Galapagos Photo Workshop: May 2020 - Bluewater Dive Travel

Galapagos Photo Workshop: May 2020


2020 Galapagos  Underwater photo workshop

This will be an epic trip with a rarely offered 10-night itinerary to see hammerheads, mantas, marine iguanas, penguins, batfish, seahorses, Galapagos sharks and more. The trip is timed for the best hammerhead & iguana encounters, best visibility, and best water temps. Extra time at Darwin + 3 land tours. The trip will be on the excellent Galapagos Master.

May 18 - 28, 2020

Led by Mark Strickland

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10 Nights for:

Lower Cabin - $7,450  / Upper Cabin - $7,600


Why Join this trip?

  • 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
  • Best time for  hammerhead & marine iguana encounters
  • Modern luxury liveaboard - the Galapagos Master: great amenities and spacious cabins
  • Rarely offered itinerary with 30 dives, extra time at Darwin, and 2-3 land tours
  • FREE daily photo workshops by Mark Strickland
  • 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, marine iguanas, 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, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and extensive schools of fish.

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.

With this 10-day itinerary, guests will get up to 30 dives - a vast increase from the 20 dives included in most 7-day trips! 

Read the great reviews of the Galapagos Master and the reviews on diving Galapagos


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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, flightless cormorants, and marine iguanas.


Diving Conditions

This is the warm season in the Galapagos with the highest water and air temps. Brief afternoon rain showers are common but expect the sun to reappear after the rain.

Water temperature is 70-86F (21-30C) with some cooler thermoclines at depth. The northern islands are generally warmer. Visibility stays between 40-100 feet (12-33 meters)

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  • Accommodations
  • All meals and snacks throughout the cruise
  • Coffee from the espresso machine, tea, fruit juice, and soft drinks
  • Daily photo workshops
  • Up to 30 dives
  • Three land-based tours
  • Airport transfers



  • Park fee ($100 cash, paid upon arrival)
  • Ingala Transit Card ($10 payable at Guayaquil International Airport)
  • Nitrox ($200 for a 10-night trip - recommended!)
  • 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. Here is an example of a typical itinerary: 

  • Monday: San Cristobal embarkation and checkout dive (1 dive)
  • Tuesday: Morning, Carrion Point (2 dives). Afternoon, North Seymour (land visit).
  • Wednesday: Darwin (4 dives)
  • Thursday: Darwin (4 dives)
  • Friday: Wolf (4 dives)
  • Saturday: Wolf (2-4 dives)
  • Sunday: Douglas Cape (3 dives)
  • Monday: Vicente Roca Point/Marshall Cape (3 dives)
  • Tuesday: Morning, Roca Redonda (2 dives). Afternoon, Albemarle Point (dive + land visit)
  • Wednesday: Morning, Cousin Rock (2 dives). Afternoon, Charles Darwin Station (land visit)
  • Thursday: San Cristobal disembarkation 


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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), refitted 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.


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Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as a lifeguard, boat captain, and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Virgin Islands, Australia, and Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of liveaboards. Mark now resides in Ventura county, California.

An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is the co-author and principal photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many magazines, books and displays around the world. Currently, Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning large-format pictorial book.

Read more about Mark here.


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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 May 18th; it is recommended that guests arrive on the 17th and stay in a nearby hotel, although if you are tight on time it is still possible to arrive on the 18th and immediately board the boat.  

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Payment Schedule

  • Deposit: $600
  • Payment 2: $1,300, 4/15/19
  • Payment 3: $3,500, 10/15/19
  • Final payment: 1/15/20

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at 310-915-6677 email us at

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 a Previous Trip


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