Best Lens For Mirrorless And Lembeh

A lot of people struggle with which lens to bring on their diving trip to Lembeh. The Strait has it all: little shrimps and nudibranchs, medium sized frogfish and octopuses, perfect wide angle scenes like reef tops and every now and again even big fish passing! This article gives you a few suggestions and recommendations on the best lens if you’re shooting a Panasonic/ Olympus Micro Four Third camera.  

NAD-Lembeh Diving Resort Wonderpus Octopus

Creature Feature: Wonderpus

The Wonderpus or Wunderpus photogenicus is one of the most photographed subjects in Lembeh. That is of course, if you can find it! Being a crepuscular hunter (active during twilight), the Wonderpus typically hides in a hole in the sand during day-time. Also, the Wonderpus is often confused with a similarly looking cephalopod, the Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). We will look into both species and point out some differences, which will help you distinguish between the two!

NAD-Lembeh Diving Resort Angel's Windows

Discovering Dive: Site Angel’s Window

“Angel’s Window” is one of my favorite dive sites in Lembeh. It’s located in the North of the Strait on the West side of Lembeh Island. The very popular site consists of two main pinnacles which come up almost all the way to the surface. In the deeper section of the site, the rocks form a huge cavern – hence the name “Angel’s Window”. Frogfish, Nudibranchs, Pygmy Seahorses, schooling fish life and beautiful soft corals are some of the highlights this site has to offer.

NAD-Lembeh Dive Resort Coconut Octopus

Creature Feature: Coconut Octopus

One of the most entertaining creatures to watch when diving in Lembeh is the Coconut Octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus). This species of octopus, also called the Veined Octopus, is very active during the day. Protecting its body with shells or hiding in coconut halves (hence the name of the octopus), you can often watch them building or improving their home. Watch the video below and you will see what I mean!

NAD-Lembeh Resort Float Buoyancy Arms

Float Arms – Which Ones To Buy?

When you first start diving, the most difficult but important thing is to maintain proper buoyancy. This is even more crucial when you dive with a (big) camera! Neither do you want to damage corals or any marine life, nor your expensive toys. Also, you want to save your wrist from heavy lifting underwater and dragging “dead weight” around which affects your air consumption. Luckily, float arms were invented to support you and your camera rig. In this blog, we want to give you a quick guide on which buoyancy arms to choose for your SLR or mirrorless setup.

NAD-Lembeh Resort Flamboyant Cuttlefish Slow Shutter

NAD-Lembeh Highlights July 2018

July surprised us with many different species of nudibranchs and sea slugs. We’ve also had some (little) sharks paying us a visit. A bunch of (Hairy) Frogfishes is still around. And on top of that: lots of Flamboyant Cuttlefish in different stages. We’ve spotted quite a few new Blackwater Night Dive subjects.

In general, the water temperature is back to 28 degrees. That without any rain and the visibility is almost at its best for Lembeh. So fantastic wide angle opportunities as well!