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Bali or Similan Islands?

20 March 2014 - 05:23 PM

Please help me choose a destination for later this year. I would like to spend a week diving in September or early November. This would be a trip for a solo diver. I have little experience with macro photography and I generally prefer to dive wide angle-friendly sites. My favorite subjects are schools of anthias and soft corals.

Tulamben, Bali - I would want to stay right in front of the Liberty wreck so that I could dive it at first light. The wreck must be fantastic but I'm not sure how colorful the other reefs in Bali are. My biggest fear is showing up on the reef expecting lots of fish and seeing mostly hard corals and very few fish.

In favor of Bali, the accommodations look luxurious for little money, and the Liberty wreck really attracts me. In the minus column are the unknowns about other reefs and the 3 flights necessary each way from Boston.

Similan Islands, Thailand- It hadn't occurred to me that I should visit. I'd say it was a combination of ignorance and watching The Hangover II. But recently Emirates started flights from Boston to Dubai. Then I realized that they fly to Phuket.

In favor of Phuket, it looks like soft coral heaven. I would prefer hotel-based diving but I could opt for a short liveaboard cruise. So where do I look? There are so many different areas, hotels, dive operators, etc. Is this a better or equal choice to Tumbalen