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  1. Many dive shops (outside Thailand) criticize Koh Tao, largely I've found due to competition. Koh Tao is not the most challenging diving, which is why it is a nearly perfect place to teach diving - you get great sealife, in warm water, without strong currents that would discourage many would-be divers. That is why many of the most prolific dive shops (in terms of certifications issued) are on Koh Tao, and some among the highest award winners in quality of instruction as well (there are also bad with the good, so do your research). There is much to photograph in the nearby waters, and many come to experience whale sharks, which seem to be more consistent there than in other places where I have seen them (Honduras, Philippines....).
  2. My husband and I have spent the last few years doing filming projects in Indonesia and spent a fair bit of time in Cenderawasih Bay, Papua. It seems like more and more people are headed to the area to dive/swim with the whale sharks but we have noticed that it is a nightmare to find good information online about Nabire and getting out to the whale sharks. We wrote up this guide on our blog to hopefully help others navigate Nabire (always an adventure!). It is an amazing place to spend time with whale sharks. Best of luck to any one headed there! Katy https://nomads-expeditions.blog/2017/03/14/the-whale-sharks-of-cenderawasih-bay-nabire-papua/
  3. Greetings from the Hotel Playa la Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico! Welcome to the forum thread for the 2015 Wetpixel Whale sharks trips. Our first group is leaving today, and we are in the process of welcoming the group for the second trip. This topic will be the place to post images from the trip and share experiences from what is undoubtedly one of nature's great events. Every year many whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) gather in the waters between the islands of Isla Mujeres and Contoy to feast on the eggs of the little tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus) that spawn in the sea. This gathering has been going on for a long time and it presents an amazing opportunity to see and document large numbers of whale sharks behaving entirely naturally. Wetpixel has been running trips to explore the aggregation for the past 7-8 years and we are planing out trips for 2016 already! These are typically oversubscribed, so if you are interested, please get in contact via PM or email. Here are a few images to seed the thread! Trip leader Cristian Dimitrius hiding from the whale sharks! The big (and small) guns! Our amazing first group almost doing a Mexican wave!
  4. In September this year, we are escorting a mixed group of keen u/w photographers on a live aboard trip to Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia to photograph the friendly whale sharks in this huge bay in West Papua. We also dive on remote atolls & reefs, some fantastic rarely dived WWII Japanese shipwrecks and even some muck dives. The trip currently has only 2 vacancies (1 twin share cabin). Price Includes all domestic flights from Bali, 7 full days diving on the liveaboard. USD$3280 ex Bali 13th September to 21st Septemner 2015. We offer FREE underwater photo help and informal photo editing instruction for anyone wanting assistance. Join us on the adventure of a lifetime in West Papua, Indonesia. For full details visit our website: Cenderawasih Bay - Whale Shark Photography Cruise in West Papua - Reef Wreck & Critter
  5. July 10-17, 2015 Join internationally published Lonely Planet author and Getty Images photographer TIM ROCK aboard the luxurious Damai 1 to go to West Papua's Cenderawasih Bay's incredible new marine park for whale sharks and cool endemics. This is good for couples or good diving buddies as currently we have ONLY 2 (two) spaces left available in our spacious Master Cabin. The week is July 10-17, 2015!!! We will start and leave from historic Biak, West Papua. This is a 7 day trip on the luxurious Damai One. Cost per person is $4025 Possible Itinerary: Day 1: Catalina Sea Plane, Padaido – Biak Rock Islands – The Cave & Salmon Point Day 2: Peninsular coastal sites to include Japanese Zero and some great Macro Days 3 & 4: Cendrawasih Bay and Whale Sharks – Open Deck 2 days Day 5: Tanjung Mangguar and Pojok Berwarna Sea Mount Day 6: Yappen Island – Tanjung Kelapa & Kebunku Day 7: Hanging Gardens, Rock Island Wall, Sea Fan Alley Read details here: http://www.guammicronesiadivetravel.com/travelblog1/?page_id=2133 Contact Tim at: timrock@doubleblue.com
  6. This is to serve as a place holder for the 2014 Wetpixel Whale sharks trip. We will be posting regular updates from Isla Mujeres here, so please check back often. Caron and I actually arrived late last night having here travelled from UK via Montreal! Even the welcoming placard for our transfer at Cancun airport had a whale shark on it.... The rest of the team for the first week will be arriving today, and we set sail for sharks early tomorrow morning. Getting very excited now! We will be hopefully be posting lots of pictures of real sharks tomorrow night! Adam
  7. Hi There, Just arrived back from a 4 week trip through Indoneisa. The first part of the trip was onboard MSY Seahorse for a trip through Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua primarily for the resident Whale Sharks. The rest of the trip included Raja Ampat, Ambon and Bali (wil post these seperately. Here are a few pictures attached. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did taking them. Cheers Matti
  8. 20% OFF - Cendrawasih Bay Whale Shark Trip - 31 July-7 August 2013 Due to a cancellation we are able to offer 20% OFF the last cabin for our 7 night Cendrawasih Bay trip on Damai Liveaboard. The cabin is a master cabin (suitable for 2 persons) with published price of 4,375USD per person. Our 20% special offer price is just 3,500USD per person! The price includes 7 nights in Damai Master Cabin, all diving, free Nitrox, equipment rental, all meals, soft drinks, beer, tea/coffee, laundry, massage, port/park fees and return airport transfers. There are daily flights from worldwide destinations to Jakarta and connecting flights to Manokwari. Equator Diving will happily handle all of your flight and hotel arrangements. To book and for more details visit: http://www.equatordiving.com/cendrawasih7night.html Picture of Damai's amazing master cabin!
  9. Hi all, Do you want to see more whale sharks in one day than most people see in a lifetime. Do you want a series of up-close encounters with them or to record stunning imagery featuring these amazing creatures? Over the past few years, Wetpixel has run photographer-friendly trips to Isla Mujeres, Mexico in order to observe and record the world's largest aggregation of the world's largest fish. This year, we have a few spaces on the first trip which runs (30 July to 5 August), and 3 spaces on the second trip (5 to 11 August) still available. These represent an amazing opportunity as they are normally heavily over-subscribed. Full details of the trips are on the Wetpixel Expedition page. Below is some video of Eric (and a few whale sharks) from the trip in 2011: For more info or to book, please email Dan Baldocchi Adam
  10. A mini movie of the Bittenbysharks team's most recent imaging expedition to the amazing whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua.The travel to Manokwari and ultimately, to the southern end of Cenderawasih Bay, was long and arduous, but well worth it! At the end of it all we found fantastic weather, glass calm seas, guaranteed whale shark sightings, we spent hours in the water with them each day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UdFaq9tqTM&feature=share&list=UUY1kD6sXVahMZJ9ki2W2U4w
  11. Hi Folks, The Manta Trust is leading a research expedition to the southern Maldives in late January 2013. Highlights will include night-feeding whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, which scientists from the Trust will be tagging, biopsying and collecting photo ID's from. There will be regular evening talks throughout the trip on mantas, marine conservation, and the marine ecology of the Maldives. You'll visit stunning, pristine reefs that rarely see divers, and have the opportunity to dive with tons of large pelagics. Plus you'll be supporting important research that will further the conservation of manta rays, which are currently facing global population declines. Find out more at: http://www.mantatrust.org/maldives-manta-expedition/ or contact info@mantatrust.org
  12. I was a late addition to this trip – someone had to cancel and I was able to wangle some last minute leave. Now that the trip is done and I’m cooling my heels in Jakarta waiting for my flight home tomorrow, I can still hardly believe my luck. What a fantastic trip – terrific bunch of divers, good boat and great crew, some pretty nice Raja Ampat reefs, wobbegong sharks, a nesting leatherback turtle, manta rays, pilot whales, beautiful, beautiful whale sharks, and of course, the fab Mike Veitch. Really, what’s not to love about Mike. This was my second liveaboard dive trip and second outing with my Canon G12, Fisheye Fix Housing and single Inon Z240. The first trip, last year’s Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia, also on Damai II, was fabulous, but left me with a pretty long “what I wish I had had with me” list. This time I was better prepared. The itinerary for this trip – embark Sorong, 5-6 dive days in the northern part of Raja Ampat then a couple of days diving and motoring around to Manokwari, stopping on the way to check out a rare leatherback turtle nesting site. Down through Cenderawasih Bay to spend the final two diving days and last day snorkeling with the whale sharks, disembark - Nabire, fly to Jayapura, Jakarta and home. This was not just a dive trip, it was a photo workshop with Mike and my aim was simple, try to improve wide angle shots, without backscatter and preferably not green. Like this - Not everything went to plan but the experience of diving with whale sharks, and the results of the photoworkshop for me worth the awful travel days. And you have to have a sunset Seriously, what is not to love about Mike Veitch ... except maybe that Facebook photo with guns. I've written a trip report - too long so have saved it to a website, enjoy because it drove me mad to make a website! Trip report here: http://oldladyholidaysnaps.com I’m home now, unpacked and back at work. It was minus 4oC last night. Nothing left now but to embrace the suitcase within and hang out for November - except maybe buy a new camera. Shout out to Mike, Mandy, Shallum, Cheryl, Jeffrey, Grant, Dimitry, Lester, Eliana and the Damai II Captain and crew. It was a pleasure travelling with you. J.
  13. We just finished our 11 night trip to Cendrawasih Bay & Raja Ampat on the Damai II liveaboard. Simply amazing trip! Whale sharks of course were the highlight but Raja was also excellent! There's a full trip report and LOTS of amazing photos on our website One of our favourite photos
  14. A special trip to West Papua's most majestic dive spots Cenderawasih Bay & Manokwari 31 July-7 August 2013 on Damai Liveaboard This adventure trip will be run on the luxurious Dive Damai I liveaboard to explore remote Cenderawasih Bay in Indonesia’s West Papua region on a 7 night trip. The diving will be unlimited, nitrox included, dive gear provided, free massage, complementary beer – a truly 5* experience. The trip promises encounters with West Papua's amazing Whale Sharks, diving on forgotten WWII wrecks off Manokwari and exploration of Cendrawasih Bay's reefs and macro sites. For more info visit Equator Diving - Special 7 night liveaboard adventure to Cendrawasih Bay on Dive Damai liveaboard To see our 2012 Trip Report with LOTS of amazing Whale Shark images click here
  15. I had a guest cancel due to medical reasons for my Aug 5 - Aug 10 Whale Shark Trip in Isla Mujeres ( Cancun) Mexico This will be a single room and the price would be $1647.00 Included is 5 nights single room, 4 days on our private charter with myself and the 4 other guests, two crew and taxi to and from the ferry dock and airport You would arrive in Cancun on August 5th (connections are usually Houston, Miami, or Fort Lauderdale) taxi to the ferry terminal (taxi is included) then the short ferry to Isla Mujeres. and return on Aug 10th with a flight that leaves no earlier than 11am to make sure you can make the transfer back to Cancun. http://www.gregorysw...com/contact.php http://www.gregorysweeney.com/trip_whale.php I have offered a discount price because I would really like to be able to fill this spot and return some money to the guy that cancelled. Hope to see you Isla Mujeres, Gregory Sweeney PS my friend who is down there now said that the action and water conditions have been really good - it is going into full moon which is the most active time !!
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