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In Topic: Where to stay in Tulamben?

31 December 2014 - 03:40 AM

For me Liberty dive center is a no  brainer in Tulamben, for 85USD/ 3 dives a day they provide Ntrox for free and a private dive guide without any supplement, you just have to discuss with him in order to schedule your dives, where and when you want to go (actually I rather say "Rare nudibranches" or "Tiger shrimps" and Uji, my private guide for 4 years tells where it's best to spot them).


Weirdly enough I do not stay at LDC, though they have a good resort with fine bungalows but my wife prefers staying at Tauch Terminal (not only because we are regulars there and have return discounts) since they are closer to Sandya the restarant we like and also the grounds are slightly better, tidy as a swiss-german garden can be. LDC picks me up and drives me back every morning it's a matter of a 3 minutes drive, 7 minutes walk but I am too lazy to carry my camera to their dive shop.


To be honest, I consider Tauch Terminal, Liberty dive resort or Ocean view as the best options in Tulamben for accomodations but for diving, LDC is miles ahead. i find Scuba Seraya and Villa markisa to expensive and overrated for what you get in LDC. Plus they are way out of Tulamben (small) town, so you are tucked at your resort.

In Topic: Ambon's Other Side

09 November 2014 - 05:15 AM

Very nice gallery I only dived Kota Pintu once but I remember it as one of the most spectacular environments I've been to. It's a pity there's  not so much fish though.


I look forward comng back to Ambon probably around march/april (time to celebrate my 5th decade in life) and since my favorite dive guide in Ambon is not anymore part of BRD, I'll probaby contact you.  :))

In Topic: Bali Trip Recommendations

01 October 2014 - 08:30 AM

 personally will only do with a big rig is dive any site on the main Tulamben beach (where the Liberty Wreck is) on a boat. The Tulamben beach shoreline is lined with smooth rocks, some pretty large, which makes it difficult for ingress and egress for shore diving with a big rig and gear, especially when the waves get a little choppy. Moreover, with a boat diving the wreck etc, you can finish where you want and just surface, instead of having to swim back to a particular point on the beach.



Might be good for a dive around the wreck itself but I would rather start from the shore for a nightdive, the most interesting part is the wreck slope east of the wreck and the shallow beginning allows interesting encounters like blue ring octopus, cowries or various nudibranches you don't find on the black sand for instance.


More over when I end my nightdive at 8PM I'm quite sure I'm at my hotel already showered at 8:15PM, while it probably takes 20-30 minutes more from a boat.

In Topic: Canon 7d Mk II Lenses

26 September 2014 - 02:48 PM

95% of my topside shots are with the 24-105mm f4L.  It has image stabilization and is the sharpest zoom I hav ever used.  I rarely use my 17-40mm, and am looing to sell it.




I used it a lot on my old 5D, but it's definitely a full frame lens, sharp but very prone to flare, plus the hood was a real pain in the neck. 

I have seldom used it on my 7D because on DX sensor, 24-105 equals 38-170, 38 is never wide enough and 170 is too long.  It also depends on what type of photo you're doing, I'm mainly doing street and travel photos, often with people as main subjects. 

In Topic: Bali Trip Recommendations

26 September 2014 - 02:35 PM

I love your pictures of Bali diving, especially the rhinopias, that's one I've never seen anywhere yet and I didn't think Bali had any. I know which site I'll be diving on my next trip. Can you recommend any dive resorts ( 3-4 star) in Padang Bai or Candi Dasa area?


Thanks, in Padang bai/Candi dasa area I defintely recommend diving with Gekodive, they know the rhinopias sites very well and will often go out of the usual spots if they moved and can't find them on the first dive. It seems their dive guides are intimate with the rhino habits. You'd be really cursed if you didn't spot at least one Rhino in Jetty area, some divers have seen up to 5 in one dive (yes I wrote FIVE, my personal best is 3).


Puri Rai is nearby Gekodive, 5 min walk, let's pretend it's a 3 star, but it's still the most comfortable and convenient in Padang Bai. Otherwise you'll have to settle in Candi dasa which is further away, 30 minutes drive from Padang Bai. Then Lotus Bungalows would probably be a good choice.