Fiji Photo Workshop October 2022

 

Fiji photo workshop 2022

Join us in the soft coral capital of the world! This underwater photography workshop spends 3 nights at The Pearl Resort and 7 nights at Volivoli Beach Resort, the ultimate paradise in Fiji for divers.

October 20 - 30, 2022

3 nights at The Pearl Resort & 7 nights at the Volivoli Beach Resort

Led by: Craig Dietrich

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10 Nights in a Garden View & Ocean View Room

Twin Share Room -  $3,237 per person

Single Room -  $3,895 per person

Non-Diver Option (Twin Share) - $1,893 per person

Room upgrade options available upon request and availability.

 

WHY JOIN THIS TRIP

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • World-class destination known as the soft coral capital of the world 
  • Best shark diving in Fiji with several species of sharks including bull sharks, silvertip sharks, lemon sharks, and the occasional tiger shark.
  • Amazing beachfront resorts (The Pearl Resort/Volivoli Beach Resort) with 50+ dive sites no more than a 20-minute boat ride away
  • Unlimited shore diving on dive days
  • All-inclusive price: accommodation, diving, all meals, transfers, and taxes included

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Trip Overview

Start off your Fijian adventure with 2 days of exhilarating shark diving in the Pacific Harbor area where you have the opportunity to observe and photograph several species of sharks, including bull sharks, silvertip sharks, lemon sharks, and the occasional tiger shark. There is also the opportunity to explore the hard coral reefs and massive sea fan gardens in the southern part of Viti Levu.

In Fiji, it’s all about the corals. The colors are so incredibly vibrant and the anthias so plentiful that it’s hard to ever look away. Around every corner is the next world-class image. One of the main draws of diving Fiji is the reef scenes - they are quite spectacular!

The gorgeous, lush, color-splashed images of Fiji that you see in dive publications are courtesy of a soft coral called dendronephthya. Few other places in the world offer such an abundance of this coral, nor the wide spectrum of colors, ranging from pink, purple, and orange, to yellow, and fiery red. Dendronephthya soft coral needs a brisk current to really look their best. With little current present the soft coral colors are muted, but as the current increases they inflate with water and their color really begins to glow. As the current picks up, planktivores such as beautifully colored scale fin anthias spring up off the reef in polarized schools. Together, this forms a rich pageantry of color. Underwater photographers will want to shoot when some current is present, making a dramatic difference to the color of the underwater imagery.

One of the best places for soft coral in Fiji is the Bligh Waters between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu where there are numerous reefs and pinnacles. The reefs in the surrounding Bligh Waters, also known as The Vatu-I-Ra Passage, are some of the healthiest in the world, with very little pollution and few boats, so you’ll be able to see an array of marine life including anemone fish, turtles, colorful soft coral, and reef sharks. 

Volivoli Beach Resort is known for its proximity to Bligh Waters. There are over 50 superb dive sites no more than a 20-minute boat ride away, and some of the most popular ones are in the fascinating Bligh Waters. 

  

MARINE LIFE TO PHOTOGRAPH

You’re going to see the healthiest soft coral in the world, more colors than you can imagine, and some extremely rare macro creatures—like the ornate ghost pipefish, orangutan crabs, frogfish, nudibranch, and seahorses — and in all likelihood, turtles, moray eels, schools of barracuda, trevally, giant groupers, grey, black and white tip reef sharks, and the occasional tiger shark.

Fiji underwater photo Fiji underwater photo

Fiji Photo Workshop 2022 Fiji Photo Workshop 2022

Read the reviews on diving Fiji here.

 

TRIP TYPE

This trip is a PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. It will be led by one of our photo instructors and will include daily underwater photography tutorials, in-water photography support, and one-to-one advice and guidance as required.

What to expect from our Photo Workshops

  • Daily photo workshops - Your photo instructor will schedule seminars each day on topics including, but not limited to, equipment type and selection, the concept of underwater photography, lighting and composition techniques, and post-processing. They will also include topics relevant to the location and your experience such as wide-angle, and macro-specific workshops and assignments.
  • In-water support - Where possible, each dive group will spend time underwater with the photo instructor, receiving in-water support and guidance on their shooting techniques.  Participants can also request in-water assistance during the workshop and the photo instructor will do his or her best to accommodate all requests. 
  • Consecutive days of practice & review - Each day you will have the opportunity to practice the techniques and skills learned in the previous day’s tutorials. If you are new to underwater photography you will likely see a vast improvement in just a few days.
  • Daily photo image reviews - You are strongly encouraged to bring your laptop, a thumb drive, edit your photos, and submit your shots for review from both the instructor and your peers. These are fun and interactive sessions encouraging you to improve throughout the trip.
  • Quality time with fellow photographers - Both new and experienced photographers from past workshops have expressed the advantages of joining a trip with like-minded divers with a passion for underwater photography.
  • Suitable for everyone - New and experienced photographers are welcome on all our trips. Gain the necessary skills to start shooting great photos, increase your confidence in finding the best underwater shots, or hone specific skills. We also encourage non-photographers to join, as many of them really enjoy the daily photo reviews, learning about underwater photography, and some have even returned to a photo workshop with an underwater camera setup!

Enjoy free, unlimited access to a wealth of knowledge and advice from your photo instructor.

 

Diving Conditions in October

June through October is the dry season. During that time, the water is clearest with visibility often reaching 100 feet or more, but it can be windy and water temperatures can drop into the mid-70s. Most likely marine life sightings during this season include sharks, eagle rays, whales, and turtles.

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Inclusions

  • Round trip Nadi International Airport/resort transfers
  • 10 nights’ accommodation (3-nights Garden View at The Pearl & 7-nights Ocean View at Volivoli Beach Resort)
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Full meal plan – 3 meals daily with juice, milk, rainwater, coffee, and tea at breakfast
  • 2 days of 2-tank shark dives and 1 day of 2-tank reef dives at Pacific Harbour, 3 days of 2-tank boat diving, and 2 days of 3-tank boat diving at Volivoli Beach Resort – includes all tanks, weights, and dive guide
  • Unlimited shore diving on the 3 House Reefs at Volivoli Beach Resort
  • Beach BBQ & Traditional Meke performance and Fijian Lovo night
  • Free use of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and a variety of complimentary resort activities

 

 

Exclusions

  • Nitrox ($100 USD when prepaid at Volivoli)
  • Beverages
  • Lobster and Crab menu items (Market price)
  • Personal dive equipment 
  • Dive Courses 
  • Extra dives & night dives
  • Wifi ($100 FJD unlimited for 2 devices at Volivoli)
  • Dive Insurance (diving insurance is MANDATORY)
  • Travel Insurance: click here to learn more about our preferred plan

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Important Information

  • No. of dives:  2 days of 2-tank shark dives and 1 day of 2-tank reef dives at Pacific Harbour, 3 days of 2-tank boat diving, and 2 days of 3-tank boat diving at Volivoli Beach Resort – includes all tanks, weights, and dive guide
  • Avg. visibility: 50 - 130 feet
  • Required skill: Beginner to advanced
  • Wetsuit needed: 3-5mm full-length wetsuit (recommended)
  • Topside temperature: 72-81°F (22-27°C) in October
  • Currents: We can, and regularly do, encounter medium to strong current

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ABOUT The Pearl Resort

The Pearl Resort is an elegant, sun-drenched resort within the sublime environs of Pacific Harbour, between Suva and Nadi. You can enjoy world-class facilities when you stay at The Pearl Resort and choose from four stylish accommodation options to set the perfect mood for your holiday.

The Pearl South Pacific Resort The Pearl South Pacific Resort

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ABOUT Volivoli beach resort

Volivoli Beach Resort is the ultimate diving paradise in Fiji for beginners and advanced divers alike, located in one of Fiji's best diving destinations. They offer 32 comfortable rooms with panoramic beach and ocean views.

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Volivoli Beach Resort Volivoli Beach Resort

 

The Volivoli Beach Resort also just recently opened its brand new camera room, which can accommodate up to 14 people and comes complete with international and USB charging ports, and individual air-guns at each workstation.

Volivoli Beach Resort Volivoli Beach Resort 

 

Resort Amenities

  • 2 x licensed restaurants and  3x bars
  • Large swimming pool with swim-up bar
  • Onsite dive operation – RA Divers
  • Airport transfer service
  • Multiple happy hours
  • Large screen TV for sports events
  • Hammocks
  • Poolside furniture
  • Day spa
  • Beachside bar
  • Beach towels
  • Beachfront location
  • Lush tropical gardens
  • 24-hour main grid power
  • Onsite backup generator
  • Reception and day room facilities
  • All tide swimming beach
  • Weekly beach BBQ

Read more about Volivoli Beach Resort here.

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ABOUT THE TRIP LEADER

Craig Dietrich is an award-winning underwater photographer based in Jupiter, Florida. From an early age Craig felt the need to express himself artistically and the first time he picked up a camera, he knew he had found the perfect outlet for his creativity and sparked what would become a life-altering passion for photography. Craig served our country as a Naval photographer during both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm when he was given the opportunity to travel the world and his thirst for adventure was born.
  • After the Navy, Craig learned to scuba dive. Upon breaking the surface the first time, he knew this was a world he wanted to be a part of and a second passion was ignited. Longing to share that world with others, he put together his two greatest loves and ventured into the world of underwater photography.
  • Craig’s underwater photography has been featured in multiple dive publications, won multiple awards, and has been sold in upscale galleries from Carmel, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He now makes his living teaching underwater photography and selling his photography at art shows throughout the southeastern United States. 

To learn more about Craig's work, visit www.dietrichunderwater.com

 

 

Travel Information

  • International flights: Guests should fly into and out of Nadi international airport (code: NAN).
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure: Round trip Nadi airport/resort transfers are included in the price.  The resort is a two-and-a-half to three hour drive from Nadi International Airport.

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Payment Schedule  

Deposit: $800

1 March 2022: $1000

15 July 2022: Final Payment 

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Underwater Photos from Previous Trips  

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Fiji on the Nai'a Fiji on the Nai'a

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