Mark Strickland


Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as 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 co-author and principle 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.




  • Galapagos Photo Workshop 2022
  • Apr 25 - May 5, 2022
  • Epic trip to see hammerheads, mantas, penguins, batfish, seahorses, Galapagos sharks and more.
  • Trip timed for best water temperatures and visibility +  land-based tours
  • Excellent chances for encountering marine iguanas and hammerhead sharks
  • 10 N starting from $8,800
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  • Cocos Island Photo Workshop 2022
  •  July 20 - 30, 2022
  • One of the best big animal dive destinations
  • See whale sharks, schooling hammerheads, mantas, turtles, and much more
  • Spacious & photographer-friendly liveaboard: the Okeanos Aggressor I
  • 10 N starting from $4,199
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  • Triton Bay & East Banda 2023
  • Apr 2 - 13, 2023
  • Arguably the best diving in the world: highest number of fish and coral species in the world, great macro, amazing reefs, and much more
  • Great itinerary covering Indonesian dive sites.
  • Early Bird Special - Get $100 OFF
  • 11 N starting from $5,850
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  • Fiji on the Nai'a Photo Workshop 2023
  • Oct 28 - Nov 7, 2023
  • Unique destination, dive the coral capital of the world
  • Unforgettable reefs, pinnacles, breath taking soft corals and awesome visibility - a must visit for all scuba divers
  • Amazing destination for shark diving
  • 10 N for only $6,450
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  • " 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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