Lembeh Underwater Photo Workshop September 2022


Lembeh 2022 Underwater Photo Workshop

Join us at NAD Lembeh Resort for our annual underwater photo workshop in the muck dive capital of the world and the best place for underwater macro photography.

September 22 - October 2, 2022

Trip Leader: Erik Lukas

10 Nights for

Beachfront Room - $2,199  (double occupancy) 

Seaview Room - $2,775 (double occupancy) 

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 Travel Insurance not included, click here to learn more about our preferred plan

Optional 4D/3N Discover Minahasa Land Tour 

$850 - double occupancy

$1,200 - single occupancy

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With the policy that the Indonesian government wants to implement when they decide to open up the border for tourism again, NAD Lembeh may have to introduce a small “Covid surcharge” to be able to cover the requirements to operate. This is not yet confirmed, but should it be implemented, guests will be advised in advance.


Why Join This Trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • FREE daily photo workshops
  • A haven for macro photographers—Lembeh is, without doubt, the muck diving capital of the world
  • Great resort (NAD Lembeh) with beachfront rooms, delicious food (all meals included), free public WiFi and a small pool
  • Top dive operation in Lembeh with 2:1 divers to guide ratio
  • Up to 26 boat dives + unlimited diving at the resort’s beautiful house reef
  • Optional 3-night land extension available


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10-Night Package Inclusions:

  • 10 nights accommodation (with airconditioning) in the chosen room and occupancy
  • Full board meals in the resort
  • 3 boat dives/day with 2 to 1 diver to guide ratio, Nitrox, tanks and weights
  • Round trip airport transfers between 730-1600
  • Snacks, water, coffee, tea, chocolate drink, and espresso
  • Free WiFi


additional Information about the resort:

  • The resort offers 2:1 guest to guide ratio as a standard. Its 15 dive guides are permanent employees with local Lembeh diving experience (totalling at least 100 years between them). They are all underwater photography trained and proficient UW photographers themselves.
  • Please note that the resort does NOT allow for our guests to wear gloves!
  • The resort has a fleet of 4 dive boats that are at least 13m long with 2 x four-stroke engines. There are onboard toilets, Medical oxygen, and a Basic First Aid kit.
  • There are a maximum of 8 guests per dive boat.
  • It's the only resort on Lembeh island with a floating dock. This allows for easy access to the boats and dignified boarding, as well as easy entry to the house reef.
  • The resort is on ground level with minimal steps to the bungalows. Beachfront rooms, restaurants, bar and camera room are all on the ground floor. Older guests or those with disabilities and knee/back problems find it easy to navigate.
  • It's situated in a private bay and surrounded by lush greenery. Far from villages, thus offering a quiet and tranquil environment for a relaxing vacation.
  • The resort offers 24-hour electricity and WiFi.



Workshops will be given daily on topics such as macro composition, camera settings, creative lighting, super macro, and more. Help underwater is also provided.



The workshop will include daily photo reviews aimed at providing tips and insights on how the workshop leaders might improve upon the selected images. With the ability to visit the same sights (and possibly the same photo subjects) multiple times during the trip, these reviews give the guests suggestions that they can put to use immediately. The feedback includes lighting techniques, composition suggestions, and general impressions of the presented images. Guests can also expect feedback from their peers at these sessions, which might sound daunting, but has proven to be immensely helpful and positively contructive.


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Diving in Lembeh Strait

Lembeh Strait is, without doubt, the muck-diving capital of the world. Underwater photographers flock here from all over the world to see a myriad of critters, frogfish, pipefish, nudibranchs, sea horses, juvenile fish, and other exotic animals. Don't expect large reefscapes in Lembeh, but very scenic reefs live around nearby islands if you want to extend your trip to get in some reef diving, too.

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Learn more about Lembeh Strait Diving




Guests can arrive any time on September 15 and leave any time on September 25. Here's the typical daily schedule for this 10-night trip:

  • 6.30 Breakfast
  • 7.30 Departure for two morning dives (snacks/ drinks during the surface interval)
  • 12.15 Lunch at the resort
  • 14.00 Departure for one afternoon dive
  • 16.00 Snacks
  • 16.30 Mandarin Fish Dive (only on Saturdays, minimum 2 pax)
  • 17.45 Night Dive (minimum 2 pax)
  • 18.00 Black Water Night Dive (minimum 2 pax)
  • 19.15 Dinner


To get a little insight as to what the workshop is like, read the report from our 2018 trip, here!


Situated on the well-loved Lembeh Strait, this muck diving paradise is alluring to divers worldwide.

  • Open air restaurant
  • Sunbeds
  • Small pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Aquaponic Greenhouse
  • Business center
  • Free public WiFi
  • Laundry services
  • Return airport transfers
  • Multilingual staff
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Camera room




Read the reviews of the NAD-Lembeh Resort here.


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Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.

See more of Erik’s photography at http://www.seeundersea.com or on Instagram @seeundersea. Email Erik at erik@bluewaterdivetravel.com.

"I am passionate about underwater photography in general and have a special love for macro subjects. For me the things that are hardest to spot hold the most interest. Documenting the commensal and symbiotic relationships is for me the most interesting…the smaller and more bizarre the better. I also have a passion for sharing my knowledge with others. My goal with all of my workshops is to ensure each guest leaves with a group of images that they are proud to share."



Direct flights are available from Singapore to Manado (4 times a week with SilkAir) or from Jakarta and Makassar (several times a day). It takes around 90 min. by car and boat to get to the resort on Lembeh Island. Aim for flights to arrive and depart so that transfers can be done between the hours of 7:30 and 16:00. Transfers are still available outside of this time for an extra fee.

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$800 deposit to confirm spots

Balance due July 1, 2022

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We can help with that! See more of Indonesia after your trip with Bluewater in Lembeh. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! Here is what you can add on to your trip reservation.

4D/3N Discover Minahasa Land Tour itinerary

  • Day 1: Tangkoko Day Tour
  • Depart from Manado City or Airport to Tangkoko Nature Reserve at 12 noon. The 2-hours trip to this nature reserve is quite scenic as we pass on small villages. Lunch is served in a local restaurant en route.
  • Explore the 9,000-hectare Tangkoko Nature Reserve with a forest ranger and safari guide in search of the Macaca Nigra (black crested macaques indigenous to North Sulawesi), hornbills, couscous, Tarsier Tarsier (one of the world’s smallest primates), as well as other fauna specific to the reserve.
  • After the sun sets, we will have dinner at a local homestay near Tangkoko. After dinner, we will drive to the Resort overnight.
  • Day 2: Minahasa Highland Tour
  • Breakfast at Resort. Leave the Resort at 08.00.
  • Tour the Minahasa Highlands with attractions such as Pagoda Ekayana in the village of Kakaskasen, the traditional food & flower market in Tomohon, the small village of Woloan to see the Minahasan traditional-style houses, Tondano Lake, Pulutan Village, and a benaten weaving workshop to see the local weaving traditions being practiced.
  • Dinner and overnight at Resort.
  • Day 3: Mahawu Volcano Tour
  • Breakfast at Resort. We leave the resort at 08:00 heading to Mount Mahawu.
  • Visit Mount Mahawu with a 30-minute climb up the stairs to the crater’s edge with amazing vistas of Bunaken & Manado Tua Islands as well as the bay of Manado. Walk around the crater’s rim for 45-60 minutes and observe a steaming lake. Also included is a visit to sulfuric Lake Linow.
  • Dinner and overnight at Resort.
  • Day 4: Departure Day
  • Transfer to Manado airport after breakfast for onward flight.



  • 3 Nights accommodation at Gardenia Country Inn in Tomohon Manado
  • All meals (lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4)
  • All transport
  • English speaking guides
  • All entrance fees


Tangkoko Day Tour

Minahasa Highland Tour

Mahawu Volcano Tour


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Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 or email us trips@bluewaterdivetravel.com

And let us book your dream vacation!

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Photo Gallery 

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Lembeh 2019 Workshop  Lembeh 2019 Workshop

Blue-ringed octopus by Smeeeta Rishi (LEFT) and hairy frogfish by Susan Henry (RIGHT).

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Photo credit: Erik Lukas

Lembeh 2019 Workshop Lembeh 2019 Workshop 

Photo credit: Tony Bensted (left), and Teresa Williams (right)

2019 Lembeh Workshop Lembeh 2019 Workshop

Photo credit: John Berschied Jr (left) and Susan Henry (right)

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