Mario Vitalini

Escorted Photography Holidays

Scuba travel have been running photography workshops since 2009.  In that time hundreds of divers have travelled the globe with us, visiting the world’s top diving destinations. We are delighted that Mario Vitalini will start to run photography escorted holidays with Scuba Travel in 2017. Mario is well know to Scuba Travel having been a guide on one of our Red Sea liveaboards as well as travelling with us to the majority of our destinations over the last 12 years!

Mario Vitalini

Mario has been involved in photography since his earliest years, starting on land. His first underwater camera was a Nikonos V in the late 1980s, and he’s been diving with a camera ever since.  The technology has come a long way since then! 

He’s a certified PADI IDC Staff Instructor, and has thousands of logged hours teaching diving and sharing his passion for the world underwater.  As well as having worked in Colombia, Belize and Egypt, he’s travelled the globe in search of world class photo opportunities, but also had to make it work in some less than favourable conditions!  It’s not just about where you are, but how you approach the dive that makes for great underwater photography.  He’s well known for his patient, calm approach – he will help you develop new skills and build your confidence in a relaxed environment .  As well as helping you get to grips with underwater photography,

Mario’s areas of expertise include in kit selection and digital editing.  His innovative use of light and eye as an editor won him “Up and coming British Photographer of the Year” at UPY 2015.


Mario is well known for his patient, calm approach – he will help you develop new skills and build your confidence in a relaxed environment

Dates: 03 May 2017 - 10 May 2017

Hurricane | Daedalus Rocky St Johns

Mario Says...Based on his experience as a Red Sea dive guide, I have chosen the Southern Red Sea in May for the great viz and possible shark and manta encounters. It is also a fab time for shooting corals. This will be predominately a wide angle workshop. The itinerary will be the classic Daedalus, Rocky, St Johns. There will be no more than 8 participants, and each individual is guaranteed at least 2 1:1 in water dives as well as 1 x 1hr private session focused on your individual needs (including photo editing). MORE

Dates: 13 May 2017 - 20 May 2017

Whirlwind | Red Sea Relaxed

Mario Says...A very rewarding, but more relaxing and slower paced alternative to the more usual wrecks and reefs itinerary. With the same amount of dives available but at fewer locations, allowing you to see the best sites at different times of the day, this works brilliantly for photographers but is also proving to be a big hit with people that prefer to take things easier and with less rushing about. MORE

Dates: 10 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017

Mistral | Red Sea Photography

Mario Says...This is a great trip for anyone interested in underwater photography (or if you are just not feeling confident about using your camera!). Mario will cover the basic principles to get you up and running in no time, as well as more advanced techniques for experienced shooters. We pick this time as there will be no shortage of great subject matter to shoot, from impressive wrecks to huge schools of fish, especially at Shark and Yolanda reef! MORE

Dates: 31 Aug 2017 - 10 Sep 2017

Mermaid II | Komodo National Park

Mario Says...Join me in Komodo in 2017 on board Mermaid 2! This is one of the big fish spots in Indoensia, with huge biodiversity on the reefs as well. This trip has been timed for the best manta encounters. Vibrant fish life and superb coral reefs. On a single day you can dive with sharks, mantas, turtles, octopus, frog fish, nudis you name it! The trip also includes an island visit to Komodo National Park to see the famous dragons. From a practical point of view, Mermaid 2 is ideal for Komodo. She is a steel hull and very stable. Excellent food and on board massage (local charges). But if was the guides and crew that really help this trip stand out. MORE

Dates: 03 Oct 2017 - 12 Oct 2017

Lembeh Resort | Lembeh Go Diving

Mario Says...Very friendly atmosphere and an excellent run dive centre with very professional dive guides. Groups are kept very small, around 4 divers per dive guide.The guides are very aware of the environment and will not allow handling or harassing marine life. The dive centre facilities are excellent with plenty of storage and fresh water for your dive kit and information about the dives planed is always available. The camera room has a lot of space for charging batteries and set up your equipment. The resort is not very big and is easy to get to know all the fellow divers, food is fresh and very very good. I can only speak for the garden rooms but they were clean and comfy. MORE

Dates: 20 Jan 2018 - 27 Jan 2018

Cyclone | The Winter Warmer

Mario Says...This is going to be a great trip to pin down those skills necessary to allow your underwater photography to progress. Maybe you've just got some new kit, and you want to iron out the wrinkles, or you've always wanted to master wide angle strobe positioning. A trip like this gives us enormous freedom to try out things repeatedly, and this is the best way to ensure that the learning sticks, and with every little milestone your confidence will grow, exponentially! MORE

Daedalus Rocky St Johns

To create the Daedalus, Rocky and St Johns itinerary we have scoured the vast miles of Southern Red Sea and picked out the creme de la creme for your personal diving enjoyment. If you love reef diving then you are guaranteed to fall in love with the ... MORE

Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is well known for the ferocious looking dragons but it is also growing in reputation as being a must do dive destination in Indonesia. The unique ecology of the area, formed by volcanic activity, has shaped a diver's paradise un... MORE

Red Sea Relaxed

Not all dive holidays are restful! That's why we created the Red Sea Relaxed itinerary, a very rewarding, but more relaxing alternative to the more usual scuba diving itinerary. Do as much or as little as you like! Enjoy a mix of on board activitie... MORE

The Winter Warmer

Are you looking to shake off those winter blues? Then why not come along with Mario on his Winter Warmer getaway to the Red Sea for some much needed winter underwater photography! This is a dedicated a photo itinerary in the Northern Red Sea and we ... MORE

Red Sea Photography

From small pocket sized compact cameras to huge SLR rigs with multiple strobes, divers have never invested more time or money into taking underwater photographs. Yet, do you go home disappointed when your images fail to convey the beauty of your Red ... MORE

Lembeh Go Diving

Lembeh Go Diving... MORE