November is probably the best month to see the biggest variety of critters here in Lembeh. It’s also the time of the year when conditions are perfect to dive in the North of Sulawesi, around Bangka Island for example.
We’ve put together a little video with helpful tips and tricks to make diving in Lembeh even more enjoyable and fun for everyone. Check out how to adjust your dive style and find examples of what to do and not to do. Especially when diving with a camera there’s a few things you should consider!
For the fifth time already we’ve been hosting the Underwater Tribe from Bali with photo instructors Mike Veitch, Luca Vaime and Doug Sloss. The number of workshop participants was limited to 16 spaces to ensure everyone gets enough personal time with the instructors. All levels of underwater photographers were welcome and it was incredible to see how each and every one of them improved within only 7 days!
It’s just before the sun disappears and most of us divers feel like having a beer, when the actual magic on the reef happens. Mating Mandarin Fish are something all divers should experience at least once during their stay in Lembeh. It’s when one of the most beautiful and stunning fish appears briefly to mate around sunset time in order to avoid any bright light.
Lembeh is world-known for muck diving and critter hunting but wreck diving?! Although it sounds hard to believe, diving the Mawali Wreck offers unique opportunities for macro as well as wide angle enthusiasts and of course those who enjoy wreck diving in general.
It sounds contradictory at first because of course the waters are black and it’s dark during night dives, but it will make total sense to you in a minute. Black Water Night Dives are something everyone should try at least once even if you’re usually not a big fan of night dives.
The life cycle of fishes and other marine organisms is extremely complex and one blog entry is surely not enough to elaborate this topic. But regardless of the season and dive sites, we can usually see several marine species and their eggs whilst diving in Lembeh. Normally, marine organisms produce large amounts of small eggs that hatch quickly. This produces large populations and therefore a greater chance for species survival.
In most of the cases you would probably hit the delete button straight away, when you check your pictures and see a blurry image. The main objective of photography is usually to have a clear and crisp subject in focus. However, when used right, a bit of a blur can be quite interesting and give your image a sense of motion.
Although most people come to Lembeh for the tiny critters and muck diving on black sand – I can’t stay away from shooting wide angle every now and again. Especially right now that the visibility is suitable for it and perfect subjects like Wonderpus, Mimic Octopus or big Hairy Frogfish keep turning up on a regular basis.
Our guests Johan and Bets from the Netherlands have visited Lembeh in 2010 already. Compared to a few years ago, they enjoyed diving in the Strait now even more: less trash, more critters, better corals. A big thank you to Johan for some beautiful underwater pictures which he was happy to share with us in our guest gallery.