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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

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

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

Any Recommendations for good DIve Apps

I'm trying to find some good dive apps to both use and review ?

There are so many I thought id find out what other people are using first and what you think of them.

Ideally I'm looking for : a log book but ideally with map features, a good community or local buddy finder , a good reliable dive planner and maybe a good fish id or reef life one?

Be great to know what everyone else uses and finds helpful :)

socorro = 4 liveaboards thats over a 100 divers per day

Are there too many divers now in this 12 dive site location.

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Mike Bednarz

0 votes

That kinda sucks! Does it impact the experience a lot.. did you dive there recently to see this?

Rating 10/10

Northern Arch - Poor Knight Islands.

Tutukaka11 Jan 2014 - 18 Jan 2014

Tutukaka is the harbor town for a trips heading out the the Poor Knight Islands. The Poor Knight Islands are a full nature and marine reserve, several Islands fully protected and uninhabited. They are full of history and lore and full of life!

The water here is affected by the east Australian current which causes the temperature to vary between 14 C winter and 22 C in the summer. Welcoming a host of temperate and seasonal tropical visitors. Since becoming a marine reserve life has exploded here and all sorts of temperate life calls the Knights home. All Boat diving with nil access to the Islands.

There are MANY dive sites around the Poor Knight Islands, each with its own features.

One of my personal favorite is Northern Arch, the photos here are all taken there.

Northern Arch is an Archway and Wall dive, depending on conditions and currents the dive plan can change here either side of the arch, around the point or through the arch and back. Max depth is around 43m at the bottom of the Arch which is 6-8m wide, the top of the arch is above the water level.

At times you can see Sharks and larger creatures swimming off the point of the arch (Mantas and Orca included).

In the Archway... any day you can get conditions to dive there, epic amounts of fish! (also Rays, eels and macro life) Kelp lined walls with helpful ridges around 10m, 20m and 30m.

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Rating 10/10

Silfra - 120m Vis between Tectonic plates

Silfra11 Jul 2015 - 25 Jul 2015 with DIVE.IS

Its called Iceland! Don't expect it to be warm. It is sometimes but it has a lot of weather, sometimes happening all together & sometimes in quick succession with no warning.

Its good to know Silfra is in a National Park, a protected area where they try to limit human impact. There isn't much in the park & no shelter at Silfra site (just a new toilet building with two toilets & hot water!) Remember you are here to experience wild beautiful nature.

The water is glacial 2-4 C daily (34-37F). In a dry suit with thick wetsuit gloves & hood the ave person will stay warm & comfortable for a 30-45 min dive. Winter air temperature can be -1 to -20 (max & rare but it happens).

Its best to be over prepared in Iceland, this is no exception. Waterproofs, spare wool& thermals, socks, towel- be comfortable warm & dry before & after the dive.

Entry is from the car park on foot, across a road & a flight of stairs down to the water (approx 200m) It is technically a one way drift dive. Max depth 18 m by Park regulation. Silfra is approx 24m deep & has an extensive cave system - the depth was recorded as 63m. Due to the tectonic nature of the site the Caves & swimthroughs are out of bounds by Park & National Law.

The exit is via a platform in the lagoon & 500m walk in full gear back to the Car park. The path is gravel but fairly even & well marked however carrying all your gear esp in the winter with the snow & ice is not for everyone.

Visibility is 120m, standard all year round. Its only really affected by heavy continuous rain, overflow from the surrounding rivers & by the algae dying & increased particles in the Fall. Rain itself doesn't alter the dive much. Some prefer winter & overcast weather as it can increase the surface reflections & reduce shadow. Others prefer the colours of the Algae & the rainbows the sun brings in late spring/summer.

Its about being between the plates and the epic vis. It can be awesome, incredible, breath taking & is totally worth it.

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Mike Bednarz

Photos! Just wow!!!

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Ann Challenor

Its easy with conditions like SIlfra , I can take very little credit I'm afraid

Rating 10/10

Strýtan - The start of life on Earth - Geothermal Chimney

Silfra29 Aug 2015 - 30 Aug 2015

In the north of Iceland about 40 mins from Akureyri is the town of Hjalteyri, start point to reach Strytan.

This area is home to the worlds only divable geothermal chimneys. Big Strytan is approx 60m to the base and 22m to the top. Fresh hot water streams from the chimney into the fjord around. The man that found the sites (Erlendur Bogason) runs all diving in the area and is a living legend, he knows everything there is to know about it and is still finding out more.

Beautiful site, a favorite among Icelandic divers (some would say the best in Iceland). The life around the chimney is quite surreal at times. Macro life is awesome here. Plentiful fish, jelly fish, selps, rays, whales and bird life abound. It truly has it all. There is also the potential to see a Sea Angel! ( A free swimming Gastropod, that looks like a tiny angel)

Visibility varies seasonally spring risks green plankton and algae blooms which can reduce visibility to nothing however this is a brief period. Summer and Fall bring feeding whales into the Fjord. Winter, the main issue is physically getting to the north and to the Dive center.

Strytan is a Boat dive, mid fjord but has buoys and lines to aid ascent and decent, be aware there can be surface currents.

Strytan dive center is fully equipped with changing rooms (no showers), library, kitchen, museum but best of all an outdoor hot pot, overlooking the fjord, ideal for relaxing and whale watching to end the day.

Look out for the new Dr Brain Cox show on the BBC, the beginnings of life on Earth, they just spent time summer 2015 filming here and it should be incredible.

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Rating 7/10

Davidsgja - Dive in Lake Thingvellarvatn

Silfra15 Aug 2015 - 16 Aug 2015

Davidsgja is a tectonic crack in Lake Thingvellir (Thingvallarvatn) which is located in the National Park Thingvellir. This dive is a shore entry and exit over rocks and boulders from a small car park. There are a series of lines around the site for navigation. To find the start of the lines swim approx 45 degrees into the lake from the entry point. The line to the left will take you to a main crack dropping to around 16 m . This site has 18 m -22 m but averages 8-12 m . There are many cracks and narrow caves here, it can get very dark and very cold but it very beautiful. The lake temperature ranges from 8-12 Degrees C however the cracks in Davidsgja stream with fresh glacial water from Langjokull (Glacier) so the temperature varies from 2 -4 C at points where the clear fresh water streams in and visibility also varies dramatically. This site is very interesting changes greatly depending on temperature, season, wind, visibility. As this site is in the National Park you will need to pay the park fees and have permission to dive here.

(Not the best photos sorry)

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Rating 5/10

Gardur - Ocean Dive near Reykjavik

Silfra5 Sep 2015 - 6 Sep 2015

Gardur is an a dive from the pier on the northern tip of the Reykjanes peninsula approximately 1 and a half hour from Reykjavik.

As an ocean dive in Iceland the conditions vary, the best time to dive is at high tide or just before.

Max depth is 15m and viz varies from 0-8 meters.

The life in this dive is really good you can see a lot of flat fish, scorpion fish, monkfish, butterfish. If you are lucky you will find a wolfish, they are really hard to spot here and they move fast. There are also lumpsuckers, crabs, haddocks and schools of mackerel.

In Gardur there are sandy patches, soft coral and kelp forest and a small wall formed from magma that is nice to follow and find the monkfish.

Because of the rich fish life at Gardur there tend to be fishermen on the peer trying to catch you.

Normally entry at this dive site is to jump in at the blue crane, giant stride and can be a bit intimidating (this dive can also be done as shore entry dive but adds to the swim distance), follow the pier out, when you pass the end of the pier its about 15 m further until you hit a wall in 15 meters depth ( at high tide) if you cant see the pier you will defiantly feel the current when you pass it. You can exit on the beach as a standard shore exit its sandy and there are nice sheltered kelp areas for a safety stop on the way.

Its ideal and normal to do two dives there, one to the right of that spot and the other to the left. On the left you will see more monk fish and the soft coral.

The main hazard here is the current, when tides goes out it will be intimidating for newer divers or divers not experience in currents, but also beware the fishermen and the lines underwater. It has also been known for locals to train horses to swim here, so also keep a look out for a giant sea horses!

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