Photo safari in Guadeloupe, March 2012.
From 10 to 18 March 2012, we hosted our first photo safari on the French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. For one week, we took a group of photographers exploring the underwater bottom seabed and landscapes of this French island. We chose the winter season to enjoy the best weather possible. We dived mainly in the underwater national park of Guadeloupe best known as the "Cousteau Reserve". The whole experience was perfect from every point of view either in terms of organization or photographed sites.
This trip was organized in collaboration with the travel agency "Energy Trip" run by Olivier Mely who provided all the preparation of logistics. The guests arrived in late afternoon on Saturday, March 10. We started diving with the diving center CIP on Sunday. We had a boat at our disposal for the duration of the safari. We made two dives each morning. Then, after lunch taken in one of the restaurants along the beach, we went to photograph a natural site. We dived and photographed all the sites of underwater national park of Guadeloupe World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park is best known as the "Cousteau" but the name of reserve imposed restrictions which are too strict. That's why the name was changed. We dived the wrecks of Gustavia and Franjack. The highlight of the dives was certainly the discovery of the site called "Sec paté" located in the channel of the Saintes which we consider one of the ten best diving in the world.
As this was a photo safari, we took a few hours each day to review and comment the photos taken during the day. These photo reviews even if they do not have the intensity of a workshop allow participants to significantly improve their shots from a day to another. We must admit that progress has been staggering.