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Dive Review of Underwater Tribe in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

Underwater Tribe: "Photo workshop with Underwater Tribe", Nov, 2015,

by Andrew Bernat, VA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8796.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Not a dive trip but a photo workshop. Luca was my instructor. What makes this workshop unique in my experience is that it is one-on-one and very instruction oriented. Basically there was an hour or so of explanation/presentation on some aspect of UW photography. Then we geared up and walked in. Luca would ask me to photograph a particular feature, look at my photograph, make a suggestion as to something I would want to consider, and then we'd iterate until he was satisfied. Communication was via a slate.

The workshop focus was on composition, lighting, aperture and shutter speed primarily for wide angle where it really matters. My equipment was not ideal for this as my strobe arms are not long. Nor was my experience which has been almost entirely macro. But that's why it was really useful for improving my skills.

I was staying an hour away from Tulamben and they picked me up each day. They handled all gear and brought my equipment to me in the water (saving me a stroll across the rocky beach). They also provided drinking water and lunch. My only issue with these arrangements was that I had to ask what the arrangements were; that should have been in the information that they sent me.

I am very pleased with the entire process and workshop. Based on these two days, I would not hesitate to join them on what of their underwater photography trips. It would likely be a real pleasure.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Bora Bora, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Bottom line - I learned a lot. No hesitation in recommending Underwater Tribe and their workshop.
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By Lenny Zwik in TX, US at Aug 02, 2016 13:33 EST  
Luca lead a a liveaboard trip we were on (MMII) in Raja. Great guy. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and very funny.
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