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  1. 2019 PHILIPPINES SUPER TOUR - ONE SPACE LEFT Male co-share room WHALE SHARKS, THRESHER SHARKS, INCREDIBLE MACRO - This trip HAS IT ALL Join Tim & Simon for an amazing Journey through the BEST of the Central Philippines!! Sadly one of our guests has had to cancel due to health reasons. This opens up a spot for one male guest. Join Tim Rock, Lonely Planet author and photographer and publisher of The 50 Best Dives in the Philippines and Simon Pridmore, author of the Scuba Confidential book series, as your hosts for an amazing trip to some of the top sites the Philippines has to offer. Excellent for both macro and wide angle photography. CENTRAL PHILIPPINES SUPER TOUR JULY 1 THRU 13, 2019 Read all about it here. https://timrock.photoshelter.com/p/2019-philippines-tri We will board from the beautiful Atlantis Dumaguete Resort "AZORES" the Atlantis first class liveaboard. Diving that once took a month by land to see can now be experienced easily by liveaboard ship through our first class 12-day charter to several beautiful Philippine dive locations. WHALE SHARKS, Oslob, Sumilon Island, the huge Sardine School at Moalboal, Pescador Island & Malapascua’s Gato Island. Also Monad Shoal, known for frequent sightings of thresher sharks as well as manta rays.The dramatic walls of Balicasag, then Apo Island and the world-famous slopes of muck diving heaven at Dauin. This is an itinerary is hard to beat if you want a wide variety of locations as well as incredible diving.
  2. Hello, just came back from a 11 day liveaboard cruise at the Maldives. All pictures shot with the Sony A6300, Sony 10-18f4, Sony 90f2.8 macro OSS, Nauticam housing, Sea&Sea YS-D2, DIY Snoot, Saga +10 diopter. Hope you like them Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr
  3. I'm looking at booking a private group charter on the ScubaSpa in the Maldives. I unfortunately won't have time to do the usual site visit/test trip due to scheduling, so I'm looking for feedback from anyone who has been on their current boat and experiences their services first hand. Luxury level of the boat? Quality of service? Issues you experienced? Problems/obstacles to be aware of? This group is a traveling group of glamour/nude models, shooting mostly for playboy and maxim magazines. We'll be doing very limited diving, mostly looking for remote beaches, privacy, and complete relaxation on the boat when not working. Quality of service/food and level of luxury are the two biggest concerns for the group as this is 50% vacation as well. Thanks for your input!
  4. We have a last minute availability of a space in a Budget cabin on the Mermaid 1 liveaboard for a trip to Komodo! This is with a male so it's best that the space would go to another male. The dates for this trip are 1 - 10 June 2018, in other words in around 3 weeks time from now. The Mermaid 1 is the flagship vessel of the Mermaid fleet, this 9 night trip will depart and return to Bali. Therefore, there are no domestic flights needed. All of the best spots in Komodo will be visited on this trip with amazing black sand sites in Sangeang, Manta Alley, Horseshoe Bay, and Castle Rock all on the itinerary. The space is 2900 Euro (approx USD $3473) plus a National Park/Harbour Fee of 150 Euro (approx USD $180, paid directly on the boat). The Komodo itinerary is a special one as there are really amazing encounters with mantas, big schools of fish, beautiful reefs for wide angle opportunities and world class macro life as well. A member of the Underwater Tribe will be on hand to help with all photo related questions. This is not a Photo Workshop but there will be plenty of photo talk and some casual presentations about the best way to capture stunning images in the Komodo area. For more information please visit: Komodo 2018 Or email us directly at info (at) underwatertribe.com
  5. Hello, My family and 3 friends are a part of a group going on a liveaboard trip to Komodo. We had one of our group drop out, so we no longer qualify for the 10% discount. We would like to get that discount back. Please contact me if interested. Mark markaverett@comcast.net
  6. Hi there, new here and want to share a glimps of one favorite dive location, namely Palau in Micronesia. Enjoy
  7. Time to check one off the bucket list!!! We have had two spots open up on our March 2018 trip to the Maldives. Can be any 2 people willing to room together. Arrive in Male no later than March 1 in am, with afternoon flight on March 1 to Raa atoll (part of the package). Stay in a brand-new 4-star resort in a beach bungalow on Mar 1, 2 and 3, diving from Raa atoll Mar 2, 3 & 4 (water bungalow upgrade available). Resort owned by the Carpe Vita partners. Afternoon of Mar 4, board the Explorer Venture Carpe Vita liveaboard for a 7 night trip (lower deck berth), ending up back at Male on Mar 10 and flying home Mar 11. Airfare to & from your location and Male NOT included. Fantastic group discounted rate of $3,360 per person. Serious interested parties, PM me. $800 due upon booking $900 due June 23, 2017 Balance due November 20,2017.
  8. Turn what many call the Trip of a Lifetime into a reality with this special prices on our Galapagos photo workshop. This will be an epic trip with a rarely offered 10-night trip to see hammerheads, mantas, marine iguanas, penguins, batfish, seahorses, galapagos sharks and more. The trip is timed for the best hammerhead and marine iguana encounters, best visibility and best water temps. Extra time at Darwin + 3 land tours. Trip will be on a newly refitted Siren Fleet vessel. The trip is hosted by Bluewater Photo owner Scott Gietler and features daily photo seminars, image reviews and one-on-one photo instruction. Dates: April 10-20, 2017 Price: 50% off retail price! Email Bluewater Travel for more details! Learn more: http://www.bluewaterdivetravel.com/galapagos-island-underwater-photo-april-trip
  9. Hello Wetpixelers... We have one last room available for our trip to Raja Ampat this coming March. The trip runs from 19-27 March Sorong to Sorong on the Mermaid 2 liveaboard. We have one cabin left, the pricing is 3200 Euro per person plus the 200 Euro Park and Harbour fees (payable on the boat). We will do 3 day dives per day (pretty much unlimited bottom time) plus a night dive. We will be hitting all of the best spots in the Misool area and the Dampier Strait area as well. As an added bonus at no extra charge, we will be conducting casual talks about underwater photography each day and how to improve your photographs. This will be a fun trip with a group of great people. If you are interested in grabbing this last spot please let me know here or email at info@underwatertribe.com Thanks Mike
  10. Hello Wetpixelers! QUESTION: I will be taking my first-ever liveaboard trip on the Palau Siren in 1 months time. For those of you who have been on this boat, wondering if it's necessary to bring my own soft sided-cooler/rinse tank? We'll be going to New Zealand afterwards, so not too crazy about lugging this thing around, but my camera's well-being comes first over mine...obviously..... Thank you in advance, wondering because I've heard some reports of rinse tank bad-behavior on other liveaboards, (which is to be expected, I suppose), so wanted to see what the rinse-tank to diver ratio might be on this one. -KTDG
  11. Beyond Here There be Dragons! Komodo Island, Indonesia (Laboanbajo to Maumere) Underwater Photo Expedition on the Damai I Liveaboard. January 28 - February 8th, 2017 Komodo National Park, located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, is composed of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar) and numerous smaller ones, all of them of volcanic origin. Located at the meeting of two continental plates, this national park constitutes the “shatter belt” within the Wallacea Biogeographical Region, between the Australian and Sunda ecosystems. The park is identified as a global conservation priority area, comprising unparalleled terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The dry climate has triggered specific evolutionary adaptation within the terrestrial flora that range from open grass-woodland savanna to tropical deciduous (monsoon) forest and quasi cloud forest. The rugged hillsides and dry vegetation highly contrast with the sandy beaches and the blue coral-rich waters. The park is best known for the Komodo “dragon” monitor, the world's largest living lizard, measuring up to 8’ long! Upwelling of nutrient-rich water from deeper areas of the archipelago is responsible for the rich reef ecosystem. Because of the strong currents formed by the tides going in and out of the north, the reefs off Komodo have incredible species diversity. The variety of marine life that you can see in Komodo rivals any of the world's best dive destinations. From sunfish, mantas, dolphins and eagle rays to pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, clown frogfish, nudibranchs and blue-ringed octopus, all are at home amongst a spectacular range of colorful sponges, sea squirts, tunicates and corals; Komodo is a macro enthusiast's heaven. For wide angle photographers there are lots of great walls, sea mounts, huge sponges and opportunities for larger animals like sharks, mantas, tuna and rays. It is also home to dugongs and other mammals. In Jan/February, when we are going, there are generally less than ideal conditions up north, but good conditions in the south. Horseshoe Bay a favorite spot, is cold in the summer - in the 60's at times. But in the winter, it's bluer, clearer, and warmer, getting into the 80's, but still with incredible marine life. The other benefit of going to Komodo during the winter is that almost all other liveaboards have moved east to Raja Ampat, so it tends to be way more "exclusive", with very little competition for dive sites. This charter is a re-positioning cruise, as the boat leaves the Komodo area and goes to Flores Island. Although 11 days in length, we are only being charged for 10! Access is good from both ports; easy non-stop flights from Bali. Our schedule in Komodo itself for the first 6 days mostly focuses on the southern parts of the area. Horseshoe Bay (Nusa Kode) includes world class dive sites Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Alley, Pelican Head, and Rodeo Rock (amongst others). One could easily spend a full week diving just this area, and be very happy and productive. After day 6, we will head east from Komodo, crossing the N. coast of Flores, diving along the way. There will still be good diving, but more motoring than the previous week (there may not be night dives on the days with long crossings). There are more macro opportunities in these few days, but also some decent walls, and a very interesting visit to Komba volcano for a dive and evening "fireworks" show (Vulcan willing). MV Damai I This beautifully designed wooden boat been designed to offer a personal luxury service that only a vessel of this size that is dedicated to small groups can provide. With an overall length of 40 meters (130 feet) and a beam of over 8 meters (26 feet) the vessel has 7 staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. All cabins are furnished with queen or king sized beds, and ensuite heads. The vessel has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing in both the sun or shade and for enjoying relaxing massage and spa treatments. Specifically designed for divers, the vessel offers large dive stations with individual rinse tanks and a camera room with separate camera work stations with integrated 110v and 220v charging station for each photographer. The vessel offers a divemaster/guide to customer ratio of 4 to 1, ensuring the best service underwater as well as onboard. More on the Damai 1 Liveaboard Here. Take a 360° Photo Tour Here. Sign-up Here, or Call 800-359-1295 or Email us for more information! Download a trip flyer Here. Your trip leader Jack Connick from Optical Ocean Sales will be available to help you with presentation on subjects ranging from strobe positioning to Photoshop Lightroom. He is also available to help you with equipment issues. Take part in as much, or as little, as you like. Prices: Twin Share Cabin (1 cabin - 2 spaces available): $5600 Single Cabin: $7350 Note: The boat is more than half full and cabins (1, 2, 5, 6, 7) are booked. The remaining cabins are large and comfortable for either one couple or a single. We do have the flexibility to take either female or male singles at this time. 50% deposit upon booking, final payment due Sept 2016. All deposits are non-refundable, but transferable to another person for the same trip. Included in your Package: • 12 Days/11 Nights on board the Damai I Liveaboard • 4 dives a day offered • Photo presentations & assistance • All meals served in a fine dining environment • Beer, drinks and 1 glass of wine each night onboard • Airport transfers to/from boat Not Included: Airfare, $110 for Nitrox, Equipment rentals, Park & Port Fees. $42/day all-inclusive rate available. Komodo-flyer.pdf
  12. I just got back this weekend from my first liveaboard trip on the Cayman Aggressor IV. I’m new to diving (only had 10 dives before the start of the trip), and this was my first diving using my underwater camera setup. I didn’t set my expectations too high for myself in terms of photography, but felt like I still came home with a few keepers. I also greatly improved my diving and buoyancy skills and am getting more and more confident underwater. Overall, the experience was excellent. The crew did a great job of making everyone feel at home and safe, and they did it with a lot of fun and humor. The food was very good, and the diving was beautiful. I have nothing but good things to say about this trip. This was one of the Jim Church School of Photography trips, which was good not only for the guidance on photographing underwater but also because the group is like-minded and all have similar goals: to get good photos or videos of what we find while diving. This also meant that the dive sites catered to photographers and I expect to take more of these photo-themed trips in the future. Mike Haber was our instructor and he did an excellent job. Here are some of my photos:
  13. Hi I spent the days frrom 9. oct. to 19 oct. this year on board the Don Questo on a route to "deep" south from port Sudan. This turned out to be an excellent diving trip on little dived dive sites. First impression was that this was an old boat, actually an trawler from Englan, my lasting impression is that this is one off th to best liveaboard I have been on besides the Ocean Hunter III at Palau The Don Questo is run by captain Lorenzo from Italy, he has been running this boat from 1998 in Port Sudan and has and good knowledge about the divesites. Down to business, diving. Water temperatur from 32 to 34 C all the trip, a little to warm for most sharks. the rest was a nice colorful, photofriendly diving. Offcourse a div on the wreck off S/S Umbria is mandatory in Sudan, as well on the site off Cousteau's Conself II station on the Reef Sha'ab Rumi. From here in it's all about reef diving down against the Eritrean border and back again. With some Hammerheads, some Silky Sharks, alot of dolphins around the boat. and millions of colorfull fishes.
  14. Komodo season still going on and we had so many amazing experienced last trip on Black Manta 02-07 JUL 2015.It's such a lucky trip.We have load of Mantas in Manta alley 15+ manta chasing around for mating ritual,School of Cownose ray it's a mini migration that happen annually,Feeding frezny of Whitetip reef sharks and Giant Trevally in Castle rock!!! We have 2 resident eagle rays which have been in Manta on the moon more than a month.We think about we should named this eagle ray soon.Theyjust stick around and feeding on the ground everytime.What'sut macro stuff,Frogfish,Ladybugs,tons of nudi and 2 Rhinopias still there. It was ahhmazing and so lucky trip with lovely and funny guests who always have a big laugh for the whole trip on board. Camera info: Panasonic GH4 + Nauticam housing + Lumix 7-14mm +Olympus 60mm macro+2 iTorch Pro 7 + Xit404 tripod Cownose ray footage from GoPro https://www.facebook.com/livingdreambynu https://www.nuparnupong.com https://www.whitemanta.com
  15. Hi guys, I just wanted to invite you on a unique expedition to the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and UNESCO Heritage Site. This May 14 we'll be embarking on a research liveaboard vessel from Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. The main goal is to assess the shark & ray biodiversity of the Park. This also includes understanding the movement and residency patterns of some of the species that visit the park. Working closely with the Park's management office (Tubbataha Management Office), we have put together a team of experts in different fields to bring about shark & ray conservation from one of the last heavens of South East Asia. The team is coming from all over the world, and we have secured a few bits that will enhance the science that'll supply conservation change: - Satellite tags for whale sharks & tiger sharks - Remote Underwater Videocameras (RUVs) - Quadcopters & fixed-wing drones - Acoustic receiver (cetaceans, plankton, vessel movement) We've had a researcher based at the Tubbataha Ranger's station since early March, already collecting RUV footage from around the atolls. He has confirmed the presence of: - Tigers - Scalloped hammerheads - White, blacktip reef sharks - Grey reef sharks - Mobula sp. rays - Whale sharks - Leopard & bamboo sharks The plan would be to meet, greet and brief in Puerto Princesa on the 13th of May, and start cruising on the 14th. We will then have lectures on shark & ray research and conservation techniques. We will finish the work at Tubbataha on the 23rd and cruise back that evening ready to arrive in Puerto Princesa on the 24th May. That is a total of 10 nights on the vessel. The prices of the expedition is $3,000 (USD). All proceeds go to the full realisation of the expedition. The vessel is a research vessel so not a top-end liveaboard and therefore some of the amenities are basic. All food, snacks and soft drinks are included in the total price. So is unlimited diving (up to 4 dives a day) and weights. Dive equipment is not included but it is available for rent in Puerto Princesa. Insurance & flights to/from Puerto are also not included. We are a consortium of US, Italian and Filipino NGOs and have tax-deductible benefits on each respective country. For any more information please contact us on info@lamave.org We look forward to hearing from you and have an infopack ready for those interested. Best wishes, Gonzo ______________________________________ Science Director g.araujo@lamave.org Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines www.lamave.org #ExpeditionShark #SharkEden
  16. Hi guys, I just wanted to invite you on a unique expedition to the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and UNESCO Heritage Site. This May 14 we'll be embarking on a research liveaboard vessel from Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. The main goal is to assess the shark & ray biodiversity of the Park. This also includes understanding the movement and residency patterns of some of the species that visit the park. Working closely with the Park's management office (Tubbataha Management Office), we have put together a team of experts in different fields to bring about shark & ray conservation from one of the last heavens of South East Asia. The team is coming from all over the world, and we have secured a few bits that will enhance the science that'll supply conservation change: - Satellite tags for whale sharks & tiger sharks - Remote Underwater Videocameras (RUVs) - Quadcopters & fixed-wing drones - Acoustic receiver (cetaceans, plankton, vessel movement) We've had a researcher based at the Tubbataha Ranger's station since early March, already collecting RUV footage from around the atolls. He has confirmed the presence of: - Tigers - Scalloped hammerheads - White, blacktip reef sharks - Grey reef sharks - Mobula sp. rays - Whale sharks - Leopard & bamboo sharks The plan would be to meet, greet and brief in Puerto Princesa on the 13th of May, and start cruising on the 14th. We will then have lectures on shark & ray research and conservation techniques. We will finish the work at Tubbataha on the 23rd and cruise back that evening ready to arrive in Puerto Princesa on the 24th May. That is a total of 10 nights on the vessel. The prices of the expedition is $3,000 (USD). All proceeds go to the full realisation of the expedition. The vessel is a research vessel so not a top-end liveaboard and therefore some of the amenities are basic. All food, snacks and soft drinks are included in the total price. So is unlimited diving (up to 4 dives a day) and weights. Dive equipment is not included but it is available for rent in Puerto Princesa. Insurance & flights to/from Puerto are also not included. We are a consortium of US, Italian and Filipino NGOs and have tax-deductible benefits on each respective country. For any more information please contact us on info@lamave.org We look forward to hearing from you and have an infopack ready for those interested. Best wishes, Gonzo ______________________________________ Science Director g.araujo@lamave.org Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines www.lamave.org #ExpeditionShark #SharkEden
  17. 3 x week long trips exploring the Ha'apai Island group in July / August. 9am 29th July to 9am 5th august (7 days) 9am 7th August to 9am 14th august (7 days) 9am 15th August to 9am 22nd august (7 days) $4000AUD, including hotel in Tongatapu on the way in. Does not include airfares. Embark / Disembark in Ha'apai, and hopefully have a great time with the Whales, Ha'apai was very hot last year. This is a private liveaboard, so you're on the action all day if required, and we can move locations to get the best interactions. Max 4 people in the water at a time and some of the best food in Tonga. I will be taking one of the above charters as a family only trip, so in effect only 2 charters available. More details here: http://uwuhd.com/tonga-2015/
  18. Due to a recent cancellation I again have space available on this trip. email for details & be sure to mention this post you found on WetPixel. Nov 18 - 30, 2014 (available - 12 days trip) 12 Diving Days & 12 Nights on Board Can promise same gender cabin mate if you travel solo so no single supplement. Guaranteed single cabin available (extra cost). Route: Sorong - Sorong: see Sample Itinerary for Raja Ampat Dive Trip 12 guest divers maximum. Approximately 51 dives offered. Unlimited bottom time. Guaranteed Raja Ampat experienced team (cruise director, dive guides, photo pro, trip leader) Please read about it: Dive Trip Schedule Inclusions / Exclusions / Prices / Fees Raja Ampat Dive Trip Website City Seahorse Dive Support Team Diving Newsletter + Subscription Form Facebook Diving News, Photos from Dive Trips This trip departs Sorong Nov 18, 9AM, diving first (Nov 18) and last (Nov 29) days. Return to port Nov 29 approx. 9PM (overnight on the ship), depart Nov 30. Total 12 days of diving and 12 nights aboard the liveaboard ship. I ask all divers to arrive in Sorong on Nov 17 and overnight there so we can board the ship early on departure day and dive that first day. I am happy to provide assistance with your International itinerary to/from Indonesia and book domestic Indonesia flights, hotels and side trips for you, or make recommendations. For more information or to ask about booking - email the address on my sig file(see below).
  19. Only Two Spots Left! “Simply the Best” Underwater Photo Expedition on the Damai II Liveaboard to Raja Ampat, Indonesia - January 11-22, 2015 Raja Ampat lies in the center of the Coral Triangle and simply has the finest diving in the world. Over 700 vibrant coral species are the backdrop for every image you will want to capture. This is more than ten times what you would find in the Caribbean. It also has the highest level of diversity of fish life in the world with over 1300 species. From Pygmy seahorses to giant mantas! We will visit muck diving sites, mangroves, piers teaming with schools of fish, manta cleaning stations, and of course every form of reef structure you can dream of. Raja Ampat is a diver’s dream realized. Join us for 11 days as we dive and sail these beautiful waters on board the Damai II liveaboard. The Damai II is one of the most luxurious liveaboards catering to diving photographers. The boat is limited to just 12 divers and caters to this smaller group with just 4 divers per guide. The boat also understands photographers; if the group wants to repeat a site, they will try to accommodate! The camera room puts to shame many you will find at dry land resorts. The word everyone uses to describe the Damai II is luxurious and for good reason. The two Master Suites are 400 sq ft and all suites are beautifully appointed. There are 3 outside lounging areas, one section dedicated to the Spa where you can get a massage. The food is simply some of the best you will find on a dive holiday. You don’t just “eat”, you “dine”. But beyond luxurious, the Damai II is functional, with generous storage for your dive gear, excellent pangas and crews. Your trip leader Jack Connick from Optical Ocean Sales will be available to help you with daily lectures on subjects ranging from strobe positioning to Photoshop Lightroom. Take part in as much, or as little, as you like. Included in your Package: • 11 Days/10 Nights on board the Damai II Liveaboard • UW Photo Presentations & Help • Beer & Pop onboard • Airport Transfers to/from boat Limited Space: 2 spots available in twin share cabin $6600/pp Not Included: Airfare RT Sarong Sarong, $100 for Nitrox, $100 Park Fee. We can help book air travel. $3300 non-refundable (transferable) deposit holds your spot! Call or write us today! Download our flyer here! *Final price may change due to fuel charges, taxes and surcharges not under our control. Optical Ocean Sales is a registered Seller of Travel in the State of Washington
  20. We have a couple spaces left on next month's Sea of Cortez liveaboard trip on the Rocio del mar. The trip is July 19th - 26th, and costs $2,395. You can fly into Phoenix and take a shuttle to the boat, or drive 6 hours from Los Angeles. The trip features many whale shark encounters, great sea lion action, schools of fish, seahorses, nudibranchs and much more. Well-known photo pro Mike Bartick is the trip leader. Full details are here, and you can read about the boat here. Scott
  21. EXPLORERS CHALLENGE: Best Of East Indonesia D Scuba Club & Sea Safari Cruises present an ultimate photography event in the amazing ocean journey. An event that will put photographer’s consistency and endurance to the test, while exploring some of the best locations from the Heart of World’s Coral Triangle, the best of East Indonesia. You will compete with other passionate travelers to produce one of your best photo portfolios on both underwater and topside photography, from Raja Ampat to Komodo. Participant may join one trip or all of three trips onboard MV Sea Safari VI, scheduled below: Trip I: Kingdom Of Heaven 11-20 May 2015 (10 Days/9 Nights) USD 2,925/person. Depart from Sorong City of West Papua Province, dive Raja Ampat & Misool, Seram, Banda Neira and Ambon, trip ends in Ambon City, Province of Maluku. Trip II: Sea Of Volcanoes 21-30 May 2015 (10 Days/9 Nights) USD 2,925/person. Depart from Ambon City, dive Ambon Region, Gunung Api and Pulau Penyu in Banda Sea, Wetar & Alor Region, trip ends in Maumere City of Flores, Province of East Nusa Tenggara. Trip III: Dragon Heritage 31 May-6 June 2015 (7 Days/6 Nights) USD 1,950/person. Depart from Maumere City, dive Maumere, Raja Island, North of Flores, Gili Lawa, Central Komodo National Park, trip ends in Labuan Bajo City, Province of East Nusa Tenggara A Portfolio consists of 15 of your best photographs, and all images must be taken during the dates of the chosen scheduled trip(s): 10 (ten) images taken underwater. Split/over-under images are permitted. The number of images from Macro photography submitted must not exceed the maximum limit of 5 (five) images. 5 (five) topside images containing the following elements you encounter as you travel: Nature & Landscape, Human Interest, and The Boat & Its Surrounding. These images must be taken from the places you visited within the duration of your chosen trip dates. PRIZES Up to 6 (six) photographers will be selected from all the three trips of Explorers Challenge event, and the overall winners will be notified by emails on following the announcement on 15th June 2015: Gold Portfolio will receive USD 2,500 in cash Silver Portfolio will receive USD 1,500 in cash Bronze Portfolio will receive USD 1,000 in cash First Honorary Mention will receive a 50% Discount Voucher (worth as high as USD 2,250) for 1 (One) Live Aboard Trip with Sea Safari Cruise to any scheduled destinations & valid for one year. Second Honorary Mention will receive a 25% Discount Voucher (worth as high as USD 1,125) for 1 (One) Live Aboard Trip with Sea Safari Cruise to any scheduled destinations & valid for one year. Best Of Show (one underwater photograph that receives the highest individual score) will be awarded One Free Live Aboard Trip with Sea Safari Cruise to any scheduled destinations (worth as high as USD 4,500) and valid for one year More about event details, please visit: http://www.d-scubaclub.com/explorers-challenge A one of a kind event with big prizes & great dive sites, spaces are limited. For registration & inquiries: godiving@d-scubaclub.com
  22. Due to a May 28 cancellation by one couple, I now have 2 spaces available for this trip. Either a full cabin (2 people in triple cabin), or if you travel alone either a space in a double share cabin, or at extra cost a guaranteed single cabin (you alone). Divers booked on this specific trip are from USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, Argentina and Italy - some are among the world's top award-winning photographers and some are beginners with compact cameras. Assistance with your photography and equipment is available, plus you will learn a lot from the other photographers on this trip. Raja Ampat Indonesia Liveaboard Trip - Nov 18-30, 2014 (Follow this link for Raja Ampat liveaboard dive trip prices, fees, & inclusions) In many cases the Value-Added trip price is similar to a "standard" liveaboard trip, even though I limit the guests to only 12 divers instead of the 16 a normal full charter would take. You'll experience the best Raja Ampat has to offer. Amazing reefs teeming with life, manta rays soaring above your head, odd critters discovered in their hiding places in the algae and rubble are only some of the sights you'll see. Rock islands, pinnacles, narrow passages, deep bays - every dive site is unique - we know them well and can show you the best of everything. You'll enjoy the assistance of my dive team, all of whom have several years experience working together to support my groups in Raja Ampat. You'll also get more time underwater (unlimited bottom time + we try to offer 5 dives every day); be guaranteed to have guides who know the area and the dive sites; start your trip at 9AM on departure day (so that you'll get in an extra day of diving); enjoy an additional early light breakfast; and get help with your photography. There is more, but you can contact me directly to discover the rest. Not a photographer, that's fine too. About 30% of my guests are not. I will organize you into a "dive team" of 3 or 4 with others who are not interested in photography, or are only casual photographers. You'll have your own dive tender and own dive guide! On my trips you'll be guided by my Raja-Ampat-experienced team - topside and underwater and I'll be along to supervise everything. Nov 18 - 30, 2014 (available - 12 days trip) 12 Diving Days & 12 Nights on Board Can promise same gender cabin mate if you travel solo so no single supplement. Guaranteed single cabin available (extra cost). Route: Sorong - Sorong: see Sample Itinerary for Raja Ampat Dive Trip 12 guest divers maximum. Approximately 51 dives offered. Unlimited bottom time. Guaranteed Raja Ampat experienced team (cruise director, dive guides, photo pro, trip leader) Please read about it: Dive Trip Schedule Inclusions / Exclusions / Prices / Fees Raja Ampat Dive Trip Website City Seahorse Dive Support Team Diving Newsletter + Subscription Form Facebook Diving News, Photos from Dive Trips This trip departs Sorong Nov 18, 9AM, diving first (Nov 18) and last (Nov 29) days. Return to port Nov 29 approx. 9PM (overnight on the ship), depart Nov 30. Total 12 days of diving and 12 nights aboard the liveaboard ship. I ask all divers to arrive in Sorong on Nov 17 and overnight there so we can board the ship early on departure day and dive that first day. I am happy to provide assistance with your International itinerary to/from Indonesia and book domestic Indonesia flights, hotels and side trips for you, or make recommendations. For more information or to ask about booking - email the address on my sig file(see below). I'm currently out of the country (until June 19). My USA telephone is not being answered - so please email or message me!
  23. We have 3 spots left (1 male, 2 shared cabin) on the Rocio Del Mar live aboard for the February 15-23rd trip to Archipielago Revillgigedos (Socorro Islands). You must arrive in Cabo, Mexico on the 14th. Price of the trip is 3295USD. This trip was sold out, but 3 people had to drop out. This is a trip for advanced divers. Socorro is all about big animal diving; leave the macro lens and diopters at home! We expect to see giant Pacific manta rays, Silky Sharks, Hammer Heads (Great & Scalloped), Galapagos Sharks and White tipped reef sharks. Tigers have been seen occasionally. Additionally we expect to see dolphins, huge schools of jacks and giant tuna. We have chosen this time of year to go to Socorro (my 6th trip there) because we feel that it will give us the best opportunity to encounter humpbacks (and their calfs) on SCUBA (no guarantees :-).) If you are interested, please contact me and I will answer any questions you have regarding the trip. There is also a lot of information about the trip and the boat at www.rociodelmar.com. (some of my images from past trips are there also.) I would love to meet some new divers and share this incredible place with them.
  24. Special trips to North & South Raja Ampat 10 night trips on Indo Siren Liveaboard Trip dates: 20 Feb-2 March 2014 and 9-19 April 2014 Experience the richest reefs in the World! Raja Ampat is probably the hottest diving location on the planet right now, amazing scientists and divers alike, with its sheer number of species, big and small. In Raja Ampat screens of glassfish hide Tasselled Wobbegongs and at night the ‘walking sharks’ come out to play. Pygmy Seahorse cling to spectacular sea fans and there are unforgettable Manta congregations and Mushroom Island landscapes. Many underwater photographers testify that no where on earth can compete with Raja Ampat and they return again and again to produce stunning cover shots! Our special trips in 2014 will visit the very best of Raja Ampat - taking in the highlights of both North and South regions all from the comfort of the SY Indo Siren liveaboard. For more details and to join visit: http://www.equatordi...iren_trips.html
  25. This trip has been full for many months, but I now have 2 spaces available due to a cancellation (a couple, one requires surgery and will not be able to dive this fall). See original post for the trip Dates are November 5-19, 2013. Now offering a rather large discount - contact me for details - it is not advertised on my Raja Ampat dive trip website. We board the ship at 9AM on Nov. 5. Disembark morning of Nov. 19. 14 days diving, normally 5 dives/day except 2-3 on first and last days. I bring my own team of cruise director and dive guides, all experienced in the area, who have worked with me for many years. Since the original post I've again added underwater photography instruction to the trip. Don Silcock, photo/video editor of XRay magazine & published in multiple dive magazines will be on the trip and available for one-on-one help with photography & editing. If enough divers are interested he will do a more formal class. You must get yourself to Indonesia. From there (Jakarta or Bali preferred) I can organize your travel to Sorong to meet the ship. These are the only 2 spaces available on my special 14 day charters for 2013 or 2014 which are always limited to only 12 guests. Call Texas 817-626-0636 or email to details in my sig file below please.
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