The 9th HugyCup International Underwater Photo & Video contest is well underway here at NAD Lembeh.

Participants from all over the world are coming together here at NAD to compete in the event organised by Danny Van Belle over the next two months. With over ten different categories to enter for mirrorless, SLR, compact and video cameras, there are many opportunities to win some of the amazing prizes on offer.

The quality of images we have seen has already been very high, making use of the incredible subjects we have here in the Lembeh Strait………and of course, the famous 2:1 guest to guide ratio here at NAD Lembeh. Whether you’re shooting photo or video, SLR or compact cameras there are thousands of great subjects to take advantage of for the entries into all different categories.

Norm sporting our custom HugyCup – NAD Lembeh t-shirts

Danny, as always, does a great job of organising these events and he is always on hand to help participants with any questions about their photography or to help clarify any of the rules. So far the contestants have been very pleased with their images, even having great success with some wide-angle shots in the macro-heaven of the Lembeh Strait.

Danny…..clearly very pleased with the morning dives!

With more participants arriving up until the end of this year and in the beginning of 2024, we look forward to seeing what people come up with for their entries into the HugyCup. If you wish to have more information on this event, you can visit, here you will find all the rules, regulations and the potential prizes up for grabs!

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.