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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.



CDC Guidelines for US Travel - January 26, 2021 - COVID-19 Viral Tests

CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement 

All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Effective January 26, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.

Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants.  With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public.

Before departure to the United States, a required test, combined with the CDC recommendations to get tested again 3-5 days after arrival and stay home for 7 days post-travel, will help slow the spread of COVID-19 within US communities from travel-related infections. Pre-departure testing with results known and acted upon before travel begins will help identify infected travelers before they board airplanes.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

Galapagos Master Liveaboard - March 2021 - 30% Discount - Dive Travel Adventure

Galapagos Master Liveaboard 

March 2021 - 30% Discount

Dive Travel "Bucket List" Adventure

                                     

We have cabins available on the Galapagos Master Liveaboard for March 2021 with a 30% discount. Travel dates and rates are as follows:

  • 01 - 08 March 2021   7 Days  Was $6150, now $4305 USD
  • 08 - 15 March 2021   7 Days  Was $6150, now $4305 USD
  • 15 - 22 March 2021   7 Days  Was $6150, now $4305 USD
  • 22 March - 01 April 2021   10 days Was $7820, now $5474 USD
Rates are per person double occupancy. Other fees: 
  • Marine Park & Port Fees: $100 USD Galapagos National Park Fees (upon your arrival in the San Cristóbal)
  • Tourist Card: $25 USD (before boarding your domestic flights to the Galapagos visit the INGALA booth at Guayaquil airport)
  • Chamber Support Fee: $35 USD

                                 

The Galápagos Islands are an Ecuadorian archipelago of volcanic islands straddling the equator about 970 km west of continental Ecuador. The Galapagos are a UNESCO World Heritage site, an official Ecuadorian province, an Ecuadorian National Park as well as a biological marine reserve.

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

Nautilus Belle Amie - LAST MINUTE - Socorros Nov 2, 2020 - $1795

Nautilus Belle Amie

LAST MINUTE DEAL 

Socorro Islands for 9 Days  8 Nights 

Departs Nov 2, 2020 - $1795 PPDO

2 Remaining Cabins


Nautilus is giving up on the Guadalupe Island Park officials for this year. For months they have been telling us to standby, we can expect good news within the week on the opening of our favorite great white shark destination. But the good news never comes. We say “screw it”. Let’s go diving. Nautilus is repositioning their boats to Cabo San Lucas and let’s get out to Socorro and start diving. The incredibly friendly giant mantas and dolphins as well as 10 species of shark are waiting. Water temps are in the low to mid 80’s. The diving is going to rock!!!

This discounted rate is for Stateroom accommodations, meals, and as many as four dives per day. Get this deal fast $1795 per person shared cabin occupancy. Rate does not include 5% tax or $65 Port Fee.

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!

Turneffe Island Resort - 25% OFF thru Dec 18, 2020

Turneffe Island Resort

25% Discount thru Dec 18, 2020

$2,543 USD per Person Double Occupancy


7-Nights Deluxe accommodations, transfers To/From Belize City, all meals, 2-3 boat dives per day (including a Tuesday trip to the Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Cay and Long Caye and a Thursday night dive) for a total of 15-single tank dives, and complimentary use of the gym, standup paddleboards, kayaks, and Hobie Cats - (12.5% government tax is additional) 
  • Valid for 7-night stays only. New reservations only.
  • Good for travel through December 18th, 2020. Limited availability.
  • Arrivals and departures only on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
  • Cannot be combined with any other specials or promotions.
  • Full payment due upon booking.
  • We are offering a flexible cancellation policy: for all new reservations that want to take advantage of this promotion, we are offering 100% refund due to COVID-19 issues. This policy is valid until further notice.

Roatan is Open! Anthony's Key Resort BOGO - First Diver Pays, Second Diver FREE

Roatan is Open! 

Anthony's Key Resort BOGO Deal!!

First Diver Pays, Second Diver FREE

Travel Until December 18, 2020 and December Holiday Rates To Jan 2, 2021


Anthony's Key Resort 2 for 1 Promotion
Packages include 7 nights accommodations, airport transfers, welcome cocktail, 3 meals daily, free Wi-Fi, 3 single tank boat dives per day, 2 single tank night dives per week, unlimited shore dives during shop hours, stand-up paddle boards, and entrance to Roatan Museum. Rates listed don't include 18% Government Tax.

Our Offer - An Additional $50 Discount per person off the below rates...!
Travel to December 18, 2020
Hill Standard Room - 1st Diver Pays $1,649 / 2nd Diver Free
Hill Superior Room 1st Diver Pays $1,949 / 2nd Diver Free
Key Superior Room - 1st Diver Pays $2,299 / 2nd Diver Free
Key Deluxe Room - 1st Diver Pays $2,649 / 2nd Diver Free


Want to travel Christmas and New Years? Here's the deal!
Our offer - An Additional $100 Discount per person off rates below.
Travel December 19, 2020 to January 2, 2021
Hill Standard Room - 1st Diver Pays $1,849 / 2nd Diver Free
Hill Superior Room - 1st Diver Pays $2,149 / 2nd Diver Free
Key Superior Room - 1st Diver Pays $2,499 / 2nd Diver Free
Key Deluxe Room - 1st Diver Pays $2,699 / 2nd Diver Free

Baja 1000 - On the Water - Rocio Del Mar Sep 19-Oct 1, 2020

If you were ever a fan of off-road racing, you remember the fabled Baja 1000 from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. Now here is the Ocean version...!

Rocio del Mar
Explore Baja Expedition
September 19-October 1, 2020 
13 Days / 12 Nights / 11 Days of Diving  
Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo
$4000 per person, double occupancy
Save $295 Per Person


Start in Puerto Penasco and end in San Jose del Cabo. Cover over 1000 kilometers in 13 days as you go where there are no roads, a handful of people, and only an occasional boat.

Each day you will awake to a fantastic sunrise amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world…clear skies, deep blue seas, and terrain only millions of years could create. Enjoy 3 to 4 dives daily as we move from island to island. Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. The north is a macro photographer's dream with nudibranchs, colorful blennies, dancing jawfish, and sea horses. Encounter large and small whale species, snorkel with whale sharks, see jumping mobula rays, and dive with playful sea lion colonies. 

As we go south, you will dive on wrecks, Fan Ming and Salvaterra, do a night dive with mobula rays, and we are seeing schooling hammerheads and giant manta rays again. Last year guests even got to snorkel with an orca.

If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dingy available to take you to shore. We also have kayaks to take a serene cruise around the islands. Between activities get spoiled with amazing meals and the best crew in the industry. 

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