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Blackwater Photography Workshop with Macro Master, Mike Bartik.

Cozumel, Mexico. August 12th - 19th 2023.

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Want to improve your Blackwater photo game?


Experience an unforgettable underwater adventure through the Blackwater sites of Cozumel.

Immerse yourself in a sea of stars, each one an alien creature rising from the depths of the ocean to feed.

Each night we have a few moments to encounter them before the sun rises again.

From offshore squid to larval fish, paper nautilus to pelagic seahorse, the mysteries of the deep are only revealed to us when the sun goes down.

Catering to all levels of diving photographers, we’ve invited macro master

Mike Bartick, to lead our focused workshop.

Mike, an innovator of blackwater diving in the Philippines and an expert who has taught photographers around the world, will conduct daily seminars

which will include lighting, editing, coaching, and natural history talks.

Practice in the water is supported by eagle-eyed guides.

Aldora’s dive team is here to help you refine your technique.

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THE DIVING:  Diving in Blackwater does require some comfort with night diving, and a willingness to immerse yourself in a strange new world. We recommend a minimum of Advanced Open Water with 50 dives.


2 blackwater dives a night, so that you get the most time to work on getting that outstanding shot. Our camera room is spacious and secure, equipped with what you need to maintain your rig.

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LODGINGS: Casa Mexicana is located on the shores of San Miguel, where the terraced rooms and open dining area offers a stunning view of Cozumel’s blue sea, and beautiful sunsets. Buffet breakfast included.

SEMINARS: Seminars are in the afternoons. With ample time for finding your own lunch dinner and doing additional morning dives if desired


GETTING THERE: Cozumel (CZM) is easy to get to from the US and is serviced by airlines direct from DFW, IAH, MIA (and DEN starting in June).


COST: $1,589 (per person, double occupancy)

             $1,979 (single occupancy, if available)

BOOKING: A USD 500 payment is required to hold your hotel reservation, this is non-refundable.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Balance of payment 15 days out, July 28th.


  • 7 nights’ accommodations at Casa Mexicana

  • Breakfast, coffee & snacks daily

  • 2 Blackwater Dives per night (total 10 dives)

  • Daily Blackwater Seminars

  • Nitrox, Tanks and Weights included

  • Dive Guides and Park fees

  • Taxes and service charges


Additional Costs not included:

  • Airfare to Cozumel or Cancun

  • Private transfers

  • Single supplement

  • Crew Tips

  • Private Guide

EXTRA DIVES: 2 tank morning dives can be arranged, inquire for prices.

CONDITIONS: August is summer in Cozumel, it’s the beginning of hurricane season, but weather is typically warm and humid, seas are usually calm. Generally, sites are somewhat open in the channel, and critters are active during this time of year. It is always best to carry travel insurance, wherever you travel. For most people a 3mm wetsuit is sufficient.

CURRENCY: Mexican Pesos can be exchanged for clean, undamaged American bills (USD) for good rates at the banks, CI and Electra have the best rates.

VISA: Currently, no visa is required for a stay not exceeding thirty (120) days. Travelers must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond their stay.

HEALTH: Mexico requires no testing or special restrictions. Please check with your country of origin for any re-entry requirements.

INSURANCE: Diving insurance is required, and Travel Insurance highly recommended.

Please note that Divers Alert Network (DAN) or equivalent evacuation insurance is mandatory on all trips. Additionally, comprehensive Cancellation, Accident, Medical and Baggage insurance such as Dive Assure or World Nomads is highly recommended.




No refunds, your hotel payment is forfeited upon cancellation




500 USD due upon booking.

Balance of payment

15 days out

July 28th.

*Please note*

Price is Per Person

Airfare is not Included.


Interested on joining our Blackwater Week?

Click below and let us know your interest and we will be in touch with more detailed information  about this trip.

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