Bluewater Photo's 2018 Anilao Underwater Photo Workshop
Join Bluewater Photo in April/May 2018 for the annual Anilao workshops, and some amazing reef and critter diving at Crystal Blue Resort.
April 19 - April 29 (10 Nights)
April 29 - May 6, 2018 (7 Nights)*
Led by Erik Lukas
10 Nights: $2,299 Shared Room, $2,849 Private Room
*We will hold some rooms from May 6-9, so guests can stay for 10 nights
✓ Debatably of the best Macro diving in the world!
✓ Awesome itineraries, packed full of diving and workshop lessons
✓ One of our most popular workshops offered
✓ Leaders who care about their guests' experiences
✓ We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value
✓ Gear discounts and other benefits
✓ Great support if flight/weather issues occur
✓ "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue. They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki
Trip Overview - "This was the best organized and informative photo trip that I have been on, and I’ve been on a few.” - Harry O'Neil
The trips are led by Erik Lukas and in addition, Anilao expert Mike Bartick will be at both workshops! Mike knows the Anilao reefs inside and out, and will show you where to take that perfect wide-angle, macro or critter behavior shot.
> Small 'dive guide to diver' ratios and long dive times
> We will visit the best dive sites early and often! Most sites are just 10 - 20 minutes from the resort.
> Prizes for photographing the most critters, the most nudibranch species, best video, and the best macro, wide-angle, and behavior shots
> Photographers with even the smallest point and shoot camera will feel very welcome here, and you will go home with some great shots
> Single rooms are available. Please email us for rates.
To get a little insight as to what the workshop is like, read some detailed testimonals from our 2012 trip, here!
Dive Overview - Anilao boasts some of the richest reefs in the world. Whether at 10ft or 100ft beneath the surface, you will be inundated with photo subjects that will fill up your memory card before the day is over. Almost all species on our critter list can be found in Anilao - such as Rhinopias, blue-ring octopus, hairy frogfish, pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish & Bobbit worms. Anilao is also the nudibranch capital of the world!
✓ 10 nights of deluxe accommodations in sealed rooms with air-conditioning
✓ Daily photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography
✓ 36 dives (includes night dives)
✓ All meals
✗ Nitrox ($99 for the week)
✗ Transfers ($100 round trip from Manila airport)
Daily Photo Workshops - Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter, and composition. Help underwater is also given.
> Day one of the trip (i.e. arrival day) will include two dives in the afternoon. It is recommended that you arrive either the day before and spend the night at an airport hotel, or arrive before 10am on the morning of the first day. There are no refunds for missed dives if you arrive late!
> Each subsequent day of the trip includes four dives consisting of two in the morning and two in the afternoon. There will be underwater photo seminars and image reviews in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
> On the second to last day there will be 2 morning dives and departure will be on the following day at 8 am back to MNL. Shuttle transfers take approx 3.5 hours between Anilao-Manila so book your departure flight sometime in the afternoon (we recommend anytime after 2:30-3:00 PM to be safe).
*If your flight doesn't depart until the evening, you may want to consider getting a "day room" somewhere in Manila so you can be dropped off there instead of the airport so early!
Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.
"I am passionate about underwater photography in general and have a special love for macro subjects. For me the things that are hardest to spot hold the most interest. Documenting the commensal and symbiotic relationships is for me the most interesting…the smaller and more bizarre the better. I also have a passion for sharing my knowledge with others. My goal with all of my workshops is to ensure each guest leaves with a group of images that they are proud to share."
About Crystal Blue Resort - Crystal Blue offers spectacular diving, amazing macro photography, knowledgeable guides, incredible cuisine and comfortable ocean-view accommodations. The resort has a bar, restaurant, spa, jacuzzi, awesome food and offers 17 rooms that consist of deluxe rooms, superior rooms and a large family villa.
Read the reviews of Crystal Blue Resort here.
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Or stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230
And let us book your dream vacation!