Decorator Crabs are a common sighting on our dives in the Lembeh Strait……seeing the various forms they take on and why, is where it gets interesting.

Depending on the species, Decorator Crabs vary greatly in size. Some can be just a few cm in length, whilst others can almost be a foot long and each of them have their own unique way of decorating their body.

The primary purpose of the decorations on their body is to provide camouflage and protection. By attaching materials from their environment onto their exoskeleton, Decorator Crabs can effectively mimic the surrounding habitat, making it difficult for predators to spot them. In addition, the attached items can also act as physical barriers, stinging predators or making it harder for them to grab.

They are highly adaptable and can selectively choose the materials to attach to their bodies based on the environment they inhabit. They also have the ability to modify and rearrange their decorations as needed.

Whilst this little Decorator Crab didn’t have the best camouflage sitting inside a feather star…….that nice coating of stinging Hydrozoa would surely keep predators well away!

Why Dive With NAD-Lembeh Resort?


NAD-Lembeh Resort is a small, owner-operated, photography-oriented dive resort in the Lembeh Strait. We are situated in a private bay on Lembeh Island, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. We guarantee a 2:1 guest to guide ratio as standard, which makes for a private dive experience and lots of time to take pictures.


All our rooms (10 Beachfront Rooms, 5 Seaview Bungalows) 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.


Our dive team consists of 15 full-time guides, with over 100 years of combined experience! Air as well as Nitrox and various cylinder sizes (both DIN and Yoke are available onsite).


NAD-Lembeh has 4 large, purpose-built dive boats. Each at around 15m long, they offer lots of space and comfort for the divers. Boats feature onboard toilets, towels, drinks and snacks and first aid/ oxygen.

Our jetty allows our guests dignified and quick boat entries – all our dive boats can be moored simultaneously, so there is no wading through the shallows to get on the boat for the dive!


Our focus at NAD is to take your underwater photography to the next level. We offer 1:1 photo classes and our guides are all proficient with photography, using our rental equipment for fun dives when not diving with guests.

We shoot video up to 8K, along with Nikon/ Canon SLR and mirrorless setups. This gives us a rounded knowledge of all cameras. We are also the go-to location for natural history filming in the Straits.


Our newly renovated, huge camera room offers one work space for each and every guest. The spacious, individual benches with lots of power points were purposely built for underwater photographers. NAD’s dedicated camera room is also the perfect place to work on and edit your pictures.

Several rental cameras and strobes are available onsite. We have basic tools and spare parts in our gift shop in case of minor camera problems as well as a drying cabinet, and computer for you to work on and edit your photos.