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Anilao Trip Report December 2023

Clown fish guarding eggs in Anilao Philippines by Kevin K Hurtz
Throughout the Anilao workshop, instruction remained a cornerstone, featuring six comprehensive presentations covering macro photography, snoot shooting, creative techniques, wide-angle photography, blackwater shooting, and a live Lightroom demonstration. Daily image reviews were conducted to gauge guest progress following the formal instructions. Interestingly, these sessions often resulted in overwhelmingly positive comments from both instructors and guests, underscoring the exceptional quality of the images produced.

Dumaguete Trip Report 2023

A closeup photo of a Shaun the Sheep Nudibranch in Dumaguette
Dumaguete is well known by underwater photographers and marine life enthusiasts for its superb diving and warm Filipino hospitality, and it easily lived up to this reputation during our stay. Read our full trip recap from this year's underwater photography workshop!

Anilao Spring 2023 Trip Recap

Anilao Trip Recap 2023
Anilao Underwater Photo Workshops 2023 offer two back-to-back workshops in one of the greatest macro destinations in the world. The 2023 workshops were both sold-out events, consisting of a mix of novice photographers who were visiting the region for the first time ever, to advanced shooters who have been to multiple workshops over the years. Find out all about our trip (with photos)!
Muck diving

What is "muck diving"?

Over the years, “muck diving” has become increasingly popular, especially among underwater photographers. For those of you who don’t know, muck diving refers to the practice of searching the ocean floor, often made up of black sand, sediment and general muck, for the tiny critters that live there. It’s the antithesis of diving vast coral reefs and gawking at massive schools of fish as they swim past.

Philippines Travel Updates


Philippines Travel, Covid & Vaccine Updates

New Rules - Highlights

    • • The Philippines is open to tourism as of Feb 10th, 2022
    • • Visitors must be fully vaccinated; CDC cards from the USA are accepted
    • • A negative PCR test must be taken within 48 hours before departure
    • • If these conditions are met, there is no quarantine

Best Diving in Asia

best diving in asia

Stretching from Turkey in the west to the far eastern tip of arctic Russia, and south as far as the tropical Indonesian island of Java, Asia is the largest continent on earth. Covering one-third of the globe’s landmass and bordered by the Arctic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, Asia offers an extraordinary variety of environments and access to some of the world’s best scuba diving spots in places such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Top 20 Dive Sites in the World

Coral adorns a column at one of the best dive sites in the world

Top 20 Dive Sites in the World


Every diver has their favorite site; a hidden gem on their doorstep they’ve explored a hundred times, or perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime vacation dive that conjures awesome memories. From historic shipwrecks to breathtaking marine life hotspots, spectacular coral reefs to lesser-known but equally special locations, we’ve pulled together our Bluewater best dive sites in the world. Each of these sites has been carefully selected by one of our well-traveled Trip Leaders, and they all guarantee some fantastic diving.



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