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Member Since 29 Aug 2003
Offline Last Active Dec 16 2014 01:04 PM

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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.    

In Topic: Increase in Indonesian Visa on Arrival fee

26 September 2014 - 02:26 PM

I would think the Indonesian rupiah would be legal tender in Indonesia
That's par for the course throughout Asia when exchanging dollars for local currency.


Maybe I wasn't clear enough but what I was saying is that it's not worth changing money for Visa on Arrival since they accept practically all currencies. it's even best to pay in USD since the visa cost was originally defined in USD and that they will "change" the visa price in currency for a rather poor exchange rate.  


As for other means of paying, many of the resorts give prices in USD or euros, it will always be better to pay them in the currency they advertize prices in, otherwise it will be converted to the hotel own exchange rate to rupiah at the time of paying. Rupiah is good for paying at the warung, purchsing ferry tickets, paying airport taxes or giving tips but no so much for settling resort and dive centers bills.