2020 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Workshop
2020 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Workshop
Join us December 4 - 14, 2020 for some of the most amazing diving in the world on one of Indonesia's most luxurious liveaboards with a maximum of only 12 divers!!
December 4 - 14, 2020
Led by Mark Hatter
10 Nights for:
Double Cabin $6,120 pp
Master Cabin $6,750 pp
Single Cabin $7,870 pp
*Prices are all-inclusive of harbor fees, dive gear, massages, and laundry. Guests will still pay the park fee separately onboard. Read the package details here
✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
✓ One of the best diving in the world: highest number of fish and coral species in the world, great macro, amazing reefs and much more
✓ FREE daily photo workshops
✓ Great itinerary with unlimited diving covering Raja Ampat’s best dive sites
✓ One of Indonesia’s most luxurious liveaboards: the Damai I
✓ All-inclusive price: taxes, port fees, full rental gear, laundry, massages, Nitrox, beer and 1 glass of wine at dinner included (park fee excluded)
The jewel-like islands of Raja Ampat are caressed by a convergence of swift nutrient-rich currents. Here the pulse of marine life thrives from the sea floor to the surface where the kaleidoscope of corals can start in less than a meter of water. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters abound of course, and photo opportunities border on overwhelming. But at the end of the day, the most memorable moments for us are what can rarely be captured in digital format: the incredible experience of drifting along miles of exquisite reef brimming with hues and activity, the likes of which few have ever experienced.
Damai I has been specifically designed for cruising and diving in the tropical waters of Indonesia, with passenger well-being always the top priority. Equipped with the latest navigation, communication and safety equipment, the DIVE DAMAI fleet sets a new standard for safety as well as comfort, service and passenger amenities. Of course even the best ship is only as good as her crew, and this is another area where DIVE DAMAI shines. Every trip is managed by a highly qualified and experienced western cruise director, complimented by an ever-helpful Indonesian crew, all of whom are dedicated to making your diving holiday the trip of a lifetime.
Marine Life to Photograph
Raja Ampat has one of the highest numbers of fish species of anywhere on the planet. Here are just a few examples of marine life you're likely to see: wobbegong sharks, jacks, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, trevally, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorses, batfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, barramundi cod, and a good variety of nudibranchs.
If you look a little deeper when the current picks up, you can see reef sharks at most sites, especially at places like Blue Magic and Sardines. These are also prime locations for schooling fish, which tend to gather when the current is running. At such times, it’s not unusual to be surrounded by clouds of fusiliers and surgeonfish in mid-water, while legions of sweetlips completely obscure large coral heads below.
Average Raja water temperatures in Nov/Dec are in the low to mid 80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended.
✓ All meals, snacks, soft drinks, beer, and one glass of wine at dinner. Additional wine and spirits extra.
✓ Unlimited diving, including night dives. Maximum diver to guide ratio of 4:1
✓ Full rental gear: BCD, regulator, 3mm or 5mm wetsuit, mask, fins, and computer
✓ Tanks, weights, weight belts, pony bottles (spare air) and dive torches
✓ Laundry service
✓ Land tours and group activities organized by Dive Damai during the cruise
✓ Government taxes
✓ All vessel port and harbor fees
✓ Transfers to and from Sorong airport or a local hotel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
✗ Dive insurance (compulsory) - we recommend DAN!
✗ Indonesian visa ($25) and airport departure tax (approx $16 USD)
✗ Airfare to and from Sorong. We can work with the Damai concierge team to assist in arranging your travel within Indonesia
✗ Park fee (IDR 1,000,000) to be paid separately onboard, subject to change.
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.
The itinerary can be variable and will be planned according to the direction of the trip leader and cruise director on board. They will have a good idea at that time of the conditions at the various locations. A typical December itinerary would include the following locations:
> Days 1 - 3: Dampier Strait, Arborek, Waigeo, Aljui Bay (all considered to be Northern Raja Ampat)
> Days 4 - 7: Move to "Southern Raja Ampat" - Bo'o, Fiabacet, Daram, Balbulol
> Days 8 - 10: Slowly move north back to Sorong - Batanta, Yanggefo, Kri, etc.
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.
Read the reviews of the Damai here.
Mark Hatter is an accomplished photojournalist who has had nearly one hundred feature articles with many hundreds of images published in more than two dozen fly fishing and diving publications over the last two decades. His most recent destination features have appeared in Alert Diver and Diver (UK) magazines.
Mark has traveled the world in pursuit of new underwater photography challenges, including cold water destinations such as British Columbia and even in Antarctica in January 2018.
“Of course I love shooting in tropical locations but I think cold water diving is a great forcing function to hone one’s photography skills as the environment and equipment are much more demanding of a diver. Good image capture in cold water is particularly rewarding.” Mark tells us.
Mark has been shooting underwater since the early 1980s and has worked in both film and digital medium in his photojournalism pursuits. In 35 years of diving, Mark has logged over 2000 hours, much of it doing underwater photography. Currently, he teaches underwater photography classes locally at Seminole Scuba in Lake Mary, Florida. Learn more about Mark here.
The trip will begin and end in Sorong. When the time comes (no sooner than 1 year before departure) we can assist you with flight suggestions and booking.
> Deposit: 15%
> Payment 2: 15%, Due 11/1/19
> Payment 3: 30%, Due 3/1/20
> Payment 4: Balance, Due 6/1/20
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Raja Ampat Underwater Photos from Previous Trip