Galapagos Photo Workshops: August 2021 - Bluewater Dive Travel

Galapagos Photo Workshops: August 2021

 

august 2021 Galapagos underwater Photo workshops

This will be an epic 7-night trip to see hammerheads, mantas, penguins, batfish, seahorses, Galapagos sharks and more. The trip is timed for the best hammerhead encounters, best visibility, and best water temps. The trip will be on the excellent Galapagos Master.

August 2 - 9, 2021 

early booking discount $100 off

7 Nights for:

Classic Twin or Double share cabin - $6,150

Premium Twin or Double share cabin - $6,250 

Trip led by: Mark Hatter

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WHY JOIN THIS TRIP?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • Best time for  hammerhead encounters
  • Modern luxury liveaboard - the Galapagos Master: great amenities and spacious cabins
  • FREE daily photo workshops by Craig Dietrich
  • Timed for best water temps and visibility

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Trip Overview

"I have put together an epic trip to the Galapagos, where we will help people get incredible photos of hammerhead sharks, mantas, penguins and more. I have picked a boat with the best possible itinerary for this purpose at the best time of year - this will truly be a trip of a lifetime." - Scott Gietler

The unique and isolated islands of the Galapagos are home to truly extraordinary creatures: Schooling hammerheads and a large variety of other sharks, mantas, sea turtles, and sea lions, as well as endemic species such as penguins, flightless cormorants, and extensive schools of fish.

Galapagos diving photo by Bluewater Trip Leader Tim Yeo Diving with schooling hammerheads during a Bluewater group trip led by Tim Yeo

Photos taken during a Bluewater group trip led by Tim Yeo in 2019

Scott has done extensive research to choose the best possible time of year and route for this trip. He will be making sure photographers and non-photographers alike have an incredible trip.

 

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The Galapagos Master is a first-class yacht with capacity for just 16 divers. Its spacious cabins and well-designed dive amenities ensure a comfortable and relaxing trip. A spacious indoor lounge boasts cushioned bench seating and a plasma screen for photo viewing, and there is an indoor camera set-up station with numerous charging points and storage drawers situated to the rear, providing ample room for a full photography charter group. Further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck.

Read the reviews on diving Galapagos here

 

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Marine Life to Photograph

Thanks to their extreme isolation, the Galapagos Islands have some of the most unique marine life on the planet. Here are just a few examples of marine life you're likely to see: dolphins, sea lions, penguins, turtles, marlin and large schools of fish, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, eels, and manta rays. This is a wide-angle photographer's paradise, but don't leave the macro lens at home: frogfish, octopus, seahorses, nudibranchs and other small subjects are found at various dive sites. Finally, visitors often encounter penguins and flightless cormorants.

 

Diving Conditions

This is in the middle of the season and is cooler with frequent mist and overcast days. Winds can create rougher seas at times. Water temperature is 60-75F (16-24C). While colder, the trade-off is the rich currents bringing nutrients into the islands, resulting in more abundant marine life. Visibility is slightly less as a result.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodations
  • All meals and snacks throughout the cruise
  • Coffee from the espresso machine, tea, fruit juice, and soft drinks
  • Land-based tours
  • Airport transfers

 

Exclusions

  • Park fee ($100 cash, paid upon arrival)
  • Ingala Transit Card ($10 payable at Guayaquil International Airport)
  • Nitrox
  • Airfare, additional transfers, and hotels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Equipment/computer/underwater torch rental
  • Dive insurance
  • Gratuity

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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.

 

galapagos dive site map and route

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About the Galapagos Master

The new Galapagos Master liveaboard used to be the "Deep Blue" - a very well-laid out boat. The Master Liveaboard fleet, owned by the Siren Fleet (WWDS), is refitting the boat with new engines, new compressors, new generators, new water-makers, individual air-con, an entertainment system in each room, a dedicated camera station, new dive gear for rent, and Nautilus lifelines, along with many other small improvements.

Read the report on our previous Galapagos trip and great reviews of the Galapagos Master!

 

Galapagos Master

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about the TRIP LEADER

Bluewater Trip Leader Mark HatterMark Hatter is an accomplished photojournalist who has had nearly one hundred feature articles with many hundreds of images published in more than two dozen fly fishing and diving publications over the last two decades. His most recent destination features have appeared in Alert Diver and Diver (UK) magazines.

Mark has traveled the world in pursuit of new underwater photography challenges, including cold-water destinations such as British Columbia and even in Antarctica in January 2018.

“Of course I love shooting in tropical locations but I think cold water diving is a great forcing function to hone one’s photography skills as the environment and equipment are much more demanding of a diver. Good image capture in cold water is particularly rewarding.” Mark tells us.

Mark has been shooting underwater since the early 1980s and has worked in both film and digital medium in his photojournalism pursuits. In 35 years of diving, Mark has logged over 2000 hours, much of it doing underwater photography. Currently, he teaches underwater photography classes locally at Seminole Scuba in Lake Mary, Florida. You can email Mark at markh@bluewaterdivetravel.com

Learn more about Mark Hatter here.

 

Flight Information

  • The trip will begin and end in San Cristobal.
  • When the time comes (no sooner than 1 year before departure) we can assist you with flight suggestions and booking.
  • Guests will fly into Guayaquil International Airport (code GYE) or Quito (code UIO), then take one of several daily 1-hour flights to San Cristobal (code SCY).
  • Embarkation begins on August 2nd; it is recommended that guests arrive on the 1st and stay in a nearby hotel, although if you are tight on time it is still possible to arrive on the 2nd and immediately board the boat.

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Payment Schedule

Deposit: $800

Payment 2: $2,000 -Due 11/15/20

Balance: Due 4/15/21

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at 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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Galapagos Photos & Video from Previous Trips

 

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