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    mafia or other island?

    Sorry for not writing earlier. Our dive guide in Mafia island was way better at spotting than the one we had in Lembeh. We also found a lot of stuff ourselves. The water was really murky, so if you were just 2-3 m apart you couldn’t see your buddy, but since it was only 4-6 m depth we could...
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    mafia or other island?

    Hi We went to Mafia island in December 2017. Stayed and dived with "Big Blu" - organization of the diving was amazing, the lodging was fine. Food could take long (a plate of fries took 1,5 hours to arrive), but this was also the case other places on the island. Right next to the dive center is...
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    Formigas and Dollabarat from Sao Miguel

    Gary is a great guy. We like him very much. But I wish he had told us, that he would send us with another company. The 2 dives we did with twin peaks were mixed. Weather was not good, so we drove to the south side to dive. Briefing was short: dive in look at the light tower, then keep left...
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    Formigas and Dollabarat from Sao Miguel

    So 2 days ago we did the shark dive - 3 blue sharks:-) Fantastic dive, time flew by and sharks came so close! only thing: Gary put us on a boat from Pico Sport. Guide was good, but compared to “best sports azores” on Sao Miguel, service was non existent. Today we did PA - again with Pico...
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    Formigas and Dollabarat from Sao Miguel

    Thank you both - really helpful! We spoke with the dive center and right now it looks like the weather will not be good enough for the trip on Thursday, so no need to decide weather or not to go … Good to know about twin peaks dive center! Gary wrote back to me, PA was good with mobulas...
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    Formigas and Dollabarat from Sao Miguel

    Thank you for the fast reply! Water is 19-20 C and with 7 mm suit it’s ok, but 50-55 minutes is my max. And I fear sitting waiting on the rib will be cold and choppy (I’m prone to seasickness, but have tablets). We’re not only looking for big stuff - I love my nudies, crabs etc, and if I find...
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    Formigas and Dollabarat from Sao Miguel

    Hi there We’re in the Azores (Sao Miguel) and have enjoyed 2 days of diving. Viz is good and the Dori Wreck was nice. Other than that the water is cold and we’ve mostly seen “fish” - add in a few nudies, 1 octopus, barracudas and a large grouper. We have decided not to do any more “close to...
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    Jordan trip - stick with Aqaba or make the trek to Sharm/Egypt?

    We dived Thislegorm in 2008 and again in 2018, both times were amazing. Especially in 2018, when we did a night dive there it was mesmerising. I’m not really a “wreck person”, but this one is stunning. I think the only other wreck I liked better is the “Umbria” in Sudan.
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    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    Loved, Loved, loved getting back into the water. As you describe: total lack of nudies, but we were lucky enough to see a huge guitar shark at inch 1:-) Did not get any photos, as we were the first ones down and were trying to keep distance so the others could see it as well, but as soon as it...
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    Jordan trip - stick with Aqaba or make the trek to Sharm/Egypt?

    What he said☝ Provided you can travel in October.... Diving in Red Sea is better than Oman and October is not in season for whale sharks at Daymaniat anyway.
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    Cancelled/postponed trips due to COVID - please share your outcomes

    Update to our cancelled trip to Cambodia/Thailand: Etihad has agreed to refund the airmiles my husband used for his ticket. Our next planned trip is Bali/Komodo/Alor in July/August, I'm still crossing my fingers for this trip, but I know it might not happen. Only booked accomodation in Bali and...
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    AirAsia full refund?

    No, actually they’re giving a full refund to my credit card (that I used to buy the tickets). I assume it’s only valid, if you got the email stating you could get a full refund. The option just don’t come up in the chat with AVA, hence you have to type in the “not helpful” to get in contact...
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    When do you think virus-related disruptions will end?

    We’re hoping our July trip to Bali, Komodo and Alor will go ahead as planned- but it’s only a hope. Looks like Japan has asked to postpone OL, so not at all sure we will be able to travel in July. I’m not booking anything till I know more about this situation.
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    AirAsia full refund?

    For anyone else looking for the solution: I ended up writing “not helpful” in the AVA chat, after a few more “is this what you’re looking for” I was finally able to type in our booking reference and (after about 20 minutes wait) connect with an agent from AirAsia, I then had to give the...
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    AirAsia full refund?

    Hello hive minds So AirAsia cancelled our flights and I got an email saying I could get a full refund by chat with AVA and select “refund” from the menu ... problem is: there’s no “refund” in the menu and even when I type in “full refund” it’s not coming up with anything helpful. (Only credit...
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    Cancelled/postponed trips due to COVID - please share your outcomes

    Great idea! We were supposed to fly to Siem Reap via BKK from Abu Dhabi on 26/3, one way ticket bought with Airmiles.me (connected with my husband’s HSBC bank), flying with Bangkok Airways. Reached out to airmiles.me early March, to see, if we could cancel- our flights were “non cancel”...
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    Trip Report Raja Ampat Jan 2020 Trip Report

    Look amazing! Love R4, hopefully will get back there one day. Fantastic you saw so many (Pygmy) seahorses- and even go a video - do you use a filter/dome for your GoPro? Also impressed by the number of orangutan crabs:-) Thanks for sharing!
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    Elphinstone - Dive Certification

    If this is their knowledge about certification, I would reconsider diving with them .... They”re clearly confused between the deep dive required for AOWD and the deep diver speciality, that allow you to dive to 40 m. This should be basic knowledge for a dive center.
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    Going to the Philippines - Squeal, giggle, snort...

    Yes, Bohol/Panglao was good for family. We loved the underground hinagdanan cave (go early and/or try to avoid weekends) on Panglao, the cute tarsiers and the zip line on Bohol (we regret not spending more time at the zip line and taking more “flights”) Remember to book ahead for diving...
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    Considering Red Sea for First Liveaboard. Questions...

    We loved our sightseeing in Egypt (Cairo/Pyramids), it’s so easy to arrange and get a good price. Don’t book through the LOB as most will charge you x2. The winter months are great for sightseeing, but diving is cold. How about looking at Maldives instead? Some places current can be strong, but...
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