2017 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Workshop
Join us December 5 - 15, 2017 for some of the most amazing diving in the world on one of Indonesia's most luxurious liveaboards with a maximum of only 12 divers!! Trip led by Ron Watkins.
About the Trip
The jewel-like islands of Raja Ampat are caressed by a convergence of swift nutrient-rich currents. Here the pulse of marine life thrives from the sea floor to the surface where the kaleidoscope of corals can start in less than a meter of water. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters abound of course, and photo opportunities border on overwhelming. But at the end of the day, the most memorable moments for us are what can rarely be captured in digital format: the incredible experience of drifting along miles of exquisite reef brimming with hues and activity, the likes of which few have ever experienced.
Damai II has been specifically designed for cruising and diving in the tropical waters of Indonesia, with passenger well-being always the top priority. Equipped with the latest navigation, communication and safety equipment, the DIVE DAMAI fleet sets a new standard for safety as well as comfort, service and passenger amenities. Of course even the best ship is only as good as her crew, and this is another area where DIVE DAMAI shines. Every trip is managed by a highly qualified and experienced western cruise director, complimented by an ever-helpful Indonesian crew, all of whom are dedicated to making your diving holiday the trip of a lifetime.
> All meals, snacks, soft drinks, beer, and one glass of wine at dinner. Additional wine and spirits extra.
> Unlimited diving, including night dives. Maximum diver to guide ratio of 4:1
> Full rental gear: BCD, regulator, 3mm or 5mm wetsuit, mask, fins, and computer
> Tanks, weights, weight belts, pony bottles (spare air) and dive torches
> Laundry service
> Land tours and group activities organized by Dive Damai during the cruise
> National park entrance fee and government taxes
> All vessel port and harbor fees
> Transfers to and from Sorong airport or a local hotel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
> Dive insurance (compulsory) - we recommend DAN!
> Indonesian visa ($25) and airport departure tax (approx $16 USD)
> Airfare to and from Sorong. We can work with the Damai concierge team to assist in arranging your travel within Indonesia.
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.
Itinerary & Flight information
The trip will begin and end in Sorong. When the time comes (no sooner than 1 year before departure) we can assist you with flight suggestions and booking.
The itinerary can be variable and will be planned according to the direction of the trip leader and cruise director on board. They will have a good idea at that time of the conditions at the various locations. A typical December itinerary would include the following locations.
Days 1 - 3: Dampier Strait, Arborek, Waigeo, Aljui Bay (all considered to be Northern Raja Ampat)
Days 4 - 7: Move to "Southern Raja Ampat" - Bo'o, Fiabacet, Daram, Balbulol
Days 8 - 10: Slowly move north back to Sorong - Batanta, Yanggefo, Kri, etc.
About Damai II Vessel
- Individual rinse tanks
- Dedicated camera room with individual workstations, has both 110V and 220V connections
- An underwater photo-video pro at your disposal to assist in any field you might need
- Maximum of 12 divers on the trip, including the trip leader
- Check out the boat info and great reviews of the Damai
Marine Life to Photograph
Raja Ampat has one of the highest numbers of fish species of anywhere on the planet. Here are just a few examples of marine life you're likely to see: wobbegong sharks, jacks, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, trevally, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorses, batfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, barramundi cod, and a good variety of nudibranchs.
If you look a little deeper when the current picks up, you can see reef sharks at most sites, especially at places like Blue Magic and Sardines. These are also prime locations for schooling fish, which tend to gather when the current is running. At such times, it’s not unusual to be surrounded by clouds of fusiliers and surgeonfish in mid-water, while legions of sweetlips completely obscure large coral heads below.
Average Raja water temperatures in December are in the low to mid 80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended.
- 20% of trip cost - Deposit, due at booking
- 40% of trip cost - Due 5/15/17
- 40% of trip cost - Due 8/15/17
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to book your spot!
- Call us at (310) 915-6677
- Stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230
Photos of Damai Vessel