We are planning a 2 week break with 5 days of diving in the first half of December 2018. Still flexible on location but want to relax and avoid full-moon parties and packaged tourism.
I have read Kao Tao is good but not sure about the weather. Khao Lak seems good but you need to do a liveboard. How about Kao Lanta? Anyone has been to Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia or Con Son in Vietnam?
Any other tips?
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?
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!
We've had to shift our trip in the Philippines due to Mayon exploding and we are looking into whale shark experiences in Palawan.
What is the likelihood of seeing whale sharks between the 9th and 12th of February?
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!
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.