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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!

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!

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Edward Callahan

This sounds amazing!

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Hi From Dubai

22 days 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.

Cocos Island versus French Polynesia

i am currently looking to undertake a big dive trip... so far i am looking at either Cocos Island or French Polynesia and am struggling to decide.

Has anyone any experience of either and what time of year did you go?

I was looking at Malpelo only Columbian government closed it off currently.

Many thanks

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Traci Quick

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I haven't been to French Polynesia yet, but I was at Cocos this past July/August and can definitely recommend it. This is my trip report http://www.divereport.com/dive-reports/6404/hundreds-of-hammerheads

Need recommendation for diving in Mexico i June / July 2018

Hi. Me and my friend are travelling for diving in Mexico in the end of June.

WE have order the fly thickets and we was think about living on Isla Mujeres and dive from here.

Both of us have advance and nitrox diving licence.

What can you recommend of diving this periode of time?

As far as i know this outside the season here, du we need to book in advance or can we order when we are there?

Can you offer package where diving, hotel and food are included?

Price?

What is your recommendation of diving center here and why?

We had hope to see big fish as shark, or other fish. What can we expect to see in this periode of the year?

Is there anyone here that have trips to Barracuda reef?

So please give me information about Diving in Isla Mujeres area?

THanks

Best regards

Bjarte Myksvoll

From Norway

Telephone. 004799559567

E-mail: bj-myks@online.no

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Joanne Roberts

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Joanne Roberts

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We we dived in Cozumel in September and stayed on the Island. This is because the majority of diving we were looking at was around the Island and it takes 45 minutes to get to Cozumel. If you want to dive the Cenotes then you can stay on the mainland.

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Joanne Roberts

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Unfortunately I am unable to give you any help on Isla Mujeres. We dived with ProDive who were excellent.

Rating 6/10

Diving Lemongan near Bali with Two fish

Bali15 Sep 2017 - 25 Nov 2017

The trip was arranged to go in search of the Mola Mola (Sunfish). We were not disappointed!

The water temperature was between 17 and 22 degrees and a 5mm full length wet suit is a must! Most of the dives sites are within a 30 minutes bot ride, with Crystal Bay and Manta Point being almost an hour.

Two Fish are a small and well run centre in Lembongan. They provide cheap kit hire, good food, accommodation and excellent dive guides.

Currents are sometimes unpredictable pushing you up and down and side to side. Sometimes they are there, the next they are gone. The guides are very knowledgeable and you are made to feel very safe in their capable hands.

So, you need to pay attention to them.

The 2 busiest locations are Crystal Bay and Manta Point. This is due to the 80% chance of seeing Mola and Manta Rays.

Avoiding other groups can be a challenge therefore. At Crystal Bay, expect maybe 20 boats at any given time. At Manta about 10.

The experience is worth it when you do see the sights.

That said, we were fortunate to see a Mola at 12 metres (instead of the usual 22m) at dive site SD as we mad our ascent.

Lots of macro stuff to see too. Nudis, leaf fish and baby spanish dancers.

There are some unusual scorpion fish - albino! Lots of large shoals of trevally , baracuda and bamboo sharks can also be seen.

Very enjoyable overall, despite the cold. The currents are challenging and fun in the drifts.

The local area is relaxed and the accompanying islands are worth a visit for the views and beaches. Rent a car/ hire a driver if you go to Penida as very uneven and scooter travel can be treacherous.

Diving with Hammerheads

Is there anywhere you can reliably dive with them on day dives from resorts.

Looking at late July and wondered if liveaboards where not the only possibility as hard to leave family for days on end sadly

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Joanne Roberts

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In Bimini you can, this is February/ March though.

Traci Quick

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San Sal, Bahamas. Riding Rock Resort.

Rating 10/10

Hawaii Kona Manta Ray Night Dive

Kona10 Jul 2017 - 10 Jul 2017

Did the two-tank Night Dive with Kona Honu Divers and it was fantastic - very clean and safe boat, great dive masters, great diving. Saw over 30 Manta rays feeding on plankton. Was $180 US per person included all equipment and suit - even a $1 contribution to conservation efforts!

Rating 10/10

Komodo report

Komodo and Labuan Bajo1 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017

Just coming back from a liveaboard in Komodo.

Overall it's been awesome. Great diving, lots of fish, beautiful corals very well conserved, lots of fish, good for macro (nudibranchs) and larger fish as well (lots of turtles, black tip/white tip, 1 manta).

The visibility was pretty good all over, around 15m. Very few trash in the ocean, a couple of plastic peices that was picked by DMs.

Regarding the season:

The High Season for Mantas is November to March (don't follow the chart). It is also the wet season though.

The dry season runs from March to November. We had a few patches of rain though on October.

Dolphins are there but very shy. It is very unlikely you will bump into one.

As there are more and more dive operators and boats (about 100 apparently) it's getting more more busy and noisy and the dolphins will just avoid the crowd...

in terms of dive sites:

My favorites were The Cauldron and Castle Rock. This is were you will use a reef hook to have the chance to enjoy the show.

Try to dive there when it's either full or new moon so you will experience the strongest current.

Follow the instructions of the guide, stay close to the reef, at the same level and it will be fine. The operator (Komodo dive center) provided us hooks but it's a good idea to have your own. You will definitely use it!

Most of the dives were drift dives.

Finally as there is a large choices of dive center, choose wisely. Personally I prefer a small amount of divers (we were 9) than a more luxury boat which can carry 20 people. Komodo dive center always tried to beat the crowd by being the first group down at dawn.

Enjoy your stay

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Catherine Jones

Nick, thank you so much for your feedback & updates for the animal calendar - contributions like this from users (and dive centers) are really super helpful toward making DiveReport useful for other divers! Thank you :)

Are there any sharks in Winding Bay?

Is snorkelling safe there?

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