Galapagos Photo Workshops: August 2021
August 2021 Galapagos Underwater Photo Workshops
This will be an epic 7-night trip to see hammerheads, mantas, penguins, batfish, seahorses, Galapagos sharks and more. The trip is timed for the best hammerhead encounters, whale sharks, and the best visibility. The trip will be on the excellent Galapagos Master.
August 2 - 9, 2021
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PHOTO WORKSHOP INCLUDED FOR FREE!
Trip led by: Mark Hatter
- 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
- Best time for hammerhead encounters
- Best time for whale shark encounters
- Modern luxury liveaboard - the Galapagos Master: great amenities and spacious cabins
- FREE daily photo workshops by Mark Hatter
- We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value
- Fun, engaged trip leaders who care about the guest experience
- 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
"I have put together an epic trip to the Galapagos, where we will help people get incredible photos of hammerhead sharks, mantas, penguins and more. I have picked a boat with the best possible itinerary for this purpose at the best time of year - this will truly be a trip of a lifetime." - Scott Gietler
The unique and isolated islands of the Galapagos are home to truly extraordinary creatures: Schooling hammerheads and a large variety of other sharks, mantas, sea turtles, and sea lions, as well as endemic species such as penguins, flightless cormorants, and extensive schools of fish.
Scott has done extensive research to choose the best possible time of year and route for this trip. He will be making sure photographers and non-photographers alike have an incredible trip.
The Galapagos Master is a first-class yacht with capacity for just 16 divers. Its spacious cabins and well-designed dive amenities ensure a comfortable and relaxing trip. A spacious indoor lounge boasts cushioned bench seating and a plasma screen for photo viewing, and there is an indoor camera set-up station with numerous charging points and storage drawers situated to the rear, providing ample room for a full photography charter group. Further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck.
Read the reviews on diving Galapagos here
Marine Life to Photograph
Thanks to their extreme isolation, the Galapagos Islands have some of the most unique marine life on the planet. Here are just a few examples of marine life you're likely to see: dolphins, sea lions, penguins, turtles, marlin and large schools of fish, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, eels, and manta rays. This is a wide-angle photographer's paradise, but don't leave the macro lens at home: frogfish, octopus, seahorses, nudibranchs and other small subjects are found at various dive sites.
This is in the middle of the season and is cooler with frequent mist and overcast days. Winds can create rougher seas at times. Water temperature is 60-75F (16-24C). While colder, the trade-off is the rich currents bringing nutrients into the islands, resulting in more abundant marine life. Visibility is slightly less as a result.
- 3-4 guided dives per day, conditions permitting
- Tanks and weights
- All meals and snacks throughout the cruise
- Coffee from the espresso machine, tea, fruit juice, and soft drinks
- Land-based tours
- Airport transfers
- Park fee ($100 cash, paid upon arrival)
- Ingala Transit Card ($10 payable at Guayaquil International Airport)
- Airfare, additional transfers, and hotels
- Alcoholic beverages
- Equipment/computer/underwater torch rental
- Dive insurance
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.
About the Galapagos Master
The new Galapagos Master liveaboard used to be the "Deep Blue" - a very well-laid out boat. The Master Liveaboard fleet, owned by the Siren Fleet (WWDS), has refitted the boat with new engines, new compressors, new generators, new water-makers, individual air-con, an entertainment system in each room, a dedicated camera station, new dive gear for rent, and Nautilus lifelines, along with many other small improvements.
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 Hatter here.
- The trip will begin and end in San Cristobal.
- When the time comes (no sooner than 1 year before departure) we can assist you with flight suggestions and booking.
- Guests will fly into Guayaquil International Airport (code GYE) or Quito (code UIO), then take one of several daily 1-hour flights to San Cristobal (code SCY).
- Embarkation begins on August 2nd; it is recommended that guests arrive on the 1st and stay in a nearby hotel, although if you are tight on time it is still possible to arrive on the 2nd and immediately board the boat.
- Disembarkation is the morning of August 9th; you will take one of the daily flights out of San Cristobal back to GYE or UIO. Have at least 3-4 hours layover before your international departure, or stay a night near the airport if you want to play it safe.
Payment 2: $2,000 -Due 11/15/20
Balance: Due 4/15/21
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