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Where is the best Non-Liveaboard Diving in the world?

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by GWG Dave, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. nudisusie

    nudisusie Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Spain
    Fiji ticks most things on your list. Viti levu has great diving at Beqa and access to vatu i ra passage from the north - so sharks, mantas, dolphins, healthy corals.
    didn;t seem overly populated and there are options around the island for settling with just short drive to access dive spots.
    plenty of other things to do, like fishing, hiking, rafting.

    Raja Ampat you mentioned but prob would not work... healthy corals and sharks and mantas but not many sharks and more macro. Sorong is a hole that is over populated and very difficult to get things... plus its almost "dry".

    Palau could be added to the list for diving criteria, but don;t know about land based activities, i expect it would be easier for you to get a visa and part time diving work.
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  2. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Calif.

    Hawaii is a good to very good place to dive. I’m diving Hawaii today.

    Fiji and Indonesia are far better BUT it’s got whales, mantas and whale sharks and tons of turtles. Coral is lacking in quantity and variety. Fish getting scarcer too. Still a good compromise.
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  3. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    PNG but you want to walk around safely...not always a guarantee

    There is a demand for medicos prepared to work remote in Australia - Exmouth hospital is not that far away from Ningaloo Reef :wink:
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  4. Frontpointer1000

    Frontpointer1000 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: A little higher, a little colder
    I wonder about Australia and New Zealand, I have no experience there, but that might work. I’ve been to Fiji twice, Beqa once—great diving on that beautiful little island, but it’s quite far from the mainland, and although shore diving is a possibility around Fiji, in my limited experience (at Natadola beach) having a small boat is easier on Fiji.

    St croix Has great shore diving, there’s some to do top side, and it’s a beautiful island. I feel like it’s safe, others may disagree.

    Sri Lanka has a lot of what you have mentioned, However I can’t speak to the shore diving, my only diving was off a boat.

    Greece? Croatia? Red Sea?
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  5. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US

    @GWG Dave have you made a decision about where you want to live yet, or are you still considering the options? Just curious.
  6. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago, IL
  7. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    Look at his profile- he hasn't even glanced at SB in two weeks. May be off doing Secret Squirrel stuff, if he told us what his work is....he'd have to kill us.

    He's likely found another way to make his mystery-based life decision other than with the internet's wise counsel.

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