The larval stage of flounders, soles and other flatfish is a crucial part of their life cycle as they transition from a pelagic existence to a bottom-dwelling lifestyle.

Flatfish start their lives as eggs, which are typically laid in the water column. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae emerge as free-swimming organisms and still have a yolk sac attached, providing them with nutrients.

As the larvae grow, they undergo a remarkable transformation called metamorphosis. During this process, their body shape changes dramatically. One eye migrates from its original position to the other side of the head, and the fish becomes laterally flattened, adapting to its life on the seafloor.

After completing metamorphosis, the young flatfish undergo a process called settlement. At this stage, they transition from the pelagic environment to the benthic (bottom-dwelling) habitat. They begin to search for suitable substrate, such as sandy or muddy seabeds, where they can camouflage and bury themselves to hide from predators.

Why Dive With NAD-Lembeh Resort?

LOCATION

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.

ROOMS & BUNGALOWS

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.

DIVE CENTER

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).

BOATS & FLOATING JETTY

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!

PHOTO CENTER

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.

CAMERA ROOM

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.