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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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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/11/2009 at 07:41 admin

A lot will depend on what time of the year you are looking at going.

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Posted by 29lovelyme on 20/11/2009 at 11:43

Never tried diving in southeast asia but Yap is great for manta ray and palau for sharks

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Posted by Stancy on 20/11/2009 at 20:12

I will be there dec jan

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Posted by kmoustal on 21/11/2009 at 00:05

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.

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Posted by swag on 21/11/2009 at 05:12

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.

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Posted by goonistik on 30/3/2011 at 07:56

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.

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Posted by slapbreeya on 25/4/2011 at 12:59

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.

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Posted by aquaticandy on 24/10/2011 at 21:22

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
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Posted by tyler on 25/10/2011 at 10:29

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.

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Posted by johnbarrington on 26/10/2011 at 18:58

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?

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Posted by whardy on 22/11/2011 at 02:04

Sumatra, and Similans. Similans you will need to go via a liveaboard though, as far as I know. Good luck!

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Posted by inspiredbykrissi on 18/12/2011 at 06:48

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.

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Posted by time2fly on 19/1/2012 at 03:21

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!!!

tks all

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