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Kevster

Member Since 13 Aug 2006
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Cocos or Bahamas (Tiger beach) - Oct 13 ?

10 July 2013 - 07:07 PM

Cocos or Bahamas (Tiger Beach) or both

 

 

I am about to travel to Houston on a business trip for 2-3 months. At the end of the assignment (mid to end Oct) I hope to hit either Cocos or Tiger Beach or maybe both.

I have been to Cocos once before (a Feb 2009 trip)

 

  • Is mid Oct too early for a trip to Tiger beach (Oct seems to be mid hurricane season?)
  • Has anyone been to Cocos this season, what is the water temp/shark action like? (My last trip to Cocos was very average due to higher than normal water temps)
  • Dolphin Dream or JA. I have read various trip reports on both operators. On a standard 7 day shark trip do both of these operators spend time with the dolphins? At the moment JA has better availability (and the dates would mean  I could do both Cocos & Bahamas) but I would prefer a larger more stable boat (DD) for the trip out to the Bahamas.
  • Undersea hunter group has limited availability, is it worth checking out other operators. My last trip to Cocos was on the Undersea Hunter and I was very impressed with the boat/operation. Any opinions on the Wind dancer/aggressor boats?
  • I assume a 5mm suit would cover both options.

Tonga - Whale swim

17 June 2013 - 12:19 AM

I am planning a trip to Tonga this year to catch some whale action.

 

I know peak season is generally Aug/Sep.

 

 

Is there any advantage of going early Aug or mid/late Sep. Are weather or the heat run factors?

Are the whales more stationary later in the season, allowing better encounters?

 

There are several group trips available that i may join, ranging from $3000 (3-4 days in the water, cheap accom) to expensive 8 day trips that cost approx $5000.

One of the photo trips is very early Aug, could this be too early? Any other info/tips regrading accom would be appreciated. Any accom to avoid?