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Backscatter Wakatobi September 7-17, 2012

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Backscatter Wakatobi September 7-17, 2012


Aerial view of Wakatobi Resort


Situated on a beautiful tropical island in the remote and peaceful Wakatobi archipelago in the Banda Sea, Wakatobi Dive Resort offers what many consider to be the best reef diving in the world.

Blessed with a house reef where you can begin your dive only 60 feet from the dive center, Wakatobi is often described as a live aboard with a built-in beach! In addition to the spectacular house reef, there are several dozens of easily accessible dive sites offering incredible marine life diversity, color and natural splendor.

Wakatobi features some of the world's most pristine reefs


With three afternoon seminars covering topics related to underwater photography technique and image editing, and unlimited diving on the house reef, this is a fabulous opportunity to take your skills up a notch. Interested in trying out the latest in underwater imaging technology? Our trip leaders will bring a selection of demo gear that will be available to check out. After each day of diving, we’ll project the group’s images and offer tips and constructive criticism.

Trip Leaders: Jim Decker & Sterling Zumbrunn

Jim Decker Jim Decker As the CEO of Backscatter, Jim is one of the top experts in the world on underwater photo and video equipment and shooting technique. From SLRs to compacts and handycams to broadcast video, Jim has shot video and photo systems from all the major underwater manufacturers and has been a consultant on many of the designs seen in the water today. Jim has also consulted with many professional photographers, production companies, resorts, and magazines including Mythbusters, Discovery Channel, Sport Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Into The Drink, National Geographic, Freshwaters Illustrated, and many more. Jim is a regular underwater imaging instructor and gear expert at the Digital Shootout, now in its 11th year.

Sterling ZumbrunnSterling Zumbrunn Chief Technical Officer for Backscatter, as well as an active professional photographer, Sterling has worked for more than a decade in digital asset management, having previously served as Conservation International’s Director of Photography. He has more than a dozen years of experience in underwater photography, having traveled to all corners of the globe and photographed many different environments. Sterling has led photography workshops to students of various skill levels around the world, most recently at the 2011 Digital Shootout. An avid computer power user, Sterling is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and highly skilled in many other phtography and video software tools. You can view Sterling’s work on his website.



Wakatobi is an outstanding location for photography and video


Accomodation Options for Standard Package
Cliff Villa bungalow $5,340
Select Bungalow $4,870
Beach Bungalow $4,410
Garden Bungalow $3,970
(prices based on double occupancy)


Price includes:
  • 10 nights at Wakatobi resort (double occupancy)
  • 3 boat dives per day, unlimited shore diving
  • Tanks and weights
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner daily
  • Taxes and service charges
  • 3 Seminars on underwater photo technique and image editing
  • Nightly critique sessions offering constructive criticism on images and video
  • Select demo gear available for use by guests
  • Access to Backscatter pro photo instructors for imaging and technical support


  • Additional costs:
  • Airfare to Bali (DPS)
  • Accommodations in Bali before and after cruise.
  • Charter flight to Wakatobi $485
  • Nitrox
  • Soft drinks, cocktails, wine & beer
  • Premium services


  • Do you want to stay longer? Extend the trip 5 more days and stay until the 22nd!

    September 7 - 22, 2012 (15 nights)
    Accomodation options for 15 Night Package:


    Cliff Villa bungalow $7,620
    Select Bungalow $6,920
    Beach Bungalow $5,890
    Garden Bungalow $5,630
    (Based on double occupancy)

    Extended Package Includes:
  • 15 nights at Wakatobi resort (double occupancy)
  • 3 boat dives per day, unlimited shore diving
  • Tanks and weights
  • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner daily
  • Taxes and service charges
  • 3 Seminars on underwater photo technique and image editing
  • Nightly critique sessions offering constructive criticism on images and video
  • Select demo gear available for use by guests
  • Access to Backscatter pro photo instructors for imaging and technical support


  • Be sure to check out Berkley White's video from our 2009 expedition to Wakatobi to get an idea of its stunning reefs:



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