Rating 10/10

Plenty of fish in Kalpitiya with Dune Towers

Kalpitiya1 Jan 2020 - 27 Apr 2022 with Dune Towers - scuba diving resort

We are visiting Kalpitiya area in Sri Lanka regularly for several years and it is perfect! We have been staying at Dune Towers resort in Alankuda who arranged all the scuba diving with Sam and safari and other trips in Kalpitiya.

We are meeting morray eels and various rays every dive. Most of our dives was in 13-18 meters with very nice visibility of 15-20 meters. This season we have enjoyed with my daughter dive sites right in front of Dune Towers resort in Alankuda. We have seen big marble rays and huge schools of fish, beautiful moray eels, shrimps cleaners and many more.

www.dunetowers.com

Can I do a snorkel trip from South Male Atoll to South Ari?

We are staying at the Saii Lagoon Resort and would love to snorkel with whale sharks, where is the closest place to do this and how would we get there?

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Alla Zakharenko

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Hi Lauren! I think you can ask your diving center. Also as an option you might consider island hopping and spending several nights somewhere like Dhigurah island. Please bear in mind that nobody can guarantee that you will actually see the whale shark, so you might need to join several trips which is going to be quite pricey and difficult given your resort geographical location.

Rating 10/10

Tin Lizzy wreck in front of Bangtao beach

Phuket1 Feb 2022 - 1 Feb 2022 with Merlin Divers Phuket

Tin Lizzy is a tin-mining excavator that has fallen of a boat over 30 years ago. This little wreck together with 3 huge piles concrete blocks is home to many many fishes. You can find all sorts of reef fishes on the wreck and certainly a very interesting dive sites for macro photography.

The dive site also offers some very hard to find creature like real stone fishes, flounders albeit small ones and the flatfish aka crocodile fish.

From Kamala beach it is a boat ride of about 30 minutes on a converted longtail boat - typical Thai style wooden boat. Merlin divers offers a half day trip that often visits Tin Lizzy. Th season to dive there runs from end of September to middle of May. The dive site depth is maximum 16 meters at high tide. The site is also big enough to do 2 dives there.

The dive site is sensitive concerning the visibility because it is hardly a kilometer out of Bangtao beach hence with the shallow water and waves it quickly gets the visibility to less than 10 meters. Best is always to dive Tin Lizzy with slack high tide or slack low tide around half moon when the change of low to high tide is the minimum.

saba camera question

First trip to Saba coming up and had a question about lenses. I would prefer to pack lighter and use a fisheye for wide angle with a smaller dome but I do own a 16-35mm lens also for more reclusive pelagics etc. I wasn't sure how common sharks were in Saba or how shy they were. However, if I pack the 16-35 I need to bring a much larger dome so I'd only bring it if needed. when we dove turks in June it was well worth it as we were encountering numerous sharks each dive. However, if it's more stunning reefscapes and volcanic formations I'll stick with the fisheye. Thanks everyone!

when is the best time to see some Orcas?

I want to be able to swim with orcas. I understand they like colder waters and past through costa Rica from time to time.

Jimmy Francis

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Check out Norway. Tromso region gets Orcas during the middle of winter (dry-suite snokeling). I think there are liveaboards from Tromso as well as day trips from Andenes as the Orcas chase the herring migration along the Norweigan coast.

Rating 0/10

Zanzibar (Mnemba Island) very disappointing

Nungwi, Zanzibar14 Aug 2019 - 3 Sep 2021

The highlight on Mnemba Island was an octopus. Otherwise we saw moray eels, sea snakes, a ray, starfish, trumpet fish and lionfish. We were there in late August / early September.

Rating 3/10

Nusa Penida disappointing

Bali12 Aug 2019 - 4 Sep 2019

We were there in the Mola-Mola high season in August 2019. We haven't seen a single Mola Mola. We only saw sea snakes, baracudas, turtles, moray eels, lionfish and sea cucumbers. No sharks, no dolphins, no mantas. It was disappointing.

Rating 10/10

South Ari Atoll: Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Ari Atoll13 Aug 2021 - 28 Aug 2021 with Euro Divers Worlwide

We saw whale sharks, black tip sharks, white tip sharks, manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, napoleons, moray eels, an octopus, turtles, many corals and hundreds of different colorful fish. At times it was like being in an aquarium.

The Vilamendhoo house reef is great, there you have the guarantee of black tip sharks. The babies swim in the front in the shallow water and the "juvenile" black tip sharks of about one meter swim around the reef. The house reef has 10 entrances and exits around the island. There are over 50 dive sites and the Euro Divers diving school is great too.

wet suit for this area in mid december?

any recommendations?

5mm or 7mm?

I prefer no wet suit but I'm accustomed to Caribbean waters, I know Pacific will be a different story!

Rating 10/10

Perfect diving experience with Reeflex

Bali1 Feb 2021 - 3 Feb 2021

Went for a couple of dives in Nusa Penida (small island south of Bali) with Reeflex Divers and ended up staying for more. The dive center is super comfy, the staff is so friendly, the gear is spotless, guides are super pro / knowledgeable and finally the diving is great !!! I have been diving for a little while and Reeflex stood out so much that I felt like letting others know ;)

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