• Welcome to ScubaBoard


  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Best Diving Sites (August 2019)

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by bhanish, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. bhanish

    bhanish Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: 94618
    12
    4
    3
    Hey All,

    It looks like I’m going to get some time off between jobs. I think I’ll have 3-4 weeks off around end of July-mid August. I’d love recommendations for dive locations!

    Dive Experience
    I’m advanced open water diver with around 100 dives, 30 or so being intense drift dives. I’ve only been diving the last three years.

    Prior Dive Trips
    Small Hope, Bahamas (9 days)
    Raja Ampat, Indonesia (21 days)
    Cozumel, Mexico (6 days)

    Locations
    I’m looking for the best place in the world to dive in August. I love large animals and schools of fish. For example, Raja Ampat was absolutely incredible, so something on that level would be great. I have heard that French Polynesia is an amazing place for clear waters and big fish. Same for Galapagos. I’d like to avoid spots like Bali.

    Accommodations
    If you could recommend a good liveabroad or resort in the location you recommend, that would be awesome.

    I’m NOT interested in places that do shark feeds or the like. I’d prefer to go to a destination that has eco friendly liveabroad and resorts.

    Price
    Price isn’t the first factor for me. I’d like to pick out the great location and then make a budget afterwards.

    Other Factors
    Solo female traveler
    Fan of drifts/adventurous dives
    Worships the sun
    Wants to avoid crowds and cities
    Interested in staying in one location for the duration of the trip
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    4,938
    2,580
    113
    Ministryofgiraffes likes this.
  3. buck3647

    buck3647 Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: South Florida
    121
    15
    18

    I have certificates for 2 bedroom full kitchen sleeps 6 suite on the Mayan Riviera Vidanta Resort and this place is not all inclusive which is biggest rip off ever. you miss a meal of a drink you lose money. Golf and dive center onsite $1,000 a week
    Vidanta Resort Mayan Riviera rental NON all inclusive 18 hole golf waterpark dive shop - YouTube
     
  4. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    2,395
    1,615
    113
    Single solo female traveller huge big current drift diving fan, big fan of Pelagics - Tipuata Pass in Rangiroa is about the best pass diving you can get so I'd definitely head straight to the Tuomotos in French Polynesia. Tikehau has been going off this week with great hammerheads. Recommend diving with Rangiroa Plongee and staying at Pension Tiena and Marie.
     
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    10,167
    5,458
    113
    I believe all the Revillagigedos trips run from about November through May or June. I had a fantastic trip this May. Many of the boats go to Guadalupe and do the Great White cage dives during the rest of the season.
     
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    10,167
    5,458
    113
    Hi @bhanish

    With 3-4 weeks, you might consider back to back LOB weeks in the Red Sea, perhaps with some sight seeing in Egypt, if you haven't already been there. Red Sea liveaboards are reasonably inexpensive. I got in 44 dives doing the BDE and the Southern/St. John route as well as another 3 with a local operator before the LOBs
     
  7. Dan

    Dan Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    4,938
    2,580
    113
    The reason I mention it is because liveaboard.com still shows some opening at this late of the game (3 weeks away). Otherwise you’ll have more options like Cocos or Galápagos.
     
  8. Dan

    Dan Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    4,938
    2,580
    113
    I was in Sharm El Sheikh last August and saw no shark, no schooling fish, but SS Thistlegorm is impressive. I normally don’t care much about wreck, but this wreck is a must see.
     
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    10,167
    5,458
    113
    I don't believe there are any trips to Los Revillagigedos in July/August
     
  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    10,167
    5,458
    113
    The routes I listed are quite different than the northern Red Sea
     

Share This Page