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Lembeh Strait is renowned worldwide for its exceptional biodiversity, attracting marine experts and budding photographers looking for a first class dive experience with smaller, more enigmatic marine life.

Led by marine biologist and underwater photography expert Dr Richard Smith, this group trip is a must for divers with an interest in all things macro.

Staying at the eco-friendly Dive Into Lembeh Resort, your itinerary combines muck diving, photographic opportunities and expert led talks, providing a world-class opportunity to gain greater insight into this unique marine environment with like-minded individuals.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Manado

    Fly from the UK to Manado on an overnight flight, normally via Singapore.

  2. Day 2: Arrive & transfer to your resort

    On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Dive Into Lembeh Resort, your new home for the next seven nights.

  3. Days 3-8 : Dive Lembeh Strait

    Lembeh Strait is home to a huge array of rare and unusual marine life. Enjoy six days of diving, with two boat dives, unlimited shore diving and complimentary Nitrox for certified divers.

    Richard will join you on your dives and will gives talks each day about the marine life and environment, giving an in-depth insight into the marine biology, ecology and behaviour of the spectacular species.  There will also be plenty of opportunities to build on your photography skills and techniques.

  4. Day 9: Depart Manado

  5. Day 10: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 days from £2,345 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,395 pp
  • Single supplement: From £375
  • Group size: 20
  • Departures:
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights resort accommodation
    • Full board meal plan
    • 6 days diving
    • Tanks and weights
    • Complimentary Nitrox
    • Airport transfers
    • Services of expert Dr Richard Smith

Expert leader

Dr Richard Smith

Photo of Dr Richard Smith

Dr Smith studied marine ecology and evolution, completing the first ecological research on pygmy seahorses as part of his Phd to become one of the world’s leading experts.

Richard spent a number of years as the in-house naturalist at Wakatobi Dive Resort Indonesia and more recently has been the resident marine biologist on board the Dewi Nusantara luxury liveaboard and at Siladen Resort & Spa. An acclaimed photographer and engaging speaker, his work has been published widely in the UK, USA, Europe, Singapore and Australia, including his regular column for Scuba Diver magazine.

He also supports conservation initiatives such as ARKive, The Zoological Society of London,  EDGE of Existence (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) and iSeahorse (a citizen science program) with images and expertise. Richard has travelled widely throughout the Asia Pacific region and regularly leads trips to some of the world’s top dive destinations.

Featured location:

Lembeh Strait

For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, Lembeh Strait offers the best muck diving on earth! Attracting marine experts from around the world, it is home to a huge array of rare and unusual marine life, with new species regularly being discovered.

  • Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, giant frogfish, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, coconut octopus
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Learn to dive, Muck diving, Underwater photography
Featured accommodation:

Dive into Lembeh Resort

Located in Kasawari Bay, this intimate dive resort offers panoramic views of Lembeh Island and easy access to the muck dive sites of Lembeh Strait, two of which form part of the house reef.