Just look at these photos from Emperor Virgo
There are some amazing photos from Virgo of mantas like never before!
Click the photo to enjoy them all on Facebook here.
Want to be there?
How about 2 – 9 October on Emperor Virgo for a Manta Madness trip.
Just 1715 Euros!
Summer 2010 is approaching quickly and with it come many new opportunities to dive with manta rays and whale sharks in the incredible Hanifaru Bay dive site in Baa Atoll, the Maldives. Hanifaru Bay has sprung to fame in recent years after being featured in the National Geographic Magazine. As shown in the documentary, Hanifaru is the setting for a spectacular natural phenomenon known as a manta ray “feeding frenzy”, during which up to 200 manta rays and up to a dozen whale sharks gather together to feed voraciously on the massive amounts of plankton found in Hanifaru Bay during the months of August and September each year.
Maldives Dive Travel is off offering several Baa Atoll dive safaris for 2010, which will include a visit to Hanifaru Bay, weather permitting. These dive safaris are available on either Theia liveaboard or MV Orion Liveaboard.
Theia, the brand new luxury liveaboard, launched in Februrary 2010, has several 7-night dive safaris of the Baa Atoll and the North Male Atoll, home to some of the Maldives’ finest dive sites including Lion’s Head, Okobe Thila and Banana Reef, to name a few.
Theia departs Male on the following dates for this amazing Hanifaru Bay scuba safari:
July 19 – 26 | August 2 – 9 | August 9 – 16 | September 6 – 13. The price for the safari is USD $1,344 per person which includes 2 or 3 dives each day, all meals and accommodation.
MV Orion, another of the Maldives’ most luxurious liveaboards, is also offering safaris that will visit Hanifaru as well as sites in the Baa Atoll, Ari Atoll and North and South Male Atolls.
Space is extremely limited for this special Hanifaru Bay dive safari, which departs Male on September 3 for a 10-night trip. The cost of the trip is USD $1,990 per person which includes all meals, accommodation and 2 or 3 dives each day.
It is natural that scuba divers want to capture the impressive images of colorful coral, flighty fish and prodigious pelagics that occupy the world beneath the water’s surface. Who wouldn’t want to capture the moment when a massive whale shark or manta ray casually brushes against your body! Recently, the Black Pearl liveaboard came upon a school of mobula rays, the second biggest ray after the manta.
Although the fundamentals of photography remain the same underwater, the medium through which light travels shifts from air to water, meaning that special techniques and equipment must be used in order to capture that winning shot.
Tip #1 – Do not utilize the digital zoom!
Tip #2 – If adding an external strobe that is optically fired, shroud the front of the housing with duct tape, directly in front of the internal flash. If this is not done, the internal flash with create backscatter. Tip: The underwater camera housing is a very important and essential piece of equipment. This is the one thing that will keep your underwater camera dry.
Tip #3 – Become familiar with the focusing distance of your camera in and out of macro mode. Utilize macro mode when you are within the macro focusing distance.
Tip #4 – When utilizing an external flash, place it as far away from your housing as possible and block your internal flash (to reduce backscatter).
Tip #5 – Use your dive light to help your camera autofocus.
Tip #6 – When you turn your flash off, set your camera to underwater mode or white-balance it manually.
Tip #7 – The lower the visibility, the closer to the subject you must be to avoid backscatter.
Tip #8 - For better colors, avoid using the flash when shooting more than 3 to 4 feet away.
Tip #9 – Use manual white balance mode when not using the flash.
Tip #10- Set white balance to auto when not using the flash.
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