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Really? Another "Help Me Pick My Next Liveaboard Thread"?

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by Statick, May 13, 2019.

  1. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
    Yeah, I have been researching travel time and cost from Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles to the Red Sea for quite some time. The diving looks very agreeable to me, the live aboard's are dirt cheap by industry standards and it would be nice to visit a new part of the world. Seems like flights on Turkish Airlines through Instanbul to Hurghada or Marsa Alam are the best options, but seem to run a solid 24+ hours of travel time and $1600 US round trip.

    I haven't looked at flights originating from Calgary or Vancouver, BC.
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  2. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
    First class on Turkish Airlines is worth every cent! Actual chef on the flight asking how you like your meat cooked :)
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  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    IIRC, I went through Toronto and Heathrow before landing Cairo. Found it an unpleasant trip, which is really odd since I'm used to stopping in Vancouver and then Narita or Hong Kong before finally making it to Singapore.

    I'd been meaning to check on flights to Istanbul because I have a dive buddy there to visit and tour Istanbul with, then on my own tour Turkey, then return to Istanbul, meet up with buddy again and we both head to Red Sea for diving.

    However, new plan is through Heathrow again because my Singapore family transferring to London this summer.

    My lazy winters in Singapore are over. :(

    I guess I will just have to spend all winter in Indonesia diving instead, as it is highly unlikely that I will be inclined to spend quite as much time with them in London as I ever did in Singapore. They'll probably be happy about that. Bwahahaaaa :rofl3:
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  4. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    Well, that sounds terrible about Indonesia... :wink:
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  5. racanichou

    racanichou Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Ottawa, Canada
    When I went I took a flight from Calgary to Chicago and from Chicago direct to Cairo. It was not a bad flight at all
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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    That would have been nice. Don't recall why I was on the milk route, might have been price.
  7. Statick

    Statick Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Western Canada
    My flight itinerary to the Red Sea was...
    -Edmonton to Toronto
    -Toronto to Munich
    -Munich to Hurghada

    And the inverse of the same to get back. I didn't find it too bad, but I'm not sure I'd do it with family in tow.
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  8. DiveTheGalapagos

    DiveTheGalapagos ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Just fyi...Galapagos is certainly a pelagic destination with the largest biomass of sharks on the planet at 17.5 tons per square hectare (2.47 acres). Cocos comes in second with half that many sharks. Nowhere has the combination of pelagic species and the abundance of other species as Galapagos. Endemic species like the marine iguanas and the world's northernmost penguin. 592 species of fish,. Turtles, sea lions, rays, dolphins, mola molas, seahorse, red-lipped batfish, eels, etc.

    As for the zika information on Ecuador, there have been 0 cases in Galapagos for 2 years. Cases in Ecuador were along the coast of the mainland. 0 cases ever reported in the highlands. They just don't seem to exist above about 4000 ft. So fly into Quito at 9,000 ft and out to Galapagos, board and experience just about the best diving on the planet.
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  9. Dan_T

    Dan_T Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    That’s what I did 3 years ago.

    How is diving in Galapagos in December?
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  10. Dan_T

    Dan_T Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Texas
    By then things will be more quiet. It’s not a good time to be there now, especially in Jakarta. People are waiting for the result of presidential election that will be announced on next Wednesday (May 22).

    Jakarta on terror alert ahead of election results
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