Diving & Snorkelling
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So I got my OW back in August and have 13 dives now. Next month I will be traveling around Argentina and am thinking of going to Puerto Madryn since it seems to be the only good dive area in the country. This was not planned as a diving trip, but I am dying to get back in the water and am willing to go out of my way to go to P Madryn. My question is are the dive sites a little out of my league as a new(ish) diver? I know there are some wrecks there, but I don't know how deep they are? Also, is the water temp going to be an issue since I am not certified for a dry suit? For what its worth, I am 6'4" and 230lbs so I got some insulation, and never felt cold during or after a dive. Of course these dives were in the tropics.
I know it's not the most popular diving spot, but if anybody as been there and could give me some info that would be great.
Given all the informal research I've done so far, if I am not mistaken, I think most people would probably agree that the Koh Tao and Utila/Roatan areas are respectively the highest and second-highest proportion of dive schools (and correspondingly total dive students per year) in the world. This then makes me wonder, where in the world is the 3rd most?
BTW, I have no specific reason and/or agenda for asking this question, I'm just curious. :-)
We are planning to dive in Raja Ampat on medium budget (up to $250 per person per day)
and wondering if anyone had a good experience with similar budget?
Where to stay? (we are not exactly in too basic accomodation like chapest homestays, so any advise for decent Isolated (not a concrete box in middle of the city) lodging with easy access to Manta points / the Passage etc)?
And a dive operator with reasonable prices and level of experience?
Any hints highly appreciated!
Hi, Western Papua enthusiasts!")
anyone can advise on visiting Cenderawasih bay to see the Whale Sharks, but not on Liveaboard (cant afford)?
The only option we found was that Ahe hotel, but they are on the pricier side and, worst of all, only offer 1 trip to the sharks per 5 days, if you want more that's $500 for the 2 of us!
There must be other options? Hotels/Homestays/Dive operators etc???
We would like to come for a week and make at least 3 trips to the whale sharks, as we know the rest of the diving is not that great.
Any thoughts on making the way there from Raja Ampat?
Thanks in advance!
I've been looking to book a dive ex Brisbane, in particular Flinders Reef, and there are several diving companies, but noone of them commit to a diving spot beforehand. As such, it may that the dive that I would book now would go to Flinders Reef (not likely though, I've been told), Stradbroke Island (north), Moreton Island (south), Curtin Artificial Reef, Tangalooma Wrecks, or Cook Island.
My question to you is, will it be worth going for this dive if I could end up at any of those places? Do people know what the diving at these places is like? I've done some research online and in LP, and it seems that there are some bigger animals out there (nurse sharks etc.), but in general I get the impression that the diving is not fantastic?
I should add that I am also going to dive Yongala, perhaps Whitsundays (Hardy Reef) and probably from Port Douglas once (don't know which sit... more »
I only have 13 days in Belize and was going to spend most time diving. But recently I have been lured away to the jungle to include hiking, birding and ruins. So now must decide to base diving out of Caye Caulker or the South, either Hopkins or Placencia. Which one would be better for variety, frequency and access to further atolls? I am advanced certified and will be there next week!
Thanks for any feedback.
I'm an 18 year old girl traveling alone and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations of locations and dive shops to do a "zero to hero" program that take it seriously. I am not a huge drinker but would still like the location to have a social scene.
Also would it be better to just get each certification done at a different locations around the world.
I'm just working out my options for a short diving trip as part of a multi activity holiday and currently looking at Thailand (have not had much luck looking at Maldives trips which is another option). I get seasickness and generally avoid boats wherever possible. So staying overnight and attemting to sleep on one is not only a first for me but a bit daunting. I know about ScubaCat and their Cat is very stable but it doesnt go to R Rock. I only want to stay on any boat for 2 nights max. There are daytrips there but quite expensive and a long trip there and back in one day.
Any ideas anyone?
I wondered if anyone had any recommendations for a couple of day trips or one/two night liveaboard in this location? Can only find longer liveaboard trips
I am thinking off spending about 12 months in Malaysia. I would like to be located near to where theres some good diving. I have never dived in Malaysia. Can anyone recommend where the best dive spots are. Replies appreciated.
Im currently looking into doing an internship from open water diver to Divemaster or even IDC. I did my open water with SSI back near the start of the year and its got me hooked. Would love to get to the point where i could dive for work.
Been looking around the sites and on the forum for a dive school/course that would suit me and i have found a few that look really good. These being DJL, Simple Life Divers, Scuba Junction and Big Blue. Can you guys let me know your thoughts on their diving programs including aspect like pricing, accommodation and equipment included aswell as the obvious things like teaching standards and service.
Info on any other shops would be welcome to I've chosen the above because of their reviews and website info so not overly informed but have spent some time on Koh Tao before so have some idea of what the island is like just not the diving... more »
Heading back to Thailand next month and looking to explore the Similians. I want to pre-book something rather than pfaff around Khao Lak for a couple of days. I'm a rescue diver with almost 100 dives.
I heard (years ago) that Sea Dragon are pretty good, but also looking at Wicked, Khao Lak Explorer and Similian Dive Centre. Has anyone had any good or bad experiences with any of these operations or can recommend someone else?
Don't want to pay Phuket prices ;) but not looking for the cheapest operation either. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, equipment in good working order, care for the environment, the usual, all important.
Hi guys, if you live / work on koh tao, I really need your help for this one! I know that there is a lot left to personal opinion, but I am planning a three months stay in Koh Tao to complete my PADI Divemaster and IDC internship (I am already Rescue Diver and EFRI).
I am a Serious diver looking for the best training possible and mostly, best value. I am Not a party-goer, would actually rather smaller classes and I not looking to go with a "factory dive shop".
I have been looking at a few dive shops but it is really hard to make the right decision before actually beeing there.
Right now, I am debating between two of them:
Crystal Dive Resort
Big Blue Diving
I understand these are two of the big schools, but it is not as easy to find the smaller dive centers that offer the same value packages for IDC from ... more »
I'm planning to go to Queensland end of December, and I am planning on doing the following dives:
- Flinders Reef
Also, I want to go diving at one of the islands in the Coral Sea, but I can't decide!!
- Heron Island
- Lady Elliott
- Lady Musgrave
I don't have specific things I want to see during my dive.. just want to have a good GBR experience! Which one would you guys recommend? Also taking into account transport, for instance? It would probably be a day trip for me. I am not interested in staying at an island resort, really (unless I have to). Or should I perhaps go snorkelling at these islands instead, and leaving the diving for the other two places? Any advice much appreciated, thanks!!
edit Or dive/snorkel around Port Douglas instead..? So many choices!! more »
my partner and I are planning to go to Palawan and maybe Coron in December/ January.
Now I have heard that there is coral bleaching around those seas, have done a google search but found the information provided inconclusive.
We have been to the Andaman Islands February last year and were quite shocked at how DEAD the reefs were - can we expect the same around Palawan and Coron?
Anybody done any diving there recently?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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