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  1. Been living in Thailand and Indonesia for 7 years, mostly Phuket & Bali. Never had malaria and have heard of very few cases even among people who travel a lot within these countries. Dengue is a much more prevailing disease. Have had it twice. The second time was not pretty. Others around me have not had it. Unlucky or careless I must be...
  2. Thanks for the pictures Ludo. Reminds me I should get my bloody strobe connectors fixed so I can take some pictures of my own...
  3. Great pic. We've got similar statues at Padangbai's Jepun dive site. The crossed arms of the Buddhas always seem to offer perfect shelter to scorpionfish. Nice photo opp... A statue garden was recently started on another site of Padangbai. A few statues and large tables were placed underwater. The idea is that anyone can join on the project, sink their own statue and have it become a habitat for fish and an attraction for divers. The first statues sank a month ago already have Crinoidea, tunicates, crabs and a few fish living on them...
  4. Rhino sightings have been consistent for a year in Padangbai. By consistent, I mean that every diver that wanted to see one and who did a few days diving on relevant sites saw one... Just saying! Now back to the original question: I personally would go back to Lembeh. It's great to explore the same place at different times. You can get to see different cycles that were evoked by Drew and establishing a rapport with locals is great...
  5. Nice pics. Keep them coming! Bali is a nice place for photogs, init?
  6. April 2011 and no rhinos... We've had some in Bali along with Ambon scorpionfish this year!
  7. We have tons of frogfish, a few rhinopias left, some ambon scorpionfish, coleman shrimps and all the usual ( orangutan, siagiani squat lobsters, all sorts of nudies,etc) right now in Padang Bai!
  8. Where are you going to in Bali viking?
  9. Dear photographers, I'm sure most of you have already heard of the Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest 2013. This competition is entirely free to enter. Any photographer can submit pictures taken in Indonesia between January 1st and November 30th 2013 while diving with a Participating Dive Operator (PDO). The total cash prize is over USD 200,000! This is a great opportunity for photographers to get their work out there... More information about the contest can be found on the official website: Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest - IWUPC 2013 I started this thread so that Participating Dive Operators (PDO) can officially announce their active participation in this unique competition and facilitate Wetpixel users' search for a dive center with whom to register. Someone's got to start so here is the first one: Bali: Geko Dive Bali - Website: http://gekodivebali.com/ Email: info@gekodivebali.com Other PDO's are warmly welcomed to add onto this list.
  10. Cheers for that. You should get back, great macro here this year!
  11. golden trevally indeed... they love to swim around any bigger fish! Even divers sometimes
  12. Nice pics. Tom R1: Tulamben has got a sheer wall - Drop Off - and some less steep albeit great deep dive options - Alamanda, Batu Kelebit, Emerald, etc
  13. I'd follow Eagle Ray's reco and use an s80. IMO 15cf is not enough even for shallow dives.
  14. +1 for SM in currents... more streamlined -1 for cold water... steel tanks not ideal. Dry suit does involve complications Are you diving off a boat or from the shore? +1 for boat diving: just sit on the side, clip your top boltsnaps and roll back. May be more difficult to do giant stride entries -1 for shore: getting in & out can be more difficult with multiple tanks. I hold onto my tanks and use them as "walking sticks" when entering Tulamben waters. This is of course made very difficult if you have a full camera rig as well. Most of my dives are tropical (5mm max), boat dives with aluminum tanks and I choose SM over BM any day. Here is why: 1) Ease of logistics. Any 2 tanks will do. Small spatial footprint on the boat. No refill between dives, just change tanks 2) Trim and position in the water. Very stable once the rig is set up correctly (which can take time and effort) 3) Streamlining. SM with 2 S80's feels a lot more streamlined than 1 S80 with a BCD. Great for diving in current or using proper finning techniques 4) No/less weight required 5) Proper redundancy. I would only use H/Y valves for very shallow dives as this is not a redundant system. Issues with gas loss in one tank can be minimised by feathering the tank, i.e. closing it when not breathing and opening it only when breathing. This is actually more advantageous than manifolded tanks, unless the leak is coming from the O-ring in the tank neck...
  15. great shots. Impressive that you managed under/above shots with this setup!
  16. Very good point. IMHO, if you're going to be too far away from a buddy/teammate to share air in case of emergency, then you are in effect diving on your own. With Tec courses, I teach students that their teammate is dead within 45s without air. Following this, if you are more than 45s from a fully redundant alternate air source, you are in effect diving alone. This is is different to solo diving, when a diver brings a completely redundant air source, such as a pony or sidemounted tanks, with him and plans his actual dive and gas consumption. Solo diving can be done safely depending on the site. I teach Self-reliant diver courses but I advise divers to consider local conditions and particulars of a given site. I do not allow divers to solo dive on most sites, unless they have hundreds of logged dives on those given sites, around Bali because of tricky currents. Tulamben, Amed and even Manta Point can be notable exceptions.
  17. Misool eco resort in Raja Ampat is supposed to be very nice too. The diving off Misool is fantastic and that would solve the issue with liveaboards... There are also other places beside Tulamben in Bali that offer great diving whether you like macro or big fish.
  18. please, please, please be careful with those... They can be a great tool but are often used for all the wrong reasons. If used for positioning, maybe this diver could follow a technical dive course to learn new finning techniques. Finning backwards and helicopter turns are a good alternative to poking the bottom and damaging corals or lifeforms hiding in the sand. If used for banging on your tank, consider this: divers who are interested in what you show them will look if you merely point. Making noise makes the fish flee and (di)stresses other divers. If used to reposition fish, then you should really consider not diving since you have 0 respect for the wildlife underwater. Some sticks can be used to measure fish and objects underwater, which is useful and causes no damage.
  19. Thanks for this Morten! Manta Point is great with consistent Manta sightings.
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