Hi everyone, I'm planning my first big dive trip with my wife and having trouble deciding, unfortunately with kids on the horizon this will likely be it for a long while. We've been to Zanzibar, Hawaii and Cozumel. Anywhere we go will likely blow us away but I'd still like to get the best possible experience for this trip. We're looking at Palau, Rangiroa/Fakarava, Komodo and I guess also Fiji and Maldives. If you've been to any of these places please feel free to give us your opinion on which was best and why.
We'd ideally like to do land based. We're not really interested in macro/critters/muck, we're more interested in the wide angle.. colourful coral, big schools of fish, big stuff like sharks/manta's/etc, interesting topography.. we want to be wow'ed Here's what I have gathered from reading threads, could be inaccurate:
Palau: Lots of current, lots of sharks, TONS of divers. Bit of a gong show underwater? Stay in Koror, not especially charming town, lots of budget hotels but $$$ to stay somewhere with a beach like PRR or PPR.
Rangiroa/Fakarava: Lots of current, TONS of sharks, not many divers. Can stay in affordable pensions on a quiet beautiful? beach, charming location. Seems the diving is similar style to Palau but looking at youtube videos, the Rangiroa/Fakarava videos are much more impressive? Walls of sharks, incredibly visibility, etc..?
Komodo: Lots of current, not many sharks but gets rave reviews from everyone, is top of everyone's list along with Raja Ampat so it must be great? More variety than Palau/FP? Cheapest of the 3 options, would cost us 6K for week of diving (inc. airfare, food, accommodation) vs 8K for Palau or FP.
Then there's the deep blue liveaboards: Galapogos, Cocos, Socorros.. but we're not ready for that. I've seen Maldives mentioned a lot but that seems to require a liveaboard for the best results since it's so spread out. And Fiji gets mentioned a lot but also gets a lot of mixed reviews. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by qwimjim, 06 May 2015 - 03:40 AM.