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Mehmet Gungen

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Planned vacation in Latin America or Caribbean (August - September 2014)

08 July 2014 - 03:41 AM

We are planning a vacation in August-September 2014.

 

During the last 15 years we used to spend our vacations mostly in Asian and African countries such as Egypt(Red Sea @ Hurgada & Sharm El Sheikh), Maldives(Baa and South Ari Atolls), Malaysia(Sipadan), Indonesia(Bali, Bunaken, Moyo), Phillippines(Pamalican), French Polynesia(Moorea & Fakarawa) and also have been in Grand Bahama in Caribbean region.

 

Now that i promised my wife that i shall be arranging a US trip i am planning to organise a New York or Los Angeles visit combined with a diving vacation somewhere around Latin America or Caribbean. Hawai is also a possible alternative.

 

Currently i am thinking of travelling to Cancun Mexico and staying at Maroma Resort and Spa and staying 3-4 days at New York on the way back home before our long overseas flight.

 

I think Los Angeles - Hawaii combination could also be an interesting option. However flights are even longer than the current option i am considering.

 

Regarding the diving vacation part what i am looking for is:

 

- Land based upscale resort (preferably with a good SPA)

- Nice beach

- Personalised diving

- Good snorkelling opportunities

 

I would appreciate to hear any ideas.

 

 

 


Plans for a vacation in Philippines

20 October 2013 - 11:21 AM

Dear fellows/friends  

 

After a perfect vacation in Amanwana @Moyo Island, Sumbawa during first half of October now i made a quite spontaneous decision to spend ~12 nights at an upscale resort in Philippines.

 

I have never been in Philippines before. And season-wise it looks like Philippines is a good choice for our planned vacation dates roughly a 12 night duration somewhere between 28/12/2013 - 14/01/2014.

 

Unfortunately Amanpulo at Pamalican looks like fully booked during our planned dates.

 

Is there any resort of similar characteristics in Philippines?

 

What we are looking for is:

 

- Upscale accommodation

- Diving with personal approach( diving 1 to 1 with a guide whenever and whereever you want)

- Relatively easy to access (like Amanpulo direct flight from Manila or at least not a lot more complicated than that)

 

For diving type i do not have a preference. It can be pelagic or macro. Drift or muck etc.. Only prefence from my side -  I am not a big fan of wrecks unless they do not have pelagic or macro :-)

 

I would appreciate in case you would provide me some alternative ideas. 

 

 


Moyo Island Diving

30 July 2013 - 11:39 AM

I ll be staying at Moyo Island, Sumbawa, Indonesia during first two weeks of September 2013.

I would be interested to hear any related experience or hints the community members might have such as essential dives to be made, lenses to be taken to the trip etc.