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Best place to do DM

Posted by MadCat on 6/7/2015 at 09:18

Hi guys Can anybody suggest a good place to do your DM. I am already Advanced certified and want to do a DM. No real intention on working as a DM immediately, so the reasoning of "Do it where you want to work" does not apply. The most important factors for me is: - Great dive location: Variety, healthy coral, good water conditions - Good teaching - Beautiful surroundings Things like a pumping party scene is not that important for me. Thanx!! ...

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Best Dive Locations in Vietnam - Nov/Dec

Posted by N45H on 26/4/2015 at 04:29

Hey everyone, I'm planning a 3 week trip through Vietnam in late November, early December and hoping to get a few dives in. We'll be hitting all the main places including Nha Trang which we've already flagged for a potential dive, but I've read mixed reviews. I'm aware Vietnam isn't renowned for amazing diving but I'm just looking for something relatively good. I'm interested in hearing from people who have dived in Nha Trang, Phu Cuoc and Con Dao. We're planning on checking Phu Cuoc out, but ...

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Diving in Malaysia - Early March

Posted by TravelMoo on 18/2/2015 at 23:10

Hi, I'm looking to do some diving inMalaysia during the first week of March. I'm fairly inexperienced - just qualified for my Open Water a few weeks ago. It seems like Tioman is the most recommended spot but I think I will be there on the shoulder of monsoon season. I'm a bit nervous about high currents etc and was wondering if anyone has dived there at that time of year and can tell me if it was okay? Alternatively if you have any other suggestions that would be great! Thanks! ...

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Diving Vietnam/Cambodia in December

Posted by KazAussie on 21/8/2009 at 14:42

Hi all, Can anyone suggest good dive spots in December, we will be in Vietnam and Cambodia from 11 Dec to 11 Jan. We would like to take a couple of days off at a spot that we can go diving from. We were going to do it off hoi an but I believe the weather there isn't great that time of the year. We have one experienced diver, one qualified but inexperienced diver, and one person happy to come along on a boat trip and jump in with a snorkle. ...

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Scuba Diving in western Asia

Posted by edgarpowell on 22/8/2014 at 08:20

Western Asia is the place where one can enjoy their time in water and perform sports like scuba diving and Kayaking in Antalya. It is also a good experience for persons love fishing. As I was traveling to this part of the word I enjoy my holiday by spending time with my family on beaches and while boating. ...

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Diving in Asia

Posted by Aby1976 on 30/3/2014 at 05:13

Hi there, Could anyone recommend good liveaboard diving cruise in the Andaman Sea? As anyone been to the Similan islands recently? Can you still see some big fish there? Are the corals in good conditon? Thanks, Aby ...

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Ko Tao - August

Posted by dene_aus on 27/7/2012 at 22:10

Hi All, Im looking to learn to dive in Tao over the next couple of weeks and i just have a few questions. (mainly budget related) 1. Can you recommend any good dive schools? 2. Will i have to book accom in advance (i know the weather is nice there at this time of year). 3. what is the average cost of the course these days? and what would be the approximate cost of each diver afer i have been certified? thanks! ...

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January destinations

Posted by Brute on 12/3/2013 at 16:10

Hi all. I am Looking to take a 3 week trip over late December early January and was looking for some advice. Currently, I am between indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia for this trip, the focus will be mostly on diving, but beach time and some exploring/ eating are also important. I am coming here for help. I have noticed that this is the rainy season In parts if Malaysia? As well as indo and ph. Does anyone have recommendations on what would likely give me a combo of the best diving/ most su ...

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one-day dive without certification in Koh Tao

Posted by FaceTheHorizon on 2/6/2013 at 13:10

Hello... I previously did a one-day scuba dive with an instructor off of Cairns at the Great Barrier Reef. This trip, I'm traveling with a friend who is PADI certified, but I don't have the time to complete the whole course, either here at home or in Thailand. So I'm looking for recommendations of good dive operators located in Koh Tao who offer one-day outings that allow me to dive in the Gulf and not just a pool. (Yes, I've done some Google-ing already; I just wanted to see what users here h ...

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South Thailand in June?

Posted by jennigun on 6/3/2013 at 23:56

Hello, My boyfriend and I are going to be in SEA for months, spending 3 weeks in June in the south of Thailand. Any advice on good places to dive/good dive shops? Thanks! ...

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Where can I dive w/ Whale Sharks?

Posted by xan310 on 27/1/2012 at 11:01

Hello, where can I dive with whale sharks in Thailand? And is there any good diving sites that can be reached without a boat (close to the shore)? Thank you!!! ...

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Need to hire diver Mekong

Posted by SteveThaoCA on 30/1/2012 at 11:26

Hi, I'd like to get some video of the Mekong and would like to hire someone to go down the the muddy depths to see what lurks there. Either from Thailand or Laos side is okay. Please email me since I don't come here much. cameraguyfresno@yahoo.com ...

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Finding scuba gear in Bangkok?

Posted by Sampan on 29/9/2009 at 06:40

Hello forum, Finally Bangkok! I've been here for a week now and i absolutely love it! I'm leaving for Surat Thani/Krabi early next week and was thinking that it might be a good idea to find things like goggles and snorkel here first. Does anyone know where to look for stuff like that? Or, would it even be easier to find once in ST/Krabi perhaps? Any help is highly appreciated. // ...

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Dive master courses

Posted by photosyntheze on 1/10/2012 at 11:02

Hi, im thinking to do my dive master course in Vietnam, Cambodia or Malaysia. If anyone has any recommendations, it would be much appreciated. Thank you ...

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PADI Open Water Thailand December

Posted by smokyjoe on 24/8/2012 at 01:40

Hi, I'm planning to do a PADI Open Water course on a Thai island early this December. I know Koh Tao is the most popular place to do it, but I understand that it may not be the best weather wise at this time of year. I've been looking at doing it on Koh Lipe instead. Koh Tao is cheaper, but I'm not too concerned about the price difference. Would you advise doing it on Koh Tao or Koh Lipe (or another island) in early December? I will only have about 8 or 9 days on Thai islands, so the scenery/a ...

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Best place to dive in Thai/Laos/Viet/Cambodia

Posted by HexagonalBolts on 26/6/2011 at 21:35

Hello all, I was planning to go diving in Ko Tao but I recently read a post where someone described it as 'not fantastic' which made me very sad (I would kill to see a whale shark!). I know this is a subjective question, but where do you believe the most exceptional place to dive in these four countries is? I have done my open water and about five or six fairly normal/plain dives in Europe (bar one where I got to see lots of big grouper). ...

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Do I need to be certified to dive in Thailand?

Posted by jenc12 on 7/2/2012 at 11:11

Hi everyone, I am going to be in Thailand in April (landing in Phuket, planning to spend some time around that area) and am wondering if I need to have any certification to dive there? I won't have time to do a full course in Thailand. Is there a crash course kind of thing that would show me the ropes/allow me to do it (I've gone diving before just never gotten around to taking the course) or is it better to do the online course/pool sessions at home with PADI beforehand and do the open water p ...

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I already have my PADI dive cert where should i go to dive?

Posted by Stancy on 20/11/2009 at 04:43

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?' ...

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SE Asia Diving Recommendations

Posted by csawala on 22/6/2011 at 15:12

I will be in SE Asia between August and ... maybe January/February? and I am already open water licensed with PADI, and advanced open water with NAUI. I am just wondering what are must dive sites. I am starting my trip in July in China, heading south to Vietnam and definitely going to Phu Quoc, then on to Sihanoukville in Cambodia. After that I just want to get to as many other sites I can get to before I run out of money (while still seeing the touristy and scenic places along the way). I ...

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where to find divers?

Posted by alexrtw on 27/10/2011 at 07:02

I'm looking for a forum or network to connect with local divers around the world. I'm about to leave for a Round The World tour and wanted to dive in as many countries as possible. A diver friend suggested the PADI Travel network [https://www.tripping.com/network/padi-travel-network], but before joining, I wanted to see if anybody here has ever tried it and if they recommend it. Thanks! ...

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