Raja Ampat Arenui Workshop 2018


2018 Raja Ampat Underwater Photo Workshop

Join us December 10 - 21, 2018 for some of the most amazing diving in the world on the beautiful Arenui a Boutique Liveaboard! Led By Mark Strickland or Scott Gietler (TBA)


December 10 - 21, 2018
Trip Route: Sorong to Sorong
Deluxe Cabin, Lower Deck, Per Person (occupancy 2) - $6,960
Deluxe Cabin, Upper Deck, Per Person (occupancy 2) - $7,110
Master cabin Per Person (occupancy 2) - $7,510


* Rates are based in USD


About the Trip

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.

The Arenui offers a truely luxurious experience.  A stunning wooden vessel, that offers a taste of the local culture but fitted with all the modern conveniences of a luxury hotel.  With spacious cabins, a luxury restaurant, top-deck sky lounge, and 22 staff members aboard a 16 guest you can expect nothing but the best when taking this trip!  Come join us over your Holidays and experience some of the best diving this world has to offer!

Average Raja water temperatures in December are in the low to mid 80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended.


  • All meals (a variety of International feasts and local cuisine), snacks, soft drinks.
  • Up to 4 dives a day will be offered including night dives (34-36 dives total)
  • Tanks, weights, and weight belts included
  • All Taxes
  • Daily Photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography
  • Sorong airport transfers on cruise dates


  • Nitrox
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dive insurance
  • Administration/port clearance & park fees
  • Indonesian visa ($25) and airport departure tax (approx $16 USD)
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages


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.


Itinerary & Flight information

The trip will begin and end in Sorong.  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 itinerary would combine the best dive sites throughout Raja.  The great highlights include the soft coral heaven of Misool, Manta Sandy cleaning station and huge schools of fish near Farondi.

We encourage guests to arrive in Sorong one night before departure if possible (Dec 9) and to stay in a nearby hotel.  Feel free to contact us for hotel recommendations. If you'd prefer to fly day of, there is an Xpress Air direct flight from Jakarta.  Disembarkation will occur the morning of the last day (Dec 22nd).  Guests will be transported back to the airport for domestic flights or to a local hotel if you're extending your stay.

*We are happy to assist planning an extension either before or after the trip - contact us at bookings@bluewaterdivetravel.com for more details.


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.  


Trip Leader Testimonials

"Over many decades of diving, I've gone on a number of photo workshops on liveaboard trips, but none come close to the standard set by Mark Strickland! Every day we had an hour or more discussion about some aspect of underwater photography, including some specialized topics that helped a lot, plus an image review of three or four shots each diver had taken that day. Mark's critiques were always constructive and our photos got steadily better. Mark is also a great guy, fun to travel with, fun to dive with. He never minded being asked for help, either! All in all one of the best trips ever! And we for sure will go on another of his trips soon!" - Tom Baker

"I'm a better shooter as a result of Mark's instruction" - Mark Hatter

"Mark was patient, knowledgeable, organized, and friendly. He had a concern for all of us--travel-wise and photography-wise. He was one of the best." and "Mark and Adam made me tremendous fan of Blue Water Travel and will absolutely guarantee that I will book another trip with them again. You guys more than rock." - Dr. Ray T.


Payment Schedule

  • $800 - Deposit, due at booking
  • $1,800 - Due 12/1/17
  • Remainder Due 6/1/18


Contact Us

  • Email info@bluewaterdivetravel.com 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


Webinar About Raja Ampat


Photos from Previous Trips

Raja's pristine coral reefs

Crab on hydroid

Three mantas feeding in the sun

Wobbegong Shark

A diver swims over swirling fish

Pygmy Seahorse



Photos of the Liveaboard Vessel

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