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Azores Blue Water

Azores Blue Water

02 - 12 September 2016

About Expedition Blue Water

Shark Diving - Four full days are planned for this exciting adventure. Way out in the ocean, over a deep outer bank, we will bait in the sharks in the Azores best shark site. We want to make sure that we have the best chances to spend a lot of time with the blue sharks in their natural environment. It is quite possible that we will even bait in the Ferrari of sharks - the mako shark, also know as a mackerel shark.

Mobulas around Princess Alice - During the summer months when the water’s surface temperature warms up, the summer guests (mobulas and mantas) return to the Azores vast outer banks. The legendary sea bank is Princess Alice which stretches up from 1000 m depth to approximately 35 m from the oceans surface. Here you will experience schools of circling giant mantas and mobulas. For some reason they are very curious of divers and it is not unusual for them to play with the divers bubbles while divers hang on the line. Two days of the expedition will be out at Princess Alice, weather permitting. 

Sperm Whales & Dolphins - The ocean is deep outside of Pico, reaching depths of more than 2 000 m. This is the perfect environment for the resident sperm whales that live year round outside of Pico. To see dolphins interacting in their natural environment is an incredible experience, but to swim amongst them is an unforgettable one. The chance is great to snorkel alongside one of the five species of dolphins that are around the Azores.

Atlantic diving - The plan is to dive the best places around the island of Pico and Faial for one day, visit the outer banks of Princess Alice for two days and then spend four days out in the blue at 3-5 meters depth with the blue sharks. We will wrap up the trip with a day spent among the sperm whales and dolphins, as well as have a free day with shore based activities.

Our program is a plan that may need to be modified depending on what the weather gods decided to give us. Our expedition leader will be there to make sure that you get the most out of your week in Europes own Galapagos.

Magnus Lundgren has 20 years of experience guiding expeditions around the world, as well as an educator in underwater photography, giving his expeditions an extra flair. Participants on the exclusive Azores expedition are bound to develop their skills just by listening to him. “My goal has always been to coach participants at their ambition level so that advice and tips can lead to results there and then.” 

UW-photo workshop

Presentation 1 -  The Atlantic Ocean and the Azores
Learn about the marine life that you will see, as well as how we can dive and capture them in our photos in the best way.
Presentation 2 - Blues and makos and the basics of photographing sharks 
Learn about these pelagic sharks and how to dive and photograph them in the blue (wide-angle).
Presentation 3 - Atlantic outer bank mobula and mantas 
Learn about how the outer banks came to be, as well as more about these magnificent creatures. 

Your photo pro Magnus Lundgren will give briefings during the trip, as well as give photography feedback to those that would like to have it. In plenty of time prior to the trips departure, you will be sent an email giving tips about what is good to have with you on this adventure. At that time you will also have time to ask specific questions to Magnus regarding photography in preparation of the trip:
















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About Pico - Azores - Atlantic Ocean

"After several professional photography assignments around the Azores, and two previous underwater photo workshops, I can without a doubt say that “a good day in the Azores challenges ocean experiences from anywhere in the world. “ It can be magnificent. An isolated island world tossed out in the midst of the Atlantic ocean, geographically it counts as Europes most westerly point. Out where the ocean is a bit more blue, the fish a bit larger and the feeling that you never know for sure what is going to appear in front of you, gives me an extra kick every time I dive around the Azores." says expedition leadar Magnus Lundgren.

From Wikipedia

Pico Island (Ilha do Pico) is an island in the Central Group of the Portuguese Azores noted for its eponymous volcano, Ponta do Pico, which is the highest mountain in Portugal, the Azores and the highest elevation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The island is 17.5 km south of São Jorge and just 7 km east of Faial, in the Central Group of islands, an area that is colloquially known as o Triangulo (The Triangle). Pico is 46 kilometers long, and at its maximum extent about 16 kilometers wide, rising from its center to the west in the summit of the stratovolcano of Pico; making it the second largest of the Azores islands. 

Pico is referred to as the Ilha Preta ("Black Island"), for its black volcanic earth, responsible for its UNESCO-designated historical vineyards that allowed the development of the island.

Azores Expedition day by day

Friday September 2:

Arrive in the Azores on the island of Faial. Arrive to your final destination Madalena do Pico on the island of Pico after a short boat transfer over the bay. Enjoy your first presentation by Magnus “the Atlantic Ocean and the Azores. “

Saturday September 3:

Two local dives will start the trip off in order for you to test your equipment and get used to the Atlantic conditions. An evening presentation by Magnus on “blues and makos and the basics of photographing sharks.” 

Sunday September 4

Depart by zodiac with the blue and mako sharks as the target. During the shark expedition days there will only be one dive, yet the total time at sea is normally around six hours. Added time may be required to draw in the sharks and dependent on the sharks behaviour. Feedback on the photos during the evening. 

Monday September 5:

One dive focusing on the blue and mako sharks. Feedback on photos during the evening.

Tuesday September 6:

One dive focusing on the blue and mako sharks. Presentation ”Atlantic outer bank mobula and mantas” to prepare for the following days dive excursion.

Wednesday September 7:

A full day excursion to the outer banks of Princess Alice with two dives (late day arrival back to hotel).

Thursday September 8:

A full day excursion to the outer banks of Princess Alice with two dives (late day arrival back to hotel)

Friday September 9:

One dive focusing on the blue and mako sharks. Feedback on photos during the evening. 

Saturday September 10:

Dolphin snorkelling in the morning, (3 - 4 h) and whale watching in the afternoon (3 - 4 h).  We will remain out at see in order to increase our chances of capturing Sperm whales and dolphins in the low, dramatic evening light.

Sunday September 11:

A shore based excursion around the island of Pico in order to photograph the beautiful nature and scenery, as well as visit the old whaling station (approx. 5 h).

Monday September 12:

Time to check out of the hotel and take the short transfer ride over to Horta on the island of Faial for our flight home. We arrive home to Sweden with unforgettable memories and pictures.

Please note!

Please note that the itinerary is only a preliminary plan.  Activities can change, or may need to be exchanged, in the case of adverse weather conditions or other unexpected incidents. Accommodation can also change due to availability. Your expedition leader is there to make sure that you get the most out for your holiday in Europe’s own Galapagos.   

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