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.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.