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JackConnick

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Dive Yap & Palau - April 2018 - 4 spots available.

27 December 2017 - 03:36 PM

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Dive High-Energy, Picture Perfect

Palau, Micronesia


4 spots available

Download our Trip Flyer here!

Call 800-359-1295, email us or signup online!

 

Join Optical Ocean Sales’ owner Jack Connick for an amazing photo safari to Palau in Micronesia, April 8 through the 15th, 2018. Our 7 night, 5.5 dive day expedition will be staying on the luxurious liveaboard Rock Islands Aggressor, based out of Koror, Palau.


We will explore the reefs and waters in and around the limestone rock islands of Palau. Dive sites will include WWII wrecks, German Channel, Ulong Channel, Blue Holes and the famous Blue Corner – Micronesia’s most famous shark dive. The vessel is a spacious, comfortable catamaran. Stretching 106 feet, 31 feet wide and accommodates 18 guests who are pampered by a crew of 8! Deluxe cabins are en-suite with a/c. The Aggressor has large camera table and excellent photo facilities. Diving is conducted from a 30’ hard boat that launches with a power lift system, divers, gear and all! Optical Ocean Sales is working closely with the Aggressor for a special dive trip that will emphasize photo opportunities.

Mantas in German Channel, Giant Napoleon wrasse, turtles, large schools of barracuda, huge tridacna clams and schools of small fish like trevally, triangle butterflyfish, and countless sharks are also on the agenda of critters to view. And the reefs abound with macro subjects, small gobies, nudibranchs, shrimp and crabs are all on view against the soft and hard coral backdrops.

You also have an opportunity to step back in time and visit the island of Peleliu, site of one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific during WWII, as well as dive the more southern sites there.

Read more on the diving from our trip report from our 2013 Photo Expedition.

 

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Included:
6 nights shared deluxe cabins onboard the Palau Aggressor II
All meals & beverages onboard - including alcohol!
5.5 days diving - tanks, weights. Nitrox is optional at only $100.
1 night lodging at Palau Royal Resort before and after trip.
Transfers included!**

The cost for this great Palau liveaboard adventure is only $4295*! (airfare not included).

 

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Dive Yap with Manta Ray Bay Resort (optional)

Includes 4 nights, 3 days diving at the Manta Ray Bay Resort on Yap, a small island famous for stone money, manta ray and shark diving.

It features comfortable lodging with excellent dive and camera facilities. Optional add-on $1100.




Used Nauticam D800 Housing for Sale

16 November 2017 - 01:12 PM

Used Nauticam Nikon D800 DSLR housing only $2650! Includes many options; vacuum leak check and valve, handstrap, 4 ball mounts. In good shape, will take cc and includes free ground shipping in US/Canada!

 

Contact Jack Connick: Jack@OpticalOceanSales, 800-359-1295.

(Note: I will be on a dive trip 11/23-12/10)
 


Komodo with E-M1 MKII

08 February 2017 - 04:16 AM

We're on our way back from Komodo. We had a good trip but the weather was pretty bad and instead of ending at Maumere, we came back here due to very high winds. But although we're tired, everyone's disks are full of great photos and the DIVE Damai crew helped make the most of all our opportunities. Much more soon, here's a few photos to get started. All were taken with the new Olympus E-M1 MK2 in the Oly housing, with the 8mm FE, 60mm Macro and 12mm lenses. I used the new Saga Dive Trio diopter system for macro as well.

 

My initial thoughts are that the OM-D E-M1 MK2 is a great imager and a big improvement over the earlier MK1. AF in low-light is much better, and the performance is really good for macro. Battery easily lasts 3 dives, probably 4. I had some weird issues with TTL on macro with the YS-D1 strobes I was shooting - exposure would be great for 4-5 frames and them be totally over exposed for a frame. Never quite figured out what was going on.

 

Much more soon.

 

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