Anilao December 2019 Photo Workshop


Bluewater Photo's December 2019 Anilao Underwater Photo Workshop

Join Bluewater Photo in December 2019 in Anilao for some amazing reef and critter diving.

December 1 - 8, 2019

Led by Mark Hatter

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7 Nights for only $1,699

*We will hold some rooms from December 8 - 11, so guests can stay for 10 nights


Why Join This Trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • 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 
  • Considered by many to be the best macro diving in the world!
  • Awesome itineraries, packed full of diving and workshop lessons
  • One of our most popular workshops offered
  • Awesome testimonials, all listed below!
  • Leaders who care about their guests' experiences
  • 4 to 1 guide to guest ratio
  • Up to 4 dives a day, including night dives!

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Trip Overview

  • Package includes 7 nights, 8 days, with all meals
  • Up to 4 dives a day, with no afternoon dives on the 7th day (December 7). There will be a photo contest & group dinner on Dec 7. 
  • Deluxe accommodations in sealed rooms with air-conditioning
  • The resort also boasts 2 family rooms. They are larger than the deluxe rooms and are located at the lowest level of the resort, closest to the restaurant and dive shop. The family rooms are available for an additional $250.
  • Small 'dive guide to diver' ratios and long dive times
  • Daily photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography
  • 7 nights not enough? 10-night stays are available for $2,199 with up to 4 dives a day.
  • Single rooms are available for $2,299 for the 7-day workshop and $2,849 for the 10-day.
  • We will visit the best dive sites early and often! Most sites are just 10 - 20 minutes from the resort.
  • December is a great time to dive Anilao!
  • 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!
  • We will have several boats, so you can dive the type of sites you like
  • Additional costs: Nitrox ($99 for the week and highly recommended), transfers ($100 round trip from Manila airport), airfare
  • The workshop will run only for the first 7 days - if you purchase the 10-day package, you'll be booking the extra days at our phenomenal group rate, but there will not be any additional photo education



Read the great reviews on Crystal Blue Resort here.

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!



We also will see tons of crinoids, giant barrel sponges, mantis shrimp, garden eels, gobies, shrimps, crabs, seahorses, pipefish, several octopus species, and every kind of fish imaginable. Our group collectively will probably also find over 100 nudibranch species. There are calm sites, and sites with currents and pelagics. Muck and lush coral sites.

Bluewater Photo will show you where to take that perfect wide-angle, macro or critter behavior shot.

Here's the schedule for this trip:

  • Day one of the trip 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 (one of which is a daily night dive).
  • There will be no afternoon dives on the 7th day (December 7). This time is reserved for a photo contest and group dinner before you depart the next day (if you don't book the 10-night extension).
  • There will be underwater photo seminars and image reviews in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

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Trip Testimonials

  • "This was the best organized and informative photo trip that I have been on, and I’ve been on a few.” - Harry O'Neil
  • "This was my first trip with Bluewater Photo, and my trip with you was my best dive trip ever." - Christy Vail 
  • "I learned so much after each day we dived, the tuition was invaluable at the end of each day, and as a result, I was able to see the day-to-day improvements in my underwater pictures." - Warner Priest
  • "Scott and Mike are amazing underwater photographers, and they are passionate, patient, and eager to teach students of all levels and abilities." - Larry Naylor
  • "I'm loving this trip - thank you Scott so much for organizing it and all your help while you were here. And the amazing cake. Again, this trip is probably the best thing I've ever done - last night's dive to Twin Rocks was maybe the best dive of my life." - PT Hirschfield
  • "The dive sites were, of course, amazing sea life on every single dive, but more fun than that was being able to give your guide your wish list and knowing they’d work with you as a unit to try to find your subjects." - Suzan Meldonian
  • "It was a fantastic trip. Great diving, resort facilities and very helpful staff. I would go back to Crystal Blue Resort in a heartbeat. Not to mention the feedback, seminars and the slide shows by Scott and Mike have definitely helped me become a better photographer." - Nayan Savla
  • "Great trip! A very intense program with priceless underwater coaching. Looking forward to more." - Alex Sher
  • "I had a great time and learned a lot. Thanks! The diving was awesome and it was one of my best trips." - Chuck Dreyfus

crystal blue resort in Anilao

Mike Bartick teaching some photo pointers during our 2015 workshops!


See more photos from Anilao at the Anilao 2011 shootout page, the Anilao April 2013 workshop photos, and on our guide to diving Anilao.

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About Crystal Blue Resort Anilao

Above are the rooms at Crystal Blue Resort, near Anilao's best dive sites. The resort has a bar, restaurant, spa, jacuzzi, awesome food, and great rooms - along with a great dive center that pumps Nitrox!

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Flight Information

  • We recommend guests arrive in 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 8:00 am) 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.  

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About the Trip Leader

Bluewater Trip Leader Mark HatterMark Hatter is an accomplished photojournalist who has had nearly one hundred feature articles with many hundreds of images published in more than two dozen fly fishing and diving publications over the last two decades. His most recent destination features have appeared in Alert Diver and Diver (UK) magazines.

Mark has traveled the world in pursuit of new underwater photography challenges, including cold water destinations such as British Columbia and even in Antarctica in January 2018.

“Of course I love shooting in tropical locations but I think cold water diving is a great forcing function to hone one’s photography skills as the environment and equipment are much more demanding of a diver. Good image capture in cold water is particularly rewarding.” Mark tells us.

Mark has been shooting underwater since the early 1980s and has worked in both film and digital medium in his photojournalism pursuits. In 35 years of diving, Mark has logged over 2000 hours, much of it doing underwater photography. Currently, he teaches underwater photography classes locally at Seminole Scuba in Lake Mary, Florida. Learn more about Mark Hatter here


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