Lembeh Straits – A Macro Photographer’s Paradise 藍碧海峽 – 微距摄影天堂

Lembeh Strait probably is the Best Muck Diving place in the World! It is a real paradise for underwater macro photography and for all the critter lovers. Scuba diving in Lembeh is like jumping into a world of tiny strange and weird creatures. Famous photographers and enthusiastic divers come from all over the world to dive this famous spot and discover this incredible biodiversity!


Muck diving refers generally to diving in murky water with poor visibility on shallow sandy slopes. If you are a beginner diver, muck diving could seem a bit boring to you and Lembeh is not really a good diving destination for your first bubbles, but Muck diving offers the possibility to observe some of the weirdest creatures on Earth. These tiny little critters are the reason why macro underwater photographers from all over the world came for.


Muck diving is more suitable for experienced divers who have dived many times on conventional coral reefs and now want to discover really rare underwater creatures. Another amazing location for Muck fans are Mabul Island in Malaysia, Ombon in Indonesia, and Anilao in the Philippines.


We stayed at Cocotinos Lembeh Boutique Dive Lodge. The rooms are really nice, staff are super helpful and friendly, my favourite things about this lodge are the photo equipment room and FOOD!! The photo equipment room is big and complete with everything we need: tools and charging ports, and new dry towels on our desks after every dives. The food here are truly amazing, the menus never repeated during our 4 nights stay, from local food to western food, every meal are so delicious, and personally I love Manado local cuisine the most. 👍👍

我們這次入住了藍碧海峽的 Cocotinos Lembeh Boutique Dive Lodge房間很寬敞很舒適,員工上下服務周到。最愛這裡的攝影器材室以及食物!攝影器材室設備齊全,很整齊很寬敞,電插座準備的很充足,並且每一潛上來就會有新的乾毛巾放在桌上。食物真的很精彩很好吃,入住4晚食物從來沒重複過,有中餐、道地美食和西餐,非常豐富。我個人最愛印尼美娜多到底食物,非常美味!

Kudos to our dive guide that helped and guided us throughout all the dives, Roger Daltrey and Hanniaurelius, they are really experienced and can even spot the tiniest creature found in Lembeh, which is really incredible. Without them, there will be no amazing underwater critters photos shown below.


We Spent 5 days in Lembeh and did 3 days diving, 3 dives per day, and these are the results me and my wife Zhu zhu had shot.  Here are the lists of our equipments:


    • Sony RX100 mark V ( fantasea casing )
    • Canon G16 ( fantasea casing )
    • 4 x Z330 Inon strobe light
    • 2 x Jaunt A5 underwater torch light
    • Noodilab Moby x3.8 Ultra Macro Diopter
    • Inon UCL-67 +15 Diopter
    • Fantasea Line SharpEye Lens M67 +8 Diopter


The Lemon Goby (Vomerogobius flavus)


The Common Seahorse ( Hippocampus taeniopterus )


The Emperor’s Shrimp (Periclimenes Imperator)


zebra crab (Zebrida adamsii)


Yellow Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)


hairy frogfish (Antennarius striatus)


Hairy Shrimp (phycocaris simulans) with eggs


Whip Coral Shrimp (Pontonides ankeri) and Whip Coral Spider Crab (Xenocarcinus tuberculatus)


Cockatoo waspfish (Ablabys taenionotus)


Batangas Nudibranch (Halgerda batangas)


Pygmy Squid (Idiosepius sp.)


Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)


Denison’s Nudibranch (Dendrodoris denisoni)


Egg Shell Shrimp (Hamopontonia corallicola)


Coconut Octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus)


Pink Eared Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus latirostris)


Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) with eggs


Pair of Coleman’s Shrimp (Periclimenes colemani) Inside fire urchins


Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus pontohi)


Braun’s Pughead Pipefish (Bulbonaricus brauni)


golden goby (Gobius auratus)


hairy goby (Paragobiodon xanthosoma)


Spiny Tiger Shrimp (Phyllognathia ceratophthalma)


Orangutan crab ( Achaeus japonicus )


pom-pom crab or boxer crab (Lybia edmondsoni)


Pink Eye Goby (Bryaninops natans)


Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani)


dotted line bubble coral shrimp (Vir philippinensis)


Lembeh Sea Dragon ( Kyonemichthys rumengani )


Chromodoris verrieri Nudibranch (Goniobranchus verrieri)


Spider Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa)


Candy Crab (Hoplophrys oatesi)


Cheesecake Nudibranch (Doriprismatica atromarginata)


blueringed octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa)


crinoid shrimp


Softcoral Crab


marionia nudibranch


Melibe papillosa Nudibranch


Shorthead Fangblenny (Petroscirtes breviceps)


flamboyant cuttlefish


juvenile barramundi cod


Solar powered nudibranch


Ocellated Tozeuma Shrimp (tozeuma lanceolatum)


Coconut Octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus)


Lemon Coralgoby (Gobiodon citrinus)


Blenny fish with eggs


Skeleton shrimp (Caprellidae)


Shaun the Sheep (Costasiella kuroshimae)


Thank you to all the staffs and dive guides in Cocotinos Lembeh, you guys are so friendly and helpful, and we’ll definitely miss you guys and the food here!! Hope to see you really soon!!



    • Thx Sifu, yes very hard to find the names haha…. we should go hunt again sifu… teach me please~~!

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