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.
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?
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.
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!
I want to be able to swim with orcas. I understand they like colder waters and past through costa Rica from time to time.
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.
5mm or 7mm?
I prefer no wet suit but I'm accustomed to Caribbean waters, I know Pacific will be a different story!
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 ;)