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This is the third year that our friends Anna and Ned will be offering their brilliantly educational and entertaining workshops at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh.


Taking part is absolutely free as Anna and Ned offer the workshops purely out of their desire to share their love of the underwater world with as many other people as possible.



They are co-authors of the best-selling series of marine identification field guides including Reef Fish Identification - Tropical Pacific and Reef Creature Identification - Tropical Pacific, and the marine life column Encounters in Alert Diver magazine, and Critter Hunt in Scuba Diving.

Come and grab a rare opportunity to spend time in the company of this hugely knowledgeable and exceptionally generous and warm couple, whilst enjoying the wonders of the Lembeh Strait. A dive holiday really doesn't get any better than this. During the days there will be underwater fish and critter hunts for the area's most celebrated species, whilst informal lectures will take place every evening after dinner.

Here's what you can expect...

Underwater Photo/Video Workshop:

  • How to capture winning marine wildlife portraits
  • Tips on getting close to elusive subjects
  • Framing your subject
  • Waiting for the right moment

Special Nightly Presentations include:

  • Cephalopod behavior: The outrageous antics of octopus, cuttlefish and squid
  • Symbiosis and Camouflage: Hiding in plain sight
  • The diverse reproductive behavior of reef fishes

We guarantee that after spending an energizing week of fun and learning with a group of like-minded friends, diving will never be the same!


  • Week 1     24-31 May 2014
  • Week 2     31 May - 7 June 2014

There are a few places left, Email and be sure to book your place today!

Fish Geek Week 2013.

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MarkErdmann.jpgWe’re delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Erdmann is coming back to Eco Divers this year, after the success of Fish Geek Week 2012 and the associated first ever Fish Survey of Bunaken National Park.


The 2013 dates for Fish Geek Week are the week of 31 August to 07 September. As with last year, our Guest Lecturer will give informative, educational and entertaining free talks each evening after diving.


And again, as last year, guests have nothing extra to pay to join this special event – Mark will be sharing his vast knowledge of the underwater realm out of the goodness of his heart.

We are very grateful to him for his generosity and we look forward to welcoming him back and assisting him with his second Bunaken fish survey, which will add to the database of our national park and aid in its conservation. We hope you’ll join us for Fish Geek Week.

To do so, just book a minimum 7-night stay at Eco Divers Manado & Minahasa Lagoon Resort:

2013-04-05.jpgWant to learn all about underwater photography? Then there's no better place to be than at award-winning Eco Divers Resort Lembeh this September.


Wolfgang Pölzer, respected underwater photo journalist, book author and double gold medallist at the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography, will be running a FREE week-long underwater photography workshop: plenty of diving, discovery and underwater fun, plus nightly presentations. Dates run from 28th September to 5th October.


Wolfgang has won numerous top international prizes including gold medals at the CMAS world championship on two separate occasions: 1998 (category "Macro") and 2002 (category "wide angle") and at Antibes in 2000 (category "software image"). Born in a small town in Austria, he studied marine biology at university and over the past fifteen years has published many books and worked as freelance journalist and photographer for several diving, travel and nature magazines.


In this workshop everybody – from beginner to professional – can learn from his extensive knowledge, through nightly slide shows and also one-on-one critique sessions with individual guests. Taking part is absolutely free when guests book a 7-night package, as Wolfgang is offering his workshop purely out of his aspiration to share a love of underwater photography.


To book your stay at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh:

FishGeeks.jpgFish Geek Week just took place at Minahasa Lagoon Resort in Manado, as part of the events planned to celebrate the resort’s 10th Anniversary.

Guests had been promised a wealth of new knowledge about North Sulawesi’s umpteen fish species, with talks by three leading authorities on marine biology and ecology: Dr. Mark Erdmann, Dr. Gerry Allen and Dr. Massimo Boyer. They were not disappointed. The famous scientists delivered wonderful nightly presentations on fish identification, biology, behaviour and much more, accompanied by stunningly colourful slide shows.

But what the guests were maybe surprised to find was that the week was not just informative; it was also great fun! This was due in no small part to the amazingly inclusive approach these three amazing Guest Lecturers brought to the event. Each presentation was delivered with unbridled enthusiasm. The passion Mark, Gerry & Massimo have for the magnificent underwater world clearly shone through and the attending guests couldn’t help but be inspired by this, to seek further understanding of the beautiful animals we all see on every dive but sometimes take for granted.

The week was rounded off with a treasure hunt dive on the last morning, followed by a closing party where guests won prizes such as a week’s stay at Minahasa Lagoon, six days of diving with Eco Divers, dive accessories, bath amenities and more.

Every guest attending also received a fantastic free gift - a book on the natural history of Bunaken National Park, by Arnaz Mehta. The Gala Dinner of local specialty dishes was the last chapter in what turned out to be a hugely enjoyable week. We’re immensely grateful to Mark, Gerry & Massimo for taking time to share their expert knowledge with us, our staff and customers.

We’re now thinking we might repeat Fish Geek Week in 2013. Who knows, if we do, maybe next time we’ll allow a few “Nudi Nerds” to join in the fun….


This is simply THE best opportunity this year in Asia to take your photo skills to the next level.

World-renowned photo geniuses Takako Uno, Stephen Wong and Jason Isley will be sharing their secrets for free, through nightly workshops and presentations.

This week is open to any and all, from beginner to accomplished photographer. The celebrations will be rounded off with a Gala Dinner & Birthday Party.

Each evening’s lecture will run around 25 minutes, conducted by Jason, Stephen and Takako. Additionally after each talk our Guest Lecturers will make themselves available to individual guests, to offer further tips and advice. Each day our Guests Lecturers will accompany guests on the dive trips, to continue offering advice as guests require.

This event is totally free of charge, there is nothing extra to pay, just book a one week all inclusive dive package with Eco Divers Manado.



For full details, click here or send an email to

vertical.jpgThere's still time to join this wonderful free biology week with Eco Divers Manado at Minahasa Lagoon Resort, Manado, with lectures by three of the top authorities in marine biology: Mark Erdmann, Gerry Allen & Massimo Boyer.

Each night free biology workshops will be given, whilst each morning before diving the lecturers will brief divers on the behaviour and habitat of various families of fish, so divers can then have fun that day trying to identify various species.

The lecturers will help to identify any strange fishes spotted and photographed.

Fish Geek Week also includes an underwater treasure hunt with great prizes and a Gala Dinner & Birthday Party Night.

Nightly Workshops

  • An introduction to Manado & Bunaken
  • An introduction to Coral Reef Fishes and their Identification
  • Extreme Biodiversity: in search of Indonesia's marine biodiversity epicenter
  • Biology and Conservation of the Indonesian Coelacanth Fish
  • Advanced Coral Reef Fish Identification and Natural History
  • Highlights of Reef Fish Observations during North Sulawesi Fish Geek Week

The package costs just EUR 1085 (USD 1381) per person and includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a double room, 6 days of diving (up to 3 day-dives per day), all meals, airport transfers, tax & service.



For full details, click here or send an email to

Eco-Manado-Logo.gifAs Minahasa Lagoon Resort celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, three different Birthday Party Packages have been put together offering many free extra activities:

Month of May

Celebrate North Sulawesi’s natural and culture heritage, through a series of free nature tours, local cultural dances and traditional Indonesian spa treatments.

Fish Geek Week, 01-08 Sep

A free workshop on North Sulawesi’s underwater riches, hosted by three of the world’s most illustrious names in marine biology: Massimo Boyer, Gerry Allen & Mark Erdmann.

Learn Underwater Photography week, 24 Nov to 01 Dec

Nightly free workshops by world-renowned photo geniuses 
Jason Isley, Stephen Wong & Takako Uno.


To join any of these free events, simply book a 7-night all inclusive dive package with Eco Divers Manado.

Click here for further details: or just send a booking enquiry to

ned-anna.jpgYou still have time to secure your place on our biology workshop in June with Ned & Anna DeLoach.

The workshop is free when you book a 7-night dive package at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh. The package costs just EUR 1058 (US$ 1390) per person and includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a double room, 6 days of diving (up to 3 day-dives per day), all meals, airport transfers, tax & service.

Full details of the 2012 Lembeh Fish & Critter Hunt are available here: or just send a booking enquiry to


Minahasa Lagoon Resort is celebrating its 10th anniversary since inception and to mark the occasion there will be three very different Birthday Party Packages, each offering many free extra activities.


Book your holiday during one of our Party Weeks and come join in the fun! We’ve got three very different parties planned:


  • Month of May - North Sulawesi's Nature & Culture
  • 01-08 September - Fish Geek Week
  • 24 November-01 December - Learn Underwater Photography Week



The first is throughout the month of May, when we’ll be celebrating North Sulawesi’s natural and culture heritage with a series of nature tours, local cultural dances and traditional Indonesian spa treatments.

01-08 September is Fish Geek Week: Guests will have the opportunity to join an educational week on North Sulawesi’s underwater riches, with nightly workshops by three of the world’s most illustrious names in marine biology: Massimo Boyer, Gerry Allen and Mark Erdmann.

24 November to 01 December is Learn Underwater Photography Week, with nightly workshops by world-renowned photo geniuses Takako Uno, Stephen Wong and Jason Isley.

All three events are completely free of charge when one books a minimum of 7 nights All Inclusive Dive Package at Minahasa Lagoon / Eco Divers Manado. There also promises to be many more free fun activities, competitions, prize-giving and a Birthday Dinner Party Night each week.

Click here for further details:

To make your enquiry, email Eco Divers on

ned-anna.jpgWe’re delighted that interest in our free biology workshop with world-famous Ned & Anna DeLoach has been so much that the first two weeks are both almost fully-booked. Those people lucky enough to have a confirmed place on this “Critter Hunt” are in for a treat…

Great news: Ned & Anna have agreed to extend their workshop at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh into a third week, from 16 to 23 June!! This means that 14 more places are now available. But book now, as it’s first come, first served. There definitely won’t be a fourth week, so this is really is the last chance for anyone who wants to learn all about fish behaviour to join Ned & Anna at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh. See details here: or just send a booking enquiry to


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