, air-conditioning, hot water, wifi, including full board.

Our resort has only few steps, which makes our layout extremely convenient to get from your room to the restaurant, camera room, bar and floating jetty.

Seaview Bungalows

The stand-alone bungalows are located in a secluded portion of the resort, a short distance away from the main building.

With an impressive view over the bay, suitable for couples who want to spend their evenings sitting on a private deck with the best view in the Straits.

All bungalows feature an additional day room, suitable to be used as small office or for a child.

Beachfront Rooms

These rooms are directly by the beach and pool. Ideal for those who do not like steps or just want to be closer to the restaurant, bar and camera room.

Twin, as well as double beds, are available. Adjacent rooms are perfect for groups traveling together.

Spend the evenings on your own little veranda overlooking the gardens, pool and beach.

Pool, Jacuzzi and Kayaks

Enjoy the small pool and jacuzzi in the garden area, with lots of nice rattan furniture and comfortable cushions. The pool uses salt chlorination, so the water is always in nice condition and does not burn your eyes.

Adjacent to the pool area is some kayaks, free for guests to use for an afternoon paddle around the bay.

Food and Drinks

The restaurant comfortably seats up to 40 people, although they never fill it that full. They serve most meals buffet style in the open-air restaurant, rolling through various Asian dishes and then also adding in pasta, pizza, burgers and other items. Since they are a dive resort, they don’t offer seafood or fish on the menu unless our guests request it.

The bar is equipped with lots of power sockets and modern projectors and TVs, making this the perfect space to edit your pictures or watching presentations. Enjoy the beautiful sunset overlooking the Lembeh Strait together with a cold beer, a glass of wine or a delicious cocktail.

Lembeh Strait – the Muck Diving Capital of the World!

Diving the Lembeh Strait is something that all divers should try at least. These black sand bays and coral outcrops hold an outstanding amount of marine life. Especially if you are an underwater photographer, the Lembeh Strait should be on your “must-visit list”. Likely multiple times!

Divers visiting Lembeh are likely to see a vast list of must-see critters. Frogfish, Rhinopias, a huge array of Nudibranchs and Octopus, the Blue-Ringed Octopus and Mimic Octopus, being a highlight. Lembeh is not just muck diving though! We explore all over the island and beyond to find some of the best reef diving in South East Asia.

There are over 76 dive sites for you to explore!

Blackwater Night Diving

Blackwater diving can be broadly described as dropping in the water and looking for planktonic / larval forms of marine creatures. Beyond that there are a few methods you can use depending on what depth of water you are prepared to hang over:

  • ‘Bonfire’ diving is where you put some lights on the sand to attract plankton.
  • ‘Blackwater drift’ is where you attach lights to a hang line and drift through deep water. All going well you will not see the bottom.
  • ‘Black ops’ this is the most difficult style where we drift without any strong lights in deep ocean water.

From here we need to go down and see what we can find. Your guide (remember you have 2 guests to one guide as standard at NAD Lembeh) will find things for you. If needed they will help you with their spotting torch as you take pictures to make sure you don’t lose the subject. After you’ve had a few shots they will ask you to switch out with your buddy.

Common subjects such as mantis shrimps, flounders and slow moving subjects just as jellyfish will be pointed out to you and the guide will move on to look for rarer subjects. Use this opportunity with flounders to practise the skill of not losing the subject. If the guide is staying right by you, and making a lot of noise you are shooting something special that he does not want to lose, and he will call over other divers to share the subject after an amount of time. Please also remember that the guide’s eyes are not hidden behind your camera, so they will try to position themselves in a way that minimises their exposure to camera flashes.

With this much experience blackwater diving in the strait, we absolutely feel that they have the most knowledge regarding blackwater diving in the area, having tried both drifts hanging on a buoy and ‘bonfire’ dives sitting on the sand in over 70 locations.

Obviously there is a certain amount of randomness to what you find, but with experience and knowledge, your luck certainly does improve.


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NAD Lembeh Resort, Indonesia