BALI, INDONESIA • SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 4, 2017


THE MACRO WORKSHOP

The bar is high. Real high. Once upon a time you had a good image if it was in focus. You had a very good image if it had saturated color. Not any more. Good is not good enough. Now underwater image-makers aspire to capture unique images of rare creatures with technical skill and creative lighting. Welcome to Bali, the “gotta go to” destination for serious underwater macro image-makers. Here is where small, very small, and ridiculously small subjects flourish, camouflaged in the black, volcanic substrate. 

Our Bali Photo and Video Workshop will teach you how to raise the bar.

* ALL REGISTERED GUESTS WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING CURRICULUM AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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 PERSONAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED PRIOR TO THE EVENT   


BALI

The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches.

Straddling the equator, Indonesia is situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. It is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York and has a population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups.

Among the most well known islands are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (better known as Moluccas), Papua— and Bali.

Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali is more than a beautiful island; it is a magical experience with its spectacular mountain scenery, looming volcanoes, lush rainforests and terraced rice fields. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies. It pampers with its luxurious beach resorts. It thrills with its world class diving.

And everywhere on this lovely island you will meet warm and friendly people. With a population of over three million, the island is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. The Balinese are a most devout people and a large part of their lives is dedicated to rites and ceremonies aimed at maintaining harmony in this world.

You will love Bali.


THE COACHES

MIKE BARTICK
PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike is a marine wildlife photographer and photo pro based in Anilao Philippines. He has an insatiable love for finding unique animal life, observing and photographing animal behavior and sharing his insight and knowledge with others. His curiosity and drive for first-hand experience has led him across the globe in search of that special critter encounter. 

Mike is widely published with work appearing monthly in international magazines, websites and internet publications. He also hosts photo clinics and seminars concentrating on the different aspects of underwater photography and the natural history of South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Publications include but are not limited to: Sport Diver, Sport Diver Asia Pacific, Alert Diver Magazine, Action Asia, UWphotographyguide.com, Undersea Journal, and X-Ray Magazine.

Mike is regarded as an expert in his field and enjoys being in the water as much as possible and agrees that the next best thing to being there, is talking about it. See some of his work at Saltwaterphoto.com or look him up on Facebook!


EVAN SHERMAN
VIDEOGRAPHY

Evan is the owner of Seasick Productions, a full-service multimedia company that specializes in underwater imaging. Based out of Orange County, California, Seasick Productions provides on location and studio production services around the world. Evan’s first dive with a camera, he fell in love with underwater videography. His second dive with a camera, he flooded it. He was 19 and had already learned a critical lesson about life as a professional underwater cameraman: passion fuels the artist, tools allow the artist to be. Evan’s professional underwater credits include television networks, Fortune 500 companies and numerous entities within the dive industry.

Evan’s recent film, Bali Close Up, earned top honors at the World ShootOut Underwater Photo Grand Prix in Germany, Video of the Year at the ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition in Singapore, the Best of Show and Stan Waterman Legacy Award at the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival in Roatan, and Silver at the Our World Underwater Video Competition. He is a contributor for DivePhotoGuide, Wetpixel and a SEA&SEA Alpha, ambassador for their products.


AJIEX DHARMA
SNOOT SPECIALIST

Ajiex was born and raised in Tulamben, Bali. Since his certification in 2009, he has completed several thousand dives, diving almost every day in his “backyard." While working at Villa Markisa as a dive guide, he fell in love with the sport. It was no longer a job, it was an obsession. After receiving his first camera as a gift, he quickly took on the challenges of capturing macro images. His knowledge of the local sites combined with his unique and powerful style has earned him global recognition. Today Ajiex is a freelance dive guide (and critter spotter) assisting guests from around the world with macro and snoot photography.


THE DIVING

Bali's dive sites offer great diversity: vertical walls and sandy slopes, shipwrecks, limestone shorelines and black, volcanic outcrops, peaceful bays and coral-covered ridges. Since we're staying near the dive sites, you can do earlier dives, like the crack of dawn dive when the herds of Napolean Wrasse wake up, and later dives, like dusk and night dives when the even more exotic creatures are seen. It also allows you to do more dives each day. At Scuba Seraya you can do as much shore diving as you can handle. Here are some of Bali's best:

LIBERTY SHIPWRECK

The Liberty shipwreck is considered Bali's most popular dive site. The American ship USAT Liberty was an armed cargo steamship that was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942. The years under the sea have transformed it to one of Indonesia's most beautiful artificial reefs. Stunning gorgonian sea fans, huge soft coral trees and big-barrel sponges all flourish here. A resident school of big-eyed jacks live on and around the ship and are unafraid of divers, so it's safe to enter the school and have them whirl around you. The ship is also a haven for emperors, batfish, sweetlips and parrotfish.

SERAYA SECRETS

This is one of the latest "discoveries" among the Tulamben area’s dive sites. It was named by famed underwater journalist and book author Michael Aw after the beachfront Scuba Seraya Resort. The name "Seraya" comes from nearby Mt. Seraya. At Mt. Seraya’s coral encrusted foot lie some of Bali’s most beautiful dive sites. Regulars have divided this dive site into three sub-sites: Noisy Reef, Seraya Secrets and Deep Secrets.

Noisy Reef’s name comes from the huge number of juvenile reef fish that are found here and are known for their endless clicks and clatter and smacking sounds. Schools of juvenile blue Triggerfish flutter in large numbers above the hard coral. At the outer edge at around 40 feet, the reef turns into a black sandy slope. Large numbers of blue dotted Stingrays congregate here, some of them buried deep in the sand.

Seraya Secrets is known as Critter Heaven. The macro bonanza starts as soon as you are in water just knee deep: Shore crab, juvenile moray eels, lionfish, anemone shrimp, needle shrimp, zebra crab, nudibranch, ghost pipefish, boxer crab, frogfish, mimic octopus, scorpionfish; the list is endless. The rare harlequin shrimp has become the trademark of Seraya Secrets. Some of the larger systems have evolved into cleaning stations where fish such as coral groupers, sweetlips or moray eels have their mouths and gills cleaned by tiny shrimp picking out parasites.

Deep Secrets is a large, busy cleaning station at about 100 feet. It sits on an underwater ridge. Approaching divers can point it out from a distance by a school of Banner fish fluttering above. It forms a sort of mini-reef and hence has several reef fish inhabitants such as Angelfish, Coral trout and Wrasses. This cleaning station often attracts large pelagics.


THE RESORT

A cluster of 12 luxurious bungalows lies on Bali's north-east coast, wedged between the sparkling waters of unspoiled Muntig bay and the holy mountain, Gunung Agung. Scuba Seraya Resort is sprawled amongst lush tropical gardens on it's private beach.

Scuba Seraya Resort is now widely regarded as one of NE – Bali's best run dive centers. Being a PADI resort association member, safety and quality are of prime concern. If you look for individual attention, no groups, unhurried service and very small classes, Scuba Seraya Resort and Scuba Seraya Dive are just your ticket! Easy each entries and the resorts purpose-built fast dive boat assure a totally relaxed way of diving.

There is a great variety of critters just in front of the resort. Besides all the known Tulamben and Amed dive sites, we have explored and found many as yet unknown sites in the close vicinity as well as further afield.

 

ACCOMODATIONS UPGRADES

SCUBA SERAYA • TULAMBEN • DELUXE OCEAN VIEW VILLA

Veranda facing sea, double beds only. Private garden with kitchenette, plunge pool, bathroom semi-outdoors, direct access to garden or bedroom. 4 villas available. Upgrade cost: $35 per person, per night • Total for 8 nights: $280 per person, double occupancy.


SAMPLE ITINERARY

SEPTEMBER 26th: DAY 1
Arrive at Scuba Seraya Resort

SEPTEMBER 27th: DAY 2
Dive Day 1: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional)
Morning coaching. Evening image review

SEPTEMBER 28th: DAY 3
Dive Day 2: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional)
Morning coaching. Evening image review

SEPTEMBER 29th: DAY 4
Dive Day 3: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional)
Morning coaching. Evening image review

SEPTEMBER 30th: DAY 5
Dive Day 4: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional)
Morning coaching. Evening image review

OCTOBER 1st: DAY 6
Dive Day 5: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional)
Morning coaching. Evening image review

OCTOBER 2nd: DAY 7
Dive Day 6: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional)
Morning coaching. Evening image review

OCTOBER 3rd: DAY 8
Dive Day 7: 2 boat dives. 2 shore dives (Night dive optional)
Morning coaching. BBQ dinner and dancing (Included with package)

OCTOBER 4th: DAY 9
Depart Scuba Seraya Resort 1pm


WORKSHOP INCLUDES

8 nights at Scuba Seraya, Tulamben, Maisonette Garden View
7 days diving, Tulamben region
7 days Photo and Video coaching
Daily image review
Breakfast daily
14 boat dives with guide
14 shore dives with guide
High Season Surcharge at Scuba Seraya
Free Wi-Fi
Tanks & weights
Government goods & services tax
Parties, Prizes & Surprises!

EXTENSIONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

DIVER PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) COST $1,695
DIVER PACKAGE (SINGLE OCC) COST $2,695
NON DIVER PACKAGE COST $1,195

Scuba Seraya Upgrade
Deluxe Ocean View Villa
Add $280 per person, Double Occupancy
4 available on a first-come first-serve basis

EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
June 26, 2017 Balance

Prices subject to change

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Transfers • Lunches • Dinners • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks • Nitrox • Equipment Rentals
 Crew gratuities • Departure Tax (if applicable) • Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required)

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather or equipment issues.


SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF JUNE 1, 2017. COST $826 ROUNDTRIP


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