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Luko

Member Since 29 Aug 2003
Offline Last Active Jun 22 2017 03:28 AM
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In Topic: Diving Bali & Lembongan - seeking reputable dive operators

22 June 2017 - 03:30 AM

Have been returning on and again evary year to Bali for the past 6 years, (you can chekc my gallery here https://www.flickr.c...157627401970335

 

there are three areas I would recommend : Tulamben, Lembongan and Padang Bai.

First off I suggest you move from place to place, rather than staying at one place and having long car rides every day, taht said you can dive Lembongan/Nusa Penida from Padang Bai.

 

Tulamben is better when dived from Tulamben, some would advise staying in Amed, I don't because Amed dive centres and guides are clearly one or two steps below Tulamben's. Tulamben is mainly black sand macro and the Liberty wreck,

For staying I prefer Tauch Terminal, however I don't like diving with TT, I book my dives at Liberty dive centre they provide you with free nitrox and private guide included in your dive price. They pick me up each morning with their truck, I just schedule my preference with my private guide.

You can also stay at Liberty dive resort where the dive center is located.

 

Padang Bai, I'm using Gekodive for years, they have good guides as well for local dives. The jetty is not t be missed if you're on for rhinopias and lots of frogfish under a pier. they also rovide diving to Nusa Penida, without having to stay on Lembongan.

Best option for staying nearby : Puri Rai hotel.

 

Lembingan has evolved much to a cramped backpackers place these past years. I don't stay anymore on Lembongan.

Twofish used to be good, the bungalows are fine too but the recent management is not up to the past one, they have speedboats which is a good point. Worlddiving is also an option but their boats are often crowded and one is too big for serious diving.

 


In Topic: Anilao lens choice

16 March 2017 - 05:12 AM

So the jacks are gone from the Liberty?  What a shame!  They were one of the highlights of my dive when I was there in 2013.

I dive the Liberty every year since 2011, they were plentyful and straight on top in 2011, they moved away and shrank in 2012, I suspect in 2013 there were almost no more (didn't see any).

They're history now..


In Topic: Anilao lens choice

13 March 2017 - 03:24 AM

By the way, the school of bigeye jacks at Twin Rocks is no more, they haven't been seen in over a year. It's a shame. 

Eeeerrrkkk....probably fished out, probably like what happened to the jack shool over the Liberty wreck in Tulamben/Bali, what a disgrace.


In Topic: Packing tips for travelling around SE Asia, Indonesia, Australia

02 March 2017 - 09:33 AM

Strange, I do it all the time domestically.  They had canceled it for a while but its been back for quite some time.  I suggest printing this out and keeping it with you just in case: https://www.garuda-i...tequipment.page

 Agreed, it works on domestic flights, sometimes (most often) you'll have to insist (with a smile) on applying the rules,

They will then call somebody in charge, you will resume your request (with a smile) and magically you will have your 23kgs sport equipment for free.

Then you may smile for real.


In Topic: FS Inon UFL-MR130 EFS60 Underwater Micro Semifisheye Relay Lens

14 February 2017 - 01:57 AM

MR130 lens and Nauticam C60 Port are all sold.

Thanks everyone.