Nad Lembeh Resort

Hotel Overview

NAD-Lembeh and the Lembeh Strait are renowned for the peerless macro and muck diving. This wonderful resort is owner-operated and is situated in a private bay where Simon and Zee (the owners) are present on site most of the year. The inhouse dive team are second-to-none, with the 15 full-time dive guides having between them over 100 years of experience diving in Lembeh. Add to this the diver to guide ratio of a staggering 2:1, the stunning location and intimate service, and one of the biggest camera rooms in the world, and you have a diver’s paradise, especially if underwater photography is your passion!

The 10 Beachfront Rooms are directly by the beach and pool, adjacent rooms are perfect for groups travelling together, and the 5 Seaview Bungalows are in a secluded part of the resort and have an extra room for use as a small office or for a child. All accommodation benefits from ocean views, air conditioning, hot water, and Wi-Fi. The resort has only a few steps meaning the layout gives easy access from all rooms to the restaurant, camera room, bar, and floating jetty. The lovely open-air restaurant comfortably seats up to 40 people although it is rarely filled to capacity, and most meals are served buffet style and comprise of a sumptuous mix of various Asian dishes, along with pasta, pizza, and burgers.

Outside the restaurant, and directly facing the Strait, is a lovely little shaded grass area where you will find a small pool, jacuzzi and comfortable sun loungers that are the perfect place to relax between dives. The lush gardens have a variety of species of Frangipani, Bougainville, and Hibiscus, accented with many species of orchids. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the free of charge kayaks to get out and explore the bay. The recently built bar is the ideal spot to wind down after a day’s diving whilst enjoying the beautiful sunset overlooking the Lembeh Strait with a cold beer, glass of wine or delicious cocktail in hand. The large screen projector and 3 flat screen TVs mean that you can also catch up on the news, watch some sports, or sit back and enjoy a movie. Bar ingredients are all International standard, and the fresh herbs come from the resort’s Aquaponic Greenhouse. NAD-Lembeh are proud to be the first dive resort in the world growing its own produce in the most ecologically way possible.

The focus at NAD-Lembeh is to take your underwater photography to the next level. The resort guarantees a 2:1 guest to guide ratio making for a private dive experience, and allowing you plenty of time to take pictures. The newly renovated camera room is the centre piece of the resort and has been tailormade by Simon to cater for every underwater photographer’s needs, with a total of 30 individual workstations giving each guest a huge space with led lights, rubber mat, camera towel and 4 international/8 European power sockets including USB ports so charging all your gadgets at the same time has never been easier! The huge rinse tanks can be found in front of the camera room so that your toys can be cleaned straight after coming back from diving.

For non-diving days, the resort can arrange excursions and tours getting guests out and about to explore more of the local area. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery from viewpoints in Rurukan and the volcano Mount Mahawu or take a walk through the jungle and look for the smallest primate in the world, the Tarsier.

Beachfront/Poolside Room

Beach Front/Pool Side Room

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Double or Twin beds
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sea View
  • Hot and Cold Water

There are 10 Beachfront Rooms directly by the beach and pool, all ground level, no stairs or hills to climb. These simple rooms are available as twins or doubles, and all provide a view over the jetty and beach. They have a little veranda overlooking the gardens, pool and beach, with chairs and a drying rack. These rooms are perfect for those who travel in a small group.

Seaview Bungalow

Sea View Bungalow

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Private Balcony
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sea View
  • Hot and Cold Water

There are 5 wooden Minahasa style bungalows that can be found in a secluded section of the resort, a short distance away from the restaurant and bar. These bungalows are all double bedded and have an additional day room suitable for a small office or for a child. Couples will enjoy spending their evenings sitting on the private deck with the best view in the Straits.

Food and Drink

Your stay at NAD is on a full board basis.

Most meals are served buffet style in the open-air restaurant, with both Indonesian and Western dishes on the menu. All food is freshly prepared by the chefs onsite, from the bread at breakfast to the dessert with your evening meal. Fresh greens come from the resort’s Aquaponic Greenhouse, along with seasonal ingredients from the farm and gardens owned by the staff.

Vegan, vegetarian, and all other dietary requirements can be accommodated for, but please do let us know in advance so we can advise the resort. Please note that seafood and fish are not offered on the menu, but it can be requested.

The bar serves beer, wines and cocktails and is a great place to relax and watch the sun set over the Strait.

Flights and Transfers

We can arrange your flights from several UK airports; Heathrow usually provides the best prices and connections via Singapore. The flight time is around 24 hours, please call us to discuss your specific requirements and dates.

The nearest airport to the resort is Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado. The transfers to NAD Lembeh from Manado airport take approximately 90 minutes by road, followed by a short 10-minute boat journey to the resort.

You do not require a VISA to enter Indonesia unless you intend to stay for more than 30 days.

Diving Information

The Lembeh Strait region offers more than just face-to-face encounters with weird and wonderful critters, there is also wall diving, technical diving, big fish dives but most importantly – a lot of muck and sand. The black sand bays and coral outcrops hold an outstanding amount of marine life, and the walls and pinnacles are covered in corals and teeming with schools of fish life.

If you are an underwater photographer then the Lembeh Strait should be on your bucket list, divers are likely to have a vast list of must-see critters, such as frogfish, mimic octopus, rhinopias, nudibranchs and the blue ringed octopus, and this destination will not disappoint. You can also explore all over the Island and beyond to find some of the best reef diving in SE Asia.

Over 90 dive sites can be found in and around the Lembeh Strait, and most are just a 5-to-20-minute boat ride away from the resort. NAD-Lembeh have four large purpose-built dive boats, each approximately 15m long offering space and comfort for divers, and the floating jetty allows guests dignified and quick boat entries.

The house reef occupies a large area of the bay, and for those wanting to photograph behaviour shots of critters in shallow water without current, it is hard to beat. On occasion octopus and frogfish can be seen there. For those who opt for the 3 dive a day package on a minimum 5-night stay, access to the house reef is free, otherwise the price locally is $10 per dive. Dive packages can include 2 or 3 dives per day, Air and Nitrox are available, along with various cylinder sizes, both DIN and YOKE.

Exploring the Strait at night offers a different dimension to the Lembeh experience. At dusk you can watch the beautiful mandarin fishes mating ritual or try out a Blackwater Night Dive and immerse yourself in the pitch-black water where you will meet the Lembeh aliens! Shoot translucent and tiny mantis shrimp, flounders, jellyfish, ribbon eels, lionfish, and different species if octopi. Night dives, mandarin and black water dives can be booked and paid for locally.

The resort offers 1:1 photo classes in their Photo Centre, and the large newly renovated Camera Room has a work space for every guest with individual benches and a computer where you can edit your photos. The gift shop stocks spare parts in case of minor camera problems,

Pricing Information

Based on a 7 night stay prices start from as little as £1925 per person and include:

Flights
Transfers
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Afternoon snacks
Free flow mineral water
Free flow brewed coffee & tea
Wi-Fi
Welcome drink
17 Dives (2 morning & 1 afternoon)
Complimentary self guided house reef diving up until 7pm on 3 guided dive days

Your stay at NAD Lembeh Resort can easily combined with a stay on the beautiful island of Bangka, or mainland Manado, example prices start from as little as £550 for an additional 4 nights with 6 dives.