Philippines Underwater Photo Clinic - March 2014
Crystal Blue Resort – Anilao, Philippines
Your hosts are Mike Bartick, Anilao expert and owner of Saltwater Photo.com, and Liquid Diving Adventure's owners Greg and Gail Carter. Mike knows the Anilao reefs inside and out, and will show you where to take that perfect wide-angle, macro or critter shot. This amazing photo clinic will provide new photographers and experienced photographers alike the opportunity to work and learn with Mike. With his skills as a naturalist knowing the critters, and as a photographer understanding composure, lighting, exposure, and how to capture critter behavior, every diver will benefit from this trip regardless of their experience level.
Why are we diving in March...? March is a bit cooler in the Philippines and offers some great diving. Water temps range around 78-80 degrees F which is too cool for the locals, so the dive sites are our to enjoy. Expect to see tons of nudibranches, octopus activity is higher then normal and we see rhinopias too. In fact, all of the most sought after critters are present from November through May, at different times.
Anilao boasts some of the richest reefs in the world. You will be overwealmed with photo opportunities that will fill up your camera's memory card. Mike's favorite critterscan be found in Anilao - rhinopias, blue-ring octopus, hairy frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish & Bobbit worms, along with huge schools of jacks, great barracuda, sharks, and beautiful soft corals. Anilao is also the nudibranch capital of the world!
Crystal Blue Resort features 17 well-appointed air conditioned rooms, an excellent chef, wi-fi service, nitrox blending, and a photo facility with 25 camera bays (called one of the best in the world by guests and Undercurrent). This is an intimate resort that caters to divers and underwater photographers.
$1899 includes an amazing 10 nights, 8-1/2 dive days, 34 dives, all meals, nitrox, and night dives. Ground transport to/from Manila (add $75pp shared van) and international air fare to Manila is not included.
Deluxe accommodations in rooms with air-conditioning
Small 4:1 diver to guide ratios and long dives
Daily photo workshops to help you improve your photography
Most sites are just 10-20 minutes from the resort
March is a great time to dive Anilao, with cool water, great visibility, tons of critters
Single rooms are available, please email us for rates
7 night stays are available for $1,475
Anilao Photo Workshop Itinerary
Day one of the trip 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. Sorry, we can't offer refunds for missed dives if you arrive late!
Each subsequent day of the trip includes four dives, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. There will be underwater photo seminars in between dives. On the last day there will be two morning dives and departure from the resort will be on the following day.