Martin Edge Indonesia Photography - Far East

  • Water temp 27-28 C
  • Air Temp 27-30 C
  • Visibility 18-25m
  • Good for... Superb wide angle with plenty of macro subjects as well
  • Suitable for beginners Amateur photographers to experienced SLR shooters
  • Highlights Bunaken has everything you would want to create stunning wide angle images, but that's only half of the story! There's also some great macro critters. It's a flexible program which will make the difference and this flexibility will provide us with the opportunities. This is totally the opposite of the usual regimented dive profile - enjoy dive flexibility in this stunning national park

About Martin Edge Indonesia Photography

Goals of the trip
The beautiful Bunaken national marine park is famous for the sheer variety and colour of coral. This trip will focus on doing justice to the incredible marine-scapes, with the expert tuition of Martin Edge. This is predominately a wide angle workshop, with special emphasis on lighting and strobe work. It's time to discover how to really give your shots that wow factor!

The impressive corals are best in the shallows and this is not a trip for deep diving. Most dives will be at 22m of less and sites will be selected, where possible, to avoid strong currents. Many of the reef tops come up to around 5m. Ideal for that long shallow photo session or prolonged safety stop.

Who is this trip for?
Everyone is welcome on this trip -including non divers and snorkellers! The workshop will be especially beneficial to anyone using a mirrorless or SLR set up with one or two strobes. Consistent wide angle lighting is an art form ,and few underwater photographers have as many year's expertise as Martin Edge. A wide angle/fish eye lens system will be especially beneficial.

In the evenings there will be opportunities for group review sessions and Martin will be covering key aspects of underwater photography with presentations. Be inspired as you see the shots that the master himself has taken on the trip (and see if you can replicate them!). In a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere, Martin will also offer 1:1 sessions throughout the trip covering technical skills, composition and getting to grips with editing software such as Lightroom to help you refine your portfolio even further.

Martin has selected to run the workshop at Bunaken Oasis for several reasons. The resort staff and dive guides are experts and really know what it takes to make a photo workshop a success. They will be on hand throughout, both on land, on the boat and underwater. Nothing is too much trouble! Because the resort is on Bunaken island itself, the workshop will be able to explore more of the dive sites around the marine park with shorter boat rides than those coming from the mainland. This means dives can be timed to be quieter on the sites! It is also a superb resort if you have a non diving or snorkelling buddy.

Diving highlights
Some of the most famous dives sites in Bunaken national park are the Leukan 1, 2 and 3 sites. These are turtle-tastic! The resident hawksbills are very friendly and seen munching on corals. It's a good option for an eraly morning or late afternoon dive, when the day boats have left and you can enjoy the site to yourself. Raymonds and Mike's Point is another brilliant dive for photographers. Shallow up from the fabulous coral wall and you find pristine hard and table corals in the shallows, with clusters of anemones and clown fish.

Further afield are 5 speculator wall dives around Manado Tua. A firm favourite is Pangalingan, which boats large schools of fish. Barracuda Point sees huge groups of baraccuda congregate in the current. Keep a look out for white tips on any of the wall dives.

The Mantehage Mangroves are the place to go for photographing sun beams hitting the submerged tree roots in the high tide waters.

Whilst Bunaken is best known for the walls, pristine hard corals and abundant marine life, don't over look the macro opportunities here. The resort regularly dives at Wari, Bajo, Budo, City Extra and Murex. These sites are famed for the range of muck diving and critters. Ideal for spotting mimic otopus, frog fish, dragonettes, sea horses and a huge rang of nudi branchs. Come into the shallows and watch for cuttlefish.

A popular dusk dive is the mandarin fish site just in front of the resort itself. Here you seen these tiny colourful fish dart in and out of the corals, doing their famous mating dance.

Bunaken Oasis Resort

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Getting there
International flights for this holiday will be with Singapore Airlines via Singapore. They offer a generous 30kgs hold allowance and regional departures (Manchester) are available. On landing in Manado you will be met by the team at Bunaken Oasis for your land transfer to the jetty (40mins). There is a coffee shop where you can grab refreshments, before the final boat journey to the resort itself (25mins).

A typical day
Most days will start with 2 morning dives, leaving the dive centre around 8:00. Martin will liaise with the dive guides to pick suitable sites where currents are minimal and the marine life is nice and shallow, as well as taking into account the light angles. Drinks and snacks are on board the dive boat for the surface interval. You will return to the dive centre for lunch before heading back out for the 3rd dive of the day. There is a chance for a night dive or two during your trip and these will be scheduled locally - a supplement may apply.

At the end of each day Martin will have a chance to review the day's activity as a group. This review sessions are invaluable as you see what your fellow dives have shot, what Martin has got in camera and pick up hints and tips for the following day.

Where possible popular dive sites will be revisited to give you a chance to hone any shots that did not quite come up to muster.

Wide Angle Ops
Some of the most famous dives sites in Bunaken national park are the Leukan 1, 2 and 3 sites. These are turtle-tastic! The resident hawksbills are very friendly and seen munching on corals. It's a good option for an eraly morning or late afternoon dive, when the day boats have left and you can enjoy the site to yourself. Raymonds and Mike's Point is another brilliant dive for photographers. Shallow up from the fabulous coral wall and you find pristine hard and table corals in the shallows, with clusters of anemones and clown fish.

Further afield are 5 speculator wall dives around Manado Tua. A firm favourite is Pangalingan, which boats large schools of fish. Barracuda Point sees huge groups of baraccuda congregate in the current. Keep a look out for white tips on any of the wall dives.

The Mantehage Mangroves are the place to go for photographing sun beams hitting the submerged tree roots in the high tide waters.

Macro Must Sees
The resort regularly dives at Wari, Bajo, Budo, City Extra and Murex. These sites are famed for the range of muck diving and critters. Ideal for spotting mimic otopus, frog fish, dragonettes, sea horses and a huge rang of nudi branchs. Come into the shallows and watch for cuttlefish.

A popular dusk dive is the mandarin fish site just in front of the resort itself. Here you seen these tiny colourful fish dart in and out of the corals, doing their famous mating dance.

Departing
At the end of your holiday you will fly back to Singapore and then back to the UK.

Should you wish to add a stop at another Indonesian destination or stop over in Singapore, just ask!