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Costa Rica or Cozumel?

Planning our 20th anniversary trip and it’s between Cozumel and Costa Rica. What can I expect in March of next year as far as wildlife, visibility, weather, etc. ? Been to Cozumel several times but maybe you can convince me to come to CR. Thank you

Rating 10/10

Great diving

Cape Town30 Oct 2017 - 8 Nov 2017

We did 3 dives only with Pisces divers, but what we saw can be compared with a week of diving in e.g. Egypt. Our first dive was with seals, the visibility is not very good for photography, but they get enough close so that you can enjoy them. Next dive was in kelp forest, unfortunately 7 gill sharks vanished and we didn't see any, but we saw an octopus and several cute cat sharks. And the last dive was an oceanic dive with blue sharks and they get VERY close, so cool.

If you decide to head here:

1) Bring a dry suit, if you don't have it - buy it, water temperature is 14 to 17 degrees Celsium

2) Put on a lot of warm clothes once on the oceanic dive because it is a long journey

3) Take Dramamine or alternatives every day or it is going to ruin all your experience, oceanic dive is a 2hr journey 1 way and the boats are tiny :( sometimes there is no place to sit except for the floor

4) Be careful with items you have with/on you, one of divers who was with us had a selfie stick in silver while diving with blue sharks *facepalm and the shark approached her and started chewing the stick!! It lasted for several seconds, luckily she wasn't wounded

See also a video from this trip on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d9NGATDH3g

Cocos Island, Socorro or Galapagos?

I have a possibility to go one of these places with liveaboard. Which one to choose just based on

a) dive conditions

b) wild life

c) water temperature (I like warm water)

Thanks for any tips / experiences!

Mat Howell

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Socorro for sure, especially if you prefer the warmer water

Whale Shark Season?

From the Wildlife Calendar it looks like whale sharks are around during the months of March, April and May - Planning a trip at the end of April and would like to know if there will be whale sharks then.



French Polynesia


Looking at a long winter break somewhere diving ... and reasonably warm...

Would appreciate some advice on where to go December/ January 2018.

Thinking Palau plus ?

Or French Polynesia

or Fiji...

Any pointers liveaboard vs land based ... any 2 centre suggestions ...



The likelihood of Whale sharks in mid - February

Hi there,

We've had to shift our trip in the Philippines due to Mayon exploding and we are looking into whale shark experiences in Palawan.

What is the likelihood of seeing whale sharks between the 9th and 12th of February?





4 months ago

Hi, I want to dive in Indonesia next year. I want to see the Hammershark. When is the best time in the year for seeing the most? where is the best island, live on board to do it? thanks

Is Koh Samui a good destination for beginners?

I am fairly new to scuba diving, and I'm relocating to Thailand very soon, so I want to take the chance to explore Koh Samui and I thought of doing scuba diving, but is it a good destination for beginners?

I am planning to take a tour with Boutique Yachting because they have many years in the sector and their ships are pretty good (https://www.boutiqueyachting.com/yachts/), but I do not know if they will help me with scuba diving (I will message them haha).

But, according to you experts, is it a good idea to do scuba diving as a beginner in Koh Samui? Thanks a lot in advance!

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Edward Callahan

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Yeah, Koh Samui is pretty good for beginners - there are LOADS of dive schools there to take you through the early stages of learning too.. I would recommend not going for the cheapest center - to a large extent you pay for what you get and its not a sport you want to cut corners in!


Joanne Roberts

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Hi. we dived with the Dive academy. They are a professional outfit that make safety the first priority. Water can be choppy, so travel sickness tablets are a must if you suffer. This dive school do provide them onboard. http://www.thediveacademysamui.com.


Joanne Roberts

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They also have a school and provide teaching qualifications under the PADI certification

Rating 10/10

The Great White Wall

Taveuni26 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 with Paradise Taveuni

The soft coral capital of the world’s signature dive offers an astounding wall of pure white soft coral. This site is definitely the world famous Rainbow Reef’s top draw. A coral encrusted swim – through leads onto the wall from the reef top. A dazzling myriad of color and life inhabits the reef top. Manta rays glide past with ethereal grace. On exiting the water from this site an awed silence lasts awhile before an excited chatter that lasts for days starts among divers. Not to be missed!


Edward Callahan

This sounds amazing!



where can I find the fish you have in your photo profile? I'm looking for a dive trip with big weird fishes :-)


Hi From Dubai

5 months ago

Somehow found this site by accident and will update UAE information as some of it appears to be rather dated.

Anyone looking for information in diving in UAE is welcome to contact me.

I have no affiliations to any dive centre as I use several dive ops to access sites mainly on the east coast of UAE around Fujairah, Dibba, Al Aqah and Khorfakkan.

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