Juvenile Batfish are an intriguing subject to watch on muck dives as their appearance is immensely different to their mature stage, all for a very good reason.

Adult Batfish all have very similar anatomy and colouration. A fairly large flat silver body, usually with black stripes and some yellow highlights on their body or fins.

As juveniles, the different species take on different forms. Some juveniles mimic poisonous flatworms, some camouflage with feather stars or other substrate and some mimic the appearance and movement of dead leaves on the seabed.

This juvenile Orbicular Batfish has got its mimicry absolutely perfect. The colour is that of a dried, dead leaf that you might see drifting in the ocean, and the way that it drifts and sways around the seabed is exactly as you’d imagine a dead leaf to move.

These awesome fish like to live on flat sandy surfaces up in the shallows. For this shot I liked to get down to eye level (like with many other subjects) and open up the aperture to let some ambient light in. This was I was happy to get a gently blurred background with some nice blue water.

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.