We are planning to visit the islands in late september/ first week of october. We know it is still the rainy season. How much does it affect snorkeling and diving? Is it possible to have good diving even in this period or it is better to go in december? Thank you
Hi, I'm a fiction writer looking for some info about Saba. What do you do with your boats and ferries during a hurricane? I'm reading there is no dock or pier to tie them down at, except for the dive pier in Fort Bay.
Any information, or to point me in the right direction, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Sincerely, Heloise West
10 Sunken Civilizations to add to your SCUBA Diving Bucket List
The discovery of underwater ruins remains a hot topic amongst armchair backpackers and sofa SCUBA divers, or at least those who put pen to paper. Although possible, exploring submerged structures is not always safe and the risks involved should never be taken lightly. That being said, in the right conditions with a competent instructor, meeting the new tenants of a man-made structure below the surface can be a fascinating experience. Not to mention the effects additional structures and materials can have on the marine ecosystem.
From Cursed Cities sent to the depths to submerged monuments swarming with sea life; welcome to our top ten sunken civilizations to add to that bottomless SCUBA Bucket List.
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I am going to be in Singapore for a cruise the beginning of October - the reports I've read are not that complimentary about the dive sites - is it worth taking the time to dive there or wait for Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam?
While the Thresher sharks are the headliners of the local diving, there is a great variety of other diving as well. There are currently over twenty dive sites in the area including ship wrecks and drift dive sites. Of the twenty sites over a dozen are within a few minutes of the island. There is diving available from training sites for those just learning to dive to those who are advanced divers. Gato island is a special two dive trip that most dive center make a few times a week. The area is a hour away and is known for its abundant corals and sponges as well as a great place to see sleeping white tip sharks and sea snakes. Advanced divers looking for something different will find it here as well. A tunnel runs under the island that advance divers can transverse. Back on Malapascua, Just off shore from the island's lighthouse is the, well, the lighthouse reef. It is a shallow reef that is used as an open water training site by some dive centers. The beautiful coral gardens make for a wonderful relaxing dive. As wonderful the reef is for training, it is a very special sunset dive. The reef is the home of a vast number of Mandarinfish. Generally considered the most colorful of the reef fish they are also known for their exotic mating dances. Starting around twilight the males start their dances hoping to attract a female to dance with them.
We have just returned from a 2 week break in Khao Lak.
A lovely quiet location in a fabulous resort (La Flora).
Unfortunately, the diving I am unable to report upon, as we were unable to dive Similans just an hour or so from the resort :(
We looked on many websites (as we normally do) to find how good the diving is, what is on offer and so on. Then when satisfied we booked our flights and hotel.
Then we sent emails requesting pricing and options to discount if we paid in advance etc ...
At this point it was clear, that off peak in Khao Lak means off completely!!
The Similan Islands are a national parks that shut from the 15th May until September due to the weather conditions and to let the life rejuvinate.
There is no notification on any of the websites we visited and as to this fact!! We therefore went to Phuket for a few days to make the most of our time - this was good.
The location Khao Lak is great and it is a very chilled atmosphere. I wanted to warn that if you want to go there to dive do it after September and before mid April (Thai New Year) for optimal results.
Is it Safe to Dive during my Period?
Is it safe to dive whilst I am on my period? A commonly asked questions and the answer is yes… pretty much.
Many divers feel a concern over menstruating underwater. Be it shark attack, weakness, visual or hygienic issues this is a question asked over and over again in the dive community. Here to put your mind at rest I can tell you that you will be physically safe, however you may need to take a couple of safeguards into consideration.
Is there a chance of shark attack if I dive on My Period?
Thankfully, sharks are not going to smell your blood and come pursuing you because you’re menstruating. The warning that a shark can smell blood from three miles, or five kilometers, away is taken as fact, but this does not mean the smell makes the shark any more interested in you as it would be a floating log.
While diving is a year round sport in many locations, the number of divers and dives greatly increases in the summer months. As we head towards that time of the year, there are a number of items we should do to get the most out of our dive season.
1. Annual Services
Certain items of your kit, such as your regulators, needs to be services annually by certified technicians. Some manufacturers of regulators will provide lifetime service parts, however, to stay under the terms of the warranty you must have the piece of equipment services annually. Missing a service can mean no more free service parts. While not an annual requirement when you have your regulator serviced, ask to have your Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG) checked. Most dive centers have a calibrated pressure gauge. They can compare what your gauge reads to their calibrated gauge at different pressures. Few SPG can be adjusted, however, a gauge giving different reading might not need to be replaced. As an example, if your gauge reads 10 bar higher than the calibrated reading at different pressures, you just need to remember that and adjust your dive plan accordingly. A dive plan that calls for an accent at 70 bar, would be 80 bar on your SPG. However, if the test show a variation that differs at different pressures (ie shows 290 at 300 bar ten low, but 60 at 50 bar ten high) the gauge must be replaced.
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