Destinations

Antarctica 2014

Unpredictable – Expedition to Antarctica

They say the best laid plans of mice and men, well the plan was to get down to Antarctica, get some helicopters, see some Emperor penguins and come home content. However in Antarctica, things don’t always go to Plan and you usually have to deal with what you get. In this instance the trip of a lifetime did not quite deliver. But despite the various mishaps and not reaching our goal, Antarctica is the most beautiful pristine place on the planet, and what you do get to see is quite spectacular to say the least. Even a not-ideal trip to Antarctica is still out of this world. So focusing on the positive here is a glimpse of what you can see in unpredictable Antarctica.

And if you like this, then save your pennies and join us in 2016 on an expedition to South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula, I can assure you it will be a trip of a lifetime as you visit the most amazing parts of Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic Islands.

Unpredictable Antarctica 2014 collage penguins seals ice helicopters

Join me on an upcoming tour here:
http://www.scottportelli.com/category/tours/

Tonga 2014 season

Tonga – Still Paradise

I have been visiting Tonga for 13 years and spent many hours on the water photographing Humpback whales and I can tell you, every time I get in the water with these magnificent creatures, I am just as excited as the first time. Tonga has so much to offer, picturesque landscapes and underwater environments makes this place paradise for Photographers, and don’t forget the added bonus that you can swim with whales. It really is still paradise. Every year I see something  different or have one of those unforgettable encounters. This year I had a baby whale shoot up from the depths and breach half a meter in front of me, exhilarating to say the least. This year Travel & Fashion Blogger, Laura McWhinnie from This Island life did an interview piece about her time in Tonga with us, check out the article here:

http://www.thisislandlife.com/travel/swimming-with-humpback-whales-an-interview-with-scott-portelli

http://www.thisislandlife.com/travel/swimming-with-humpback-whales-in-vavau-tonga

This year we started the Tongan Fluke Collective, which encourages visiting photographers to donate Fluke shots to help ID the different individual whales that come to Tonga each year. You can find out more about the program here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tonganflukecollective/ – Anyway we will be running a number of Photographic tours in the next year or so to various destinations, so stay tuned.

If you want to see some of the Video footage you can see this season’s wrap up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcreHs7qcq0

Tonga 2014 season still paradise collage swimming with humpback whales  and through caves

Tonga 2013

Tonga Whale Swim 2013 Season: Amazing Surprise Wildlife Encounters

We had an amazing 2013 Season in Tonga this year filled with a multitude of mothers and calves and encounters with a number of creatures that were an unexpected surprise. We were swimming with and photographing Whales, Manta Rays, Blue Marlin, Leopard sharks and even a 15 metre long creature from the deep.

You can see all the photos from the 2013 season at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottyportelli

We are already looking forward to next season!

Tonga 2013

PNG Diving 2013

Diving in Papua New Guinea

Just returned from diving in the tropical rich waters of PNG. A pristine environment with lush green landscapes and an abundance of weird and wonderful marine life. It is a picturesque place with a variety of different diving options, from small macro life in volcanic black sand to thriving coral reefs. The water was 30 Degrees which makes you want to stay in the water as long as possible. Definitely, Papua New Guinea should be on your bucket list.

PNG Diving 2013

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