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Anilao Photo & Video Workshop 2018

April 21, 2018 thru April 28, 2018




A Hands-On Workshop with the Professionals at Reef Photo & Video 

and Chris Parsons

This is a chance to learn and develop with professional instruction, unlimited support and a chance to be guided to striking imaging opportunities – every day.

For additional information on the dive environment and what you can expect to see have a look at Tanya Burnett's latest article that was featured in Alert Diver

The diversity of underwater imaging opportunities in Anilao is unparalleled, offering incredible wide-angle shooting, as well as abundant macro life. 

Anilao: An Underwater Image-Maker's Paradise:

Eel Reef scene

The Location:

Anilao, Philippines is a quiet coastal region of the island of Luzon sprinkled with small dive resorts and vacation homes.  It first gained international attention when underwater photographer Scott “Gutsy” Tuason’s book titled “Anilao”, which he co-authored with Eduardo Co-Unjieng, won the grand prize at the World Festival Underwater Images France over a dozen years ago.
A school of anthias above the reef, anilao, philippines.
More importantly; Anilao is home to some of the finest Muck and Reef Macro diving in the World.  The variety of species and environments that can be found within a 15 minute boat ride from the resort is simply staggering.  There are also world class wide angle opportunities for those who can pull themselves away from the small stuff.  It is not uncommon to hear first time visitors to the area exclaim they have photographed more unusual critters around Anilao a week, than years of international travel elsewhere.  The exotic night diving options are second to none.

The Resort:

Aiyanar is one of Anilao’s newest and most beautiful resorts.  The setting is serene - an artistically modern design carved into the hillside with mature tropical trees, lots of natural materials, an infinity pool and lovely elevated al fresco dining area to catch the ocean breeze.
Modern and well-appointed, with local charm, Aiyanar truly sets the standard for quality dive accommodation in Anilao.
Aiyanar room

The rooms are all elegant, contemporary, and larger, than typical for Filipino resorts.
Dive shop
Reef Photo and Video has reserved nearly the entire resort, so we will have full access to the extensive dive and photo support facilities (probably the best in the area).
Dining and lectures

There is little in the way of night life or nice restaurants in the region, so all meals and snacks are included and everyone will enjoy abundant dining throughout the day. Reliable Wi-Fi is available everywhere on the property.
Banka boats
Diving will be mainly from traditional Banka boats (outriggers) which we find to be one of the most comfortable dive boat set-ups ever designed and the colorful craft make great photo ops too!

Getting the most from Anilao requires expert local guides who know where the current action is happening and how to spot it.  Reef Photo and Video has already reserved eight of the most famous Anilao guides for this week; offering an amazing one guide per every three to four photographers on the trip.  This ratio will give everyone plenty of extraordinary photo opportunities during the course and groups will be divided to keep the sites less crowded.


The Diving:

Anilao coast Group of divers
Group of divers Outrigger


  • After breakfast and the morning's inspirational presentation to set you off on the right fin, we'll start the day's diving with either a one- or two-tank boat trip (depending upon the distance to the dive site).
  • Our divers will be grouped by boats, with 5-6 divers per boat.
  • The Banka boats will be loaded from shore by your dive staff.  Entry and exit is made very easy via staircase-like ladders.
  • These boats are long and spacious, and incredibly stable due to their outrigger design.
  • Each boat will depart for a different dive site, keeping the number of divers per site low, allowing maximum access to the site's features and marine life.


Exposure Suit Recommendations:

  • Temperatures are likely to range from about 75-80˚ F(24-27˚ C).
  • Most find a 5mm wetsuit comfortable, plus an 3mm hooded vest for layering, but of course, adjust accordingly to your preferred level of warmth while diving.
  • To err on the cautious side, open-heel fins with booties would be the most conservative option, given that the shoreline can be slightly pebbly, but many people do still wear full-foot fins.


In-Water Conditions:

  • Boats will either anchor, tie up to a mooring, or live-drift.
  • Current is generally mild to non-existent.  Some sites near the outer islands may experience stronger currents, feeding the reefs for spectacular wide angle opportunities.
  • Conditions are generally very easy, with more advanced dives available.

Your Imaging Pros:


Chris parsons
Chris Parsons shares his extensive knowledge during numerous workshops on underwater photography, video,and software applications throughout the year.  Chris will be providing product support, technical expertise and demonstrating some cutting edge new gear for underwater imaging.
Tanya burnett

Tanya Burnett is a well known professional underwater photographer who has been Field Editor for Sport Diver and currently freelances for many of the major US dive and travel magazines.  She has frequently taught photo courses at Sport Diver sponsored events and runs guided expeditions throughout the year.  Tanya will be on hand to help and share as needed throughout the week - her infectious enthusiasm for Anilao’s diving opportunities is irresistible.

Incredible Macro and Wide Angle Shooting Opportunities:

Reef scene
Reef scene
Octopus Banka
Eggs Anemone
Squat lobster


Getting There:

Situated only 2.5 hours from Manila, Anilao is extremely easy to get to by international travel standards with direct flights from Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Honolulu and Los Angeles, while a single stop opens up many more options.
  • Most US-originating flights will land in Manila in the afternoon or evening.
  • We highly recommend overnighting in Manila April 20th, prior to the start of the workshop to refresh from your travels and get a head start on the week ahead.
  • Transfer from Manila to Anilao is approximately 2.5-3 hours by shuttle. We have included airport transfers in your package.  We will coordinate pick-up in Manila early the morning of the 1st.


The Philippines have thousands of Islands with many, many, interesting opportunities to go and explore.  For those with time and a sense of adventure, domestic flights are reasonably priced and easy to arrange.  Some brief suggestions:
  • Puerto Galera: About a 1.5 hour boat ride from Anilao is the fun beachside dive town of Puerto Galera.  Lots of great macro and fish portrait dives, plus the dramatic current swept Verde Island.  Excellent operators and guides are available.
  • Tubataha Reefs NaturalPark: The charming town of Puerta Princessa on Palawan (home to many natural wonders) is the gateway port to the legendary Tubataha Atolls.  A day long boat ride out to one of the most outstanding reef preserves in the world - only possible a few months a year.


We have scheduled this trip for the absolute best time of year to dive Anilao, promising the best diving conditions and clearest visibility this destination has to offer.
  • April 21st through 28th, 2018

Selling Price:

  • $2195 Per Person, Double Occupancy
  • $2895 Per Person, Single Occupancy


We have let no detail go overlooked in preparing the packages for our 2018 Anilao trip, from selecting the premiere dive resort in the region to ensuring that all of the "extras" are covered up-front, including a full daily dive schedule, nitrox, and transfers (2.5-3 hours from Manila).
  • All Meals & Accommodations
  • Six Days of Diving, Three One-Tank Boat Trips per Day
  • 1 Night Dive (additional night dives available à la carte)
  • Unlimited Shore Diving
  • 4:1 Guide to Diver Ratio
  • Nitrox
  • Daily Morning Inspirational Presentations
  • Daily Afternoon Technique Clinics
  • Daily Evening Inspirational and Educational Slide Shows
  • Transfers to & from Manila (surcharges for extensions on pre and post extensions required)

Not Included:

  • Extra Dives and Night Boat Dives (available at $35 each)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Departure taxes (Airport Use Fee) $750 Pesos (Approximately $17 at current exchange rates)
  • Other local airport fees if taking an additional domestic flight

Reserve your spot now with a $1,000 per person non-refundable deposit.  Balance is due in full no later than February 1, 2018, 60 days before start date.

Pool Tanks
Tanks Blenny Pool




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