About Galapagos Adventure
Magic in the Galapagos - Whale sharks, huge schools of hammerheads, playful sea lions, curious sea turtles, mantas, many different species of sharks and much more. Join Magnus Lundgren on an unforgettable adventure to the magical Galapagos islands.
- A world-class experience above and below the surface
- The most spectacular pelagic diving on the planet
- Dive with hundreds of hammerhead sharks
- Dive famous sites at Darwin and Wolf
- Comfortable stay on Galapagos Master
- UW-Photo workshop with Magnus Lundgren
The Galapagos Adventure - This package includes a one week liveaboard trip on the diving vessel Galapagos Master. The mythical Galapagos Islands offers superb diving for those seeking spectacular scenery and great animals below the surface. You will most certainly encounter five different shark species including large pregnant female whale sharks, great schools of multi horned hammerhead sharks, vast amounts of white tip reef sharks, the Galapagos shark and the silk shark. If luck is on your side, you may also encounter the black fin and the tiger shark. Rays are also plenty here, among them the spotted eagle, manta, mobula and stingrays. But there are more than rays and sharks. Seeing curious sea lions and sea turtles up close is something that you will experience on many dives. Various species of dolphins and sunfish are not very uncommon either.
All of the above mentioned creatures may be experienced elsewhere, however the Galapagos offers many other unique wildlife experiences. See marine iguanas below the surface, the famous elephant turtles, wild penguins, and many unique species of birds. The Galapagos is a dream for everyone who wants to experience wildlife in such abundance.
Galapagos Islands - The Galapagos Islands occupy a special position in the minds of most people: this archipelago of 19 islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1000 km west of Ecuador’s mainland, were the birthplace of modern biological and evolutionary theory. Ongoing experiments in this unique laboratory continue to reveal new things in our understanding of life and our place on the Earth.
Practically all of the islands are classified as a national park and around the islands exists a large sanctuary for the marine life. More than 90% of the land and ocean area is protected. There are no land predators, which has made the animals fearless. Due to this, you are able to approach the animals quite closely, providing excellent opportunities to capture great pictures. During your visit, you will soon realize that the area has not changed much since Charles Darwin discovered the islands back in 1835.
And thanks to the islands being located where three great current streams meet, the worlds greatest collection of species above and below the water exists here. Unique sub-species, and behaviour are observed in almost all animals here. This is world-class diving the like of which cannot be experienced anywhere else.
Magnus Lundgren - Magnus has 20 years of experience guiding expeditions around the world, as well as being an educator in underwater photo-graphy, giving his expeditions an extra flair. Participants on this exclusive adventure 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.” Magnus will be there as the photo pro and will give briefings during the trip, as well as give photography feedback to those that would like to have it.
His evening presentations during the trip will be:
Intro to Galapagos marine life and ”getting ready” A visual presentation of one of the most dynamic dive site in the Pacific, with information about the marine life along the planned route. Plus, a preparatory briefing so that you, your diving equipment and your uw-camera is fully ready for the great experiences ahead of you.
Big action, how to shoot big mammals around the Galapagos A comprehensive review of how it is to dive and photograph around the islands. How do you get close to the big animals? What lens should you use? Should you use the flash or natural light? Magnus will let you know about equipment, technology and photo ideas linked to your upcoming dives around the Wolf, Darwin and Isabela.
Lighting and wide-angle A "full" review of how to shoot with wide-angle "for real". Magnus will talk a lot about lenses, lamps, lightning, arms, positions and much more. And give you tips and tricks of how to best capture great photos of seals, sharks, turtles, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and dolphins.