Mobular Rays swimming together in Mexico

Above & Below in Mexico

Prepare yourself for a photography workshop unlike any other and claim your front-row seat to one of the best ocean encounters on earth!

Set in Mexico’s breathtaking Baja California peninsula, this magical location provides the perfect setting for an incredible 6 days of underwater photography, astrophotography, and landscape photography.

Above & Below in Mexico 2022 Above the water is a stunning desert landscape dotted with cactus forests, dunes, and jagged, terracotta-colored mountains that reach to the heavens – amazing scenery for beautiful golden hour landscapes.
Dark skies offer a million-star view and a perfect opportunity to shoot star trails and the Milky Way at night.

Below, the turquoise waters are unmatched in their biodiversity and abundance of life.
And it is here where you will experience a truly remarkable spectacle of nature!
Coinciding with the largest aggregation of rays on earth, during this workshop you will have the opportunity to spend time with thousands of usually elusive Mobula rays.  You will free-dive among gigantic schools of these beautiful creatures as they soar through the waters, snorkel above them as they effortlessly glide together in unison, and capture their spectacular acrobatics as they flip and somersault through the air.

Whether you’re a beginner just starting your journey into photography or a seasoned photographer looking to fine-tune your craft, our expert guides will provide workshops, presentations, and hands-on training to help you take home incredible shots from this once-in-a-lifetime workshop.

Please note that this workshop is limited to 6 participants only.

Above & Below in Mexico 2022

Dates

28 May - 2 June, 2022

Group Size

Maximum of 6 participants

Price (USD)

$4,990 (Double Occupancy)

Included

  • 6 day workshop with 5 nights of accommodation in a private, beachfront villa
  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guides
  • All meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners) prepared by an in-house chef
  • Snacks and beverages (soft drink, beer, and wine) at the villa
  • 4 days of in-water and land activities, photography workshops, presentations, and post-processing masterclasses
  • Use of sea kayaks and paddleboards during recreation time between photo sessions
  • Round trip transfers to and from Dive Ninja Expeditions HQ in Cabo San Lucas and the villa
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Access to exclusive discounts on gear from our partners

Excluded

  • Flights/transportation to and from the workshop’s designated pick-up/drop-off points at Dive Ninja Expeditions HQ in Cabo San Lucas
  • Optional Single Room Supplement – contact info@vip-ehf.com for price and availability
  • Rental equipment
  • Personal Travel, Medical, Equipment or Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides, and/or drivers

If you would like to extend your time in Los Cabos, there are numerous options to add on local diving and activities.

A great option would be to take a freediving course prior to the trip so that you are comfortable, confident, and relaxed for your encounters with the mobula rays.
Contact Dive Ninjas Expeditions to enquire about add-on packages to your workshop.

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To secure your spot on this workshop, select from the below to either pay a deposit or in full.
Completing your payment confirms acceptance of the Terms and Conditions as outlined.

Please note that the full amount is due 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
A 3% charge is added when using this service. Please contact us if you would prefer other payment options.

Above & Below in Mexico Image Gallery

Some of our favorite images our Photo Guides have captured from this incredible location!

Important Workshop Information

Our base for this workshop will be a private villa located only steps from the ocean.
It comes equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite tv and air-conditioning.


Pricing is based on double room occupancy.

For an additional cost you may request a single room - please note this is subject to room availability, and at the discretion of Viking International Phototours based on workshop attendees. Please contact info@vip-ehf.com for details.

A mild level of fitness is required for this workshop.
Shooting locations are easily accessible via a short hike, from a boat or by ocean swimming/diving.


Participants should also be able to carry their own camera gear.


Sometimes we may remain in a location shooting for a few hours. Participants should be comfortable outdoors for extended periods of time in various weather conditions such as wind, rain, sun, and extremes of temperature.


All participants should be in good physical shape with no mobility issues. If you have any concerns about your suitability, then reach out to us and we will be happy to discuss the particular location details of the workshop with you.


You must advise Viking International Phototours in advance and in writing to info@vip-ehf.com of any illness, injury, or pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect your participation during the workshop.

Our workshops require a minimum number of participants to proceed.


We will confirm if your photography workshop will be proceeding 90 days before the start date, at which point full payment of any remaining balance will be required.


Viking International Phototours reserves the right to reschedule or cancel workshops due to low participant numbers.


We will do our best to reschedule the workshop within two years of the original date. 
If this happens, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Retaining your spot on the rescheduled workshop;
    • Transferring to the same workshop on a different date if there is availability; or
    • Canceling your spot on the rescheduled workshop: No refund – your funds will be held as credit which can be transferred or used towards our other photography workshops, self-drive packages, or tours for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation.

In the improbable event that a workshop is canceled altogether rather than rescheduled, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Applying your funds towards a different workshop, tour or self-drive experience; or 
    • Receiving a full refund minus a $300 USD fee and any non-refundable fees paid to third parties.

Please note that Viking International Phototours are not liable for travel expenses incurred to reach the workshop destination or any other personal expenses incurred in preparing for your workshop. For this reason, we require that you obtain Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking with us.


We also recommend you do not book travel or make any trip-related purchases before the workshop has been confirmed.

Our meeting point for this expedition will be Dive Ninja Expeditions HQ in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. From here you will be transferred to our accommodation and base camp.


If you need assistance arranging a transfer from the airport to the meeting point at Dive Ninja Expeditions HQ please contact the team at Dive Ninjas Expeditions.


The nearest airport is Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), which is serviced daily with domestic and international flights. If transiting through the US please check in advance to see if you will need a US Transit Visa.


We cannot delay or change a workshop in the event of travel disruptions that cause a participant to arrive late.

If this happens, participants are responsible for arranging their own transport to catch up with the group - which can be a very costly expense. In addition, no refunds will be made for any time missed on a workshop due to the late arrival by the participant.

For this reason, we highly recommend you arrive at least the day before your workshop is scheduled to start.
At the very least, you will be more refreshed and relaxed for the start of your adventure.

We know that plans can change, and unforeseen circumstances can happen. 


You need to advise us in writing via email to info@vip-ehf.com as soon as possible if you need to cancel your workshop. Your cancellation is not official until you have received a return email confirmation acknowledging your cancellation.


If you cancel and we can fill your spot on the workshop, you will receive a full refund minus a $300 USD fee.
If you cancel and the workshop does not fill, cancellation requests and refunds will be processed according to the following:

    • More than 90 days from the start date of the workshop: Full refund minus $300 USD fee*
    • Less than 90 days: No refund – your funds will be held as a credit which can be transferred or used towards our other self-drive packages, tours, or photography workshops for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation*.

*Please note that some of our workshops with partner companies/third parties may have non-refundable deposits, which will not be refunded or credited to you.

Please note that this workshop is NOT scuba-diving based.
Most of the action takes place near the surface so there is no scuba equipment involved.
In addition, we have learned through experience that encounters with the mobula rays are much more intimate and natural without heavy scuba gear and bubbles.


You do not need to be scuba certified or freediving certified to join this workshop however you do need to know how to swim and be comfortable swimming in the ocean.


If you would like to extend your trip and add-on scuba diving days to your workshop, please contact the team at Dive Ninjas Expeditions.

If you are traveling with a partner/friend who is interested in joining you on this workshop but they are NOT a photographer, we may be able to accommodate them. In some instances, this may be at a reduced price.


Please note that this will be at the discretion of Viking International Phototours – contact us at info@vip-ehf.com for information.

Your companion would need to understand that this is a photography workshop and not a typical ‘tourist’ tour – long hours will be spent photographing locations outdoors rather than visiting attractions.

If you are interested in this workshop but would prefer a private experience or to attend with your own group of people, we can arrange that for you – contact us at info@vip-ehf.com to discuss.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Booking with Viking International Phototours indicates acceptance of the Booking Terms and Conditions as outlined.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please get in touch with us at info@vip-ehf.com.

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