Socorro Big Animal Photo Workshops 2019

 

 

Socorro Islands Underwater Photo Workshops 2019

Experience the best place in the world for mantas, sharks, dolphins, and humpbacks, on the Rocio del Mar! Fly into San José Del Cabo, Mexico for amazing liveaboard diving in the beautiful Socorro Islands.

Choose between 2 dates:

March 17 - 25, 2019

Led by Scott Gietler

OR

March 27 - April 4, 2019

Led by Helen Brierley (key speaker & trip leader) & Dan McGanty (guest speaker on underwater videos)

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 March 17 - 25: 8 nights for only  $3,895 pp

Special New Year's deal for March 27-April 4 trip

 March 27 - April 4: 8 nights for only  $3,895 Contact us to get special pricing! 

Optional 7-Night Land Extensions in La Paz:

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa - $2,087 pp

La Concha Beach Resort - $1,803 pp

Hotel Catedral La Paz - $1,670 pp

 

Why Join This Trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • Daily photo workshop
  • Leaders who care about their guests' experiences
  • Amazing boat, staff, food, and crew!
  • Four guided dives per day (conditions permitting)
  • Timed to offer the best opportunity to see hammerhead & silky sharks, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, large schools of fish besides THE GIANT MANTAS
  • Beer and wine included

 

Why Travel With Bluewater?

  • We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value
  • Gear discounts and other benefits
  • Great support if flight/weather issues occur
  • "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue. They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki

 

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Trip Overview

This trip is timed to offer the best opportunity to see hammerhead & silky sharks, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins and large schools of fish. Of course, many giant mantas will also be present. Sail and dive in comfort on the incredible Rocio del Mar.

 

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The trip would be led by a professional underwater photographer and dive travel expert and underwater photo instructions would be given to guide everyone. Beginner photographers are very much welcome to join and learn. Price includes local beer and house wine. You can read a wonderful report of this trip here.

Read the great reviews of the Rocio del Mar! Read the reviews on diving Socorro here

 

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Dive Overview

These islands are a spectacular magnet for a wide range of big pelagic animals. Schooling Hammerhead sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, clouds of jacks and barracuda, tuna, wahoo, marlin, oceanic whitetip sharks, whale sharks, and mantas.

 

Diving Conditions in March/April

Water temperature will be around 74-80 degrees F. Hammerheads, silky sharks, whale sharks, humpback whales, dolphins, schools of fish and more will be aplenty.

 

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Inclusions

  • Daily photo workshop led by Bluewater Photo
  • Your accommodation and housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Four guided dives per day (conditions permitting)
  • Tanks, air and weights
  • Breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • Local beer and wine
  • All taxes
  • Port fee

 

Exclusions

  • National Park Fees: $28
  • Nitrox: $120 for the week
  • $100 fuel surcharge (if implemented at time of trip)
  • Gratuity
  • Transfers to and from the boat
  • Dive insurance (mandatory)

 

Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter, and composition. Help underwater is also given.

Our guest speaker on March 27th trip, Dan McGanty, will provide help and instruction for underwater videos and video editing.

 

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Trip Schedule

  • Arrive a day before departure and stay the night in a nearby hotel.
  • Day 1 - Rocio Del Mar will be ready for embarkment by 8:00am, and will depart at 9:00am.
  • Day 2 - Rocio del Mar arrives at San Benedicto around 11:00 a.m. Start Diving! 2 dives scheduled.
  • Day 3 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled.
  • Day 4 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled.
  • Day 5 – Roca Partida, 3 dives scheduled. 
  • Day 6 – Socorro Island, 4 dives scheduled.
  • Day 7 – San Benedicto, 4 dives scheduled. At the end of this day, we will start our departure to San Jose del Cabo.
  • Day 8 – Arrive at San Jose del Cabo. Guests may sleep on the boat.
  • Day 9 - Disembark after breakfast.

 

 

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Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar Rocio Del Mar

 

ABOUT THE ROCIO DEL MAR

Rocio Del Mar offers 10 comfortable guest staterooms on two decks. All have private bathrooms with hot shower stalls, western style toilets, lavatories, and above height window. Each cabin is carpeted and air-conditioned. There are room length windows with privacy curtains and convenient gear and clothes storage drawers beneath the beds.

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar

 

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About the Trip Leaders

Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Travel. Scott's areas of expertise include Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, French Polynesia, and the United States.

Scott is the founder of the Underwater Photography Guide and Bluewater Photo. What started out as a small project has grown to a point where it is starting to interfere with Scott's sleep. When it interferes with his diving, then it will be a problem.

An avid marine naturalist, Scott is the author of the Field Guide to Southern California Marine Life. He was the LAUPS photographer of the year for 2009, and his photos have appeared in magazines, coffee table & marine life books, museums, galleries and aquariums throughout California. He enjoys teaching photography underwater and in workshops.

 

With a lifelong passion for anything water related, Helen Brierley has been an avid scuba diver for over 30 years. Her first underwater camera was a Nikonos V, back in the days of film, but these days she never jumps in without her Nikon DSLR in hand. Currently based in Los Angeles, she races sailboats at every opportunity and is board chair of the international marine conservation foundation, Reef Check. She has won awards for her photographs and published articles on dive travel and photography. Examples of her work can be found at www.HelenBrierley.com.

 

 

Dan McGanty has pursued underwater videography for many years, most recently with a Panasonic GH5. He has several competition wins to show for his efforts and is probably tough to match on perhaps the most important element of underwater videography - actually getting the film made!  He is more than happy to share his approach, tips and short-cuts in terms of both capturing the images and then using them toward some desired end.

 

 

 

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  Flight Information  

Trip attendees should fly in and out of San José Del Cabo, Mexico (airport code SJD). Flights should arrive the day before the trip starts. Recommended nearby hotels include the Tropicana Inn, Hotel El Ganzo, or El Encanto Inn & Suites. You can get 10% off at El Encano Inn if you mention that you will be staying on the Rocio Del Mar. Transfers to and from the boat are not included in the price. You will have to hail a taxi to get to the hotel or port.

Return flights should be made anytime on the last day of the trip. Rocio crew will help arrange group taxis back to the airport . 

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WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TRIP?

We can help with that! See more of Mexico before or after your workshop with Bluewater in Socorro. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! La Paz is an amazing destination nearby that offers a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your workshop reservation:

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 5 STAR COSTA BAJA RESORT & SPA

Price: $2,087 per person based upon double occupancy.

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa is the first and only luxury hotel & spa in the city of La Paz. This boutique hotel offers a selection of ocean, mountain and marina views. North of the hotel is Espiritu Santo Island, where you will find the greatest marine life in the world and the best sport fishing within Baja Sur.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin room
  • Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees 
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

Costa Baja Resort La Paz Costa Baja Resort La Paz

Costa Baja Resort & Spa

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 3 STAR LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT

Price: $1,803 per person based upon double occupancy.

A beach resort offering a peaceful and mellow atmosphere on the Sea of Cortez. Over a hundred sea view rooms are featured in La Concha Beach Resort. Located in front of the ocean and with full view to the beach and pool, the accommodations include from essential details to luxury amenities.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room
  • Full American breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

La Concha Beach Resort La Paz La Concha Beach Resort La Paz

La Concha Beach Resort

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 4 STAR HOTEL CATEDRAL 

Price: $1,670 per person based upon double occupancy.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is a new concept of accommodation to suit the needs of today's travelers. It is part of the historic center of the city, surrounded by major attractions next to Our Cathedral Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated contemporary modernist architecture, Hotel Catedral La Paz it focuses on every detail to offer its guests an excellent service and quality, both in the rooms and its gourmet restaurant.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room
  • Full breakfasts
  • 5 days of 3 tank dives
  • Lunches & drinks on the boat
  • National park permit fees
  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers
  • Free WiFi: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes

Hotel Catedral La Paz Hotel Catedral La Paz

Hotel Catedral La Paz

 

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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

And let us book your dream vacation!

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Socorro Underwater Photos from Previous Trip  

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