Flying gurnards are one of the most unique looking critters. They can be recognised by their stunning and distinctive pectoral fins, which resemble wings and give them their name “flying” gurnards.

They have elongated bodies with large, fan-like pectoral fins that extend outwards like wings. As adults, these fins are often brightly coloured and adorned with intricate patterns….as juveniles the colours are not yet fully developed. The rest of their body is typically a muted colour, helping them blend in with their sandy or muddy habitats on the ocean floor.

When the gurnards are resting on the ocean floor, they keep their pectoral fins folded close to their body. However, when they feel threatened or need to escape from predators, they rapidly unfurl and spread their “wings,”. This action helps them to glide or “fly” above the seafloor for short distances, evading potential threats.

These fish are carnivorous and feed on a variety of small marine organisms, including crustaceans, small fish, and other invertebrates. They use their specialised, forward-facing mouths to grab their prey, which they crush with strong teeth before swallowing.

They are quite a special sighting during Blackwater Dives and an excellent subject to practise Blackwater Photography. During the daytime they pose a different problem as they are extremely shy and move quickly.

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.