Tours

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

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Lord Howe Island Underwater Shootout

June 2nd – 12th 2017

Lord Howe Island Underwater Shootout

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: $2,950 
Workshops:
Attend workshops with Scott Portelli & Michaela Skovranova 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
Amateur


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

 

Weedy Sea Dragon and diver

Weedy Seadragon Tours and Private Guiding

Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus)

Want to see one of the rarest most elusive creatures in the underwater world? Then Sydney is the place to dive. The east coast of Australia has some of the best underwater habitats in which the Weedy Seadragon thrives.

But they are not always easy to find as they camouflage themselves in the kelp that resembles their colour and features. I have been diving in Sydney for over 20 years and know the underwater terrain of many of the dive sites across Sydney north and south.

I have been photographing the various stages of the Weedy Seadragon’s life cycle in order to gain valuable data and learn more about their behaviour and population along our coastline.

Weedy Sea Dragons closeups by underwater photographer Scott Portelli

If you would like to join a private guided tour to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures, I can organise dives around Sydney to some of the best hotspots for seeing Weedys.

Weedy Sea Dragon and scuba diver underwater

These beautiful coloured dragons are closely related to the seahorse, being a member of the Syngnathidae family.

Weedy Sea Dragons

Join Our Weedy Seadragon tours

gorilla among leaves photograph taken on tour with Scott Portelli

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda & Uganda

There is nothing more intimate than being up close and personal with some of the most impressive creatures on the planet, the rare endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. There are two trips running, one will be a 6 day trip with 2 permit days and an optional 3rd in Rwanda. The other will be a 6 day trip with 2 days in Uganda trekking with the mountain gorillas and and an optional 3rd day with the Gorilla sin Uganda. If this is on your bucket list, now is the time to go. there are less than 800 Gorilla’s left in the Mountains.

Check out what it is like to spend time with these amazing primates that are virtually on the brink of extinction. This is your chance to see these beautiful Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment:

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda (6 day tour) 2018

Synopsis of Trip:

Where: Rwanda
When: March 2018
Length of tour – 6 days
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Pricing:  £6,235 British Pounds

Download Rwanda Itinerary

For more information call us on +61 (0)402124453

Gorilla Trekking Uganda (6 day tour) 2018

Synopsis of Trip:

Where: Uganda
When:  April 2018
Length of tour – 6 days
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Pricing:  £5350 British Pounds

Download Uganda Itinerary

For more information call us on +61 (0)402124453
or

Contact Us

Gorilla Trekking Uganda Rwanda 2016

 

Includes: accommodation & meals as stated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), airport meet/greet & airport transfers as per itinerary, private professional English speaking driver/guide & private 4×4 vehicle throughout, transfers to all visited areas as per itinerary, park entrance fees as per itinerary, four Gorilla Permits per person.
Excludes: international flights, possible fuel surcharge, possible departure tax, early & late check in/out at lodges/camps/hotels, visas, tips, items of personal nature, items not mentioned in the `Includes` section

 

Day by Day Sample Itinerary Rwanda (6 day trip)

Day 1

Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

Upon your arrival into Kigali International Airport (KGL), you are met by your private professional English speaking driver/guide and private 4×4 safari vehicle and head up to the Volcanoes National Park. Note that arrival should be before 1pm, for those arriving on later flights, please book a night in Kigali beforehand. A ‘true island in the sky’, the Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the worlds few remaining Mountain Gorilla, which were first studied here in 1959 by George Schaller, and through the 1960’s by Dian Fossey and her colleagues. In the afternoon you’ll have a briefing where Scott will take you through the next few days and ensure you are properly prepared for your encounters with the gorillas!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel – You will find a warm welcome at Five Volcanoes, which is ideally situated close to the park headquarters for the start of the gorilla treks. The hotel comprises of 13 double/twin en-suite rooms and a two bedroom VIP cottage. After a day of trekking what better way to relax than in the sparkling swimming pool followed by a visit to the sauna and/or steam room. The hotel also has on site massage rooms to help you unwind even further.

Day 2 -3

Volcanoes National Park

Enjoy 2 days of gorilla tracking. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. An early breakfast and you’re off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to the start of on your gorilla safari. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts.

Scott will guide you through how to get the best out of your photographs and in the evenings, go through them with you so you can improve your skills in following days.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 4

Optional Gorilla Trek, Golden Monkey or Dian Fossey Visit

Today you have a chance to either track the gorillas another time, head out in search of the golden monkeys or visit the remains of the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked, which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks. These activities must be booked at time of booking and are not included in the quote. For those who wish to relax at the lodge and recuperate after the last day’s activities, then this is of course also an option!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 5

Optional Gorilla Trek, Golden Monkey or Dian Fossey Visit

Today you have a chance to either track the gorillas another time, head out in search of the golden monkeys or visit the remains of the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked, which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks. These activities must be booked at time of booking and are not included in the quote. For those who wish to relax at the lodge and recuperate after the last day’s activities, then this is of course also an option!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 6

Volcanoes National Park – Kigali

Breakfast at the lodge. Hot lunch or packed lunch from the lodge depending on flight departure time (earliest flight should leave at 2pm). Drive back to Kigali and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Gorilla Trekking 2017 Trip Report

Have a read of the Gorilla Trekking Trip report visit to Rwanda and the Volcanoes National Park:

Video Footage from our 2017 Trips:

 

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