Raja Ampat Photo and Video Workshop December 2024

 

RAJA AMPAT Photo and video workshop 2024

Join us from December 11-20, 2024, for some of the most amazing diving in the world aboard the elegant 55-meter yacht managed by the Pearl Fleet, the White Pearl

December 11 - 20, 2024

Photo Instructor: Romona Robbins (Reynolds)
Video Instructor: Shane Reynolds

9 Nights:

$4,350 per person for a deluxe cabin

$5,000 per person for a master cabin

$5,655 per person for a suite 

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WHY JOIN THIS TRIP?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • Arguably the best diving in the world: highest number of fish and coral species in the world, great macro, amazing reefs and much more
  • FREE daily photo workshops
  • FREE nitrox
  • Aboard the elegant 55-meter yacht: the White Pearl

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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 the BWT trip to Raja Ampat in November 2019 here.


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The M/Y White Pearl is an elegant 55-meter yacht managed by the Pearl Fleet. With sleek and elegant designs for both the exterior and interior, the M/Y White Pearl is scheduled to launch in 2022. Guests are sure to have a luxurious and comfortable cruising experience onboard.

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Marine Life to Photograph

Raja Ampat has one of the highest numbers of fish species 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


December Conditions

Average Raja water temperatures in December 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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Inclusions

  • Full-board accommodation with 3 meals for every full day onboard.
  • Drinking water, coffee, tea and other hot beverages.
  • Two-way transfers between MY White Pearl and airport/jetty or certain hotels
  • Up to 3 to 4 guided dives a day.
  • 12L diving tanks, weights and weight belts.
  • Nitrox-filled diving tanks.

 

Exclusions

  • International flights.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • 15L tank rental and other dive gear rental.
  • Satellite internet connection - can be purchased onboard.
  • Diving insurance - MANDATORY- can be purchased onboard.
  • Marine Park Fees and Taxes.
  • Crew gratuities.

 

TRIP TYPE

This trip is a PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. It will be led by one photo instructor and one video instructor, and will include daily underwater photo & video tutorials, in-water photo/video support, and one-to-one advice and guidance as required.

What to expect from our Photo Workshops

  • Daily photo & video workshops - Your instructors will schedule seminars each day on topics including, but not limited to, equipment type and selection, the concept of underwater photography/ videography, 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 instructors, receiving in-water support and guidance on their shooting techniques.  Participants can also request in-water assistance during the workshop and the instructors will do their 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/ videography you will likely see a vast improvement in just a few days.
  • Daily image & video reviews - You are strongly encouraged to bring your laptop, a thumb drive, edit your photos & videos, and submit your shots/ footage for review from both the instructors and your peers. These are fun and interactive sessions encouraging you to improve throughout the trip.
  • Quality time with fellow photographers & videographers - Both new and experienced photographers & videographers from past workshops have expressed the advantages of joining a trip with like-minded divers with a passion for underwater photography/ videography.
  • Suitable for everyone - New and experienced photographers & videographers are welcome on all our trips. Gain the necessary skills to start shooting great photos/ videos, increase your confidence in finding the best underwater shots & footage, or hone specific skills. We also encourage non-photographers/videographers to join, as many of them really enjoy the daily reviews, learning about underwater photography/ videography, and some have even returned to a 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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About The white pearl

The M/Y White Pearl can comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests. Its 10 guests rooms are divided into 1 Suite, 2 Master Rooms, and 7 Deluxe Rooms. The Suite and Master Rooms are located on the Main Deck and are outfitted with a Master Bed, while the Deluxe Rooms are located on the Upper Deck and come with Double Beds. All cabins come complete with an ensuite bathroom with a hot shower. In addition to the basic amenities, all cabins are also outfitted with HD Television sets with Satellite TV and Google Cast. 

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Read the reviews of the MY White Pearl.

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Flight Information

You will need to fly in and out of Sorong Airport (SOQ) arriving in the morning of December 11, and flying out after lunch on December 20. This is the best website for finding internal flights: www.nusatrip.com, and you will find that most itineraries route through Jakarta.

It may be useful to plan your arrival for the day before embarkation (Dec 10) to give you time to rest before the trip.

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ABOUT THE TRIP LEADERS

Romona Robbins (Reynolds) is an international, award-winning photographer who has been shooting above and below the water in over 40 countries for various clients including National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Travel Channel, and The Red Sea Project.  Romona is a Canon™ shooter (Nauticam) and a certified PADI scuba instructor with a degree in biology and an intricate mastery of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.  What sets Romona apart is her adaptability and efficiency in capturing imagery that tells a story.  Whether it’s through her heart or her lens, Romona Robbins has never met a stranger, which might be why her photography often feels so familiar. 

Examples of her work can be found at www.romonarobbins.com.

Read more about Romona here.



Shane Reynolds

Shane Reynolds is a world-renowned producer/videographer with underwater credits including “Caribbean Pirate Treasure” with the Cousteau’s (Travel Channel), “The Trip” with Josh Gates, and his own prime-time shows “Shane Untamed” (Nat Geo Wild) and “Not Your Average Travel Guide” (Travel Channel) to name a few. Shane is a master certified diver, a cinematographer, and a master Adobe Premiere Pro editor as well.

Read more about Shane here.

 
 
 
 
 

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Payment Schedule

$800 deposit to confirm trip

$1,000 due December 1, 2023

Balance due July 1, 2024

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SEE also:

Raja Ampat Dive Travel Guide 

MY White Pearl: 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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