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In Topic: Searching for a destination for my next vacation in April - May 2015

12 March 2015 - 11:43 PM

Problem with Anilao is that it's a bit short on great accomodations.

I was very disappointed with Aiyanar 1 year ago, especially with managers attitude over clients, maybe newly open La Chevrerie would fit but it's not a dive oriented resort strictly.

In Topic: Searching for a destination for my next vacation in April - May 2015

12 March 2015 - 01:30 PM

Bali (Siddharta, Villa markisa)... great diving around Tulamben, they shoudl also organize diving for bue water/big fish around NUsa Penida, great balinese service, lots of topside attractions, easy to go.

Dauin/Negros Philippines (Atmosphere resort) in front of APo island, so there is black sand in Dauin and great corals in Apo, ocassionally they also provide whale shark diving in Oslob, 1,5 hrs domestic flight from Manila.

North Sulawesi (Siladen resort, Gangga island resort,) great coals but also fantastic macro around Gangga/Bangka, 3 hours flight from Jakarta or Singapore.

Sipadan (Kapalai resort or SWV) combining Sipadan fish schools and Mabul macro; a little bit tucked on the island though, 3 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur.

In Topic: Bangka Island info

22 February 2015 - 07:42 AM

You'll have much fun, i am a bangka fan as well, been there 5 times returning in April at Murex.

Banga is a mix of Wide angle and macro,

best dives sites for me are Sahaung and BatuPendita for wide angle (Sahaung is probably one of my favorite dive sites worldwide), for macro Bangka is pygmy seahorse heaven you'll find lots of Pontohi and Severnsi, mor ethan in Lembeh. Demak is great in that respect, you may fnd as many as 8-10 pygmies in 12-15 meters of water which gives you plenty of time to shoot them. Probably the best muck sites are on themainland coast nerby Likupang, Paradise pier is an outstanding site thta micxes various biotops like a pier, algae fields, typical muck and coral reef. I like as well Batu Tiga which is a pain to decide whether it's a macro (harlequin shrimps, pompom crabs bargibanti pygmies, nnudibranch) or wide angle (big frogfishes, healthy corals, fish schools) dive.  


In teh meantime you can click on my Flickr gallery (thais is the link to my Bangka album) to have a taste of what you will see.

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.  :))