2018 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Workshop
Join us December 10 - 21, 2018 for some of the most amazing diving in the world on the beautiful Arenui a Boutique Liveaboard! Led By Mark Strickland.
December 10 - 21, 2018
Sorong to Sorong Route
Deluxe Cabin, Lower Deck, Per Person (occupancy 2) - $6,960 pp
Deluxe Cabin, Upper Deck, Per Person (occupancy 2) - $7,110 pp
Master cabin Per Person (occupancy 2) - $7,510 pp
*Rates are based in USD
Trip Overview - 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.
The Arenui offers a truely luxurious experience. A stunning wooden vessel, that offers a taste of the local culture but fitted with all the modern conveniences of a luxury hotel. With spacious cabins, a luxury restaurant, top-deck sky lounge, and 22 staff members aboard a 16 guest you can expect nothing but the best when taking this trip! Come join us over your Holidays and experience some of the best diving this world has to offer!
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.
December Conditions - Average Raja water temperatures in December are in the low to mid 80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended.
✓ All meals (a variety of International feasts and local cuisine), snacks, soft drinks.
✓ Up to 4 dives a day will be offered including night dives (34-36 dives total)
✓ Tanks, weights, and weight belts included
✓ All Taxes
✓ Daily Photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography
✓ Sorong airport transfers on cruise dates
✗ Fuel surcharge
✗ Dive insurance
✗ Administration/port clearance & park fees
✗ Indonesian visa ($25) and airport departure tax (approx $16 USD)
✗ Alcoholic beverages
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.
Trip Schedule - The trip will begin and end in Sorong. 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 itinerary would combine the best dive sites throughout Raja. The great highlights include the soft coral heaven of Misool, Manta Sandy cleaning station and huge schools of fish near Farondi.
Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Virgin Islands, Australia, and Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of liveaboards. Mark now resides in Ventura county, California.
An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book.
Mark's photos and articles have appeared in magazines and books around the world, including Action Asia, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic World, Natural History, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Sportdiving, Unterwasser and many others. In addition to representation by several stock photo agencies, Mark operates his own photo library, Mark Strickland Photography, www.markstrickland.com.
"Over many decades of diving, I've gone on a number of photo workshops on liveaboard trips, but none come close to the standard set by Mark Strickland! Every day we had an hour or more discussion about some aspect of underwater photography, including some specialized topics that helped a lot, plus an image review of three or four shots each diver had taken that day. Mark's critiques were always constructive and our photos got steadily better. Mark is also a great guy, fun to travel with, fun to dive with. He never minded being asked for help, either! All in all one of the best trips ever! And we for sure will go on another of his trips soon!" - Tom Baker
"I'm a better shooter as a result of Mark's instruction" - Mark Hatter
"Mark was patient, knowledgeable, organized, and friendly. He had a concern for all of us--travel-wise and photography-wise. He was one of the best." and "Mark and Adam made me tremendous fan of Blue Water Travel and will absolutely guarantee that I will book another trip with them again. You guys more than rock." - Dr. Ray T.
About the Arenui - To live up to their motto of being "The Boutique Liveaboard", attention has been given to every aspect of the Arenui to ensure that it fully embodies their philosophy of providing a unique dive holiday experience. The Arenui has been designed to host a maximum of 16 passengers in 8 exceptionally spacious cabins (starting from 19 squared meters). Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom and individual air conditioning.
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