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Seeking suggestions for "best diving" + "most affordable" dive destinations!

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by GR8FUL, May 8, 2019.

  1. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
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    True story....
     
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  2. Ministryofgiraffes

    Ministryofgiraffes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Toronto
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  3. Boglefish

    Boglefish Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Dhahran
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    Just did a dive trip to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. I have to say I was quite impressed with the diving. I dove with Camel Divers and the daily trips, boat, food was quite good. Also very affordable. Will write trip report soon.
     
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  4. GR8FUL

    GR8FUL Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
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    Looking forward to reading your TR as I'm considering this exact same trip. Here's hoping "soon" is really soon, and that you list cost of major expenses (diving, accomodation, average cost of meals, etc.).
     
  5. diveUAE

    diveUAE Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Abu Dhabi
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    Having dived red sea north (Wrecks and Reefs), I would say, I'm not impressed. We saw NO sharks (as in zip, zero, none) - we were told it was very rare to see them. Viz was stunning though and reef looked healthy most places.

    In Sudan we did see hammerheads, silky, grey and white tip reef sharks, so if going to red sea I would suggest go south.

    But with 3-4 weeks? I'd head for Indonesia. It's true, everything else pales after R4, but it's worth it. If you don't want the hassle of going to R4, then do Bali/Komodo instead.
     
  6. Efka76

    Efka76 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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    I think you should try Puerto Galera, Philippines. I have not been in so many places as you but for me it was the best diving location. Diversity of sea creatures, very nice corals, plenty of fishes. Food in PG is quite cheap, diving as well (appr. USD 24-28) per dive. Definitely it is worth to visit it.
     
  7. Efka76

    Efka76 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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    I dived Brothers Islands (after one monyh shark has bitten chunk of diver leg and dite was closed) and Elphinstone. I really expected to see more fishes. Corals sre very healthy but almost empty. Yes, I saw sharks (hammerheads and oceanic white tip) but i prefer big school of fishes.
     
  8. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    Saw it mentioned above, I'll second it. Blackbeards in Bahamas. It's a week on a boat, camping on a boat. Good way to spend a cheap week diving. Good diving, not epic but still good. Won't spoil you for only the best in the world type of diving. Almost went back this year but had scheduling conflict.
     
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  9. GR8FUL

    GR8FUL Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
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    It just occurred to me that I should amend my initial post--yes I'm looking for good diving plus the most overall "bang for my buck" as it were, but as I'm traveling solo, a 3rd consideration would be a location where there were decent night-time options in terms of a variety of bars, restaurants, and other topside things to do besides diving. Though I've never been there, based upon what little I know I'm guessing that this last desire might move the Red Sea to the top position. Yes/no/maybe?
     
  10. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
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    I immediately thought of Puerto Galera and Sabang. LOL. Lots of options there....Emphasis on the "other topside things to do". :wink:
     
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