Fiji Photo Workshop October 2022

Bluewater Photos's Fiji underwater photo workshop at The Pearl and the Volivoli Beach Resort in October 2022.
 

 Fiji Photo Workshop 2020

Join us in the soft coral capital of the world! This underwater photography workshop spends 3 nights at The Pearl Resort and 7 nights at Volivoli Beach Resort, the ultimate paradise in Fiji for divers.

 

October 20 - 30, 2022

Trip Leader: Craig Dietrich

3 Nights at The Pearl Resort & 7 Nights at the Volivoli Beach Resort

Twin Share Room - now $3,237 pp

Single Room - now $3,895 pp

Non-Diver Option (Twin Share) - now $1,893 pp

 

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Why Join This Trip?

 ✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo

 ✓ World-class destination aka the soft coral capital of the world

 ✓  Best shark diving in Fiji with several species of sharks including bull sharks, silvertip sharks, lemon sharks, and the occasional tiger shark.

 ✓Amazing beachfront resort (The Pearl Resort/Volivoli Beach Resort) with 50+ dive sites no more than 20 minute boat ride away

 ✓ Unlimited shore diving on dive days

 ✓ All-inclusive price: accommodation, diving, all meals, transfers, and taxes included

 ✓ Daily photo workshops at no extra cost

 

Why Travel with Bluewater?

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

 ✓ Leaders who care about their guests' experiences

 ✓ 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

 

 

Trip Overview

Start off your Fijian adventure with 2 days of exhilarating shark diving in the Pacific Harbor area where you have the opportunity to observe and photograph several species of sharks, including bull sharks, silvertip sharks, lemon sharks, and the occasional tiger shark. There is also the opportunity to explore the hard coral reefs and massive sea fan gardens in the southern part of Viti Levu.

In Fiji, it’s all about the corals. The colors are so incredibly vibrant and the anthias so plentiful that it’s hard to ever look away. Around every corner is the next world class image. Remember to get in the current. One of the main draws of diving Fiji are the reef scenes - they are quite spectacular!

The gorgeous, lush, color-splashed images of Fiji that you see in dive publications are courtesy of a soft coral called dendronephthya. Few other places in the world offer such an abundance of this coral, nor the wide spectrum of colors, ranging from pink, purple, orange, yellow and fiery red. Dendronephthya soft coral needs current. With little current present, the soft corals are muted, but as the current increases, they inflate with water and their color really begins to glow. As the current picks up, planktivores such as beautifully colored scalefin anthias spring up off the reef in polarized schools. Together, this forms a rich pageantry of color. Underwater photographers will want to shoot when some current is present, making a dramatic difference in the color of underwater imagery.

One of the best places for soft coral in Fiji is the Bligh Waters between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu where there are numerous reefs and pinnacles. The reefs in the surrounding Bligh Waters, also known as The Vatu-I-Ra Passage, are some of the healthiest in the world, with very little pollution and few boats, so you’ll be able to see an array of marine life including anemone fish, turtles, colorful soft coral and reef sharks. 

Volivoli Beach Resort is known for their proximity to Bligh Waters. There are over 50 superb dive sites no more than 20 minutes boat ride away, and some of the most popular ones are in the fascinating Bligh Waters. 

 

Marine Life to Photograph

You’re going to see the healthiest soft coral in the world, more colors than you can imagine, and some extremely rare macro creatures—like the ornate ghost pipefish, orangutan crabs, frogfish, nudibranch, and seahorses — and in all likelihood, turtles, moray eels, schools of barracuda, trevally, giant groupers, grey, black and white tip reef sharks, and the occasional tiger shark.

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Read the reviews on diving Fiji here.


 

Diving Conditions in October

June through October is the dry season. During that time, the water is clearest with visibility often reaching 100 feet or more, but it can be windy and water temperatures can drop into the mid-70s. Most likely marine life sightings during this season include sharks, eagle rays, whales, and turtles.

 

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Package Details

Inclusions

 ✓ Round trip Nadi International Airport/resort transfers

 ✓ 10 nights accommodation (3-nights Garden View at The Pearl & 7-nights Ocean View at Volivoli Beach Resort

 ✓ Welcome drink upon arrival

 ✓ Full meal plan - 3 meals daily with juice, milk, rainwater, coffee, and tea at breakfast

 ✓ 2 days of 2-tank shark dives and 1 day of 2-tank reef dives at Pacific Harbour, 3 days of 2-tank boat diving, and 2 days of 3-tank boat diving at Volivoli Beach Resort – includes all tanks, weights, and dive guide

 ✓ Unlimited shore diving on the 3 House Reefs at Volivoli Beach Resort

 ✓ Beach BBQ & Traditional Meke performance and Fijian Lovo night

 ✓ Free use of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and a variety of complimentary resort activities

 

Exclusions

 ✗ Nitrox ($100 USD when prepaid)

 ✗ Beverages

 ✗ Lobster and Crab menu items (Market price) 

 ✗ Personal dive equipment 

 ✗ Dive Courses

 ✗ Extra dives & night dives (154FJD per tank; pay direct)

 ✗ Wifi ($100 FJD unlimited for 2 devices)

 ✗ Dive Insurance (MANDATORY)

 ✗ Travel Insurance: click here to learn more about our preferred plan

 

 

Important Information

No. of dives: 2 days of 2-tank shark dives and 1 day of 2-tank reef dives at Pacific Harbour, 3 days of 2-tank boat diving, and 2 days of 3-tank boat diving at Volivoli Beach Resort – includes all tanks, weights, and dive guide

Avg. visibility: 50 - 130 feet

Required skill: Beginner to advanced

Wetsuit needed: 3-5mm full-length wetsuit

Topside temperature: 72-81°F (22-27°C) in October

Currents: We can, and regularly do, encounter medium to strong current

About The Pearl Resort

The Pearl Resort is an elegant, sun-drenched resort within the sublime environs of Pacific Harbour, between Suva and Nadi. You can enjoy world-class facilities when you stay at The Pearl Resort and choose from four stylish accommodation options to set the perfect mood for your holiday.

The Pearl South Pacific Resort The Pearl South Pacific Resort


About Volivoli Beach Resort

Volivoli Beach Resort is the ultimate diving paradise in Fiji for beginners and advanced divers alike, located in one of Fiji's best diving destinations. They offer 32 comfortable rooms with panoramic beach and ocean views. 

Volivoli Beach Resort Volivoli Beach Resort

Volivoli Beach Resort Volivoli Beach Resort

 

The Volivoli Beach Resort also just recently opened its brand new camera room, which can accommodate up to 14 people and comes complete with international and USB charging ports, and individual air-guns at each workstation.

Volivoli Beach Resort Volivoli Beach Resort


Resort Amenities

 ✓ 2x licensed restaurants and 3x bars

 ✓ Large swimming pool with swim up bar

 ✓ Onsite dive operation – RA Divers

 ✓ Airport transfer service

 ✓ Multiple happy hours

 ✓ Large screen TV for sports events

 ✓ Hammocks

 ✓ Poolside furniture

 ✓ Day spa

 ✓ Beachside bar

 ✓ Beach towels

 ✓ Beachfront location

 ✓ Lush tropical gardens

 ✓ 24 hour main grid power

 ✓ Onsite backup generator

 ✓ Reception and day room facilities

 ✓ All tide swimming beach

 ✓ Weekly beach BBQ

See more about Volivoli Beach Resort here.

 

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About the Trip Leader

 

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.

After the Navy, Craig learned to scuba dive. Upon breaking the surface the first time, he knew this was a world he wanted to be a part of and a second passion was ignited. Longing to share that world with others, he put together his two greatest loves and ventured into the world of underwater photography.

Craig’s underwater photography has been featured in multiple dive publications, won multiple awards, and has been sold in upscale galleries from Carmel, California to Fort Lauderdale, 

To learn more about Craig's work, visit www.dietrichunderwater.com

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Daily Photo Workshops

Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide angle photography, capturing reefscapes, camera settings, creative lighting, macro photography, and more. Underwater help can also be provided.

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

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Travel Information

International flights: Guests should fly into and out of Nadi international airport (code: NAN).

Airport transfers on arrival and departure: Round trip Nadi airport/resort transfers are included in the price.  The resort is a two hour and a half to three-hour drive from Nadi International Airport.

 

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Payment Schedule

> Deposit: $800

> 1 March 2022: $1000
 
> 15 July 2022: Final Payment 

 

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Underwater Images

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