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Solomons Wide Open

Solomons: WIDE OPEN!!! Workshop

June 15 – 26, 2015 with Andy and Allison Sallmon

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Join us on this photo expedition to the breathtakingly beautiful Solomon Islands.This is one of the last true diving frontiers – a   place where untouched, lush reefs abound and the only other boat you are likely to see is a hand-carved canoe carrying smiling  local residents. 
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 Shallow soft coral
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About the workshop:

This limited-load voyage has been carefully planned for motivated photographers interested in having access to unparalleled imaging opportunities.  We’ve worked with the operator to customize an 11-day itinerary, hoping to take guests to a variety of sites (both well-known and  less so), keeping dive groups small and entry times staggered to ensure that everyone has a chance to come home with truly inspiring photographs.

While we’ll have the opportunity to pursue both wide-angle and macro subjects, our main goal is to ensure that divers become comfortable taking wide angle images under any and all conditions.  Morning seminars will address a variety of topics (often corresponding to that day’s sites) giving our guests ideas that can be put into immediate practice.

 

 

About the diving:

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The Solomon Islands represent Indo Pacific diving at its incredible best.  On our last visit, we experienced soft coral-covered pinnacles and walls, brilliantly colored anemones housing gregarious anemonefish, mysterious World War II ship and airplane wrecks, fissures opening to a lush jungle, mantas, sharks, and massive schools of jacks and barracuda.  Our macro lenses also got a workout on nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, and a variety of crabs and shrimp.  Skilled “tinnie” drivers ensure that when you surface you’ll be taken quickly back to the ship, where you’ll be greeted with warm towels.

About the boat:

The 125-foot MV Bilikiki was the first luxury liveaboard to operate in the Solomon Islands, and she is a favorite among divers the world over.  Her 24-ft beam ensures stability in South Pacific conditions, and she features beautiful sundecks, lots of covered areas, and large, air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms.  The food aboard the Bilikiki is legendary.  Meals contain fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables delivered by the islanders throughout the trip. Although you are unlikely to be hungry between meals, warm cookies, post-dive popcorn, and daily sunset snacks ensure that no one feels deprived.

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About us

Andy and Allison are each award-winning photographers who most often work as a team.  They frequently contribute to popular scuba magazines, most notably Alert Diver and Scuba Diving.  Together, they have over 50 years of recreational and technical diving experience with more than 10,000 dives all over the world.

 

Price

The price for this exclusive opportunity is $5775 per person, plus $25/day Solomon Islands tax ($275).  This trip includes 10 days of boat diving, (11 nights onboard), daily photo workshop seminars, all meals beverages (non alchoholic), and transfers to and from the airport in Honiara.  Alcohol, gratuities, and flights to and from Honiara are not included.  A nonrefundable deposit of $1000 holds your spot.

For additional information or to book, please contact Andy Sallmon at andy@seait.com or (949) 637-6623.

 

 

 

 

 

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