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Cook Islands Underwater Photography Workshop

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Aitutaki

Rarotonga

Cook Islands

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From the moment the fresh island air hits your face you’ll feel at home in the Cook Islands. With water so clear you don’t need goggles, where the sun sets over the coral filled seas and palms dangle over the turquoise lagoons, photo opportunities are endless…if you’re into postcard scenes and tropical islands!

The Cook Islands are paradise.

Join me for 7 days photographing these Pacific wonders with three nights on Rarotonga and three nights on the
idyllic island of Aitutaki.

Itinerary Highlights
- Photography tuition in the lagoons, rainforests and under the stars of the Cook Islands.
- Aitutaki Lagoon Private Charter
- One Foot Island
- Muri Beach Lagoon
- Maina Island
- 4WD Adventure to Rarotonga’s Hinterland Rainforest
- Kayaking on Aitutaki + Muri Lagoons
- Astrophotography under the palms
- Glamping in Rarotonga
- Shooting sunrise over the sea
- Water Clarity!

The Details
This workshop is seven days of underwater and landscape photography. We’ll explore the lagoons, culture and scenery of both Rarotonga and Aitutaki ensuring you leave the islands with a collection of tropical images you’re proud as punch to share.
As a small group we’ll make use of bicycles, boats and kayaks to venture around the islands capturing candid shots of the lifestyle then jumping in the lagoons to photograph the underwater world.

Group Size
Numbers will be restricted to 6 participants to ensure a comfortable trip and lots of time for one on one photography tuition.

Photography Skill Level
This workshop is for anyone keen to get into underwater photography or who wants to learn some new landscape techniques. Beginners are more than welcome or if you’ve got some experience in photography you’re of course invited to come along too. I’m a big believer that photography is not all about the gear but in how you see the world so even if you don’t have a big bag of lenses, come along with whatever you’re comfortable shooting with.

Trip Style
Most of our time will be spent outdoors either under the palms or out on the lagoon. If you’re the type of person that likes to be inside on your holidays, this probably isn’t the trip for you. We’ll be soaking up the sunshine, wandering through rainforests and cruising on bicycles past colourful houses and plantations.

It’s a relaxed tour so while we will have activities and shoot locations planned, if you wanted to just chill on the beach you’re of course welcome to do so! I’ve arranged somewhere pretty special for our time on Rarotonga, if you’ve never been glamping before you’re in for a treat! All rooms are just like any hotel room but are within a safari quality tent with a dreamy outdoor bathroom where you can shower under the stars in complete privacy!

On Aitutaki we’ll be based in bungalows by the water!


Workshop Inclusions
The following are included in the workshop price:
- 3 nights twin share accommodation at Ikurangi Eco Retreat, Rarotonga
- 3 nights twin share accommodation on Aitutaki + tropical breakfast
- Return domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki
- Airport transfers to our accommodation
- Transport for the duration of the tour
- Full day private boat cruise around Aitutaki Lagoon + BBQ Lunch
- 4WD Highland Tour on Rarotonga
- 3hr Kayak Hire at Muri Beach Lagoon
- 3hr Kayak Hire in Aitutaki Lagoon
- 6 days of Photography Tuition + creative guidances (as much or as little as you wish)
- Underwater photography tips in the lagoons to practice split-levels + composition
- Astrophotography under the palms one evening to share my go-to settings

What’s Not Included
The following are not included in the workshop price:
- International flights to/from Rarotonga
- Meals (tropical breakfast is included for the first 3 days + BBQ lunch in Aitutaki during lagoon tour) There are plenty of cafes to visit and we can take a trip to the local supermarket it you need also. Food costs are relatively
affordable in the Cook Islands with an average meal costing between $10-20.
- Travel Insurance
- Other expenses such as laundry, phone calls, data charges etc.
- Any tours/transport/kayak hire you wish to arrange during free time
- Snorkel, if you’ve got good goggles bring them along! They’ll be included in Aitutaki but it always helps to bring your own that way you know they work and don’t have scratches on the glass!


FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age to participate is 18yrs old and you must have a valid passport to travel to the Cook Islands.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki are included in the workshop price however international flights to Rarotonga are not included. Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Virgin Australia all fly to Rarotonga from Los Angeles, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

Airport transfers are included in the workshop price so once you've booked your flight simply let me know what time you arrive and I'll ensure there's someone at the airport to meet you and take you to our glamping paradise.

What can I bring into the event?

What to Pack
The items below are recommended to bring along:
- Digital Camera + Tripod
- Landscape lenses
- Underwater housing or waterproof tough camera
- Swimwear + Sunscreen
- Snorkel/Goggles
- Lightweight summer clothing + light jacket
- Raincoat
- Beach towel + small hand towel to use with your underwater housing and keep the sand out.
- Comfortable walking shoes (for the rainforest trip) + sandals/thongs + reef shoes for low tide.
- Laptop, Battery Charger + Memory Cards

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you've got any questions send me an email via hello@thewanderinglens.com.

I've also got a PDF with detailed information so please get in touch so I can forward this to you.

What's the refund policy?

A non-refundable deposit of $850 is required to secure your place in the workshop.

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