Photo FINish Malapascua - Far East

  • Water temp 23-29C
  • Air Temp 27-29C
  • Visibility 15-30m
  • Good for... New to intermediate photographers
  • Suitable for beginners Yes
  • Highlights I love the Philippines. Its hugely diverse diving makes it heaven with a camera. And the warm welcome you are guaranteed just tops off one of my favourite places to run a workshop. Relaxing pace with superb subject. Perfect combo.

About Photo FINish Malapascua

The Philippines is well known for the fantastic photo opportunities that you can find underwater, but one of the hottest - and best value - areas to visit is Malapascua Island. Here photographers find a massive and diverse range of subject, from big to small, and with pro Mario Vitalini to hand throughout the trip, this is an unmissable opportunity to take your underwater photography to a whole new level! Don't delay - book your space and sprinkle some photo magic on your shots and discover the Philippines at its most photogenic.

Who is this for
This is the ideal trip for anyone that is either new to underwater photography or looking to improve their confidence and skills without needing a huge camera set up. Hone exposure control and ambient lighting techniques. A wide angle, macro lens or strobe can be useful, but are not essential. The idea is to learn to take better photos with the camera you have... not what you think you should have!

Mario will be giving daily lectures, with an emphasis on how to manage your camera, creatively compose and start to think about how to effectively light your images. Help and tuition will be given to get you started with post production and photo editing software. On most evenings there will be group review sessions to give feedback on your photos and to get ideas and inspiration from what others are producing.

Diving highlights
The itinerary is a varied one, with wide angle thresher sharks and resplendent reef dives to magical macro and dusk mandarin mating dives. There's something for everyone! The workshop has been timed carefully for the optimum weather conditions. There are a total of 20 dives over the workshop.

Monad shoal is one of the few places in the world where you can guarantee thresher sharks. The depth makes the photography challenging, but these usually shy sharks come in close enough for everyone to have a go.

Gato island has been chosen for the exciting opportunity to photography sea snakes. These pose no risk to divers, but are intriguing creatures to watch underwater and a charming subject for photographers.

There are so many reefs to chose around Exotic resort! The house reef is a must do and the perfect place to start. Amongst the scattered coral and patches of sea grass, a wide variety of fish and macro life can be found. Artificial structures are everywhere, including coral encrusted jeepneys, large concrete and wire structures and a few old boats, creating a unique habitat for soft coral and sea life to flourish. This exclusive one of a kind dive site suits all levels of divers and is a photographer's dream.

Dakit dakit is an opulent reef dive, where stunning soft corals slope away. It is packed with some of our favourite macro critters. Along side Bugtong Bato, these sites have been included for the smaller stuff. Nudis, pipe fish, frog fish and sea horses. This is a macro mecca!

Lapiz Lapiz and Bantigue bay have been selected for their wide angle opportunities. Here the lavish reef is filled with schooling fish aplenty. Here you can work on both ambient lighting or give your strobes a work out. Always keep your eyes peeled for rays in this area. Flamboyant cuttlefish and moray eels are ever popular subjects, close to the reefs themselves.

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort

Malapascua Island has an impressive reputation for such a small location. The diving in Malapascua is most famous for its thresher sharks. With their wealth of experience, the Exotic Resort has an exceptional track record at gett... MORE

Flexible itinerary
Whilst the itinerary has been planned with a stunning range of sites, each chosen for their photographic excellence and subject matter, weather and local conditions may require some flexibility in the exact site selection each day.

A total of 20 dives has been prebooked and Mario will be running the workshop throughout.

Arrival
Flights to Cebu are included in your holiday. On landing in Cebu you will be met and transferred by land to the northern point of the island. Here you will be taken by boat to Malapascua.

Trip Duration
The workshop lasts a total of 8 nights in resort with 20 dives over the workshop.

Monad shoal - Thresher shark dives
Malapscua is famous for the thresher sharks at Monad Shoal. This is an early morning dive, timed for the best chances to see the sharks. The top of the shoal ranges from 20 meters to 27 meters, with a sheer drop-off down to 45 meters, and a second drop-off exceeding recreational dive depths. Thresher sharks are regular visitors at the cleaning stations found on top of the reef. The ideal depth to encounter life is between 22 meters to 27 meters

Gato Island - sea snakes
Gato Island is a protected marine sanctuary and an almost guaranteed site to encounter sleeping sharks and sea snakes. Spectacular coloured soft corals cover this undulating dive site sheltering frogfishes, sea horses and nudibranches. Sleeping white tip sharks rest within crevasses. A paradise for avid photographers, this site offers a great opportunity for both macro and big fishes. Advanced divers can dive the tunnel that runs beneath the island, a unique overhead environment, the inside of which is covered with daisy soft corals and sponge.

Lighthouse reef - mandarin fish
The perfect sunset dive, this site is almost a sure bet to see the colourful mandarin fish perform their mating dance. Hunker down and wait for the action. You will need to be quick on your trigger finger!

Reef diving

There are so many reefs to chose around Exotic resort! The house reef is a must do and the perfect place to start. Amongst the scattered coral and patches of sea grass, a wide variety of fish and macro life can be found. Artificial structures are everywhere, including coral encrusted jeepneys, large concrete and wire structures and a few old boats, creating a unique habitat for soft coral and sea life to flourish. This exclusive one of a kind dive site suits all levels of divers and is a photographer’s dream.

Dakit dakit is an opulent reef dive, where stunning soft corals slope away. It is packed with some of our favourite macro critters. Along side Bugtong Bato, these sites have been included for the smaller stuff. Nudis, pipe fish, frog fish and sea horses. This is a macro mecca!

Lapiz Lapiz and Bantigue bay have been selected for their wide angle opportunities. Here the lavish reef is filled with schooling fish aplenty. Here you can work on both ambient lighting or give your strobes a work out. Blue Ringed Octopus and sea horses of every size can be found on the surrounding reef.

Departure
At the end of your workshop you will return by boat and land transfer to Cebu airport, and begin your journey home.

It is easy to add an extension to your trip. Why not spend a few extra nights somewhere else in the Philippines? Talk to your travel consultant for more information on the many options.