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DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo & Video Festival 2008

Expedition Dates:March 28, 2008 - April 15, 2008
Destination:Wakatobi, Indonesia
Cost:0.00 Sold Out

Join Us Aboard The Pelagian: March 28 - April 4, 2008
And/Or at Wakatobi Resort: April 4 - April 15, 2008

 

A VERY SPECIAL & UNIQUE UNDERWATER PHOTO / VIDEO EVENT AT A WORLD CLASS DESTINATION

 

Situated in a small archipelago just Southeast of Sulawesi, in central Indonesia, Wakatobi is truly a slice of paradise with exceptional diving and endless photo and video opportunities. So where better to hold an underwater photo and video festival! (Read the DPG report from our recent trip to Wakatobi.)

You can choose to spend a week on board the Pelagian live aboard, or 11 days at Wakatobi resort - or both! There's plenty of opportunity to participate and hone your underwater photo or video skills among some of the healthiest reefs in the world.


UNLIMITED SHOOTING 

While at the resort, photographers and videographers will be able to focus on wide angle and macro all day long, both on scheduled boat dives or on the world famous house reef, consistently referred to as the best house reef in the world.

Guests aboard the Pelagian will dive further into the archipelago, including a recently discovered muck site.

Most evenings will be set aside for reviews and screenings of the day's images and videos. Three workshops will be held during each week for novice to intermediate shooters who wish to polish up on some of the essential skills needed to capture the beauty of the life on the reefs.

 

H2O Photo Pros will be on site both weeks with the latest underwater photo & video gear available for in-water demos, and Mike Luzansky will be providing underwater video workshops along with the underwater photo workshops by Jason Heller.


PHOTO & VIDEO CONTEST

Both weeks will culminate in a contest where each participant can enter their best images and videos from the week for a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes! The "shootout" format will be split into "open" and "novice" categories. Participants found
harassing the reef or otherwise being environmentally unfriendly will be automatically disqualified.

 

Winning images to appear in Sport Diver Magazine! 

 


SPACE IS LIMITED!

Contact us today to secure your spot at the not-to-be-missed underwater imagery event of the year.

We locked in 2007 rates by booking this event early.

 

You can participate during the first week on the Pelagian live aboard (SOLD OUT!) (Mar 28 - Apr 4), 11 nights at Wakatobi resort (Apr 4 - 15), or both. Guests booking both weeks enjoy a 10% discount on the 11 night trip at the resort.

A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 pp/ per trip, is required to secure your spot.
* All rates on this page are per person. Air charter flight is required for each person.

Email: jason@divephotoguide.com or feel free to call us at (917) 806-4600

 

 

 

 

 

 


Garden Bungalow $2,840 USD  SOLD OUT
- Located slightly behind the Beach and Premium bungalows these offer more shade after a long day in the sun on the boats. Comfortably appointed with everything you need for an enjoyable stay.

Beach Bungalow $3,090 USD  SOLD OUT
- Similar size as the Garden Bungalows, but located front-row, facing the south beach. The breeziest choice for those not wanting to use the AC.

Premium Bungalow $3,290 USD SOLD OUT
- Front-row beach location on the west-facing sunset beach.

Premium Select Bungalow $3,840 USD SOLD OUT
- Front-row beach location on the west-facing sunset beach with completely rebuilt interior. Excellent and - some say - on par with the cliff villas, just not as spacious.

Cliff Villa $4,340 USD  SOLD OUT
- Situated aside from the rest of the resort, perched on the coral cliffs. These premium rooms offer first-class exclusivity, privacy, 800+ sqf of space and amenities.

Non-Diver Discount Participants traveling with a non-diving spouse or friend can deduct $80.00 USD / diving day for guests not participating in the diving program.

Single Divers If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will attempt to find a roommate for you. All efforts will be made to allocate separate accommodations or have you share a room with the same gender. If you do not want to share a room, an additional 75% single supplement charge will apply.

Nitrox Pricing $200 in advance / $220 at resort

The Wakatobi Dive Resort packages include:

  • Your resort accommodation
  • Round-trip transfers to the resort from Wakatobi's airstrip
  • All meals (delicious and highly varied multi-course chef-prepared meals and snacks)
  • Three boat dives per day
  • House reef tender boat taxi service. (choose when and where you want to dive the famous house reef)
  • Shore diving on World's Best House Reef - just walk in. Anytime.
  • Multilingual Western, highly trained, instructor-level dive guides
  • Tanks, weights and unlimited air refills
  • A traditional village tour
  • Substantial reef protection and community development contribution.
  • Free in-room internet (via satellite so it's not super fast but it does the trick)
  • In-room aromatherapy soaps and lotion
  • In-room safe (not that you'll need it), minibar, coffee pot, towels and hairdryer
  • Afternoon turn-down service and, of course, daily housekeeping by our gentle and friendly crew
  • Remoteness from the world of "busy" - here you can enjoy a quiet time without hearing traffic or seeing lights all around
  • Photo & video workshops

and they exclude :

  • Round-trip Airfare on Wakatobi's private air service originating from Bali.
  • Soft drinks, cocktails, wine and beer.
  • Rented gear, apart from tanks, weights and weight belts.
  • Souvenirs (you can buy in the resort by cash or credit card)
  • Porterage and tips (up to you)
  • Overall travel insurance
  • Bars, karaoke and other distractions....
  • Crowds, traffic and light pollution (you can see stars as low as the horizon!)

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Standard Cabins (booked) $2,180 USD  SOLD OUT

Deluxe Cabins (booked) $2,550 USD  SOLD OUT

Superlux Cabin (booked) $2,650 USD  SOLD OUT

Master Suite (booked) $2,780 USD SOLD OUT

Nitrox Pricing $150 in advance / $170 at resort

The Pelagian Cruise packages include:

  • Round-trip transfers to the Pelagian from Wakatobi's airstrip
  • Standard, Deluxe, Superlux Cabin or Master Suite accommodation.
  • Superb executive chef-prepared cuisine (incl. all meals and snacks.)
  • Knock-your-socks-off quality diving up to 4x day
  • Multilingual, highly trained, instructor-level dive guides
  • Tanks, weights and unlimited air refills
  • A traditional village tour
  • VIP greeting service (assistance with visa) on arrival into Bali
  • Substantial coral reef protection and community development contribution.
  • Superb service, lots of fun & value
  • Photo & video workshops

and they exclude :

  • Round-trip Airfare on Wakatobi's private air service originating from Bali.
  • Cocktails, soft drinks, wine, beer.
  • Rented gear, apart from tanks, weights and weight belts.
  • Souvenirs (you can buy on board by cash or credit card)
  • Porterage and tips (up to you)
  • Overall travel insurance
  • International flights to Bali / accommodation in Bali
  • NITROX gas - which of course is available on board

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Air charter booking is required for each participant. If you are booking both the Pelagian and Wakatobi packages, you will only need one air charter package.

Air Charter Rate: Bali-Wakatobi-Bali (round trip) $290 USD

The Wakatobi Air Charter (priced separately) packages include:

  • VIP greeting service when you set foot into Indonesia - our staff will be there to meet/greet and assist as soon as you arrive!
    (They will also help with your visa on arrival (see FAQ page for eligble nationalities) and get you through to your bags ASAP)
  • Flight transfer from Bali to Wakatobi by own executive air charter
  • Unlimited (within reason) luggage allowance - we know you want to bring your dive gear without hassle:)
  • Pre-flight VIP lounge access with complimentary breakfast
  • In-flight snack and hot/cold non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfer from airport to resort by van/boat (takes all in all about an hour)
  • Door-to-door assistance with all check-in luggage (we'll take it in Bali and drop it off in your room on arrival)

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Additional add-on packages in Bali are also available, please inquire for more details.

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Ready to Book? Have Additional Questions?
Email: jason@divephotoguide.com or feel free to call us at (917) 806-4600

A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 is required per person, per trip, to secure your spot. Balance payable by Jan 5th, 2008. 


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