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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

$500 Agent Discount 

Featuring U/W Photography Pro Brandi Mueller 


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 aircrafts 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 you 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 - $5,450 per person double occupancy including taxes and a $500 DISCOUNT

NAD-Lembeh Resort - February 6-16, 2021

NAD-Lembeh Resort

Blackwater Dive Adventure

February 6-16, 2021

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  

Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort - Roatan - DEMA 2020 Special

Roatan - Bay Islands, Honduras

Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort

DEMA 2020 Special

Are you as tried of winter as we are...? Roatan is a quick flight and we have a special that will take the chill off and get rid of the winter blues...!

7 Nights accommodation in a deluxe one bedroom garden view room, 15 boat dives (5 days, 3 tanks per day), nitrox, unlimited shore dives, and airport transfers. Meals not included.

$1,311 per person / double occupancy 

Quick Underwater Photo Tips by Brandi Mueller

Quick Underwater Photo Tips
by
Professional Photographer Brandi Mueller




Underwater photographers not only get to visit the underwater world, but bring back beautiful images!

Most of us don’t get to dive every day (especially since the Covid-19 pandemic). Like athletes, the best way to get better at something is to do it consistently, but in reality, most underwater photographers find themselves dusting off that camera gear only once or twice a year. So what’s the best way to get back into top underwater photographer shape before and during your dive trip? Here are some tips:

 

1.     Have an Underwater Photography Gear List 

It is hard to remember everything and I find on most dive trips I remember some adapter or spare part (or sometimes a big thing like a lens or a cord) that I wish I would had brought. To help prevent this, I have a packing list that I add to whenever I’m diving. That way, if it’s been a while since I’ve been underwater with my camera I can go through the list and make sure I packed all the little bits (and big bits) that might have been easily forgotten. Do this several weeks before your trip, take everything out and make sure you have everything. Check it over to make sure nothing needs to be serviced and it’s a good idea to do a dip test in a bathtub or sink. (You don’t want to find out your O-rings dried up the night before your flight to Indonesia departs.) Usually, everything is just fine, but sometimes this can help catch your problem while there’s still time to fix it.




Having a gear list will help prevent you from forgetting important things!


2.     Be Respectful and a Good Diver

Don’t be “that guy.” Even though you are taking photos, diving still comes first. Make sure you are practicing good buoyancy and that you are not sitting on the bottom or injuring coral or marine life. Damaging the reef is never worth getting a good image. Don’t move or harass the animals, and honestly, don’t chase them. You will never catch the turtle and you will only make it swim away faster and no one will get a shot. Also, be respectful to the other divers around you, they also paid a lot of money and traveled a long way to be there, give them a chance to photograph the mimic octopus too. If everyone wants to shoot the same thing, take a few shots and then let someone else have a turn; at the end of the dive, if you want more shots, go back when everyone else has had a turn.


3.     Get Close

Get close, get closer, and then even closer. I know you've heard that before, but that’s because it’s true. The closer you get the less water is between your camera and the subject which will allow for your lights to hit the subject stronger, reduce backscatter from particles that get lit up, and the subject becomes larger in the image compared to the background. Bonus points – shoot upwards. Often subjects get lost in the sand or reef background if you shoot down. Getting blue water in the image can help a viewer know where they are too.




Even in bad vis you can often shoot macro successfully!


4. Try Different Things

Get creative! If you have a whole week at a dive resort or on a liveaboard spend a few dives doing something crazy or something you’ve never done before. Change up your lighting, shoot at different angles, play with new settings or use an accessory you’ve never used before like a snoot or a diopter. You might not immediately get perfect shots to start but you might find a new way to make exciting images.


5. Shoot What is There

Sometimes we plan the perfect trip for one animal. We fly halfway around the world on our minimal vacation days to see something…and it doesn’t show up. Unfortunately, the ocean is not a zoo and there aren’t any guarantees. Don’t sweat it – there is always something to shoot! If the sharks don’t show, shoot what fish are there. If there is a freak hurricane and bad viz look for tiny stuff on the reef where you can still get good macro images. It might not be what you wanted, but don’t let it ruin your trip. 


6. Invest in an Editing Program

While editing photos can be a contentious subject, there aren’t many photographers who can say they do not edit at all anymore. A program like Adobe Lightroom can be a great addition to your “camera gear” in lots of ways. You may just use it for simple cropping or adding a watermark, or for removing backscatters and making some other changes, or you might use it for a lot more. Lightroom is great for organizing images too, you can add metadata like location or subject info which will make it easy to go back months or years later and find that one image you took on that one trip of the turtle. Plus, it’s fun to relive your dive trip while looking back at your images. I love spending “dry time” on land editing my images and being brought back to that excellent dive vacation.


7. Have Fun, Share Your Images

Remember this is supposed to be fun! You are one of a very small amount of people visiting the underwater realms AND you are bringing back photos of your experience. That is incredible. Share those images with your friends and families and anyone else who will look at them. Inspire others to take the plunge or become interested in the ocean. We all know the ocean needs some help and support right now, you’re photos may be the key to convert a new ocean lover. 


Visit Brandi's website to learn more about her career and adventures underwater.


Website: Brandi Underwater

 

 

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