Holiday Reference: TRP 32546

Holiday information

  • 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices
  • All cabins have twin beds, en suite & air con
  • 2 sundecks and a jacuzzi!
  • Spacious! Separate dining area and saloon
  • Average Water Temp: 19-23 C
  • Average Air Temp: 20 - 25 C
  • Average Visability: 15 - 25m
  • Good for: Photographers of all levels
  • Suitable for beginners: Yes
  • Escape the winter blues with this relaxing photo itinerary. This is a great trip to pin down those skills necessary to allow your underwater photography to progress. A trip like this gives 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!

Your Holiday Information

Sunday departure - Join the original Winter Warmer holiday on Whirlwind and enjoy a week of relaxed photography with Mario as your photo guide and host. Sail away on the ever popular, award winning Whirlwind. Departing from Sharm, you will spend 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin share cabin). This is a classic itinerary in the Northern Red Sea with up to 22 dives over the week. All marine park fees, 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included in your package - please prebook nitrox and 15lt tanks before travel. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are with Thomas Cook from Gatwick and transfers are also included. At the end of the week you will have day use of a hotel and buffet lunch while you wait for your flight home. Excluded are the Egyptian entry visa, alcohol, nitrox, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Please let us know if you would like to prebook any PADI courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

 

Your Personal Information


Liveaboard Details

Whirlwind has to be one of our favourite Red Sea liveaboards - and as the award winning Liveaboard of the Year 2011 clearly fellow divers share our affection for her. This is 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices... just one of the reasons UK d ...

Whirlwind has to be one of our favourite Red Sea liveaboards - and as the award winning Liveaboard of the Year 2011 clearly fellow divers share our affection for her. This is 5 star Red Sea diving at affordable prices... just one of the reasons UK divers keep coming back to this superior liveaboard. She has a well deserved reputation for the quality of finish on board, her long standing crew are the definition of attentive and she has all the award winning hallmarks of Tornado Marine fleet (from the decor to the tasty food)! Discover today how effortless diving can be when your liveaboard has been designed by divers for divers.

Whirlwind is a generous 36m from bow to stern and at 8m across, there is ample space for all 20 guests. There are 10 cabins in total, all with twin beds, en suite, air con and safe. The storage is plentiful and the showers are some of the most powerful you will find on a boat! There are 4 cabins on the main deck which are preallocated at the time of booking with no additional surcharge.

Whirlwind has everything the modern diver could want on board. The dive deck is one of the most impressive aspects - no more kitting up in a crowd on this boat! There is a camera table, 2 rinse tanks and plenty of space for all your dive kit. Whirlwind is also rebreather friendly and can pump oxygene and helium mixes (please just let us know at the time of booking). And for your relaxation between dives, there are 2 sundecks and the jacuzzi. Catch some rays, relax with a book or enjoy the hot tub. The saloon is kitted out with a modern entertainment system and a well stocked bar. Quite simply no element of this liveaboard has been overlooked. From sun up to sun down, Whirlwind is the perfect home away from home in the Egyptian Red Sea.

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Itinerary Details

Join Mario on his Winter Warmer tour and beat those winter blues with a week of dedicated Red Sea underwater photography, focusing in particular on the varied macro and wide angle opportunities at Gubal and Tiran

The Winter Warmer Description

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 have hand picked a select number of key sites to enable you to gain maximum time at locations that are the most photo friendly. The Northern Red Sea in undeniably a great place to practice your skills, and on this itinerary you will learn how to shoot successful macro, wide angle, strobe and available light shots. You will be able to dive in time and time again to work towards getting exactly the shot you want. Break the bleak mid winter and discover how to get the most from each and every photo opportunity.

Goals of the trip
This trip will focus on the fundamentals of underwater photography - no matter how much experience you have, getting the basics right matters. If you are newer to underwater photography, we will cover proper camera set up, available light photography then moving on to using strobes and using lenses and strobes will be your goals. If you have progressed through the initial stages in your underwater photography already, then you might want to experiment, setting up specific shots and co-ordinating with models, or try some experimental stuff like mixed flash with slow shutter speeds, or time-lapse or long exposure shots. You may already be an experienced underwater photographer and want to hang out and dive with others of a like mind and have the freedom to pursue your own specific goals.

This will be a great all round trip, suitable for all abilities, and Mario will be on hand morning, noon and night, dishing out any help and advice you might need. Once you've taken the shots you will probably want to tweak and edit them so most evenings there will be assistance with using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photo shop to make the most of your digital creations.

Diving highlights
One of the big diving highlights on this trip will be an extended stay on the Barge - you could not custom build a more suitable site for underwater photographers! Centred on the fragments of a broken up barge, this place is teeming with schools of fish, many types and sizes of moray, and nudibranchs galore. Often at around tea time divers can get buzzed by a pod of resident dolphins from the surrounding area of Gubal, and people regularly photograph them in the water here. And the night dive is not to be missed! We will also try out some diving at different times of the day, so instead of doing a night dive one day we will do a dusk dive, so we can give photography in the "golden hour" a go underwater, and create some dappled light shots. After approximately two whole days and nights here, we will move via the Kingston and the Thistlegorm, and make our way over to the Straits of Tiran, and here you can put into practice your freshly honed skills on the lavish coral gardens that await.



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