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Costa Rica Photography Workshop with Temo Dersch - Aug 21 to Sept 1, 2021



Learn how to make the best of your underwater camera with TAUCHEN – Magazine -Photographer Timo Dersch August 21, 2021 to September 01, 2021 

12 Days, 11 Nights

$3,165 USD Per Person Double Occupancy


Take your photography skills to the next level on this 12-day wildlife safari and photography workshop in Costa Rica, a bio-diverse country in Central America home to amazing marine life and unique tropical wildlife. Join Timo on a 12-day photographic adventure through stunning Costa Rica as you learn what it means to shoot underwater, and how to use wide-angle and macro lenses to capture a diverse array of sea life such as sharks, schooling fish, turtles, eagle rays, and humpback whales. On land, we will search out hummingbirds, resplendent quetzals, toucans, other colorful birds, sloths, monkeys, frogs, flowers, and much more.


                      

DAY 1 – Arrive San Jose - Guests will arrive in the capital city of Costa Rica in San José where you will be met by your driver for the short trip to your San José hotel. If you arrive early you will have time to explore the city at your own leisure, before you meet for a group meeting This will be a great opportunity for you to get to know your guide and fellow travelers, as you discuss the itinerary for the days ahead. It is the perfect time to ask any questions that you may have before the tour well and truly begins.

 

DAY 2 – Guanacaste - We will get an early start as we head north to the beach town of Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste. The beaches here are beautiful, with gorgeous scenery and blue waters.
On the way, we will make a stop for lunch and a visit to the Llanos de Cortés Waterfall. a spectacular cascading waterfall with a nice pool for a quick swim before reaching our hotel at the beach.
In the afternoon we will have a dive briefing and introduction to the underwater workshop over the next few days.

 

DAY 3 to 7 – Guanacaste - Spend the next 5 days diving the waters off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica rich with marine life, (10 dives in total) Information will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, diving with large animals, strobe exposure, and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition. You will dive for 3 days locally throughout the Papagayo area, 1 day at Catalina Islands off of Playa Flamingo, and 1 day at the Bat Islands National Park area famous for the Bull sharks that frequent the area.

 

DAY 8 - Palo Verde National Park- Today starts the land portion of the trip and we will explore three unique and different ecosystems over the next four days. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we head out for a wildlife boat trip on the Tempisque River. Palo Verde National park is an exceptional place for birdwatchers and nature lovers in general, a two hours boat trip will introduce us to these important ecosystems, gigantic crocodiles, monkeys, iguanas, and more wildlife than you ever imagined may be spotted. Great bird-watchers prizes can show up, such as the Jabiru, osprey, the white ibis, tiger herons, and scarlet macaws amongst others.

 

DAY 9 – Monteverde Cloud Forest - On day 9 we will head inland as you head up the continental divide to the misty cloud forest of Monteverde offering great views and a number of landscape compositions as we change from dry forest to cloud forest. A stop will be included at the Llanos de Cortés Waterfall where waters cascade into an incredible pool below before we arrive at Monteverde. In the evening we’ll again see what surprises the night time cloud forest has for us on a guided walk with one of the local guides followed by dinner at a local restaurant in the mountain town of Santa Elena.

 

DAY 10 - Monteverde Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano
You will spend the morning exploring the misty cloud forest and on the lookout for the famous Resplendent Quetzal that is endemic to the region. Among the subjects will be the high elevation hummingbirds. Capturing these tiny birds takes some skill as they flit from flower to flower feeding on nectar. After the cloud forest visit, you will continue your adventure towards the Northern Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica, home to the iconic Arenal Volcano and lots of tropical birds and wildlife. The focus for the next few days will be exploring the volcano area and wildlife photography as we immerse ourselves in the tropical rainforests of San Carlos.

 

DAY 11 – Arenal Volcano

After breakfast, we will head out to explore the Arenal Volcano. There will be many opportunities to photograph the extraordinary Arenal volcano, surrounded by lush rainforest and tropical scenery We will visit the hanging bridges and the La Fortuna waterfall as we capture the volcano from different angles along the way. We will get the chance to have lunch and homemade tortillas with Dona Mara followed by a relaxing evening in the volcanic hot springs amidst a variety of abundant tropical gardens.

 

DAY 12 – Departure

You will have the morning to relax and explore the photographer-friendly grounds before packing up for your departure flight. We will head back to San José for drop off at the San José International airport for your evening departure home.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an estimated schedule & we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences & plenty of chances to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.


  • Participants are required to bring an underwater camera, laptop for editing
  • Optional recommended equipment: Memory Cards, battery, Battery charger, Flash and Macro Flash, wide-angle lenses, Macro, Telephoto, additional lenses, power cord, drone (optional)
  • Once you have booked your trip you will receive an equipment checklist
  • Itinerary works for flights in and out of San José (SJO) Costa Rica
  • Must be certified Diver to participate.



Socorro Islands - Mexico - Only by Liveaboard!

Socorro Islands - Mexico - Only by Liveaboard!

Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands are synonymous with liveaboards and big-animal encounters. The archipelago lies about 300 miles off the southern tip of Baja California, requiring a 22-hour transit from Cabo San Lucas.



Four uninhabited volcanic islands make up the Revillagigedos: Socorro, Clarion, San Benedicto, and Roca Partida. They raise up from sea level from 100 to 3,800 feet out of the water from the seafloor, creating exceptional walls, pinnacles and sheer drop-offs that act as cleaning and feeding stations for oceanic mantas and half a dozen shark species, including mass aggregations of scalloped hammerheads.

 

Revillagigedos is an oasis in the middle of the eastern Pacific. The four islands sit at the convergence of the cool California Current flowing from the north and the warmer North Equatorial Current, creating an ideal spot for nutrients to rise from the deep and attract passing pelagics. This makes Revilla a hotspot for manta rays, humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks—nearly every variety of hungry traveler.



The Revillagigedos are part of a unique chain with amazing undersea volcanic mounds. Because of the remote nature, there’s just not a lot of pressure on the sites.

 

Cabo Pierce, the Aquarium, and El Canyon dive sites offer the chance to see just about any big animals you can imagine—humpback whales, pacific bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks, the list goes on.

 

Because these are important waterways for endangered megafauna, the islands were deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, and a year later were established as the Revillagigedo National Park. Even though they’re remote, they’re patrolled by the local government to prevent illegal fishing.

 

Because the archipelago is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, certain protective measures are in place. Night diving, solo diving, and diving in the blue are not offered for safety reasons. Also, reef hooks, knives, dive lights not connected to cameras, and gloves are not permitted. In order to manage the number of divers on each site, liveaboards coordinate the timing of their dives. Because of this, if there are several boats at a site, they may limit the number of dives per day to three. The park has a set limit on the number of liveaboards that can visit, but flexibility is key in these parts.


Little Cayman Beach Resort - Sept 4-11, 2021 - Scuba Dive Adventure

Little Cayman Beach Resort

Travel Dates Sept 4-11, 2021


We have a great package deal to one of our favorite Caribbean resorts...Little Cayman Beach Resort. Our package includes 7-nights accommodation (ocean front or pool view), three meals daily, airport transfers, 2 morning dives, FREE afternoon dives, and FREE nitrox. Plus great food, great people, and great diving. Choose a Pool View room ($1995 ppdo) or Ocean Front room ($2345 ppdo). Contact us for our agent discount...!!


Blue Force One Maldives Liveaboard - Scuba Dive Adventure

Blue Force One Maldives Liveaboard

Premium Scuba Dive Adventure

Book with us Now - The Maldives is Open for Divers

                   

The Maldives Blue Force One was awarded as the best Maldivian liveaboard boat in 2018. The ship has two outdoor jacuzzies, solarium sun decks with loungers, an outdoor bar, a large lounge, and modern cabins.
Blue Force One has eleven cabins that accommodate up to two guests per room. The eleven cabins include seven deluxe, one master cabin, one junior suite, and two master suites. All of the cabins feature an ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, remote control for lights, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite connection, onboard phone, a safe, and towels. The lower deck has one master cabin with a couple bed and six cabins with a double bed and a single bed. The main deck has two master suites with a double bed, jacuzzi for two people, and a sea view window. The upper deck has one junior suite with a double bed and a single bed as well as one cabin with two single beds.
Rates Per Person Double Occupancy: Deluxe $1990 USD - Master Cabin $2090 USD - Junior Suite $2190 USD

Tiburon Explorer - Galapagos - $2150 Discount

Tiburon Explorer Liveaboard

Galapagos, Ecuador

$2150 USD Discount


Departure Dates:  

  • November 7, 2020
  • December 19-26, 2020
  • January 2, 2021
  • January 30, 2021
The Tiburon Explorer, launched in September 2020, accommodates 16 passengers in 9 air-conditioned staterooms. All staterooms are located on the main and lower decks and have windows to maximize views of the renowned Pacific Ocean and Galapagos Archipelago. In addition, each stateroom has twin beds that can be converted to comfortable queen beds for couples, and include private bath and shower facilities, dressers, and closets. When not dreaming about whale sharks and their next dive, guests can enjoy the air-conditioned salon on the main deck, furnished with dining tables and TV/lounge area. Sunning and viewing areas on the top deck offer ample seating and a hot tub where you can regale stories of hammerheads from your day. 

Book this liveaboard with us and get a $2150 discount on the selected dates. Book fast!

Scubaspa Liveaboard - Maldives is Now Open!

The Maldives is Now Open to International Travelers

Scubaspa Ying Liveaboard

Get Our 10% Discount 


The Scubaspa ships are as much a floating resort as they are dedicated scuba diving liveaboard ships. The unique concept combines exceptional spa experiences with unforgettable scuba diving. The Scubaspa has been designed for divers who travel with non-diving partners, and guests with a desire for an exceptional spa experience. Scubaspa’s purpose-built yachts explore the picture-perfect islands and divers explore the reefs in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.


The liveaboard diving yachts Scubaspa Ying and Scubaspa Yang have been designed to accommodate up to 40 guests. The ships feature 10 cabins and nine suites on each yacht, and are tastefully decorated, all with panoramic sea view or port lights. The cabins are configured with queen, king or twin bed combinations. One suite and one cabin sleep up to three people. All cabins have air conditioning, en suite bathrooms with shower, personal safe, and mini-fridge.



Diving takes place from a tender. Approximately 20 meters in length, the dive boat carries all the equipment, including air compressors and state-of-the-art nitrox; purpose-built for comfort, each has adequate seating, multiple entry points, stern platform, and on-board toilet facilities. Both yachts are the only vessels in the Maldives awarded PADI 5 Star Dive Resort status. Nitrox is available but Scubaspa does not support technical diving or rebreathers. 


Contact us today to book an amazing dive and spa retreat holiday to the Maldives and get our 10% DISCOUNT. 

St Lucia Dive Fest - $200 Discount

5th Annual St Lucia Dive Fest

September 5-12, 2020

Anse Chastanet Resort, St Lucia


Anse Chastanet Resort and their scuba operation Scuba St. Lucia have created a week of special activities in celebration of Saint Lucia’s 5th annual Dive Fest. The dive fest at Anse Chastanet will celebrate everything about Saint Lucia’s marine life and diving, with a week full of boat and shore dives, PADI courses and photo competitions. The week’s activities include a lionfish hunt followed by a cooking demonstration and special dinner feast of the lionfish prepared by Anse Chastanet’s culinary team.


Guests participating in the DIVE FEST get treated to a JAZZY sunset cruise as part of the Dive Fest package. For those non-diving guests, Anse Chastanet offers an array of other activities from biking to sailing, kayaking to bird watching, chill on the beach, or try out the complimentary sunrise and sunset yoga classes. Non-divers staying at Anse Chastanet can also try a scuba beginner's course for free.



Fest package includes 7 nights run of house accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink, Dive Fest special activities,12 beach or boat dives, sunrise and sunset yoga, non-motorized watersports. Marine park fee not included.


Published rates - we are offering a $200 discount off these rates...!

Diver:  $2,719 USD per person double occupancy

Non-Diver: $2,329 USD per person double occupancy

We also have discounted rates for triple occupancy. Please request.

Damai I Liveaboard - Cenderawasih Bay - July 22-Aug 1, 2021 $500 OFF

Damai I Liveaboard

Cenderawasih Bay & Raja Ampat 

July 22 to August 1, 2021

$1,000 Agent Discount 

Featuring U/W Photography Pro Brandi Mueller 


* *  4 Cabins Available  * *


Diving in Cenderawasih Bay National Marine Park allows you to experience one of Indonesia's most exciting diving destinations. Dive Damai is one of the most experienced operators in the area as one of the original survey trips to this region was conducted from the decks of DAMAI I.

 

This liveaboard trip to Cenderawasih Bay is a unique way to spend hours diving or snorkelling with whale sharks around the local fishing platforms. It is not uncommon to see the sub-adult giants leisurely swimming around the platforms in only a few meters of water. This trip is not just about whale sharks. Cenderawash Bay and the Manim dive sites are rich in history from the many battles between Allied and Japanese forces leaving the sites littered with submerged aircraft and shipwrecks. And we will explore some amazing remote reefs at Mapia close to the border of Palau. 



The ship has seven staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. All cabins are furnished with either queen or king-sized beds, and ensuite toilets with showers. The ship 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. Damai offers three local dive guides and one Instructor on board throughout your trip. With only twelve guests, this is a good 4:1 guest to dive guide ratio. The ship has two custom-designed high-speed tenders to get all guests to dive sites comfortably. The signature service includes personalized dive station and rinse tank, camera room and storage space for equipment, ala-carte dining catering to all food requirements, laundry and massage service on board, and the ship has an 18-member crew.

 

 This trip will be featuring underwater photography pro Brandi Mueller to offer photo tips and sessions between dives. Bring your camera and be ready to shoot and learn..!
 

This adventure embarks at Biak and disembarks at Nabire, and includes stateroom accommodation, 3 meals a day, complimentary wine with dinner, nitrox for certified divers, unlimited diving with the dive day built around four daily dives, laundry service, airport transfers.


Cost: Stateroom Cabin - $4,950 per person double occupancy including taxes and a $1,000 DISCOUNT

NAD-Lembeh Resort - February 5-15, 2022

NAD-Lembeh Resort

Blackwater Dive Adventure

February 5-15, 2022

* *  4 Bungalows Available  * * 

NAD-Lembeh Resort and the Lembeh Strait are famous all over the world for the peerless macro and muck diving. NAD-Lembeh is expert in photography, nitrox, rebreathers – this resort does it all. The dive team is second-to-none, with 15 full-time dive guides who between them have over 100 years of experience diving in Lembeh. NAD-Lembeh offers a 2:1 diver to guide ratio, and is handicap friendly. We have selected the Beachfront bungalows because of the easy access for our mobility-challenged divers.

Lembeh Strait offers a stunning variety of dives and there are more than 70 individual named dive sites. Divers visiting Lembeh are likely to see a vast list of critters. Frogfish, rhinopias, a huge array of nudibranchs and octopus, the Blue-Ringed Octopus and Mimic Octopus, being a highlight. Lembeh is not just muck diving though! On this adventure we will explore all around the island and beyond to find some of the best reef diving in South East Asia.

This trip is timed to coincide with the new moon phase in February to offer the best opportunities for spotting critters during the Black water Night Dives. Our unique adventure offers 10 nights Beachfront bungalow accommodation, 3 meals a day (plus snacks, water, coffee, espresso, tea), evening dinner on day of arrival and breakfast on day of departure, 3 dives per day (total 26 dives), unlimited house reef dives, nitrox for certified divers, airport transfers, and all taxes. There is the option to upgrade the 3rd dive of the day to a Night/ Mandarin Dive for an additional $20 (not applicable for Blackwater Night Dives).

Cost: $2,102 USD per person double occupancy includes our 5% DISCOUNT  

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