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#1 Don Silcock

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:46 PM

My article on diving and (some) travel in Timor Leste has been published in the latest issue of X-Ray - really pleased with the end result.

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Here is the link: http://www.indopacif...ping-crocodile/

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:20 PM

Hi Don,

Nice article! I live in Alor, only a stone's trow from Timor Leste, in the bay of Kalabahi. We also have crocs in here, and one local just got eaten 2 weeks ago, very close to the main city. I used to swim everyday, but now I limit myself to diving and mountain bike riding. Not much of a fame of big tooth lizards...

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:56 AM

Daniel, you two left RA? I thought you had croc encounters there! Didn't know about the ones in Alor..

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:35 AM

Daniel, you two left RA? I thought you had croc encounters there! Didn't know about the ones in Alor..

Don, all land based diving or a liveaboard?


Hi Mike,

Yes, we left RA in January 2012. Lita is giving birth in May and I got promoted in a new location. I love the muck diving in the Kalabahi bay and the crystal clear wall diving in the Pantar straight. This place has so much to offer! There are crocs and the bay is very populated so it is a recipe for desaster as crocs and humans can be dangerously close, not like RA where the locals do not need to fear crocs as they kind of keep their distance... Does Damai come to Alor at some point during the year? We are planing to open to tourists in August to show what pearl farming is about and to offer the chance to buy at the source.

All the best.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:42 PM

Hi Don,

Nice article! I live in Alor, only a stone's trow from Timor Leste, in the bay of Kalabahi. We also have crocs in here, and one local just got eaten 2 weeks ago, very close to the main city. I used to swim everyday, but now I limit myself to diving and mountain bike riding. Not much of a fame of big tooth lizards...

Cheers

Daniel


Hi Daniel, thanks - appreciate the feedback!

I hear there is some good diving in the Alor area - correct?

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:55 AM

Daniel, you two left RA? I thought you had croc encounters there! Didn't know about the ones in Alor..

Don, all land based diving or a liveaboard?



Hi Mike, all land-based on the last trip....

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:55 AM

Hi Daniel, thanks - appreciate the feedback!

I hear there is some good diving in the Alor area - correct?

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Hi Don,

The good thing about Alor is that it offers fantastic Muck diving and also spectacular wall dives outside the bay with visibility usually 20+. The best time of the year to dive in Alor is between March to November. I have not yet dived outside the bay, but I am looking forward to as I miss to dive in good visibility (Raja Ampat is not the best in terms of visibility).

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