Join Us for 4 Nights at Atlantis Dumaguete
November 19-23, 2019
and 7 Nights Aboard Atlantis Azores - Bohol
November 23-30, 2019
$4,724 per person

 DSC5297Dumaguete includes:

  • Accommodation in a deluxe room (double occupancy or twin share)
  • All meals at Toko's Restaurant (breakfast drinks, Italian and specialty coffees are included)
  • Coffee, tea and  filtered water are available during restaurant’s operating hours 6AM-9:30PM (Italian and specialty coffees are not included after breakfast)
  • Unlimited internet access
  • Unlimited scheduled boat diving (up to 5 dives a day including night diving; excludes dawn dives and additional day trips)
  • One day trip to Apo Island or similar
  • All taxes
  • All the photo assistance you need

Exclusions:

  • Nitrox
  • Rental Equipment
  • Land Excursions
  • Marine Park Fees - Guests are responsible for paying marine park fees at the time of their stay on their personal bill; as these fees are set by local Municipalities they can change at any time.  The current fee per day dive is 210 PHP and 315 PHP for a night dive.
  • Transfers to/from the resort - Atlantis provides round trip transfers between Manila and Dumaguete at a cost of US$208 per person. Rate includes round-trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete with 70lbs checked luggage, domestic terminal fees, private air conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip private air conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort, personal airport ‘meet and greet’, and luggage assistance. This rate assumes four (4) passengers traveling. Otherwise, a different transfer rate would apply. 
  • Hotel in Manila before the trip, if needed

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM
ATLANTIS RESORT IN DUMAGUETE

Then Board the Atlantis Azores for 7 nights around Bohol

The Visayas are one of the three island groups in the Philippines; enjoy six fabulous days diving from the Atlantis Azores around one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse regions in Asia. Easy cruises each evening will take you from one great dive site to another.

Atlantis Azores

Dive Day Schedule

  • DAY 1 & 2: MOALBOAL – PESCADOR ISLAND
  • DAY 3: OSLOB AND SUMILON ISLAND
  • DAY 4: BALICASAG ISLAND
  • DAY 5: BALICASAG ISLAND AND/OR PANGLAO ISLAND OR LAND TOUR
  • DAY 6: HALF A DAY DIVING IN EITHER APO ISLAND OR SIQUIJOR
  • DAY 7: DISEMBARKATION 8AM

Bohol includes:

  • Accommodations - double occupancy/twin share in a stateroom cabin
  • All meals and snacks on board
  • Complimentary local soft drinks, beer and social servings of wine
  • All diving (tanks, weights, boat and guide)
  • Use of Lounge, Deck and TV areas
  • Includes all taxes

Excludes:

  • NITROX
  • Marine Park Fees for 7 night charter 
  • Transfers to/from embarkation/disembarkation - Guests are responsible for paying marine park fees at the time of their stay on their personal bill; as these fees are set by local Municipalities they can change at any time. The current fee for 7 nights is $120 per person including all taxes.
  • Hotel or Day Room in Manila, if needed

DAY 1 & 2: MOALBOAL – PESCADOR ISLAND

Rated as one of the Philippines top dive sites for many years this small island is just a couple of miles due west of Moalboal. The exhilarating scene is set by a small plateau that surrounds the island before it drops vertically into the abyss. The wall is literally teeming with life; frog fish, stonefish, barracuda and turtles are common but the real draw is the sardine run and a chance of a thresher!

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DAY 3: OSLOB AND SUMILON ISLAND

We spend the 3rd day snorkeling with Whale Sharks at Oslob. The rest of the day will be spent diving around tranquil Sumilon Island, surrounded by crystal clear waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Look out for… exquisite coral gardens and drop-offs. ‘Might sees’ in this area include manta rays and sting rays, barracudas, sea turtles and snakes and very occasionally whale sharks and hammerheads.

DAY 4: BALICASAG ISLAND

Balicasag is a flat island four kilometers southwest of the Duljo Point; the sandy coralline beach is a site to behold. Look out for… jacks, mackerel and barracudas often seen in abundance as well as large groupers, napoleon wrasses and snappers hiding in the over hangs of the dramatic multi-hundred foot vertical walls. Look out for… turtles, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, eagle & manta rays, schooling barracuda and trevally, frog fish, ghost pipe fish, pygmy and thorny seahorses, plus many different species of nudibranch, among dramatic walls and reefs.

DAY 5: BALICASAG ISLAND AND/OR PANGLAO ISLAND OR LAND TOUR

Panglao Island – Look out for… turtles, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, eagle & manta rays, schooling barracuda and trevally, frog fish, ghost pipe fish, pygmy and thorny seahorses, plus many different species of nudibranch, among dramatic walls and reefs.

Land tour options: Chocolate Hills or Loboc River Tour. A visit to the Tarsiers – the world smallest primate on both tours.

DAY 6: HALF A DAY DIVING IN EITHER APO ISLAND OR SIQUIJOR

Apo Island is one of the world’s best known community organized marine sanctuaries. The island is home to over 650 documented species of fish and estimated to have over 400 species of corals.

PHOTOS FROM OUR RECENT APO ISLAND TRIP

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Siquijor is called Isla del Fuego or the “Island of Fire” and look out for… superb hard and soft corals, fusiliers, many nudibranchs, clown fish, parrot fish, schools of juvenile barracuda and razor fish. Super pristine walls abound!

DAY 7: DISEMBARKATION 8AM to Dumaguete

Add a few more nights at Atlantis Dumaguete or fly back to Manila to head home.

Most US flights leave in the evening, so you'll have plenty of time to swing by the Green Hills Mall to do some shopping for knock-offs, pearls, or other souvenirs. 

Join Us for 7 Nights at Atlantis Dumaguete
June 5-12, 2021
$2411 per person

 DSC5297Dumaguete includes:

  • Accommodation in a deluxe room (double occupancy or twin share)
  • All meals at Toko's Restaurant (breakfast drinks, Italian and specialty coffees are included)
  • Coffee, tea and  filtered water are available during restaurant’s operating hours 6AM-9:30PM (Italian and specialty coffees are not included after breakfast)
  • Unlimited internet access
  • Unlimited scheduled boat diving (up to 5 dives a day including night diving; excludes dawn dives and additional day trips)
  • One day trip to Apo Island or similar
  • All taxes
  • All the photo assistance you need

Exclusions:

  • Nitrox
  • Rental Equipment
  • Land Excursions
  • Marine Park Fees - Guests are responsible for paying marine park fees at the time of their stay on their personal bill; as these fees are set by local Municipalities they can change at any time.  The current fee per day dive is 210 PHP and 315 PHP for a night dive.
  • Transfers to/from the resort - Atlantis provides round trip transfers between Manila and Dumaguete at a cost of US$208 per person. Rate includes round-trip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Dumaguete with 70lbs checked luggage, domestic terminal fees, private air conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminal in Manila, round trip private air conditioned transfers between Dumaguete Airport and resort, personal airport ‘meet and greet’, and luggage assistance. This rate assumes four (4) passengers traveling. Otherwise, a different transfer rate would apply. 
  • Hotel in Manila before the trip, if needed

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM
ATLANTIS RESORT IN DUMAGUETE

 
 

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Thank you for your interest. We have received your inquiry and will get back to you with details.

If you wish to hold a spot on any trip you will need to make a deposit. You can do this via PayPal and this form if you like:

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Or send your check deposit, payable to Journey Pacific and mail it to me at the following address:

Bonnie Pelnar Dietz
1188 Miramar Street
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

We will contact upon receipt of your deposit.

7 Nights Aboard Atlantis Azores - Tubbataha
May 29-June 5, 2021
$4,595 per person

DEPARTING FROM AND RETURNING TO PUERTO PRINCESSA

Atlantis AzoresIncludes:

  • Accommodation - double occupancy/twin share in a stateroom cabin
  • All meals and snacks on board
  • Complimentary local soft drinks, beer, and social servings of wine
  • All diving (tanks, weights, boat and guide)
  • Use of Lounge, Deck and TV areas

Excluded:

  • NITROX
  • Marine Park Fees for 7 night charter - Guests are responsible for paying marine park fees at the time of their stay on their personal bill; as these fees are set by local Municipalities they can change at any time. The current fee for 7 nights is $120 per person including all taxes.
  • Transfers to/from embarkation/disembarkation - Atlantis provides concierge round trip transfers between Manila and Puerto Princesa at a cost of US$243 per person (subject to change).  Rate includes roundtrip domestic economy airfare between Manila and Puerto Princesa, 70 lbs of checked luggage, round trip private air conditioned van between international terminal and domestic terminals in Manila, round trip transfers between Puerto Princesa airport and Azores, personal airport meet and greet, and luggage assistance. This rate assumes 4 person are traveling on these transfers.  Otherwise, a different transfer rate could apply. Important note: Due to continuity and scheduling issues, all portions of domestic transfers for Azores bookings must be made by Atlantis.

  • Hotel in Manila before or after the trip, if needed

We highly recommend guests arrive into the Philippines a day prior to their Azores charter departure date. We can assist with local hotel reservations in Manila or Puerto Princesa. An early arrival is especially emphasized for Tubbataha trips. In cases where guests miss flights, the charter will not wait for them and the boat will depart on schedule.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING SINGLE USE PLASTIC ITEMS. This rule has been implemented by the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board.

Here is an example of our itinerary. Schedules and presentations change depending on the needs of the participants and the expertise of the guest presenter. The standard package comes with 7 days of diving, so you have the option to skip dives on the days of your choice, or purchase additional dives at the dive shop.


Day 1 Saturday: Participants arrive. Some come in early and may already be diving.

5:00: Getting acquainted, short presentation of the Marine Park rules and photographer etiquette, review of photo contest rules, show off prizes. I may also do a short presentation about prepping camera gear, batteries, lenses, etc. for the week. Distribution of rental camera gear if applicable.

We sometimes go into town on either Saturday or Sunday night for dinner and family night at the square. Each person pays for their own food & drinks.

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it. Check out your tanks at the dive shop before 6:00 pm.

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Day 2 Sunday: 2-tank boat dive. Optional free shore diving in the afternoon.

5:00 Monday evening: Workshop Presentation/Bonnie – Common Mistakes in Underwater Photography

6:00 Workshop Presentation/

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it. Head into town if you like. It’s Family Night at the square!

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Day 3 Monday: 2-tank boat dive. Optional free shore diving in the afternoon.

5:00 Tuesday evening: Workshop Presentation/Amanda – Ambient Shooting (In Water and Post Production) What you need to know

6:00 Workshop Presentation/Bonnie & Amanda – Working With Models

This is a great session for non-shooting dive buddies too. 

6:00 Optional Presentation/Bonnie - Photo Composition and Ideas To Make Your Photos More Interesting

This is a popular presentation that I've given at many of the Underwater Photographic Societies and dive clubs around the US. It discusses theories of composition such as working in thirds, the golden mean & golden spiral, lines and diagonals, negative space and framing, and more. Its a very inspiring presentation for photographers of all skill levels, both underwater and topside because it doesn't focus on how big your camera rig is or how much experience you have. It also shows lots of examples of how one might typically shoot a particular subject, then offers ideas on new angles and techniques you might want to try next time.

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it

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Day 4 Tuesday: 2-tank boat dive. Optional free shore diving in the afternoon.

5:00 Workshop Presentation/Bonnie – Lighting

Wide-angle lighting, macro and special lighting techniques such as shooting with a snoot.

6:00 Workshop Presentation/Amanda – Optimizing Low Light Shooting (Night Dives, Dark dives like caves, cenotes)

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it

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Day 5 Wednesday: 2-tank dive, optional shore diving

Histograms
Exposure Scenarios

Shooting Big Animals (How to get the best images)

Followed by optional image processing session until 7:00

In this session participants are asked to bring in any images that they had problems with or were looking to correct. We talk a little bit about file formats and digital workflow but spent most the time showing they typical steps an imaging professional takes to process an underwater image. There are many ways to color correct images and underwater scenes have special needs. We encourage shooting in RAW and demonstrated why this format is best for underwater shooting. We also talked about ways to shoot different next time so we can avoid the problem in the first place.

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it

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Day 6 Thursday: 2-tank dive, optional shore diving

5:00 Workshop Presentation - Bonnie's 6-Step Salsa – Processing RAW Images with Adobe Photoshop CS6 Raw Converter/Lightroom

I make six possible basic adjustments to every image I process. This presentation will be about those steps.

6:00 Mexican Night Pajama Party

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it

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Day 7 Friday: 2-tank dive, optional shore diving

5:00 Workshop Presentation – Processing underwater images with Adobe Lightroom
How to process JPG and TIFF Images in Photoshop

6:00 Workshop Presentation/Bonnie – Keywording  (applies to Lightroom, Photoshop Bridge, other comparable apps)

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it.

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Day 8 Saturday: 2-tank dive, optional shore diving

3:00-6:00 - One-on-one sessions to critique and suggest photo contest entries. Each attendee brings 10 of their favorite images, both processed and unprocessed. We critique everything, from shooting through processing and tell them which images I think they should enter in the contest and why. I typically put a signup sheet on the classroom door to let people sign up for 30 minute sessions. Depending on how many people we have in the workshop, we may need to split them up into two groups and have you do some and me do others. We have 22 people participating in the workshop so we can get eight sessions schedules in this time.

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it

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 Day 9 Sunday: 2-tank dive, optional shore diving

3:00-6:00 - One-on-one sessions to critique and suggest photo contest entries (eight more sessions)

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it

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Day 10 Monday: 2-tank dive, optional shore diving

1:00-4:00 or as needed - Final one-on-one image reviews

5:00 All contest entries are due to Bonnie

5:00-6:30 Judges pick the winners

6:30 Happy Hour

7:00 Dinner in the upstairs restaurant at Scuba Club Cozumel

8:00 Slideshow, awards presentation of the winners

Optional free shore night diving as late as you want to do it.

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Day 11 Tuesday: Departure