Ship crashing through huge waves on the way to Antarctica in the Southern Ocean on tour with Scott Portelli

Expedition Sub-Antarctic Islands – Snares, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie

Less than 100 people visit these Sub-Antarctic Islands each year and they have some of the most amazing
landscapes, wildlife, history and hidden secrets of the past. An era of exploration a century ago put these
places on the map (just barely) but very few people have even seen these islands, let alone set foot on them.
A journey that starts in Dunedin NZ and follows the voyage of an Aussie and New Zealander to some of
the most untouched reaches of the world, the Subantarctic islands, including Snares, Auckland, Campbell and
Macquarie Island.

Imagine standing on Macquarie Island surrounded by a million pairs of King Penguins or walking into
the past as you enter the first explorer’s huts, or bearing witness to the harshest weather conditions on the
planet as the southern ocean pounds the coastline for returning penguins and seals.

king penguin colony with chicks and mountains on sub-antarctic islands

 

December sees Matt Draper & myself embarking on the trip of a lifetime, to film in one of the most amazing places on the planet. Thanks to Lenovo our major sponsor and the support of so many amazing brands, we are preparing for the rough seas, rugged environment and technology needs that go hand in hand with any expedition to this remote part of the world.

 

Ship crashes through huge waves on the way to Antarctica & the sub-Antarctic islands

Thanks for all the support from:

Lenovo – https://www3.lenovo.com/au/en/
Aquatech Imaging Solutions – https://aquatech.net/
HEC’s Stealthscreen wetsuits – https://www.hecsaquatic.com/
Paddy Pallin Outdoor Clothing & Equipment – http://www.paddypallin.com.au/
Australian Geographic – http://australiangeographic.com.au/
Olympus Australia – https://www.olympus.com.au/

Scott Portelli takes a selfie on a sub-Antartic island

 

 

Just announced, two new Falklands itineraries for 2018/2019

I have just released two new Falklands itineraries for November 2018 and January 2019,

These specialist itineraries are designed to maximise your time with some of the most unique wildlife on the planet.

The Falkland Islands located in the South Atlantic Ocean off South America are the perfect destination to experience the wonders of nature and wildlife; an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches.

 

Tour 1 – 3rd – 17th November 2018

  • Sea Lion Lodge
  • Weddell Island
  • Pebble Island
  • Volunteer Point
  • Cape Dolphin

Tour 2 – 16th – 26th January 2019

  • Volunteer Point
  • Sea Lion Island
  • Bleaker Island
  • Saunders Island
  • Carcus Island

Falkland Islands map showing the new Falklands Itineraries

Contact us for more details.

rolex scholar melanie brown working on the Tongan fluke collective

A Mel O Drama

So, I had the privilege of hosting the 2017 Rolex scholar Melinda Brown for a Month in Tonga. as part of her year long program she joined us for a month to work with me on the Tongan Fluke Collective, some coral gardening projects and plastic pollution education, oh and of course she came to swim with the whales. the time went fast but we did so much and I am glad she had the opportunity to join us on location.

Check out her blog on the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society, here’s a short snippet from the introduction:
“A column of mist pierces the horizon, followed by a deep unearthly ‘fwisssssh’, as if the ocean itself has come up for air. A large dark shape slides through the ocean. Its body slicing through the waves. It lifts its tail out of the water. This creature that we call whale has incredible origins. It has an incredible evolutionary path it has taken. The journey to become a whale was long and complex. To understand why cetaceans fascinate me so much, I need to tell you their evolutionary tale first.”

 

Rolex scholar Melanie Brown editing photos for the Tongan Fluke Collective

Rolex scholar Melanie Brown editing photos for the Tongan Fluke Collective

 

 

giant australian cuttlefish mating aggregation, award winning image by Scott Portelli

Australian National Maritime Museum

“I was recently asked to speak at the opening of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition being shown at the Australian Maritime Museum. They featured my award winning image and wrote a piece about my photography, you can see the full article here:

https://anmm.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/capturing-cuttlefish-and-other-photographic-wonders-with-scott-portelli/

“During the opening of our new exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year we had the opportunity to welcome a special guest: Scott Portelli, an Australian photographer living in Sydney has already travelled the world extensively and took pictures in some of the most remote destinations like The Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos, etc. He spent hundreds of days in pursuit of different wildlife. Due to his experience, he is privileged to be up close and personal with many creatures. Scott has already won multiple awards, this year he got selected by Wildlife Photographer of the year and his picture can be seen in the exhibition.”

Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation, award-winning photo by Scott Portelli (recently displayed at the Australian Maritime Museum)

Here is my speech from the opening night.

Lord Howe Island 2nd Annual Underwater Shootout Event 2018

 June 2nd – 11th 2018

Lord Howe Island’s Annual Underwater Shootout Event. 

WIN Amazing Prizes!

Dive Packages for 10 days including flights & Accommodation
Categories for Amateurs & Professionals
Attend Photo Workshops, Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Includes:
Return flights from Sydney
10 nights accommodation at Leanda Lei Apartments
Return airport transfers
10 dive package around Lord Howe Island
2 night dives
All dive gear
Refreshments in between dives
Morning tea at the Museum to kick off the event
Gala Dinner at the Golf Club to conclude the event and announce the winners
Price: $TBC 
Workshops:
Attend workshops with Scott Portelli to learn more about your photography or tweak what you already know. Workshops will include practical and in classroom techniques.
Prize categories
Wide
Macro
Black & white
Video (under 2 mins)
Endemic species
Split (Over/under shot)
Portraits
Behaviour
Portfolio
Creative/fine art
ProDive-Photoshootout-2018

Shootout-Terms-and-Conditions

If you want to join us for this underwater shootout event and hone your skills at our workshops, please email scott@scottportelli.com for more information.

leafy sea dragon floating above seagrass with light rays in the background by underwater photographer Scott Portelli

Australian Giant Cuttlefish Aggregation

Giant Cuttlefish Aggregation in South Australia, award winning image by Scott Portelli

Join us in Whyalla and Port Lincoln, South Australia in 2018 for one of nature’s great events: The Australian Giant Cuttlefish Aggregation.

We are running two workshops back to back:

15th – 22nd June 2018 Fly into Port Lincoln and out of Whyalla

2 days with the Leafy Seadragons followed by 3 days with the Giant Australian Cuttlefish.

 

There will be 5 sessions over the week to help improve your photography and video skills while shooting these amazing creatures found only in Australia.

All workshop weeks include:

  • Accommodation
  • Boat Charter
  • Dive Equipment
  • 4WD Transport
  • Photographic Workshop (detailed schedule to follow)
  • Flights Ex-Adelaide

Cost for the week of diving and attending the photographic workshops is $2940

Learn about cuttlefish behaviour and how to get the best opportunity in the water with them and the Leafy Seadragons.

Want to find out more, email scott@scottportelli.com for more details

It is the one and only event of its kind, so don’t miss out!

A bottlenose dolphin with part of its fin missing, photographed by Scott Portelli in South Australia A leafy sea dragon photographed by Scott Portelli in South Australia

Snorkeling with Orcas in Norway Jan 2018 (2 Spaces left on this tour)

Snorkeling with Orcas  

Video credit Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier courtesy of Waterproof Expeditions

A WILDLIFE PHENOMENON

  • SNORKELING WITH ORCAS
  • PHOTOGRAPHY WHALE WATCHING
  • HUMPBACK WHALES
  • NORTHERN LIGHTS
  • IN SUPPORT OF THE ORCA RESEARCH TRUST

Humpback whales and Orcas have been sighted in large numbers feeding on herring. Scott Portelli and Waterproof Expeditions offers great opportunities for Whale Watching, photography and snorkeling in the crystal clear Arctic waters, which is an experience in itself!

This trip is for anyone interested in Orcas, Humpback whales, white tailed Eagles, Arctic winter, Northern lights, Moose and spectacular landscape. The best time of the year for this phenomena is November through the end of February when the balance between light and access to herring and whales is at its best. The winter days in Norway provide excellent light for photography. We will spend the daylight hours looking for whales and other wildlife and, if the opportunity occurs, snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

With the newly rebuilt live aboard yacht MV ‘Malmö’, we are flexible to follow the herring and the Orcas deep in the fjords and deliver great chances of success.

MV Malmo, expedition vessel to go snorkeling with orcas in Norway on tour with Scott Portelli

During the darker hours you will enjoy the warm and cozy comfort of the expedition yacht while our expert guides entertain you with presentations and educational information on wildlife and cinematography. Excellent food is served with a fine selection of wines and beers.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Evenes or Tromso airport and transfer to the harbor to board the MV Malmö in the afternoon.

Day 2 – 6

We follow the schools of herring and pods of Orcas in the protected surroundings of the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Prepare for cold but rewarding days out at sea with spectacular sightings of an unique display of nature. Have your cameras charged and whenever possible be ready to slip into the cold water for a Polar Snorkel adventure or enjoy the phenomena from the spacious deck on board the comfortable expedition yacht, MV Malmö.

Day 7

Disembarkation and transfer to the airport.

Vessel

A comfortable expedition vessel, recently refurbished and a piece of maritime history, with large wooden deck space and ‘al fresco’ dining area. With 2 large zodiacs and experienced expedition team, the ship provides the ideal platform for small groups, families, friends and incentives looking for the ultimate Arctic wildlife experience in the utmost  comfort.

The vessel carries a maximum of 15 guests in 7 outside twin cabins.

4x Twin cabins with bunk beds and private shower and toilet in the cabin
2x Twin cabins with bunk beds and shared facilities and washbasin in the cabin
1x Triple cabin with bunk beds and private shower and toilet in the cabin

All cabins are serviced daily  and a laundry service is available.

International cuisine is served in the cozy lounge with bar and direct access to the ‘al- fresco’ dining area outside.
The bar is stocked with alcoholic beverages and sodas and of course we take care of your special wine request.
A separate Saloon with lots of books and tv screen is a great room for relaxing moments after an exciting day full of adventures.

Dates & Rates

Start and finish in Tromso:

14 – 20 November 2017 – limited availability
21 – 27 November 2017 – limited availability
7th – 13th January 2018 – limited availability

Twin Private Cabin      € 3.385 per person
Twin Shared Cabin      € 3.295 per person
Triple Private Cabin     € 3.185 per person

Price include

  • Group transfer from airport to vessel v.v.
  • Comfortable accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Full board, coffee and tea
  • Snorkel equipment (D9 Waterproof Snorkel Drysuit, fins, mask, snorkel, boots, gloves and hood)
  • All activities and lectures on board
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and Guide
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

Price do not include

  • International and domestic flights
  • Excess baggage charges on flight
  • All items of a personal nature such as laundry, meals ashore, bar, beverages and telecommunication charges
  • Gratuities
  • Pre- and post-voyage packages with air and hotel, available upon request

To register your interest to join us in Norway for this once in a life time experience, click here.

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