Anilao Dec 2017 Photo Workshop

Anilao underwater photo workshop December 2017

Bluewater Photo's December 2017 Anilao Underwater Photo Workshop 

Join Bluewater Photo in Decemeber 2017 In Anilao for some amazing reef and critter diving


Dec 3 - 10, 2017 
7 nights $1,599


Option to extend: Dec. 3 - 13, 2017
10 nights $2,199 

* Rates are based in USD


Why Join this Trip

  • Considered by many to be the best Macro diving in the world!
  • Awesome itineraries, packed full of diving and workshop lessons
  • One of our most popular workshops offered
  • Leaders who care about their guests' experiences
  • Awesome testimonials, all listed below!
  • 4 to 1 guide to guest ratio
  • 4 dives a day, including night dives!


Why Travel with Bluewater

  • We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value
  • Gear discounts and other benefits
  • Great support if flight/weather issues occur
  • "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue.  They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki


Trip Details

Anilao boasts some of the richest reefs in the world. Whether at 10ft or 100ft beneath the surface, you will be inundated with photo subjects that will fill up your memory card before the day is over. Almost all species on our critter list can be found in Anilao - such as Rhinopiasblue-ring octopushairy frogfish, pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish & Bobbit worms. Anilao is also the nudibranch capital of the world!

We also will see tons of crinoids, giant barrel sponges, mantis shrimp, garden eels, gobies, shrimps, crabs, seahorses, pipefish, several octopus species, and every kind of fish imaginable. Our group collectively will probably also find over 100 nudibranch species. There are calm sites, and sites with currents and pelagics. Muck and lush coral sites.

Bluewater Photo will show you where to take that perfect wide-angle, macro or critter behavior shot.

  • $1,599 includes 7 nights, 8 days, a total of 24 dives including night dives, and all meals
  • Deluxe accommodations in sealed rooms with air-conditioning
  • The resort also boasts 2 family rooms. They are larger than the deluxe rooms and are located at the lowest level of the resort, closest to the restaurant and dive shop. The family rooms are available for an additional $250.
  • Small 'dive guide to diver' ratios and long dive times
  • Daily photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography
  • 7 nights not enough? 10 night stays are available for $2,199 and include 36 dives
  • Single rooms are available for $1,999 for the 7 day workshop and $2,749 for the 10 day.
  • We will visit the best dive sites early and often! Most sites are just 10 - 20 minutes from the resort.
  • December is a great time to dive Anilao!
  • Prizes for photographing the most critters, the most nudibranch species, best video, and the best macro, wide-angle, and behavior shots
  • Photographers with even the smallest point and shoot camera will feel very welcome here, and you will go home with some great shots!
  • We will have several boats, so you can dive the type of sites you like
  • Additional costs: Nitrox ($99 for the week and highly recommended), transfers ($100 round trip from Manila airport), airfare
  • *The workshop will run only for the first 7 days - if you purchase the 10 day package, you'll be booking the extra days at our phenominal group rate, but there will not be any addtional photo education*



Trip Testimonials

"This was the best organized and informative photo trip that I have been on, and I’ve been on a few.” - Harry O'Neil 

This was my first trip with Bluewater Photo, and my trip with you was my best dive trip ever." - Christy Vail

"I learned so much after each day we dived, the tuition was invaluable at the end of each day, and as a result I was able to see the day-to-day improvements in my underwater pictures." - Warner Priest

"Scott and Mike are amazing underwater photographers, and they are passionate, patient, and eager to teach students of all levels and abilities." - Larry Naylor

"I'm loving this trip - thank you Scott so much for organising it and all your help while you were here. And the amazing cake. Again, this trip is probably the best thing I've ever done - last night's dive to Twin Rocks was maybe the best dive of my life." - PT Hirschfield

"The dive sites were, of course, amazing sea life on every single dive, but more fun than that was being able to give your guide your wish list and knowing they’d work with you as a unit to try to find your subjects." - Suzan Meldonian

"It was a fantastic trip. Great diving, resort facilities and very helpful staff. I would go back to Crystal Blue Resort in a heartbeat. Not to mention the feedback, seminars and the slide shows by Scott and Mike have definitely helped me become a better photographer." - Nayan Savla

"Great trip! A very intense program with priceless underwater coaching. Looking forward to more." - Alex Sher

"I had a great time and learned a lot. Thanks! The diving was awesome and it was one of my best trips." - Chuck Dreyfus


Trip Itinerary

Day one of the trip (Dec. 3) will include two dives in the afternoon. It is recommended that you arrive either the day before and spend the night at an airport hotel, or arrive before 10am on the morning of the first day. There are no refunds for missed dives if you arrive late!

Each subsequent day of the trip includes four dives consisting of two in the morning and two in the afternoon (one of which is a daily night dive). There will be underwater photo seminars and image reviews in the mornings,  afternoons, and evenings.

On Dec. 9th (or 12th) there will be two morning dives and departure will be on the following day Dec.10th (or 13th).


Flight Information

We recommend guests arrive into Manila one day before the workshop begins (Dec 2nd) and stay in a nearby hotel.  We have 3 hotel recommendations for guests; The Manila Marriott, or Resorts World Hotel - both very close to the airport.  The 3rd is the Oxford Suites Best Western which is about 30-40 minutes from the airport but is cheaper and a more desireable area (You can get there for about $8 USD via taxi).  Alternatively, you can arrive at the Manila airport (code: MNL) the morning of first day of the workshop (Dec. 3) before 10am and the shuttle will pick you up directly from the airport.  Everyone will leave in the morning of the last day, Dec 10th (or Dec 13th), approx 8:00 am) and be transferred back to the airport.  Booking an afternoon/evening flight would be advised.  If you have any questions, please email us for recommended departure/arrival times. We will arrange your transport to the resort.


Payment Schedule

A $500 deposit confirms your spot. Final payment must be made by October 1st, 2017.


Trip Leader Testimonials

"As an avid diver and PADI instructor I wanted to gain underwater photography skills as a hobby. As a new photographer underwater I was excited and a bit timid with the overwhelming possibilities and vast knowledge of the topic. I wanted to prepare myself and decided it best to take a photography workshop liveaboard trip with BlueWater Travel. It was a real pleasure to meet spend time together and dive with Vijay Raman the trip leader. He was approachable and never aloof or condescending no matter how basic my question from setting up my equipment to composition and effects. Thank you to Vijay for all the wisdom shared and I hope to get many more opportunities in the future. I greatly appreciate his time and commitment to the clients' getting their goals met." - Leslie Sherlin


Contact Us

  • Email for more info and to book your spot!
  • Call  us at (310) 915-6677
  • Stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230


Photos from Previous Trips

crystal blue resort in Anilao

Banded Seasnake from our 2016 workshops


crystal blue resort in Anilao

Sea Spider from our 2016 workshops


crystal blue resort in Anilao

Christmas Tree Worm from our 2016 workshops


crystal blue resort in Anilao

Bluering Octopus from our 2016 workshops


From the 2012 Anilao workshop


From the 2012 Anilao workshop


From the 2012 Anilao workshop


From the 2012 Anilao workshop


giant sea horse in soft coral

Photograph giant seahorses in soft coral


anilao workshop

Mating mandarin fish, from the Anilao 2011 workshop


Lionfish, from the 2011 workshop


Mantis shrimp with eggs, from the 2011 workshop


rare Anilao pipehorse

Rare pipehorse, from the 2011 workshop


Goby on a sea pen, from the 2011 workshop


bumblebee shrimp

Bumblebee shrimp, from the 2011 workshop


Common scene on an Anilao reef, from the 2011 workshop


Flamboyant cuttlefish from 2011 workshop


Spawning anemone, from 2011 workshop, photo by Ingrid Jensen.


Lacy rhinopia, photo by Annika Persson, from the 2011 workshop.


Mimic octopus, from 2011 workshop, photo by Jim Willoughby


Anilao reef

Anilao is full of healthy reefs like this one


anilao bobbit worm

It's a great place to see the Bobbit worm


frogfish underwater photo

Lots of frogfish in Anilao!


hairy squat lobster

We'll find lots of these guys for sure


anilao nudibranchs

It's not uncommon to find over 100 nudibranch species on a trip, like these grazing Ceratosoma trilobatum

We also will see tons of crinoids, giant barrel sponges, mantis shrimp, garden eels, gobies, shrimps, crabs, seahorses, pipefish, several octopus species, and every kind of fish imaginable. Our group collectively will probably also find over 100 nudibranch species. There are calm sites, and sites with currents and pelagics. Muck and lush coral sites.


Photos of Accomodation - Crystal Blue Resort

crystal blue resort in Anilao

Here are the rooms at Crystal Blue Resort, near Anilao's best dive sites. The resort has a bar, restaurant, spa, jacuzzi, awesome food and great rooms - along with a great dive center that pumps Nitrox!

crystal blue resort in Anilao

Mike Bartick teaching some photo pointers during our 2015 workshops!


See more photos from Anilao at the Anilao 2011 shootout page, the Anilao April 2013 workshop photos, and on our Guide to diving Anilao