Reef Photo & Video Lembeh Macro Adventure!
Tucked in the far northern corner of verdant Sulawesi, Indonesia, lies an enchanted and remote region known as Lembeh Strait. The legendary mystique of Lembeh in the diving community continues to prove itself by providing some of the finest macro and muck diving in the world. Regional guides with decades of experience have honed their skills specifically to lead underwater photographers to the best subjects and have mastered passive assistance for optimal results.
The black sand muck diving is the famous draw at Lembeh, but the fun doesn't stop there. There are interesting rock and coral reefs that are every bit as populated with unusual life as the sand. Three boat dives a day are typical, but the house reef is loaded with photo ops and unlimited shore diving is readily available. Our group has made special arrangements to have no more than four guests per one guide, allowing us to spread out in the water and spend lots of time with subjects. Long dives are the norm in Lembeh, seeking quality over quantity, and dive times are rarely limited unless weather or scheduling dictates some limitations. This is true "critter saturation" diving and typical photographic results in a week are nothing short of amazing.
NAD Lembeh Resort is a small comfortable resort with a amazing staff that provides plenty of personal attention. The grounds are nearly ensconed in tropical jungle and the water laps a gently on the adjacent bay. We love NAD because it is run by underwater photographers Simon Buxton and Serge Abourjeily. Simon is a marine biologist by training, a field editor for Scuba Diver Australasia, and the proprietor of NAD Lembeh. Serge has been managing dive operations for the past decade, and has been in Lembeh since 2008. Simon and Serge have developed an exceptional staff of guides that understand the challenges of underwater photography, and help their guests overcome them.
NAD Lembeh has been designed by photographers to support photographers in every way possible. There is an extremely well laid out wet camera room for working on underwater housings, and an equally spacious dry camera room for laptop and battery charging. Working room is abundant so even during peak use there is plenty of elbow room.
NAD Lembeh Resort features 10 beautiful Beachfront Rooms and four Seaview Bungalows. The Bungalows are all Minahasa Style with private balconies, hot water, and air conditioning, with a private verandah and seating area to watch the spectacular sunsets at days end.
All rooms are tastefully designed using local Coconut Timber (harvested from the original coconut plantation where the resort was built) hand crafted by our staff and local artisans from North Sulawesi. Each room is located on the waterfront with a beautiful view through the garden across the strait to the jungles and volcanoes of the mainland. There are very few stairs in the resort and with the relative proximity of everything needed, we spend more of our energy enjoying the great diving opportunities than lugging our gear around.
Dining and lounging:
The clubhouse is home to the entertainment center and library. For wildlife enthusiasts there are many reference books on hand for identifying the thousands of marine species found in Indonesia as well as ecology books about the local flora and fauna to be found in Sulawesi and South-East Asia. Weekly Slideshow presentations of Lembeh Underwater Videos also take place here. The abundant and fresh food is served Indonesian buffet style and enjoyed in "long table" fashion where everyone shares the days stories as well as a great meal.
Chris Parsons oversees all dealer and customer support for Nauticam in the Americas and is a superb photographic technician. He shares his extensive knowledge during numerous workshops on underwater photography, video, and software applications throughout the year. Chris will be providing product support, technical expertise and demonstrating some cutting edge new gear for underwater imaging
Tanya Burnett is a well known professional underwater photographer who has been Field Editor for Sport Diver and currently freelances for many of the major US dive and travel magazines. She has frequently taught photo courses at Sport Diver sponsored events and runs guided expeditions throughout the year. Tanya is a Lembeh veteran and brings a real sense of discovery and fun to photographing the region.
Kevin Palmer is an equipment specialist at Reef Photo & Video with 25 years of underwater photography experience who has also worked with numerous publications. Kevin will be fully accessible to help solve technical issues and provide equipment support in any way possible during the course week.
- $1845 PP, Single Occupancy
- $1395 PP, Double Occupancy
- $1945 PP, Single Occupancy
- $1495 PP, Double Occupancy
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 17 Boat Dives (4:1 Guide Ratio)
- Unlimited House Reef Shore Diving
- Nitrox (extra dives additional $7/tank)
- Welcome Critters Slideshow by Simon
- Afternoon Photo Clinics
- Evening Inspirational and Educational Slide Show
- Airport Transfers from Manado
- Flights to Manado (MDC)
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Extra Dives
- Night Dives, and Mandarinfish Dives are $38 / dive
- Private Guides, $20 / dive
- Extensions (See Below)
Reserve your spot in the Lembeh Macro Adventure now; place a $500 per person non-refundable deposit now.
East of Flores: A Voyage of Discovery
Plan a Liveaboard Diving Extension aboard the Seven Seas! October 6 - 18
We have carefully planned the dates for traveling photographers who wish to extend their diving adventure with a 12 day expedition on board the luxury liveaboard diving vessel, the Seven Seas. This boat has one of the best reputations in all of Indonesia with a fantastic crew and expert guides. This region is rarely visited by divers and provides fantastic photo opportunities from exotic black sand macro to lush reefs and pelagics. This trip is led by Tanya Burnett and Kevin Palmer. For more information visitwww.islandexposure.us and click on expeditions.