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Join Alex Mustard for a special Workshop about the luxurious Carpe Vita exploring the atolls of the Maldives from 10th to 17th March 2019 (Male to Male dates). This trip is a repeat of Alex’s oversubscribed 2018 workshop, but swaps from Carpe Diem to newer and even larger Carpe Vita for 2018 because this boat offers up to 4 dives a day. The itinerary will take in the very best photographic dive sites in North Male, South Male, Ari and Vaavu (Felidhu) atolls, focusing on classic Maldivian subject matter, including mantas, reef/nurse sharks, masses of schooling snappers, fusiliers, sweetlips, jacks and reef scenery and fish.
“The Maldives has a special place in my heart. I learned to dive there and I won my first major photo competition (Young Amateur Photographer Of The Year!) with a photo taken in the Maldives, so returning is always special. The 2018 version of this trip was so great that I have agreed to do the Maldives in Style again in 2019. There are a few tweaks (most obviously a change to the sister ship), but the plan remains the same – only taking 12 divers on a very spacious liveaboard that sleeps 20. This strategy worked brilliantly this year, giving the luxury of space aboard the diving dhoni and liveaboard, but even more importantly it meant lots of photographic space underwater, especially with key subjects like manta cleaning stations and major schools of reef fish. It really made a massive difference to everyone’s shots with these subjects. It also gave me more time to help everyone with different aspects of their photography.” says Alex.
Alex will be repeating his popular new workshop “Wet And Dry”, that is divided between underwater and post processing techniques. “The workshop will cover the photographic techniques to capture the subjects we’re focused on as well as a detailed Lightroom and Photoshop post processing workflow and techniques to help get the most from your shots,” adds Alex. You can see some of Alex’s Maldives photos here.
I am already looking forward to going back and shooting these reefs again,” says Alex. “All the dives this year really delivered for the group, from the newer sites like the nurse shark aggregation at Alimatha and the crazy moray and stingray aggregation at the Fish Factory, to classic sites such as fish rammed thilas in Ari Atoll and super reliable manta cleaning stations.” That said, the diving conditions in the Maldives can be unpredictable and the exact itinerary will be only be decided on board in collaboration with the latest information from the guides. However, all sites and timings will be chosen with productive underwater photography as the key goal.
The Carpe Vita is part of the multi-award-winning Carpe Diem liveaboard fleet and will feel extra special with so few divers on board. Given the low number of divers, single room supplements are very reasonably priced. In 2018, three non-diving partners joined the trip for a relaxing cruise through the atolls (this is possible in 2019, contact Caroline for non-diver pricing). “March brings stunning weather, flat seas and warm water to the Maldives,” says Alex. The trip is timed during mid-moon (new moon is the week before, full moon the week after), to minimise currents and hopefully get the most productive photographic conditions.
Male to Male. 10th – 17th March 2019. £3595 GBP for 7 nights on board, full board, based on two people sharing standard lower deck cabin, four dives a day (apart from arrival and departure days, nitrox payable onboard), non alcoholic beverages and 2 glasses of beer or wine with meal and prepaid green tax. Alex Mustard Wet & Dry UW Photography Workshop.
Scuba Travel are very happy to arrange international flights, although the Maldives are very easy to reach from many destinations.
Group size: Max. 12 Photographers + Alex.
For reservations and further information, please email Caroline@scubatravel.com (when there is lots of demand, Caroline always deals with enquiries in the order that they arrive, but cannot always reply to everyone instantly!).
A deposit of £800 GBP is required to hold your place.
Cabin Upgrade Options:
Click here for details of Carpe Vita’s Cabins. There are 2 Superior cabins (main deck) and 2 Suites (upper deck), which an upgrade cost of £175 and £300 per person respectively.
Single supplement is: £250 (standard cabin), £425 (superior cabin) and £550 (Suites).