Alaska Salmon Shark Adventure

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Ocean Geographic Wildlife Photography Adventure - with Ron Watkins

July 6 - 12  2019

Join Award Winning Photo Pro Ron Watkins on this unique OG Expedition and escape to nature in a beautiful remote area of Prince William Sound. Your chance to capture stunning images of Salmon Sharks, moon jellyfish, bald eagles. 

This is not your typical tropical dive resort trip, but if you are up for a truly unique diving and nature experience in the wilds of Alaska, then join our adventure.

7 days / 6 nights - diving, full board and accommodation

USD 4200 pp twin share.

Deposit due: $1500

Make your reservation now – only 10 spots

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Our mission is to locate salmon sharks and have the opportunity to get in the water with them (no cages) and get a very rare photograph.

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While searching for the sharks with local expert guides, there are often huge moon jellyfish blooms in the sound that provide a surreal diving experience and potential for truly unique and award winning images.

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Or, slip into the water to photograph bald eagles swooping down from the nest to snatch fish out of the water.

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In the afternoon, dive into the Alaska waters and experience forests of white plume anemones, kelp and view native shrimp, crabs, nudibranchs and local fish including the splendid Irish Lord fish.

Alaska 13After a warm home cooked meal, head out on the skiffs to explore the miles of coastline in search of local wildlife (dear, bears, otters, bald eagles and more). Or, head to a local pebble bottom stream and photograph various species of salmon swimming upstream among the towering pine trees.

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About Ron Watkins

Ron Watkins is a professional photographer, writer, explorer, trip leader and photography instructor specializing in underwater and topside nature photography. Through his imagery, Ron is committed to raising awareness of the challenges facing our fragile ecosystems and threatened marine life in hopes of promoting conservation.

As a trip leader and photography instructor, with experience in diving in diverse environments around the world, Ron is known as an adventurer who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of photography techniques and helping his clients capture images of unique subjects and behavior. He shares his experience through engaging photography and post processing presentations, 1-on-1 mentoring, in-water instruction and making himself very approachable to everyone no matter their skill level.   Whether helping his clients capture a once in a lifetime photo of a transient pod of orcas in the Galapagos, crocodiles in Cuba, giant Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortez, or rare salmon sharks in Alaska, Ron always has a focus on safety, organization, education, conservation and adventure. Through thorough research and scouting of the environment, marine life and behavior, Ron is able to ensure the best photography and educational experience possible.

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Expedition Base

Ravencroft Lodge (see here for more info about the lodge)

Dates:

July 6 - 12, 2019

Price:

4,200 USD pp (twin share).  Deposit 1: 1500 USD  Deposit 2: 1500 USD  Balance Due: 90 days prior to departure 

Planned Itinerary:

Day 1 - Travel day for Valdez, AK to Lodge. Depart at 12pm

Day 2 - 6  Sharks in the Morning followed by diving. Day ends at 2pm

Day 7 - Travel back to Valdex, AK. Depart Lodge at 9am for Vladez

Inclusions:

7 days / 6 nights single occupancy accommodations and meals at Ravencroft Lodge

Transportation from Valdez, AK to the lodge

Post-dinner group scenery and wildlife excursions

Tanks, weights and tank refills included

Columbia Glacier day trip included if everyone agrees to substitute a shark day

Ocean Geographic Expedition T-shirt & E-Membership

Additional Costs: 

Flights/Shuttles to Valdex, AK, Drinks, Snacks, Extra time Alaska

Additional Considerations: 

• Snorkel Rental Gear:  If renting a wetsuit, please let us know your size/sizes ahead of time to ensure that we have the correct gear for our adventure ahead of time.

• Special Dietary Restrictions: Please give us advance notice if you have any food allergies. We will do our best to accommodate you within reason, but are limited to Valdez, AK for any special food items. With prior notice, we will be better able to serve you.

• Single Supplement Rooms: Room is based on single occupancy. If you'd like to be paired with another, please let us know.

• Required: DAN Insurance and proof of "C" card certification is required for all divers. No exceptions.

• Number of Dives: We plan at least two dives per day (except travel days), but an exact number of dives cannot be given. It all depends on weather conditions and amount of time spent with sharks. On this expedition, shark time has priority over diving time.

Shark Sightings: 

This excursion is only offered at peak times of shark sighting's during the summer. But there are NO GUARANTEE’S that you will see a shark. These are wild animals in the open ocean and are free to travel vast distances at any given time. Weather, food sources and other unknown factors may bring sharks to arrive/depart the area sooner or arrive/depart later in the summer.

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Safety First: 

Snorkeling and Diving in remote Alaska can be dangerous if divers to not adhere to their own safety. There is no decompression chamber in our area and medical services can be hours away depending on weather conditions. Divers looking for dangerous stunts or making deep dives are asked to stay home. Sharks can be unpredictable and guests choose to swim without the use of a cage of their own free will.

Cancellation Policy: 

Both the deposit, 2nd payment and final payment are non-refundable. Please safeguard your investment with trip cancellation insurance. In the event of a cancellation, payments will NOT be refunded unless the space can be rebooked with another party of equal size. You also have the option of sending a friend in your place. Upon making your deposit, you are committing to the confirmed trip dates. We HIGHLY recommend that each customer purchase trip cancellation insurance. Ocean Geographic and Ravencroft Lodge will not be responsible for loss of personal property, cancellations or delays due to weather

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