Mark Strickland - Bluewater Dive Travel

Mark Strickland


A BRIEF BIO:

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 the 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 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.

 Mark's photos and articles have appeared in magazines and books around the world, including Action Asia, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic World, Natural History, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Sportdiving, Unterwasser, and many others.

 

UPCOMING TRIPS: 

   

  • Socorro Manta & Shark Madness Liveaboard Trip 2024
  • Feb 15 - 24, 2024
  • Intense focus on repeated encounters with friendly giant Manta Rays, hammerhead, silvertip & galapagos sharks, and dolphins
  • Prime season for breaching humpback whales
  • A short 2-hour flight to Cabo from the SouthWest United States
  • On one of the best-reviewed liveaboards, the Rocio Del Mar. Beer & wine included
  • Includes FREE photo workshop
  • 9N for only $4,095
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  • Our whale boat stays out all day, taking advantage of time in the early morning, mid-day, and late afternoon when many other operators (i.e. half-day boats) are not out.
  • We have selected a top-notch operator with a high level of expertise in finding whales and providing you the best chance of having a quality encounter in the water. Having an operator who knows how to get you a better whale experience is critical in Moorea.
  • Our operator’s boat has a hydrophone, which not only helps us to locate the singing male humpback whales but also provides you the opportunity to hear the whales' song in great detail!
  • 7N for only $2,995
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  • Raja Ampat Manta
  • 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 II 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 worksho
  • 11N from only $7,645
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  • Galapagos Insane Hammerhead, Manta, Mola and Marine Iguana Trip 2025
  • May 1 - 11, 2025
  • Incredible 10-night itinerary delivers non-stop schooling hammerheads, giant manta rays, Mola molas and feeding marine iguanas - plus eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, penguins and giant tortoises.
  • Special plans are made to maximize time with the Iguanas and Mola mola.
  • This is a must-do best of the best trip, at the perfect time of the year.
  • Our best and most popular custom Galapagos marine life itinerary.
  • Includes free photo workshop from Mark Strickland.
  • Unique 10-night itinerary also maximizes time at the world’s the best shark sites.
  • 10N for only $10,400
  • Early Booking Discount: Get $1,000 off for the first 5 sign-ups!
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  •  Fiji 2022 Trip Recap
  • Fiji Ultimate 10-night Soft Coral & Shark Liveaboard Trip Oct 2025
  • Oct 4 - 14, 2025
  • Experience the absolute best of Fiji’s huge soft corals, sharks, and giant schools of fish on one of the world’s best liveaboards, the Naia
  • 10 nights at the best of the best dive sites including Bligh Waters
  • Learn from one of Bluewater’s most experienced photo instructors, Erik Lukas
  • Easy direct flights from the USA
  • 10N from $6,858
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TESTIMONIALS:

  • " What an amazing trip!  Mark made it for us, and I so much appreciate that.  I can't thank him enough.  We really enjoyed meeting him and spending time with him, and learning from him.  He is a wonderful instructor and his sessions were great. You can be assured that we will cross paths again on another workshop." - Greg Clifton, Fiji October 2018 photo workshop guest
  • "Thanks to Mark for a great trip. It was a lot of fun sharing the Naia and all the diving with him.  His workshop presentations are incredible, I cannot believe the scope and depth he presents.  He's really good at it, I’m impressed." - Phillip Colla, Fiji October 2018 photo workshop Guest
  • "Over many decades of diving, I've gone on a number of photo workshops on liveaboard trips, but none come close to the standard set by Mark Strickland! Every day we had an hour or more discussion about some aspect of underwater photography, including some specialized topics that helped a lot, plus an image review of three or four shots each diver had taken that day. Mark's critiques were always constructive and our photos got steadily better. Mark is also a great guy, fun to travel with, fun to dive with. He never minded being asked for help, either! All in all one of the best trips ever! And we for sure will go on another of his trips soon!" - Tom Baker
  • "I'm a better shooter as a result of Mark's instruction." - Mark Hatter
  • "Mark was patient, knowledgeable, organized, and friendly. He had a concern for all of us--travel-wise and photography-wise. He was one of the best." and "Mark and Adam made me tremendous fan of Blue Water Travel and will absolutely guarantee that I will book another trip with them again. You guys more than rock." - Dr. Ray T

 

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