LEMBEH, INDONESIA • JULY 12 - 20, 2019

ABOUT THE TRIP

Maybe you want to witness something different, something unusual, something extraordinary. Maybe you own an underwater camera system and want to improve your images. Maybe you just gotta see what all this Blackwater diving hype is about. Whatever your reason, Lembeh is sure to satisfy. Often considered the birthplace of muck, this small body of water known as the Lembeh Strait houses some of the most bizarre denizens on the planet. But what is muck? Simply, it’s a dive experience that defines the mud, mire, rock, rubble and volcanic sand that lay at the bottom of many dive sites. It is here where the treasures are found. Doesn’t sound like fun, huh? You have no idea. Don’t expect schooling barracuda and manta cleaning stations. Rather, critters like hairy frogfish, blue-ringed octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish are the sought after attractions. Still not excited? Perhaps some Blackwater dives will do the trick. And let’s not forget, whether we are diving day or night, it will always be 2 divers per 1 dive guide…which is like having a private dive guide at all times.   

ABOUT INDONESIA

The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches.

Straddling the equator, Indonesia is situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. It is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York and has a population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups.

Among the most well-known islands are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (better known as Moluccas), Papua—and Bali.

ABOUT LEMBEH

Lembeh is an island off the northeast coast of Sulawesi. It lies directly opposite the port city of Bitung, which is the second largest city in Northern Sulawesi after Manado. Lembeh Island is 15.5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide. Lembeh Island is separated from the mainland of Sulawesi by a narrow stretch of water known as the Lembeh Strait, reknowned for its extremely high density of rare and unusual marine life, in particular frogfish, rare species of octopus, seahorses and nudibranchs. Lembeh Strait is a destination favored by experienced scuba divers and underwater photographers from all over the world.

Country: Indonesia • Continent: Asia • Best Time: July to October • Precipitation: July to September is the dry season • Air Temp: 82°-86°F • Water Temp: 77°-84°F • Closest City: Bitung, North Sulawesi • Time: UTC+8 • Population: 188,000+ (2010) • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah ($1 = 14,000 IRD) • Electricity: 220V

 

NAD-LEMBEH RESORT

NAD-Lembeh Resort is a small, owner-operated dive resort, situated in a private bay on Lembeh Island and away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. NAD-Lembeh Resort features ten air-conditioned rooms and five air-conditioned wooden bungalows, an open-air restaurant and common area with adjacent camera room and rebreather facilities. On the grassy area are sunbeds, a small pool and a jacuzzi.

The dive center features nitrox and three well-maintained compressors.  There are four comfortable dive boats and a large dive team offering 2:1 dive guide ratio, the best ratio of any Lembeh Resort.

The restaurant serves most meals buffet style, offering Asian dishes, pasta, pizza, burgers and more. Many of the leafy greens, vegetables and fruits are grown in an onsite aquaponic greenhouse. The bar is equipped with lots of power sockets, modern projectors and TVs, making it the perfect space to edit pictures or watch presentations.

Year Built: 2006 • Number of rooms: 15 • Pool: Yes • Onsite Dining: Open-air and waterfront • Breakfast: Included • Lunch: Included • Dinner: Included • WiFi: Included

ACCOMMODATIONS

BEACHFRONT KING OR DOUBLE ROOM
These rooms are directly by the beach and pool.

• Complimentary WiFi
• Air conditioning
• Patio with seating
• Daily maid service

• Bath towels
• Face towels
• Dive towels
• Camera towels

• Filtered water
• Ceiling fan
• Hair dryer
• Toiletries

SEAVIEW BUNGALOW KING OR DOUBLE ROOM
The resort features five wooden Minahasa-style bungalows located in a secluded portion of the resort, a short distance away from the clubhouse. With an impressive view over the bay, these bungalows are all double bed.

• Complimentary WiFi
• Air conditioning
• Patio with seating
• Daily maid service

• Bath towels
• Face towels
• Dive towels
• Camera towels

• Filtered water
• Ceiling fan
• Hair dryer
• Toiletries

CAMERA ROOM

The newly renovated camera room has been tailored to the underwater photographer’s needs. With a total of 30 individual workstations, each with LED lights, rubber mat, and camera towel. Each station also includes four international power sockets and eight European power sockets all with USB ports, enabling guests to charge all of their gadgets at the same time.

There are also basic tools, a drying cabinet, TV, computer and fish identification books in the camera room. The gift shop includes diopters, float arms and torches in case something is forgotten or lost.

THE DIVING

DEPTH: 15' - 90'+ (From shallow reefs to deep sandy slopes)

VISIBILITY: Generally 25'-65'

CURRENTS: Minimal

WATER TEMPERATURE: Expect 77-82°F

DIVE SEASON: Year-round, but the best time to dive is between July and October (the rainy season is November to March and dry season is July to September)  

SKILL LEVEL: There’s something for every diver here, from beginner to intermediate to seasoned veteran

FEATURED CREATURES: The list of critters is way too long to include them all but the following are possible: blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, wonderpus octopus, long-arm octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, broadclub cuttlefish, pygmy cuttlefish, snake eels, garden eels, ribbon eels, morays eels, bobbit worms, Ambon scorpionfish, rhinopias, hairy frogfish, painted frogfish, pygmy seahorse, squid, Halimeda ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipefish, robust ghost pipefish, flying gurnards, spiny devilfish, harlequin shrimps, mandarin fish, Bangaii cardinalfish, and nudibranchs.

Some photographers get carried away and end up taking 100 photos on a single subject. A better way would be to take fewer photos, but better quality ones. That’s where Mike and Evan come in. They will be available to discuss everything you need to know from proper, careful pre and post dive equipment maintenance, to lens selection, camera settings, strobe positioning, and more.

BLACKWATER

Blackwater diving is all the rage nowadays. It offers everything that most divers desire: the hunt for critters, the open ocean experience, and the unknown. But the challenges associated with blackwater diving are plenty, bringing another aspect to the sport of diving that separates this experience from a standard dive on reefs, wrecks or walls.

Imagine diving in the open ocean at night with only an illuminated downline for reference, a focus light, and a torch in hand to hunt with—and moving through the ink-black water, shining that torch back and forth, and trying to find a subject. Blackwater diving is challenging. It requires know how. Mike Bartick is the founder of the Blackwater Facebook group and a foremost authority on shooting micro critters in the dark. He will lead the Blackwater dives and help prepare guests’s systems for this unique experience.

TRIP LEADERS

MIKE BARTICK • PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike is a marine wildlife photographer and photo pro based in Anilao Philippines. He has an insatiable love for finding unique animal life, observing and photographing animal behavior and sharing his insight and knowledge with others. His curiosity and drive for first-hand experience has led him across the globe in search of that special critter encounter. 

Mike is widely published with work appearing monthly in international magazines, websites and internet publications. He also hosts photo clinics and seminars concentrating on the different aspects of underwater photography and the natural history of South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Publications include but are not limited to: Sport Diver, Sport Diver Asia Pacific, Alert Diver Magazine, Action Asia, UWphotographyguide.com, Undersea Journal, and X-Ray Magazine.

Mike is regarded as an expert in his field and enjoys being in the water as much as possible and agrees that the next best thing to being there, is talking about it. See some of his work at Saltwaterphoto.com or look him up on Facebook!

EVAN SHERMAN • VIDEOGRAPHY

Evan Sherman is the owner of Seasick Productions, a full-service multimedia company that specializes in underwater imaging. Based out of Orange County, California, Seasick Productions provides on location and studio production services around the world. Evan received his B.A. in Film and Electronic Media from California State University Long Beach. Evan’s professional underwater credits include television networks, Fortune 500 companies and numerous entities within the dive industry.

In 2015 Evan released the film, Bali Close Up, which earned top honors at the World ShootOut Underwater Photo Grand Prix in Germany, Video of the Year at the ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition in Singapore, and the Best of Show and Stan Waterman Legacy Award at the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival in Roatan. His subsequent film, The Not So Silent World, was equally recognized throughout the dive imaging community as it received Best in Show and the Stan Waterman Award at the Beneath the Sea International Imaging Competition, Best of Film Festival Award at the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition, and first place at both the World ShootOut Underwater Photo Grand Prix in Germany and at the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival in Roatan.

He is a contributor for DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel while also representing SEA&SEA Underwater Imaging and Kraken Sports as an ambassador for their products. Throughout the year Evan conducts dive expeditions and imaging workshops.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

JULY 9: WARM UP DAY 1
Optional. Please contact us for more information. Additional fee applies

JULY 10: WARM UP DAY 2
Optional. Please contact us for more information. Additional fee applies

JULY 11: WARM UP DAY 3
Optional. Please contact us for more information. Additional fee applies

JULY 12: DAY 1
Arrive at Sam Ratulangi International Airport (Manado). 90 minute transfer to the NAD-Lembeh Resort
Afternoon free. BBQ dinner included

JULY 13: DAY 2
Dive Day 1: 3 boat dives. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Imaging instruction and image review

JULY 14: DAY 3
Dive Day 2: 3 boat dives. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Imaging instruction and image review

JULY 15: DAY 4
Dive Day 3: 3 boat dives + 1 Blackwater dive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Imaging instruction and image review

JULY 16: DAY 5
Dive Day 4: 3 boat dives. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Imaging instruction and image review

JULY 17: DAY 6
Dive Day 5: 3 boat dives + 1 Blackwater dive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Imaging instruction and image review

JULY 18: DAY 7
Dive Day 6: 3 boat dives + 1 Blackwater dive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Imaging instruction and image review

JULY 19: DAY 8
Dive Day 7: 2 boat dives. Breakfast, lunch and BBQ dinner included
Imaging instruction and image review. Farewell party

JULY 20: DAY 9
Depart NAD-Lembeh Resort. Breakfast included

PACKAGE INCLUDES

8 nights at NAD-Lembeh Resort, Beachfront Room
7 days diving
20 boat dives with guide
3 Blackwater night dives with guide
Unlimited house reef dives
2:1 guest to guide ratio
Nitrox
Photo and video instruction and image review
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Snacks • Coffee • Espresso • Tea • Hot chocolate
Roundtrip airport transfers
WiFi
Tanks • Weights
Marine park fee
Government goods • Services tax
Parties • Prizes • Surprises

DIVER PACKAGE (BEACHFRONT DOUBLE OCC)  $2,350
DIVER PACKAGE (SEAVIEW DOUBLE OCC)  $2,695
DIVER PACKAGE (BEACHFRONT VIEW SINGLE OCC)  $2,750
DIVER PACKAGE (SEAVIEW SINGLE OCC)  $3,095
NON DIVER PACKAGE (BEACHFRONT DOUBLE OCC)  $1,350
NON DIVER PACKAGE (SEAVIEW DOUBLE OCC)  $1,695


EASY PAY PLAN

With Reservation $1,000
April 1, 2019 Balance

Prices subject to change


EXTENSIONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Private transfers • Equipment rentals • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks • Departure tax (if applicable) • Resort and crew gratuities • Land tours • Massages and spa treatments • Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required)

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather or equipment issues.

SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF OCTOBER 7, 2018. COST $1,370 ROUNDTRIP
*SINGAPORE AIRLINES AND SILKAIR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY

LOS ANGELES - SINGAPORE FLIGHT • WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

7 HOUR LAYOVER: Room in airport transit hotel available

SINGAPORE - MANADO FLIGHT • FRIDAY, JULY 12

MANADO - SINGAPORE FLIGHT • SATURDAY, JULY 20

16 HOUR LAYOVER: Room in airport transit hotel available

SINGAPORE - LOS ANGELES FLIGHT • SUNDAY, JULY 21


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price based on double occupancy group rate. Single supplement, extensions and tours extra • All prices subject to change without notice • A $1,000.00 deposit per person is required with your reservation. Monthly payments accepted • Refund (less cancellation fee) may be issued if reservation is cancelled four months prior to departure date and if another guest can fill the spot. All authorized refunds will be assessed $300 cancellation fee • No refund or credit will be made for dives or meals not taken by customers while on tour • Any deposit or payment made to Evan Sherman or Seasick Productions or any representative of Seasick Productions shows acceptance and acknowledgement of the terms and conditions as stated herein • Trip insurance is recommended in the event you must cancel your trip due to illness, etc. For information on trip insurance go to DAN’s website www.diversalertnetwork.org or the DiveAssure website www.diveassure.com • Responsibility: Evan Sherman and Underwater Exposures, Inc. dba Seasick Productions act only as agents for the owners and contractors providing transportation, accommodations, diving and other services • All tickets and vouchers issued constitute the sole contract between the supplier and the tour member • Evan Sherman, Seasick Productions, or their representatives shall not at any time be responsible in any way for loss, injury, or damage arising from any Act of God, Act of government, theft, sickness, customs regulations, delay, cancellation error, or any cause beyond its control • Evan Sherman, Seasick Productions, or their representatives accept no liability for the consequences of the personal activities of any passenger who, as a consenting adult, is deemed personally responsible for decisions concerning health, safety, fitness for diving, or any other circumstances beyond its control • Evan Sherman and Seasick Productions reserve the right, without advance notice, to make changes or cancellations, in part or in whole, as circumstances dictate.