Raja Ampat Underwater Photography Workshop 2026 - Bluewater Dive Travel

Supreme Luxury Raja Ampat Peak Season Liveaboard 2026

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Supreme Luxury Raja Ampat Peak Season Liveaboard 2026

Join us from February 2 - 13, 2026 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! 


Why Join This Trip?

  • Discover why our Raja trips are the pinnacle of diving with insane biodiversity
  • Raja is considered by many to be their #1 top bucket list dive destination in the world
  • 11-night route dives the absolute best of Raja, including top north & south dive sites
  • With only 12 guests, the Damai I delivers the top luxury liveaboard experience in the world
  • Manta rays, wobbegong sharks, mind-blowing corals and schooling fish, highest marine diversity in the world
  • Includes FREE optional photo workshop

February 2 - 13, 2026

Trip Leader: Mike Smith

11 Nights for:

Double Cabin: $7,040

Master Cabin 5: $7,590

Master Cabin 6: $8,360

Single Cabin: $9,390

Cabin 7: $6,275

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Prices are per person and include dive gear, massages, and laundry. Read the package details here


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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 a rainbow of hues and activity, the likes of which few have ever experienced.

Read all about our 2023 trip to Raja Ampat here. 

Dive Damai Dive Damai 

The Damai I 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.

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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. 

See also: Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide

Weather Conditions

Average Raja water temperatures in Raja Ampat are in the low to mid-80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended. 


Read the reviews on diving Raja Ampat here

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  • FREE daily photo workshops and tutorials
  • FREE Nitrox 
  • Accommodations in a standard cabin, double occupancy 
  • All meals and drinks while on board (excluding wine and spirits). One glass of wine per person each night will be complimentary. 
  • Unlimited daytime diving and night dives (as per request and schedule permitting)  
  • Full rental gear 
  • Tanks, weights, and weight belts 
  • Laundry service 
  • Massages 
  • Land tours and group activities organized by Dive Damai during the cruise 
  • Government taxes 
  • Return transfers to/from the vessel to/from the airport or hotel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, within a distance of 20km



  • All vessel port and harbour fees ($440 per person, subject to change) 
  • National Park/maritime areas entrance fee ($150 per person, subject to change) 
  • Dive insurance MANDATORY
  • Travel insurance MANDATORY
  • Airfare to and from Sorong. Please ask us for airfare assistance if required 
  • Visa, hotels, and food ashore before and after the cruise 
  • Gratuity


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 additional topics relevant to the location and your experience.
  • 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.

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Trip Schedule

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 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.

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About The Damai I

The vessel has 7 staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. Cabins 1 and 3 can be configured with a double bed or two single beds, while Cabins 2 and 3 contain a double bed. Cabin 5 and 6 are the biggest cabin at 40sq. meters and 35sq. meters, respectively. Both can have a king-sized bed or two large single beds and offer an amazing view of the ocean. Cabin 6 also comes with its own private balcony. Cabin 7 can be configured with a king double or twin beds and has direct access to the sun deck. All cabins come complete with a desk, wardrobe, reading lights, and a bedside table. All rooms are also fully airconditioned.

Arenui Liveaboard Damai I

DAMAI I's Cabin 1 and 2

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Cabins 5, 6 & 7

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En-suite Bathrooms

Read the reviews of the Damai I here. 

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Flight Information

The trip will begin and end in Sorong. The recommended route is to fly internationally to Jakarta and then take a domestic transfer to Sorong. We recommend arriving into Sorong at least 1 day before embarkation to allow time to rest and for delayed flights/baggage. We are happy to assist you with flight suggestions and hotel bookings if required.

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About The Trip Leader

Mike Smith is a professional photographer currently living in Singapore. A British citizen, he was born in Africa and was brought up in Asia and South America while attending British boarding schools. Mike retired early from a corporate executive career to follow his long held dream to be a professional photographer. Around the same time Mike resumed his love of diving and it was a natural progression take his camera with him. Mike has dived extensively throughout South East Asia and always with his camera. Specialising in macro photography and specifically creative lighting techniques underwater, he has built up an extensive portfolio of images, some of which can be found on his website mjsphotostudios.com. Mike’s goal in leading workshops, first and foremost, is that everyone has a fun time and leave feeling they've learned something new and created images they are proud of.  

Learn more about Mike here.


Payment Schedule

  • Deposit to confirm trip: $1,200
  • $1,200 due January 1, 2025
  • $1,200 due August 1, 2025
  • Balance due: November 1, 2025

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We can help with that! See more of Indonesia before or after your trip with Bluewater. Flying all that way merits a multi-facceted vacation! Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation:

*Rates are subject to change at any time; please contact us for the most updated pricing. 


Price: $499 per person (double occupancy), $579 per person (single occupancy)

We have created the following Meridian Dive Adventures arrival package to make your stay in Sorong more pleasant and allow you time to adjust and carry out a check-dive before joining the Damai. As an added bonus, the Damai will pick you up from the resort jetty on embarkation day to avoid the transfer back to Sorong.


  • 2 nights accommodation 
  • Daily breakfast
  • Pick up from Sorong Airport on Day 1 and transfer to the resort
  • 2-tank morning dive on Day 2
  • Pick up from the resort jetty on Day 3 by the Damai 
  • Full equipment rental (excluding computer and torch)
  • Beach Towels, Tea, Coffee, Fresh Fruit and Drinking Water on all Dives


  • Meals not included above
  • Dive computer and torch
  • Raja Ampat Park Permit (approx $83USD, payable onsite in cash IDR only - IDR1,000,000)

Meridian Adventure Waisai Meridian Adventure Waisai



SEE also:

Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide 

Damai II Liveaboard: Amenities, Cabins, Reviews & More... 

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 email us at trips@bluewaterdivetravel.com

Or stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230 

And let us book your dream vacation!

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Photo Gallery 

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Raja Ampat Underwater Photos from Previous Trips

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