Understandably, the many varieties of fish species and other cool critters get all the limelight on Blackwater Dives…….but we mustn’t forget the Jellyfish also!

Jellyfish play a crucial role on Blackwater Dives and if they are plentiful, the chances are the dive will be very good.
Many different creatures either feed on, hide inside, or use Jellyfish as transport during these dives, so they’re always worth an extra close look.

Obviously they don’t have the nicest reputation with anyone who enters the water thanks to their stinging nature. But it’s this stinging nature that makes them so appealing for creatures looking to get shelter or use them for an easy ride around the open ocean.

Despite their unfortunate reputation, many within the Jellyfish family are very attractive subjects to photograph. Some have intricate patterns and long ornate tentacles, whilst other species have beautiful colours which can be a nice change from the variety of translucent or transparent animals we would usually see.

So next time you’re jumping in for a Blackwater Dive, feel free to keep some distance, but do have a closer look at the Jellyfish you see……if the Jelly isn’t the prettiest, you may well find some interesting fish behaviour instead.

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.