Lembeh Underwater Photo Workshop September 2022


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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 21 - 30, 2022

Trip Leader: Erik Lukas

9 Nights for:

Beachfront Room - $1,999 (double occupancy)

Seaview Room - $2499 (double occpunacy)

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Travel Insurance is 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


9-Night Package Inclusions

✓ 9 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

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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.

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Trip Type

This trip is a PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. It will be led by one of our photo instructors and will include daily underwater photography tutorials, in-water photography support, and one-to-one advice and guidance as required.

What to expect from our Photo Workshops

  • Daily photo workshops - Your photo instructor will schedule seminars each day on topics including, but not limited to, equipment type and selection, the concept of underwater photography, lighting and composition techniques, and post-processing. They will also include topics relevant to the location and your experience such as the use of snoots & diopters, single vs multi-point light sources, plus daily macro-specific assignments to practice your skills.

  • In-water support - Where possible, each dive group will spend time underwater with the photo instructor, receiving in-water support and guidance on their shooting techniques.  Participants can also request in-water assistance during the workshop and the photo instructor will do his or her best to accommodate all requests. 

  • Consecutive days of practice & review - Each day you will have the opportunity to practice the techniques and skills learned in the previous day’s tutorials. If you are new to underwater photography you will likely see a vast improvement in just a few days.

  • Daily photo image reviews - You are strongly encouraged to bring your laptop, a thumb drive, edit your photos, and submit your shots for review from both the instructor and your peers. These are fun and interactive sessions encouraging you to improve throughout the trip.

  • Quality time with fellow photographers - Both new and experienced photographers from past workshops have expressed the advantages of joining a trip with like-minded divers with a passion for underwater photography.

  • Suitable for everyone - New and experienced photographers are welcome on all our trips. Gain the necessary skills to start shooting great photos, increase your confidence in finding the best underwater shots, or hone specific skills. We also encourage non-photographers to join, as many of them really enjoy the daily photo reviews, learning about underwater photography, and some have even returned to a photo workshop with an underwater camera setup!

Enjoy free, unlimited access to a wealth of knowledge and advice from your photo instructor.

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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.


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Guest can arrive any time on September 21 and leave any time on September 30. Here's the typical daily schedule for this 9-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!

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About NAD Lembeh

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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About The Trip Leader

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." More about Erik Lukas here.

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How To Get There

Scoot Airlines flights are operating on time on Wednesdays and Fridays direct from Singapore Changi Airport. Baggage collection at Manado Airport as been remarkably swift. 

There are no PCR tests on arrival, however if a passenger records a temperature higher than 37.5°C, there will be a PCR test given at the airport. There is some inconsistency regarding passenger temperature and oxygen saturation level checks on arrival.

Customs / Immigration are actively checking passport and vaccination certificates. All passengers should also be able to show the PeduliLindungi App and travel insurance certificates, if requested.

Visa on Arrival costs IDR 500,000 and needs to be paid for in cash. Immigration will accept the following currencies: IDR, USD, SGD, AUD and EURO (notes must be clean and not creased). There is also an ATM inside the airport terminal for cash IDR withdrawals.

Upon exiting the airport, our team will be ready to greet you and, with the new toll road open, the transfer to NAD Lembeh's private jetty is now only 60 minutes!

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Payment Schedule

$800 deposit to confirm spots

Balance due July 1, 2022

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Want To Extend Your Trip?

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 enroute.

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 chosen Resort for 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 bentenan 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.


Land Tour Package Inclusions

✓ 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

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Tangkoko Day Tour

Minahasa Highland Tour

Mahawu Volcano Tour

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 or email us trips@bluewaterdivetravel.com(link sends e-mail)

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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