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Underwater Photography Facility
Attention all discerning underwater photographers and video enthusiasts: we at Odyssea Divers have the facilities to satisfy the needs of professionals. Furthermore, the compact nature of the resort and the even lay of the land makes transporting your equipment to and from your room a breeze, especially if you should forget something and have to go back to your room, more than once. There are no steep hills to climb!
Our Dive Crew and Guides are trained to handle all types of equipment. We are experienced with professional photographers and videographers from all over the world but more importantly, we cater to all alike, novices and professionals, whatever your ability level in underwater photography. Cocotinos Manado hosted one of the most successful digital shoot out event of ScubaDiver AustralAsia Magazine in their 2009 series. The judges were celebrities in their own field of expertise - Dave Harasti (Australia), Stephen Wong (Hong Kong) and Doug Sloss (USA).
Cocotinos is on the whole, a photography friendly facility. Inside your room, there is a large writing table that provides ample table space for your camera equipment plus your laptop. All power sockets* are not connected to the room's power-saving module, which allows you to leave your batteries charging should you happen to leave your room and remove the power-saving tag. You will also find ample shelf space in the open-concept wardrobe and on the "daybed" to lay out and sort out your array of equipment and accessories!
The Digital Room is where you will find the Uninterrupted Power Supplies of 110v and 220v for battery charging. A long and brightly lit work bench allows photographers to work on their cameras alone or with a group. There is also a multimedia PC for use to access the internet (if you did not bring your own laptops), process images and burn DVDs. Multi-Pin adapters and extension cords are available on loan.
Besides being the place for food and drinks, Cocotinos' Deho Bar and Restaurant is also the venue where divers could interact with other divers, show each other underwater images for the day, share tips on how to take better shots, or just relax and post their latest photos onto online forums or Face book! Divers may also choose to use the large LCD screen at the bar to give a presentation if our DELL 2400MP Multimedia projector is a little to big a choice to show off.
We have large rinse tanks at the dive centre and on the dive boats, and high pressure air guns for drying off your housings and strobes. You can even use our 2-meter pool to test your camera equipment and housing! If you require undivided attention, you may hire a dedicated guide and one of our boats for your own use; this way you can have flexibility and plan your diving according to your personal requirements, subject to availability, and without disregard for safety regulations.
Have you always found yourself with limited air or bottom time when you are so engrossed taking that perfect shot? We have Enriched Air Nitrox** and Twin-Tanks**! Imagine EAN32 on Twins...
*Power Points in Rooms are not protected with UPS
** Additional Training and Certification required. Proof of Certification must be shown.