I was thinking about becoming certified in the beginning of January but it appears there is no wildlife to see, would it be worth it? Is there anything to see?
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I stayed Lhaviyani Atoll in Maldives for 10 days and dove with Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
During my 14 dives there we say 8 gray sharks, 5 mantas, 3 eagle rays, dozens of morays, lobsters, ghost pipefish, groupers, 2 nurse sharks, dozens of green turtles, napoleon fish, scorpion fish and much more. Almost all the times that we have been out with the boat we saw schools of dolphins (hundreds of them) and we heard them while diving.
Water temperature was 27/28°C and visibility from 10m to 20m (plankton season of November). Dive sites perfect for drift dives (on the oceanic coral walls), wreck dive (2 wrecks) and to sea huge amounts of fish.
I highly recommend this dive site and the dive center. The latter has been really professional and friendly (they can cover German, English, Italian and Russian languages).
The 7 dives in Mahahual were among the best I ever did. The water was very clear and had incredibles shades of blue. Lots of crayfish, lion fish, turtles, some eagle rays too. I also saw a nurse shark on the last day and a tiger snake eel. Unfortunately it was too early for whale sharks (they come from Belize in mid June). The night dive was a lifetime experience as turtles were sleeping on the bottom of the sea and you can see some slipper lobster and huge crabs.
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Diving the Gili Islands reveals so much marine diversity. My favourite site is Halik. Scuba Diving with Aquaddiction on Gili Trawangan will ensure you have a safe and fun dive. Aquaddiction has a maximum group size of 4 students per divemaster or instructor so you know you'll get a lot of attention.
On my last dive with Aquaddiction I saw 3 Octopus, 2 leafy scorpion fish, 2 moray eels, 1 lion fish and 3 turtles. To have seen any one of those things where I used to dive on Koh Tao would have been amazing, so to see so much on one dive here blew me away. When you dive with Aquaddiction ask for Hudari, he has been diving the Gili Islands for 10 years and is a master at finding all the good stuff.
There is quite a bit of current in the strait of lombok so expect some of your dives to be drift dives. This wasn't a problem for us though as our divemaster kept everything safe and the Aquaddiction boat, Charlie, came to pick us up as soon as we surfaced.
I'd definitely recommend diving the Gili Islands and if you are staying on Gili Trawangan definitely choose to dive with Aquaddiction.
Could you tell me please, what is the best time to see manatees in Sian Ka'an? Thank you.
I dived 10 times in Bali when was there in february.
We went to local dive sites from Candidasa (near to Padang bay)
The first dive was terrible and frightening - for me - because I was overweighted (before used 10kg in Egyp) A strong current took away me but guide was professional and saved me.
The second dive at tepekong wes fantastic. I saw my first white-tip shark there. (Actually you always can see shark/s there because there is a cave where they live)
After we went the other famous spots, as Blue Lagoon, Padang bay harbour, Tulamben (USS Liberty).
What can you see there? Beautiful macro themes with lots of nudibranches, mantis shrimp, batfish, turtles, frog fish, stone fishes, puffer fish, lionfish and so on.
The last two dives were the best:
We went to Bahia and Tepekong. There was strong currents so you have to be advanced diver if go there. At Bahia we saw a big white-tip shark in the cave, after dive along the wall. At Tepekong we saw 3-4 small white-tip sharks, nudibranches, and a lot small species, big lobsters but the greatest thing was a big, nice turtle at the bottom.
Here is a video about the last dive:
I will be at Lombok between 9-20 december.
Can anybody join to me?
Another question is:
What can I expect there in december?
I would like dive at Lombok, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembogan, etc.
We found this amazing place by accident and having dived many resorts world wide understand what is good and bad.
Well worth the effort to get here, as it has an amazing array of dive site and for us Muck divers was brilliant and better than Lembah Strait for much diving and variety!
The hosts Max and Lauren have recently established this small resort and I'm sure in future there will be a waiting list to book.
Varied unspoilt diving with just a couple of other resorts in the area and after 30 dives we only came across other divers once.
Some of the reefs offer the best coral we have seen and variety of what you can see ranges from nudis to Hammerheads and even the odd thresher shark, plus many rare and unusual species.
The house reef is really good and even has mandarin fish to watch.
The best praise being that we have already booked to return whilst we can get in...
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