Anilao Photo Workshops Spring 2020

Join Bluewater Photo in April/May 2020 for the annual Anilao workshops.

Bluewater Photo's 2020 Anilao Underwater Photo Workshops

Join Bluewater Photo in April/May 2020 for the annual Anilao workshops, and some amazing reef and critter diving at Crystal Blue Resort.


April 23 - May 3, 2020 (10 Nights)


May 3 - 10, 2020 (7 Nights)*

Trip Leaders: Erik Lukas

*We will hold some rooms from May 10 - 13, so guests can stay for 10 nights.


10 Nights: $2,299 Shared Room | $2,849 Private Room

7 Nights: $1,699 Shared Room | $2,199 Private Room

Optional Land Extensions:

7 Nights in Dumaguete - Starting at $1,958 pp

7 Nights in Puerto Galera - Starting at $1,223 pp

10 Nights in Cebu & Bohol - $2,430 pp

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Why Join This Trip? - Trip Overview - Inclusions & Exclusions

Accommodations - How to Get There - Trip LeaderDaily Workshops

Booking & Payment - Trip Extensions - Underwater Photos


Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo

 ✓ Daily photography workshops by photo pro at no extra cost, suitable for beginners and experienced photographers alike

 ✓ Trip designed to shoot photos - We select liveaboards that provide photographer-friendly facilities. The dive guides are also there to enable you to get photos, not just show you the reef

 ✓ Debatably of the best Macro diving in the world!

 ✓ Awesome itineraries, packed full of diving and workshop lessons

 ✓ One of our most popular workshops offered

 ✓ Leaders who care about their guests' experiences


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Trip Overview

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

  • Small 'dive guide to diver' ratios and long dive times
  • We will visit the best dive sites early and often! Most sites are just 10 - 20 minutes from the resort.
  • 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
  • Single rooms are available. Please email us for rates.

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 Rhinopiasblue-ring octopushairy frogfish, pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish & Bobbit worms. Anilao is also the nudibranch capital of the world!


Here's the schedule of this trip:

Day one of the trip: Arrival at the resort will be between 11am-1pm from Manila hotels. Rooms will be available for check-in between 12pm and 2pm. While waiting for rooms to become available, guests can have lunch (runs from 12-2), unpack their camera gear in the camera room, or relax in the common areas. There are 2 optional afternoon dives the day of arrival, which can take place as soon as 4 guests are ready for a dive (4 divers per boat).  

> Each subsequent day of the trip includes *up to* 4 dives per day, consisting of two in the morning and two in the afternoon (one afternoon dive is a night dive).

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

> On the second to last day (May 2/May 9) there will be no afternoon dives. There will be 2 morning dives, a photo contest and group dinner

 > Departure will be on the following day at 8 am back to MNL. Shuttle transfers take approx 3.5 hours between Anilao-Manila so book your departure flight sometime in the afternoon (we recommend any time after 2:30-3:00 PM to be safe).

*If your flight doesn't depart until the evening, you may want to consider getting a "day room" somewhere in Manila so you can be dropped off there instead of the airport so early!

To get a little insight as to what the workshop is like, read some detailed testimonials from our 2018 trip, here!

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


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Inclusions & Exclusions


 ✓ 7 or 10 nights of deluxe accommodations in sealed rooms with air-conditioning

 ✓ Daily photo clinics and workshops to help you improve your photography (for the May 5th departure, the workshop will run only for the first 7 days - if you purchase the 10-day package, there will not be any additional photo education)

 ✓ Up to 4 dives a day (including night dives)

 ✓ All meals



 ✗ Nitrox ($99 for the week)

 ✗ Transfers ($100 round trip from Manila airport)

 ✗ Airfare


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Crystal Blue Resort Anilao

The resort is on a hill and involves climbing stairs


About Crystal Blue Resort

Crystal Blue offers spectacular diving, amazing macro photography, knowledgeable guides, incredible cuisine, and comfortable ocean-view accommodations. The resort has a bar, restaurant, spa, jacuzzi, awesome food and offers 17 rooms that consist of deluxe rooms, superior rooms, and a large family villa.

Read the reviews of Crystal Blue Resort here.


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About the Trip Leader

Erik Lukas is an active diver and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. You can expect to find Erik diving many of the amazing Pacific Ocean sites of Southern California, camera in hand, at any chance he can get.

See more of Erik’s photography at or on Instagram @seeundersea.

"I am passionate about underwater photography in general and have a special love for macro subjects. For me the things that are hardest to spot hold the most interest. Documenting the commensal and symbiotic relationships is for me the most interesting…the smaller and more bizarre the better. I also have a passion for sharing my knowledge with others. My goal with all of my workshops is to ensure each guest leaves with a group of images that they are proud to share."


Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as macro composition, camera settings, creative lighting, super macro, and more. Help underwater is also given.

Check out this page for more information on what to expect from our photography workshops as well as some testimonials!


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Flight Information

We recommend guests arrive into Manila one day before the workshop begins and stay in a nearby hotel. We have 3 hotel recommendations for guests; The Manila Marriott, Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City, 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 8am) 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.



Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

 > Deposit: $500

 > Payment 2: $800 due 7/1/19

 > Payment 3: Balance due 12/1/19

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!



Want to Extend Your Trip?

We can help with that! See more of the Philippines before or after your workshop in Anilao with Bluewater. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! Puerto GaleraDumaguete, and Cebu & Bohol are amazing destinations nearby that offer a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your workshop reservation:

*Rates are subject to change any time, please contact us for the most updated pricing.


Price: Starting at $1,958 per person*

*based on double occupancy and mid range room pricing. Room upgrades are available and additional peak season rates may apply for certain dates

A short domestic flight from MNL to the Southern Philippines can extend your macro photography vacation in style at the luxurious Atmosphere Resort.

✓ A week in a Suite

✓ 10-dive package

✓ All meals

✓ Transfers

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

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Atmosphere Resort



Price: Starting at $1,223 per person*

*based on double occupancy and mid range room pricing. Room upgrades are available and additional peak season rates may apply for certain dates

A few hours' car and boat transfer from MNL, El Galleon can offer you abundant corals and fish diversity and an inexpensive all-inclusive dive package.

✓ 7 nights at El Galleon Resort 

✓ Daily dives

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

✓ El Galleon Dive Resort El Galleon Dive Resort

✓ El Galleon Dive Resort

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El Galleon Dive Resort



Price: $1,740 per person*

*based on double occupancy and mid range room pricing. Room upgrades are available and additional peak season rates may apply for certain dates

A short domestic flight from MNL to either of these islands offers a whole new experience! See pristine corals and abundant reefs, all with never-ending diversity ranging from tiny seahorses to whale sharks. There are numerous resorts to choose from, but we think Magic Resorts (Magic Oceans Bohol & Magic Island Cebu) offer the best experience for the price.

✓ 5 nights on each island

✓ Daily dives

✓ All meals and transfers between resorts and airports

✓ Free WiFi: Yes

✓ Swimming Pool: Yes

Magic Oceans Resort Bohol Magic Island Resort Moalboal

Magic Oceans (LEFT) & Magic Island (RIGHT)


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Underwater Images

Anilao Underwater Photos from Previous Trips






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