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Rating 10/10

Fun with Visit Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya1 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2016

Kalpitiya (Sri Lanka), One of the booming dive location in Sri Lanka. The safe and large marine life and corals in Kalpitiya sea (Indian Ocean) is amazingly beautiful and started to attract divers and other tourists on its way..

"Visit Kalpitiya" is a multi service providers in Kalpitiya region. They arrange Diving and other activities (Dolphin watching / Snorkeling / Jungle Safari / Airport Trabsfers) in best price. We did a tour with them. Actually they don't have their own dive center but they know all the dive centers and they arranged diving sessions according to our requirements.

They are very kind and always provided real information about Kalpitiya.

www.visitkalpitiya.com

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dive palau in May, or save for the optimal jan-april time?

(and wondering if it's been impacted by El Nino this year)

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Hayden Hindley

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Save diving palau for Jan/Apri.. much better conditions!

help!

I saw what i think was a small shark at the c-58 ship wreck site. It was about 3ft in length and had a square shaped head. Has anyone else seen this kind of fish? If so what was it? Thanx

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Tim Hooker

Dive Report member, Tim Hooker, recently went to Cozumel. He has provided us with an in-depth report about his trip. We hope it is useful for those planning to go Diving in Cozumel in the future!

Dive Travel - From February 27 through March 5, 2016

Weather: Rain on Saturday @ arrival, Sunny and 75’ air temps through Wednesday. Rain Thursday afternoon and on departure day.

Flying in to the Island was a breeze as there are regular flights from almost anywhere every day of the week. Getting through customs was about as easy as it gets with the normal customs paperwork filled in before you land. Getting taxi service is also very easy. As soon as you’ve cleared your baggage just head towards the exit and you will find a ticket counter just before you go out the doors on the left where you can purchase a shared cab ride to anywhere on the island. If you miss it you will be pointed in the right direction. They will designate your cab based on the area you are traveling to. We went to Hotel Cozumel, which was a 10 minute ride that cost me $12.00 and trust me a $2-3.00 tip is more than enough. While you’re on the island if you don’t rent a car or motorcycle and choose taxi remember, everything is negotiable, and if you wait on the right taxi you’ll get the right price Downtown is only 5 minutes from the Hotel. It cost us $6.00 to get there. Coming back one driver said he would transport us for $10.00. We passed and the next cab took us for $5.00.
Cozumel Downtown

Downtown is great for fantastic food and if you like shopping or for your typical tourist stuff there is plenty of it there. While we were in town there were 7 cruise ships at port. If you average 3K travelers a vessel, that puts you in town potentially shopping with 21,000 people. The town of San Miguel’s population is about 75K so that makes shopping crowded. Every shop you pass buy you are solicited by vendors standing in the street yelling, “Hey it’s my turn now. come in my store I have what you want!” Long story short only one vendor spoke the truth when he said, “Hey sir! You want to come in my store and give me a chance to rip you off just a little bit?” True story! Long story short there are numerous shops, and all of them have the same stuff. You can however, work some good deals. It’s a fun place to visit during your off gassing day before your flight home.

Hotel Cozumel was our choice as we’ve been there before so being familiar is very convenient. It does happen to be one of the best deals on the Island if you like an all inclusive 3 dives a day package. The hotel boasts a buffet style restaurant with several cook stations. Hours of operation will guarantee you a meal no matter when you dive. There is a well stocked bar at the restaurant and also a bar at every eating station at the place. Outside by the pool there is what they call a snack bar but it’s more like a meal bar. You can eat there throughout the day. Just across the street next to the Dive Paradise Dive Shop is their Beach Club where drinks and food flow all day long. You can access the Beach Club and dive shop by walking across the street, or avoid a treacherous traffic crossing travel across in an underground tunnel that connects the hotel to the other side.

Water visibility in March

Hi all,

I'm planning to go dive at La Paz last week of March. From the table, it seems like there's a lot of big animals to be seen!

Would anyone know how is the water visibility at that time? Am I right that the water temperature is going to be very cold?

We want to see big fish & colorful corals. Would La Paz or Cozumel be a better destination for end of March?

Thanks!

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Paige Dellit

Paige Dellit

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Probably about 20deg C in march

Rating 9/10

San Salvador Diving Overall in the summer

San Salvador17 Jul 2015 - 8 Aug 2015

San Sal is a beautiful untouched island in the Bahamas. It is the most westward island and also closest to the Atlantic waters. San Sal offers great diving; from shallow reef diving to drop-offs and wall diving. I personally did not encounter any hammerheads when I was there but grey reefs were common visitors. The main attraction is the wall diving, but there still are rich reefs on top of the walls. Turtles and stingrays are also very plentiful. The island itself is great for holiday and diving overall, it is very remote and undeveloped which is nice.

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Rich Ward

I have been considering San Salvador for an extended diving trip - I like that it is still not very developed.. is it fairly cheap to stay there?

Martin Deacon

Hi Rich, yes San Sal is quite inexpensive but I would definitely then book with Riding Rock Resort and Lodge because Club Med is a lot more expensive, given it is very high class but Riding Rock has great dive packages.

hi

can someone guide us for the best place to dive in thailand around Krabi or so. at this time of the year _ March last week.

looking for good marine life while diving specifically.

Thanks

Haryanto Soemito

hey yo, i recommend Krabi, Koh Lanta for manta ray and some small macro stuff. if not go phi phi island for whale shark or leopard shark.

Haryanto Soemito

i'm heading to Phi phi island on 25th Feb 2016. the one i book quite cheap. diving and lodging for 4d3n is SGD 450. = )

Arvind Sarda

wow thats a good deal :). lemme know how it goes and what all do you manage to see

Rating 9/10

AMONG THE BEST DIVES

Saba Island1 Sep 2015 - 17 Feb 2016

Recently I arrived on SABA island, next to St MARTEEN, Carribean....Diving there is amazing, Corals like untouch, rich aquatic Life, it is a marine park, as Saba is a volcano, beautifull underwater rock formation....

For me, SABA is among the 10 best places to Dive on the planet....

Hammerhead Shark occasionnely

hammerhead shark

Benoit Meyer

SABA DIVERS

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Joss Leonard

Amazing pic.. did you take it?

I am traveling to Cancun on Feb 19-24th 2016

What have you guys seen out lately? or should i expect to see so that i can plan my dive trip. Thank you

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Liam Parker

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I was there 3 weeks ago - just the usual :) A couple of turtles, some reef sharks plus lots of fish/smaller stuff. I plan to go back mid-year for whale shark season.

Accommodation

Hi we are going this March can anyone suggest a good boutique hotel on or near the beach and near the dive centre thankyou

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Morgan Bennett

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For Hikkaduwa.. I stayed in coral sands once.. right by International Dive School center who I was diving with.

Alice Swisher

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I am not sure Sands counts as boutique.. I would go for either Aditya or Lavanga Resort which is on the beach x

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