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I already have my PADI dive cert where should i go to dive?
20th November, 2009
so the title pretty much says it all, I am already qualified to dive so i was wondering if anyone know some cheap dive places to hire gear or the best places to go ( am thinking cheap as poss while still maintaining saftey standadards or course) also will the dive company ask for proof of my padi course (i lost my dive card, but i think the details are on the net?) Also is there anywhere that i can do good shore dives or is it necessary to go with a company?'
#1 Posted: 20/11/2009 - 04:43
21st January, 2004
Total reviews: 24
At least 113
A lot will depend on what time of the year you are looking at going.
#2 Posted: 20/11/2009 - 07:41
20th November, 2009
Never tried diving in southeast asia but Yap is great for manta ray and palau for sharks
#3 Posted: 20/11/2009 - 11:43
20th November, 2009
I will be there dec jan
#4 Posted: 20/11/2009 - 20:12
18th November, 2009
I just went on a dive out of Phuket, Thailand. The 3 dives were at Koh Doc Mai, King Cruiser (shipwreck), and Anemone Reef. The reef was the highlight with amazing coral and two leopard sharks that have relocated here from nearby Shark Point. Amazing. I booked it through the dive shop at the Katatani Hotel.
You can very easily get a replacement card for around $20 through the PADI website. If you have a photo to upload over the web its even easier.
#5 Posted: 21/11/2009 - 00:05
at that time of year you dive the south west coast like Koh Lanta or even further south off Koh Lipe. If you are over the east coast you can dive off Koh Chang. You will find that places that are dive spots the dive shop prices for gear and day trips etc are all very similar. Not a lot of shore diving to be done so your best bet is with a dive shop. Probably a lot safer too. If you don't have your Padi card the dive shops can check your certification on the Padi website.
#6 Posted: 21/11/2009 - 05:12
7th January, 2010
The Philippines has some terrific sites.
Palawan offers some of the best biodiversity (Tubbataha) and Wreck diving.
If you will google for "top Philippine dive sites" you can come up with a nice list.
#7 Posted: 30/3/2011 - 07:56
22nd April, 2011
Koh Similans, Surin Islands and Richeleu Rock were spectacular. They are not in season right now but something to think about for October.
Also, i thoroughly enjoyed the Perhentians in Malaysia, cheap but very good value for money as the sealife is amazing. PLus some cool ship wrecks you can dive like a reef.
#8 Posted: 25/4/2011 - 12:59
19th September, 2011
Total reviews: 4
I had previously posted this on another thread, but I think it equally applies here too... so I'll re-post it:
Don't miss Nusa Lembongan off the coast of Bali!!
The divingis spectacular - I dived with mantas, mola mola, eagle rays, a thresher shark, turtles... and soooooooo much more! I work as a marine biologist in some amazing spots around the world, but fell in love with Nusa Lembongan island.The health and biodiversity of the reefs there are great. Plus, in 2011 the Indonesian government designated the marine area surrounding Nusa Lembongan& Penida as marine protected area -- so always good to support businesses trying to work towards local conservation.
I dived with Blue Corner Dive - they were second to none! I have made diving in Lembongan (and with Blue Corner Dive) a regular event now. I recommend any diver to check it out!
Here's the website for their resort www.bluecornerdive.com
TheirFacebook page is one of my favorite for keeping up with the events of the crew: Facebook - Blue Corner Dive
#9 Posted: 24/10/2011 - 21:22
7th December, 2010
At least 71
Try Mabul, Borneo. The diving is the cheapest I have found in SEA and one of my favourite places. Scuba-Junkie gives you 3 dives per day where operators elsewhere give you 2. Stay on Mabul rather than in Semporna. You can prearrange a permit for Sipidan Island - well worth it. The marine life is amazing.
As far as shore diving goes the only place I have done that is in Pemuteran, Bali. It was beautiful and the night diving spectacular.
I can also recommend Koh Lanta and Koh Lipe as well. Less marine life than Borneo but incredible nonetheless.
#10 Posted: 25/10/2011 - 10:29
19th October, 2011
Hi, was wondering if anyone could help me out. I'm similarly looking for advice about the best places to dive but as I've only done snorkling before I want to do a padi course. Could anyone recommend good locations which also offer PADI courses?
#11 Posted: 26/10/2011 - 18:58
14th November, 2011
Sumatra, and Similans. Similans you will need to go via a liveaboard though, as far as I know. Good luck!
#12 Posted: 22/11/2011 - 02:04
9th December, 2011
If you have your advanced then I would really suggest the Similan Islands. Besides this, anywhere on the Andaman is amazing. I would choose the West side of Thailand over the Gulf anyway.
#13 Posted: 18/12/2011 - 06:48
18th January, 2012
time to bump an old but good question...
I also have my PADI but experience is lacking. Only been down about 2 times since I have gotten it. My GF has never dove before but wants to try it.
Which is the best place in Thailand? I would like to see sharks
Going in April!!!
#14 Posted: 19/1/2012 - 03:21
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