Anilao December 2018 Photo Workshop

Anilao Photo Workshop in December 2018, Crystal Blue Resort

 Bluewater Photo's December 2018 Anilao Underwater Photo Workshop

Join Bluewater Photo in December 2018 in Anilao for some amazing reef and critter diving. The trip is led by Scott Gietler and Craig Dietrich. Anilao expert Mike Bartick will also be at the workshop as co-trip leader.


December 2 - 9, 2018


7 Nights: $1,699


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Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo

 ✓ Considered by many to be the best Macro diving in the world!

 ✓ Awesome itineraries, packed full of diving and workshop lessons

 ✓ One of our most popular workshops offered

 ✓ Awesome testimonials, all listed below!

 ✓ Leaders who care about their guests' experiences

 ✓ 4 to 1 guide to guest ratio

 ✓ 4 dives a day, including night dives!


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Why Travel with Bluewater?

 ✓ We book resorts/ liveaboards that offer the best overall value

 ✓ Gear discounts and other benefits

 ✓ Great support if flight/weather issues occur

 ✓ "Bluewater helped me out when I needed it most, the airline wouldn't let me board because of a Visa issue. They saved my butt" - Ray Tsusuki


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Dive Overview

Anilao boasts some of the richest reefs in the world. Whether at 10ft or 100ft beneath the surface, you will be inundated with photo subjects that will fill up your memory card before the day is over. Almost all species on our critter list can be found in Anilao - such as Rhinopias, blue-ring octopus, hairy frogfish, pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish & Bobbit worms. Anilao is also the nudibranch capital of the world!

We also will see tons of crinoids, giant barrel sponges, mantis shrimp, garden eels, gobies, shrimps, crabs, seahorses, pipefish, several octopus species, and every kind of fish imaginable. Our group collectively will probably also find over 100 nudibranch species. There are calm sites, and sites with currents and pelagics. Muck and lush coral sites.

Bluewater Photo will show you where to take that perfect wide-angle, macro or critter behavior shot.


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Trip Details

 ✓ Package includes 7 nights, 8 days, a total of 24 dives including night dives, and all meals

 ✓ Deluxe accommodations in sealed rooms with air-conditioning 

 ✓ The resort also boasts 2 family rooms. They are larger than the deluxe rooms and are located at the lowest level of the resort, closest to the restaurant and dive shop. The family rooms are available for an additional $250.

 ✓ Small 'dive guide to diver' ratios and long dive times

 ✓ Daily photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography

 ✓ 7 nights not enough? 10 night stays are available for $2,199 and include 36 dives

 ✓ Single rooms are available for $1,999 for the 7 day workshop and $2,749 for the 10 day.

 ✓ We will visit the best dive sites early and often! Most sites are just 10 - 20 minutes from the resort.

 ✓ December is a great time to dive Anilao!

 ✓ Prizes for photographing the most critters, the most nudibranch species, best video, and the best macro, wide-angle, and behavior shots 

 ✓ Photographers with even the smallest point and shoot camera will feel very welcome here, and you will go home with some great shots!

 ✓ We will have several boats, so you can dive the type of sites you like

 ✓ Additional costs: Nitrox ($99 for the week and highly recommended), transfers ($100 round trip from Manila airport), airfare 

 ✓ The workshop will run only for the first 7 days - if you purchase the 10 day package, you'll be booking the extra days at our phenominal group rate, but there will not be any additional photo education.

Read the great reviews on Crystal Blue Resort here



Trip Schedule

 > Day one of the trip will include two dives in the afternoon. It is recommended that you arrive either the day before and spend the night at an airport hotel, or arrive before 10am on the morning of the first day. There are no refunds for missed dives if you arrive late!

 > Each subsequent day of the trip includes four dives consisting of two in the morning and two in the afternoon (one of which is a daily night dive).

 > There will be underwater photo seminars and image reviews in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

 > The day before the last day there will be two morning dives and departure will be on the following day.


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About the Trip Leaders

Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Travel. Scott's areas of expertise include Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, French Polynesia and the United States.

Scott is the founder of the Underwater Photography Guide and Bluewater Photo. What started out as a small project has grown to a point where it is starting to interfere with Scott's sleep. When it interferes with his diving, then it will be a problem.

Learn more about Scott here.


Craig Dietrich is an award-winning underwater photographer based in Jupiter, Florida. From an early age Craig felt the need to express himself artistically and the first time he picked up a camera, he knew he had found the perfect outlet for his creativity and sparked what would become a life-altering passion for photography. Craig served our country as a Naval photographer during both Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, when he was given the opportunity to travel the world and his thirst for adventure was born.

Learn more about Craig here.



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Trip Testimonials

 "This was the best organized and informative photo trip that I have been on, and I’ve been on a few.” - Harry O'Neil

 "This was my first trip with Bluewater Photo, and my trip with you was my best dive trip ever." - Christy Vail

 "I learned so much after each day we dived, the tuition was invaluable at the end of each day, and as a result I was able to see the day-to-day improvements in my underwater pictures." - Warner Priest

 "Scott and Mike are amazing underwater photographers, and they are passionate, patient, and eager to teach students of all levels and abilities." - Larry Naylor

 "I'm loving this trip - thank you Scott so much for organising it and all your help while you were here. And the amazing cake. Again, this trip is probably the best thing I've ever done - last night's dive to Twin Rocks was maybe the best dive of my life." - PT Hirschfield

 "The dive sites were, of course, amazing sea life on every single dive, but more fun than that was being able to give your guide your wish list and knowing they’d work with you as a unit to try to find your subjects." - Suzan Meldonian

 "It was a fantastic trip. Great diving, resort facilities and very helpful staff. I would go back to Crystal Blue Resort in a heartbeat. Not to mention the feedback, seminars and the slide shows by Scott and Mike have definitely helped me become a better photographer." - Nayan Savla

 "Great trip! A very intense program with priceless underwater coaching. Looking forward to more." - Alex Sher

 "I had a great time and learned a lot. Thanks! The diving was awesome and it was one of my best trips." - Chuck Dreyfus

Mike Bartick teaching some photo pointers during our 2015 workshops!


See more photos from Anilao at the Anilao 2011 shootout page, the Anilao April 2013 workshop photos, and on our Guide to diving Anilao.

About Crystal Blue Resort Anilao

Above are the rooms at Crystal Blue Resort, near Anilao's best dive sites. The resort has a bar, restaurant, spa, jacuzzi, awesome food and great rooms - along with a great dive center that pumps Nitrox!


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Flight Information

We recommend guests arrive into Manila one day before the workshop begins (Dec 2nd) and stay in a nearby hotel. We have 3 hotel recommendations for guests; The Manila Marriott, Resorts World Hotel or The Belmont Hotel - all very close to the airport. Alternatively, you can arrive at the Manila airport (code: MNL) the morning of first day of the workshop before 10am and the shuttle will pick you up directly from the airport. Everyone will leave in the morning of the last day (approx 8:00 am) and be transferred back to the airport. Booking an afternoon/evening flight would be advised. If you have any questions, please email us for recommended departure/arrival times. We will arrange your transport to the resort.


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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > $800 deposit - Due when booking

 > Remainder - Due Oct 1, 2018

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!



Underwater Images

Underwater Photos from Previous Trip


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Marine Life: 
Top Macro Spot
Trip Leader: 
Scott Gietler
Type of Trip: 
Land-based Resort
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