Lembeh Underwater Photo Workshop September 2019

Lembeh Straits Photo Workshop September 2019 at NAD Lembeh Resort.

   Lembeh 2019 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 19-29, 2019

+ Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2019 (3-Night land extension)*

Led by Erik Lukas

Price for 10 nights:

Beachfront Room - $1,935 (double) - 1 spot left due to cancellation.

Seaview Bungalow - $2,345 (double)

*Optional Minahasa Land Tour: $850 pp (double)


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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater?

Trip Overview - Accommodations - Trip Leader - How to Get There

Booking & Payment - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo

 ✓ FREE daily photo workshops

 ✓ 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

 ✓ 26 boat dives + unlimited diving at the resort’s beautiful house reef

 ✓ Optional 3-night land extension available

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Why Travel with Bluewater?

 ✓ We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value

 ✓ Gear discounts and other benefits

 ✓ Great support if flight/weather issues occur

 ✓ "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue. They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki


Package Details

10-Night Package Inclusions

 ✓ 10 nights accommodation in the chosen room and occupancy

 ✓ Full board meals in the resort

 ✓ 26 boat dives

 ✓ 2 to 1 diver to guide ratio

 ✓ Unlimited house reef diving between 7:30 and 19:30

 ✓ Underwater photography instruction and image reviews


10-Night Package Exclusions

 ✗ Airport transfers - $20 per person each way between 07:30 and 16:00

 ✗ Nitrox - $150 for the trip


Daily Photo Workshops

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


Daily Image Reviews

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 tips give the guests suggestions that they can put to use immediately. The feedback includes lighting techniques, composition suggestions, and general impressions on the presented images. Guest can also expect feedback from their peers.


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Trip Overview

Diving in Lembeh Straits

Lembeh 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 beautiful reefs in Lembeh itself, but very scenic reefs exist at nearby islands.

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Read the reviews on diving Lembeh here




Guest can arrive any time on September 19 and leave any time on September 29. Here is the typical daily schedule for this trip:

6.30 Breakfast

7.30 Departure for 2 morning dives (snacks/ drinks during surface interval)

12.15 Lunch at the resort

14.00 Departure for 1 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!


4D/3N 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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About NAD Lembeh Resort

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


Resort Features

 ✓ 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 www.seeundersea.com or on Instagram @seeundersea.

"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."

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How to Get There

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 the resort on Lembeh Island.


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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > $500 deposit to confirm spots

 > Balance due July 1, 2019

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email info@bluewaterdivetravel.com and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!



Underwater Images

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