Anilao Photo Workshops Spring 2018


Bluewater Photo's 2018 Anilao Underwater Photo Workshop

Join Bluewater Photo in April/May 2018 for the annual Anilao workshops, and some amazing reef and critter diving at Crystal Blue Resort.


April 19 - April 29, 2018 (10 Nights)


April 29 - May 6, 2018 (7 Nights)*


$1,600 for 7 nights

2,299 for 10 nights

*We will hold some rooms from May 6-9, so guests can stay for 10 nights

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Why Join This Trip? - Why Travel with Bluewater? - Trip Overview

Dive Information - Package Details - Itinerary - Accommodations

How to Get There - Booking & Payment - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ Debatably of the best Macro diving in the world!
 ✓ Awesome itineraries, packed full of diving and workshop lessons
 ✓ One of our most popular workshops offered
 ✓ 3 Trip leaders in one trip! Leaders who care about their guests' experiences

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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 Overview

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

Your 2 Bluewater hosts are currently TBA, but in addition, Anilao expert Mike Bartick will be at both workshops! Mike knows the Anilao reefs inside and out, and will show you where to take that perfect wide-angle, macro or critter behavior shot.

  • Small 'dive guide to diver' ratios and long dive times
  • We will visit the best dive sites early and often! Most sites are just 10 - 20 minutes from the resort.
  • 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
  • Single rooms are available. Please email us for rates.

To get a little insight as to what the workshop is like, read some detailed testimonals from our 2012 trip, here!

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


Dive Overview

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 Rhinopias, blue-ring octopus, hairy frogfish, pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish & Bobbit worms. Anilao is also the nudibranch capital of the world!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

 ✓ 10 nights of deluxe accommodations in sealed rooms with air-conditioning
 ✓ Daily photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography
 ✓ 36 dives (includes night dives)
 ✓ All meals
 ✗ Nitrox ($99 for the week)
 ✗ Transfers ($100 round trip from Manila airport)
 ✗ Airfare

Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter, and composition. Help underwater is also given.


Trip Schedule

> Day one of the trip (i.e. arrival day) 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. There will be underwater photo seminars and image reviews in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

> On the second to last day there will be 2 morning dives and departure will be on the following day at 8 am back to MNL. Shuttle transfers take approx 3.5 hours between Anilao-Manila so book your departure flight sometime in the afternoon (we recommend anytime after 2:30-3:00 PM to be safe).

*If your flight doesn't depart until the evening, you may want to consider getting a "day room" somewhere in Manila so you can be dropped off there instead of the airport so early!

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About Crystal Blue Resort

Crystal Blue offers spectacular diving, amazing macro photography, knowledgeable guides, incredible cuisine and comfortable ocean-view accommodations. The resort has a bar, restaurant, spa, jacuzzi, awesome food and offers 17 rooms that consist of deluxe rooms, superior rooms and a large family villa.

Crystal Blue Resort Anilao

Read the reviews of Crystal Blue Resort here.

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Flight Information

We recommend guests arrive into Manila one day before the workshop begins 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 before 10am and the shuttle will pick you up directly from the airport. Everyone will leave in the morning of the last day (approx 8:00am) 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.

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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule


Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!


Underwater Images

Anilao Underwater Photos from Previous Trip

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