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Surfing & Diving - Phillipines or Indonesia?

Posted by EmilAndersen on 30/12/2009 at 18:22


I'm travelling to SouthEast Asia at March 2th to June 5th, with my girlfriend.
We are planning on spending 2 months travelling in Laos, Vietnam and Borneo. The last month we would like spending on surfing, partying and diving. But we not sure what place would be the best choise, Indonesia or Philliphines. If you have some suggestions, we would love to hear, and some experiences could be nice too.

- Emil

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Posted by humpdawg on 31/12/2009 at 03:51

Hey Emil.

Don't know too much about diving but I do know that Indonesia is one of the best surf spots in the world. Has loads of breaks for people of all levels. I'm planning a trip in a while, island hopping for about 3 months taking in Sumatra & the Mentawais, Java, Bali, Lombok and Nusa Tenggara. All of them have surf. Do a bit of research on these websites -

The last one gives a good overview of the spot you choose. Check out Mui Ne in Vietnam too.

Hope this helps. Let me know how you get on.

Have fun.

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 31/12/2009 at 10:36 TF writer

The diving in Western Flores, Indonesia is supposed to be excellent and it's an easy trip from Bali. Lots of liveaboards available.

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Posted by mikethediver on 2/1/2010 at 00:33

Having dived in both Philippines & Indonesia I would have to say Indonesia has the edge, but that doesn't mean Philippines is all bad. The coral around Flores is fantastic! There is also a great local boat trip (that means open decked where you eat & sleep, no cabins or showers for that matter!)from the Gillis to Flores, which also stops by Komodo Island, (of dragons fame), but no diving only snorkelling if you have your own gear.

Flores has some great diving albeit with strong currents, and Bali is fair & the Gillis are good too. But, eh, if you are in Borneo it has tremendous dive sites, like Sipadan (but much, much more expensive than either Indo of Philippines).
The world,as they say, is your oyster!
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Posted by divejunkie on 6/4/2010 at 21:40


I dont surf but am a diver. If you go to Nusa Tenggara, you can surf in Sumbawa, the spot name is Hu'u, you can fly from Bali to Bima (about 40min from Denpasar).Then you can dive in Komodo National Park. Am not sure though there is a flight from Bima to Labuan Bajo. You can do live aboard from Labuan Bajo to explore Komodo National Park, diving there is superb!

Partying is in Bali! But if you just wanna stay in Bali only, you can do surf, dive and party :-)

Hope it helps.


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