Usually when it comes to underwater macro photography, we like to focus on our subjects first before considering anything else.

One other technique that can be used to add another dimension to diving with a camera, is searching for backgrounds and photogenic environments instead.

In terms of “muck” diving, most would assume that it would be hard to come across pretty coral or other substrate, but that is not always the case and certainly not in Lembeh.

Brightly coloured sponges, soft and hard coral can be found at all of our dive sites… then it just becomes a case of can you find a fitting subject to enhance that beautiful background.

These small Cuttlefish are abundant in the Lembeh Strait, regularly seeing them close to the sand or by “less pretty” clumps of coral, feather stars and hydroids.

At this particular dive site there is a whole underwater forest of tall beautiful soft corals, so I went about looking for critters that would perfectly compliment them……..this Cuttlefish was perfect as it hovered gently in front and matched the coral’s colours nicely.

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.