• Welcome to ScubaBoard

  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

1 month in Indonesia (open to other Asia suggestions)

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

  1. Indah

    Indah Barracuda

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Weda, Lembeh and Rao Morotai
    493
    255
    63
    You are right. This website helps me a lot: Maritim - Prakiraan Gelombang Satu Minggu kedepan | BMKG
     
  2. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    6,033
    3,560
    113
  3. jjmochi

    jjmochi Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Hong Kong
    118
    76
    28
    Yup this is what they said in email (twice) "During the period of July - September are still a good time however for some several time it will be windy and rainy on medium to high scale".

    I don't mind the rain so much but I get seasick easily so try to avoid windy periods as much as I can. I will take the suggestion and likely push to later in Sept.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Indah

    Indah Barracuda

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Weda, Lembeh and Rao Morotai
    493
    255
    63
    August is supposed to be the driest month of the year at North Sulawesi.
     
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    20,901
    13,990
    113
    Pretty standard for Belize, no big deal but different boat style, wouldn't you agree?
     
  6. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    6,033
    3,560
    113
    Yep. We did giant stride from the liveaboard to the water 8’ below deck.
     
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    20,901
    13,990
    113
    Yoiks! What vessel?
     
  8. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    6,033
    3,560
    113
  9. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    20,901
    13,990
    113
    Oh! Sorry I thought you meant in Belize.
     
  10. jjmochi

    jjmochi Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Hong Kong
    118
    76
    28
    Hi all

    I am going back to the drawing board, I decided to cancel our Oct banda sea liveaboard after reading some of the recent threads on how rough the conditions were. The boat we booked (Carpe Diem) is a wooden phinisi on the smaller side and they said although they didn't have to turn back they also didn't see any hammerheads this year. We will take the advice to go with a steel hulled boat and more experienced operator like Mermaid or Blue Manta in 2021.

    So that leaves us with the following for 2020:
    Raja Ampat North and Central 8D/7N liveaboard in early April
    Anilao 5 days at end of April
    Komodo 8D/7N liveaboard at end of June, 4 days in Tulemban before Komodo, 3 days in Padang Bai after Komodo
    Raja Ampat South and Triton Bay 10D/9N liveaboard in Jan 2021 (replacement trip for cancelled Oct banda sea crossing)

    I had previously reached out to Bastianos for a 16 night stay in Oct, split 6N Lembeh, 6N Bangka, and 4N Bunekan which was going to be my month long sabbatical along with the Banda Sea trip.

    Now that we cancelled the Banda trip I have enough vacation days to do the Lembeh/Bangka/Bunekan leg with just regular vacation days without using my sabbatical.

    I am looking at mainly two options and hoping for some advice:

    1. Phillipine Siren has a 14D/13N Cebu to Puerto Princessa crossing trip at the end of Feb that covers most of the southern Visayas and Tubbataha. I was thinking I can expand this to 1 month by doing Malapascua, Leyte, and Moalboal before the trip, and El Nido after. Not interested in wrecks so will skip Coron. Alternatively I move my Anilao booking to after El Nido.

    2. Tack on another trip to Raja Ampat at the end of the 16D Lembeh/Bangka/Bunekan trip so this becomes the month long sabbatical. Use the extra vacation days to do 2 weeks elsewhere, maybe the Siren crossing or land based Visayas trip.

    3. Tack on 10 days to Alor in Oct, although I would prefer to do big current destinations with my husband and not solo, and the Mermaid biodiversity cruise we're eyeing for 2021 also covers Alor. So not leaning toward this atm.

    So I guess my question is, should I go to areas in the Phillipines (esp Tubbataha) where I have not been to before, or use the time to do another trip to Raja Ampat? I do like trying new places and Phillipines is much easier to get to from HK (direct flights), but I don't want to pay a premium for the Siren trip (7k) if Raja will be much better (and can be done for 4k)
     

Share This Page