Komodo, Sipadan or Solomons
Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:48 PM
Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:30 PM
Solomons: it's not crowded and it's relatively healthy. Big fans etc but biodiversity is lacking being an isolated group of islands. Nice mix of wrecks and reef, with decent pelagics. Great viz! Isolated and the flight there is via Oz, the land of draconian airports!
Sipadan: now has limitations on divers going to the island. Still plenty of turtles and schooling fish, but nothing like it use to be. Crowded! Good mix of macro around Mabul/Kapalai and Sipadan bigger fish.
I'd also consider PNG: Milne Bay/New Britain and other areas are very nice. The mix of pelagics/macro is almost as good as Komodo, with slight better conditions.
Palau is also nice, but crowded.
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:08 AM
I have been to Solomons early Aug 11. Was very windy cloudy. We had bad luck with weather & it did impact the diving. We could not hit some of the better sites. The island crossings were rough.
I have been to Sipidan in Aug 08. Weather was ok. Journey to Sipidan was a bit bumpy but otherwise ok.
Been to Komodo Aug 08 & Oct 09. Aug was windy. Oct was much better conditions.
I have found much better to travel mid spring/mid autumn rather than summer months.
You cannot go wrong with either Solomons or Komodo. The number of divers would put me off returning to Sipadan.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:06 AM
Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:48 AM
Never been to Sipidan, but agree with the others, while a tough choice I would go back to Komodo. Oh, we are going back next month, lol. (One of the few places we have repeated) There are trip reports, galleries and MultiMedia shows for each at our site just to confuse things more. www.aquabluedreams.com
Thanks for the info. By the way, my wife and I love your site and your trip reports!! We are waiting for you Maldives report! We are headed there in a month.
What I am worried about is not being able to dive the south sites in Komodo. I would be going on the Indo Siren, and so I am not sure of the odds of them not doing the south side are. Am I being overly analytical? from my research it looks like Cannibal rock and Manta Alley are some of the best sites in Komodo. And if we can't do them.....well.....that would suck.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 02:08 PM
Would either of you still go to Komodo at the end of July? I am researching and it is saying that the weather can be bad, so boats don't go to the south sites...
I was in Komodo this past July, however we were there early in the month. We had great weather and water conditions were good. Strong currents in some places, but that's to be expected. We spent several days diving south Komodo & Rinca Islands.
Note that in the south the water temperature is significantly colder -- about 10F colder than it was in the north. Bring either a thicker wetsuit or hooded vest if you go.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:19 PM
Do you like Macro or WA better? While there was some WA, I think it is more geared towards macro (ghost pipe fish, mantis shrimp etc..). Solomons I would say is more WA.
I would think about what you want. Right now my next big trip will be WA so I am looking for shark spots and great viz. I would plan this trip accordingly.
Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:59 AM
Great boat, great crew and wonderfull video opportunities.