Bluewater Photo's 2019 Anilao Underwater Photo Workshops
Join Bluewater Photo in April/May 2019 for the annual Anilao workshops, and some amazing reef and critter diving at Crystal Blue Resort.
April 25 - May 5, 2019 (10 Nights)
Led by Erik Lukas, Mike Bartick & Tommy Stylski
May 5 - 12, 2019 (7 Nights)*
Led by Erik Lukas, Mike Bartick & TBD
10 Nights: $2,299 Shared Room, $2,849 Private Room
*We will hold some rooms from May 12 - 15, so guests can stay for 10 nights
✓ Daily photography workshops by photo pro at no extra cost, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike
✓ Trip designed to shoot photos - We select liveaboards that provide photographer-friendly facilities. The dive guides are also there to enable you to get photos, not just show you the reef
✓ Debatably of the best Macro diving in the world!
✓ One of our most popular workshops offered
✓ Leaders who care about their guests' experiences
The trips are led by Erik Lukas and in addition, Anilao expert Mike Bartick will be there as well! 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.
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!
Here's the schedule of this trip
> 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!
To get a little insight as to what the workshop is like, read the report from our 2018 trip, here!
✓ 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)
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.
Flight Information - We recommend guests arrive into Manila one day before the workshop begins and stay in a nearby hotel. We have 3 hotel recommendations for guests; The Manila Marriott, Resorts World Hotel or The Belmont Hotel - all very close to the airport. Alternatively, you can arrive at the Manila airport (code: MNL) the morning of first day of the workshop before 10am and the shuttle will pick you up directly from the airport. Everyone will leave in the morning of the last day (approx 8:00am) and be transferred back to the airport. Booking an afternoon/evening flight would be advised. If you have any questions, please email us for recommended departure/arrival times. We will arrange your transport to the resort.
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."
Tommy Stylski is an avid marine life photographer, ocean lover and diver of over 20 years. His dad introduced him to scuba at a young age while vacationing in Tulum, Mexico. Now a certified dive master, he’s led hundreds of trips and has worked with both novice and the most advanced divers. Diving has provided him opportunities to travel, visit many Caribbean destinations, lead workshops in the Phillipines, photograph sharks in Fiji and explore the kelp forests of California. These experiences have instilled in him a deep respect for our oceans.
Now planted in a small beach town, Tommy enjoys a surf before work and time with his family.
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.
Check out this page for more information on what to expect from our photography workshops as well as some testimonials!
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