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Opinion on going to a liveaboard in the red sea in february?

I am looking at a liveaboard in the red sea in february 2019.

Has anybody been there at this time of year?, have read that it can get cold weather and cold seas.

also looking for shark diving.

Also anyone can recommend on which liveaboard is better, My blue seas Vs MV Emperor Asmaa?

Thank you all!

Cano Island Vs Playas del Coco

Hi Everyone,

I'll be backpacking through Costa Rica early-mid September. I'm an avid diver and have been researching Cano Island and also Playas, where do people recommend?

Have read a few different reviews online, some recommending Cano, others Playas. What site has the best chance of Sharks/Manats etc...

Thanks a Lot

Cano Island Vs Playas del Coco

Hi Everyone,

I'll be backpacking through Costa Rica early-mid September. I'm an avid diver and have been researching Cano Island and also Playas, where do people recommend?

Have read a few different reviews online, some recommending Cano, others Playas. What site has the best chance of Sharks/Manats etc...

Thanks a Lot

Basking Shark Diving

The Dive Report site shows basking sharks are present in September in Catalina Island. However, none of the dive shops mention them, and I could not find anything else online about operators or tours to see basking sharks. Can anyone provide a tour or dive operator for basking shark encounters, or recommend dive sites where they might be spotted? Thanks!

Mola Mola season

When is the best time to dive in Gozo and hopefully see Mola Mola??

Diving end of August

Hi,

I would love to discover diving when I am in the Andamans at the end of August, maybe do an open water course.

There are so many companies you can go to, and I wonder whether the sites near Havelock and Neil are better than e.g. chidiya thapu or Long Island, or just really touristy?

Thanks!

Heleen

when is manta ray season in the Sea of Cortez?

When is manta ray season in the Sea of Cortez?

Rating 10/10

Tofo Scuba, do it right...

Tofo Beach12 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018 with Tofo Scuba

I have been diving for about 18 years now, in just about every corner of the world. I have some high expectations when it comes to a dive shop, and Tofo Scuba exceeds them all. The staff are friendly, helpful, and most of all...knowledgeable about the local diving spots. That being said, this review is not about hyping them, it is about giving you, the fellow diver the best information to make an informed choice.

If you have not done adventure diving, take careful note. Tofo is not a casual diving location. There is no pier, no walking onto a boat, no bobbing in the water while you get all your gear sorted. You prep all your gear on land, verify everything, then the shop loads it onto a boat and brings it to the shore line. There, everyone works to get the boat past the waves and on you go. Diving is done by group negative entry. This means everyone does a rolling back entry at the same time, no air in the BC, and down you go.

Which leads to the next important point. You can dive on plain air, but your dives will be as much as 10 minutes shorter than everyone else. Tofo is a ways from a compression chamber, or even basic medical care. That means no matter your experience level, no matter what you have done previously, all dives end when you hit 2 minutes until Deco. ALL DIVES END. So if you don't have nitrox certification, add a day to the front of your trip, and get certified at the shop. It is a classroom cert, no practice dives required. I have seen many an annoyed, and sad, diver that has to go up before everyone else and misses the megafauna whom best I can tell do this on purpose to spite air divers. There is no debate, and no variance in policy among all the Tofo providers. 2 minutes to deco, and you are going to the surface and safety stop.

So in summary, amazing dive shop and amazing dives. Just don't think it is going to be a lazy casual dive location. Oh, and Nitrox for the love of all that is diving, just do it.

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Alla Zakharenko

Do they really keep an eye on your computer at all times? Once I got into deco on a dive safari and it was only my buddy and I who knew it, I continued with other dives as usual. Of course, I don't recommend doing that, but I really doubt that they would notice you being in deco timely.

Steven Scagnelli

I have done 40ish dives with Tofo Scuba, and the DM and sweepers were highly vigilant. I can't speak to other providers there. With Tofo Scuba, all the Safaris are snorkel only.

Where to dive in October

I'll be in the Cancun area in mid-October. I haven't decided where to stay yet, and will do so based on the best diving locations. The location needs to be within an hour and a half of Cancun. I'm hoping to mostly do shore dives (keep diving as cheap as possible), but can afford to do a few boat dives as well. Our main goal is to see wildlife, but we'd also like to do a cenote or two.

Experience level: I'm an experienced diver, but I'll be bringing my husband who is getting certified right now.

Any suggestions?

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Nick F

1 vote

the absolute MUST in the region are the cenotes dives. The visibility is infinite, just google it. We dived there from Playa del Carmen. I strongly recommend it as it's one of the only spot in the world to provide that kind of diving.

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Alla Zakharenko

1 vote

+1 to Nick's comment, but you need to be aware that water temperature in the cenotes is much lower than in the sea. I was so frozen after the first dive that I had to skip the second despite it was already paid for. So, boots and hoodie are a must there

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Alla Zakharenko

0 votes

Unfortunately it is not the best season in October - whale sharks season lasts up to mid September while it is bot yet bull shark season. You can try heading to Playa del Carmen or Cozumel and dive there, Playa will be more affordable.

Diving in peninsular Malaysia in July

Hi All,

We are going to spend 5 days diving and relaxing in Malaysia (within a longer tour of Malaysia and Singapore).

I ruled out Sipadan/Semporna for safety so wonder what would be the best location where to dive in peninsular Malaysia in July otherwise?

We will be flying from Singapore and going from there to Penang.

Thanks a lot!

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Alla Zakharenko

0 votes

What is wrong with Sipadan/Semporna? We dived there and in Tioman island which is located half day ride from Singapore, good diving as well, but it can't be even compared with Mabul/Sipadan

Nick F

0 votes

Sipadan is a must in the region. Safety was not an issue last year.

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