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In Topic: Subal 7d housing (or complete setup)

12 April 2014 - 02:47 AM

Hi Phil, 


Originally I wanted to sell the housing first so the dome is still available, but am now going to take a trip to the red sea, so am holding onto the full system until I return in mid-June at which point I'll part the setup out







*** please note - sale suspended now until mid - June ***

In Topic: Maldivian Resort Oct/Nov?

09 April 2014 - 04:24 AM

I've only been to Kuredu unfortunately. The house reef is by no means a disaster, you always dive it the same way from the jetty heading east, and the further away from the jetty you are, the nicer it is, but from speaking to other divers, other house reefs are better. Kuredu's sister island is Komandoo which is much more basic in its land ameneties but has a really nice house reef.


Again, from other divers, there are no real quality differences within the atolls, but research which side of the atoll you want to be on as this can affect where certain fish are best found in the different monsoon seasons

In Topic: Maldivian Resort Oct/Nov?

08 April 2014 - 07:38 AM

The time of year you are going it nearing the end of the southwestern monsoon season, so you will more than likely have to expect some rain showers. they are mixed with fantastic sunshine though!


Take quite a bit of time choosing your island. I've done 3 trips to kuredu in the Lhaviyani atoll, and now have mixed thoughts on whether I'll go back as it is now becoming quite a developed island, wi-fi in places, satellite TV showing big football matches a choice of restaurants, and a little bit of life at night are all there, combined with the possibility to find your own part of the Island to almost totally escape to. Taking 2 kids, that may be a positive, but you do lose some of the 'Robinson Crusoe' feel. 


Most islands however are far more low key, and there is less to do - it all comes down to what you want.


Kuredu does have an excellent dive centre though - www.prodivers.com and while the house reef is not immaculate, it is calm and hosts the usual suspects, and there are some superb dive sites close by, including the caves at the rear of the island where there is a green turtle colony which is always fun to do.


The dive centre is very photo friendly, and if you can get a day away from the newly qualified kids, there are some good photo sites available, for example Fushivaru Thila (manta cleaning station) should be entering season

In Topic: Best lens to start with

08 April 2014 - 03:33 AM

Whilst I'd also recommend the tokina, I'd do so with a bit of caution on this occasion.


Whereabouts in Egypt are you going, and what are your intended subjects? I ask this, because I've dived in the red sea on 5 different holidays now and (in my experience) if it's day diving from Sharm or Hugharda, you may find it difficult to get enough subjects to use the tokina as your only lens. There will be plenty of scope for reef shots, but if it's fish, then subjects can get a little bit sparse. I've always looked back and found more keepers from the macro side, and things like the snapper aggregation are unlikely to have begun at this time


If you're on a liveaboard, then you may see more big fish.

In Topic: Subal 7d housing (or complete setup)

29 March 2014 - 05:43 AM

Cheeky weekend bump