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1 month in Indonesia (open to other Asia suggestions)

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by jjmochi, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    Hm....Now you guys have me thinking about Bangka. I'm scoping out some options for April and fall next year before/after my other plans. You all know I love Indo :)
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  2. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    I've never seen the dugong at Bangka. I did meet one near the mangroves at Bunaken and have encountered them in Vanuatu and here at Ningaloo. just goes to show, when you're looking for a Walmart seahorse you get pilot whales, when you're looking for dugongs you get distracted by a tiny nudibranch and miss something on some list somewhere.
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  3. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    I’ve seen enough American dugongs (Manatees) in Crystal River, Florida so I’m not crazy about it.
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  4. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    And as you can see in the photo and I saw at Bangka, dugongs have colorful pilot fish.
  6. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    I'd actually love to see a manatee to compare the difference...bit hard to bump into this neck of the woods.
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  7. jjmochi

    jjmochi Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Hong Kong
    When would you guys say is the best time to do Bunaken/Bangka/Lembeh combo? I was thinking August but emailed Bastianos and they said July to Sept is rainy and windy. But online says March to Oct is the best season and Nov-Feb is the rainy season so I'm confused
  8. bintang_shrimp

    bintang_shrimp Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Texas, USA
    WTF is wrong with them? This is considered high season out there and everyone asks for surcharge. The winds are now from the South-East, so east side of Bangka will be choppy, but the rest should be fine. I did Bangka in August 2 years ago and wind was an issue but it barely rained.
  9. Luko

    Luko Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Paris, France
    Diving august can be limited because of the wind. i've been 4 times in august in Bangka, it's a hit or miss, on two years we had almost no issues, one year was really problematic because of the wind; impossible to go further east and some of the shallow mainland side couldn't be dived, so the diving was restricted around south Bangka and deeper wall kind mainland sites, crossing the strait was a PITA.
    In comparison I had very flat seas in April/May also later in september.

    Slight rain is a lesser problem than wind and waves when diving.
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  10. Indah

    Indah Barracuda

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Weda, Lembeh and Rao Morotai
    Bastianos must have not read you mail correctly, I think. Please see attached document. By the way, August is great for our Magic Bay Rao www.magicbayrao.com There you can experience critters, black sand, drop-offs and amazing fish life and corals,

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