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Nautilus Belle Amie - Socorro Islands - December 20-28, 2022

Nautilus Belle Amie

Christmas in the Socorro Islands

NEW DATES   December 20-28, 2022   NEW DATES

* *  8 Cabins Available  * * 


Christmas with the sharks at Socorro Island on the Belle Ami! 

 

This adventure will take you to the Revillagigedo Archipelago in Mexico. Socorro Island along with Roca Partida, San Benedicto, and Clarión are all amazing spots for scuba diving. These four islands are commonly referred to the Socorro Islands or simply "Socorro". 

 

Socorro is all about amazing interaction with giant mantas. No other mantas in the world behave like this. We don't know why but we love it… and the mantas clearly love us back. November and December boast the warmest water temps of the year in the low 80's. Aside from the usual interaction with mantas, dolphins and 10 kinds of sharks, this is the best time of year to see whale sharks in blue water and often excellent visibility.

 

This trip is both camera-friendly and rebreather-friendly!


The Belle Amie is a luxurious, stable vessel custom built for divers to the same SOLAS standards as the largest ocean-going cruise ships. With over 25 years experience in liveaboard diving, this crew has a pretty good idea of when and how to get you in the water for the best possible diving experiences off Baja California, Mexico.


Our unique adventure package offers 9 days, 8-nights accommodation on the fabulous Nautilus Belle Ami liveaboard where we will visit the Socorro Islands. Over five full dive days you will be able to experience some of our favourite sites such as El Canyon, the Boiler, Red Rocks, Roca Partida, Cabo Pearse, Punta Tosca and Roca Oneal. We know that many of our guests want the option of as many dives as possible and we strive to offer an average of 4 dives a day other than the day that we do our mandatory check-in at the local navy base when you will likely have the option of 3 dives plus our world-famous silky shark night snorkel. Note that weather conditions, Mother Ocean or crowding by some of our competitors may limit some diving. This adventure may include some challenging dive conditions and may not be suitable for novice experience level divers.

 

This adventure includes single cabin, stateroom or superior cabin accommodation, 3 meals a day (plus snacks, water, coffee, espresso, tea, hot chocolate), nitrox for certified divers, unlimited diving with the dive day built around four daily dives.


Our Christmas Gift to you - FREE nitrox ($100) and a $200 airfare credit

 

Cost: Single Cabin - $4,325 per person single cabin occupancy including taxes 

          Stateroom Cabin - $3,460 per person double occupancy including taxes

          Superior Cabin - $3,985 per person double occupancy including taxes

NAD-Lembeh Resort - February 5-15, 2022

NAD-Lembeh Resort

Blackwater Dive Adventure

COVID DELAY    Dates Pending for 2023    COVID DELAY

* *  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  

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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