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In Topic: bali advice

19 December 2016 - 08:32 AM

The general rule is the viz isn’t as good as the fall/winter months (it is the Southern hemisphere), but I’ve had some good days during Jan/Feb too.  As mentioned, the sediment and the upwellings create some bad viz.  However, that doesn’t stop you from doing macro around tulamben, and the night dives at the wreck too.  you’ll be fine.  Just check with the dive ops just when you arrive so you have a choice.  If the viz is bad at the wreck, think of doing the macro trifecta of Tulamben and the north coast sites like PJ/Pemuteran and secret bay.  If you must do wide angle, check on Menjangan area.  Search the archives for Bali tips as well. Good luck. 

In Topic: Swimming with whales in Azores?

17 August 2016 - 11:27 PM

So now they’ve just straight out offered you a permit for a price?  So much for permit application vs just paying to get that privilege.

But yes, if you get lucky and have cetaceans which are playful, it can be awesome.  Depends on your luck.  I’ve had blown out days, bad days and unhappy animals that just run from anything human!

In Topic: ND Filter

13 August 2016 - 12:40 PM

One not so often mentioned use of the ND filter is to reduce softness caused by diffraction.  The AX100 has a 1” sensor, so diffraction will cause a softer pic by around f5.6, if not before.  So when you want to maximize resolution, shoot about 1 or 2 stops down aperturewise, around f4-5 wide open.  That and using the correct shutter speed means using the ND filter to control light.

In Topic: RIP Bob Cranston

04 June 2016 - 08:05 PM

RIP Bob!

In Topic: Indonesia Diving Location Recommendations

04 June 2016 - 08:00 PM

When you say budget, how much are you talking about?  The most convenient would be Bali.  Accommodations can go for even $40 a day (if you’re not too fussy) and depending on where you go, dives are in the $20-40 per dive range, depending on packages etc.  Obviously Tulamben is the place to be with a good variety of dive sites.  Then there’re the northern areas like Seririt, Pemuteran etc.  Bali is good for budget diving and a 2-3 dive day with accommodation will come in less than $150 even.  
Besides those well-trodden places mentioned above. there are some interesting off beaten path places which have good variety of diving.  Around Alor, you have nice walls and coral (although I’m no sure how the bleaching is this year.) as well as some very good macro.  I can’t tell you which resort to stay or which ops though, since I go there mostly with liveaboards but I do know there are a few resorts and temp trips which go out there during your time frame.  Pricewise, I’d put it in the $200+ per day range. Most of them have some sort of unlimited house reef dives scheme.
Way off the beaten path, there are a few places in Southern Sulawesi that hit the Wakatobi National Park (not the resort). For a real off the beaten path, a favorite of liveaboards going in/out of Maumere, Flores is Wodong Bay.  I have seen the beach cottages in the Wodong village itself, but never stayed there. Saw divers from the ops everytime we go there.  Nice macro and even a decent Japanese wreck.  There are backpacker places as well.  I just know the dive sites only and not the place that well.
Good luck!