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Backscatter Palau Expedition Jan 23 – Feb 2, 2013

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Backscatter Palau Expedition Jan 23 – Feb 2, 2013


Micronesia's westernmost island chain known as the Palau archipelago features vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life; hidden lakes full of ancient creatures; white sandy beaches; thriving rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, and fascinating geological formations. Calm protected waters, soft sand beaches, hidden marine lakes, Micronesia's richest flora and fauna, World War II wrecks at Peleliu, superb snorkeling, and world class scuba diving make Palau the perfect place for adventure, exploration, and practicing your underwater photography and videography.



Hone Your Underwater Imaging Skills
With two afternoon seminars covering topics related to underwater photography technique and image editing, and unlimited diving on Sam's Macro Wall, this is a fabulous opportunity to take your skills up a notch. We’ll also enjoy special trips to the famous Jellyfish Lake, the wonderous Chandalier Cave and an optional trip to the historical WWII sites at Peleliu. Want to learn about the latest in underwater imaging technology? Our trip leaders will be available to help with gear setup and field troubleshooting. On select evenings, 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 12th year. Jim is also a contributor to Scuba Diving magazine, authoring the Imaging+ column about underwater photography and video technique.

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 2012 Digital Shootout. An avid computer power user, Sterling is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and highly skilled in many other photography and video software tools. Sterling also writes for the Imaging+ column in Scuba Diving magazine, covering subjects related to underwater photography and multimedia. You can view Sterling’s work on his website.




Standard Package Includes:
  • 10 nights accommodations at the Palau Royal Resort
  • 8 days of two-tank diving
  • 2 seminars dedicated to underwater photography and image editing
  • Evening critique sessions
  • Jellyfish lake afternoon visit on one of the dive days
  • Chandelier Cave afternoon dive
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Daily hotel transfers
  • Lunch and refreshments on each dive day
  • Guides, tanks and weights
  • Free Nitrox up to 36% (with proof of certification)
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Unlimited diving at “Sam’s Macro Wall”
  • Access to Backscatter pro photo instructors for imaging and technical support


  • Price:
    $2599 Double occupancy
    $1000 Single supplement


    Additional costs:
  • Airfare to Palau
  • Additional nights and dive days
  • Breakfast, dinner, drinks, extra purchases
  • Afternoon dives
  • Koror State Permit
  • Peleliu permit & trip surcharges


  • Contact us for more information about the trip and to secure your spot.





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