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Diving in Green Island, Republic of CHINA

Discussion in 'Taiwan' started by Centrals, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    I have the bed reserved but still struggling to find the contact number for 70 Garden House. It is not listed on either Agoda or Booking.com. They are certainly not going to send someone to the port to meet every incoming ferry from Taitung or even Lanyu.
    I have to try harder!
     
  2. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

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  3. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    I need to bring cash.
    How much do I expect to pay for a shore dive?
    Would TWD 800.00 enough to pay for three simple meals per day?

    Thank you.
     
  4. Makhno

    Makhno Divemaster

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    In my experience, without a guide or a ride in a truck or any other extras, shore dives are the price of a cylinder (probably 200 or 250 (maybe 300 nowadays) for air, EANx more, depending upon the shop.

    This time of year, I recommend Bai Sha (surface swim for the little rock breaking the surface out and to the right; take a compass bearing for shore and drop onto the furthest of 3 pinnacles). Shi Lang is also good. Many different dives can be done at that huge site. Chai Kou on the north side of the island is worth trying but often isn't diveable this time of year.

    For simple meals, 800/day should do. Finding truly simple meals can be a little bit of a challenge, though, since the island caters to Taiwanese tourists who sometimes want something special for dinner.

    You can always change money back; better to have too much than not enough. Of course, there are also ATMs at the 7-11 and I think the post office.
     
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  5. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Thank you very much for the advice.

    This is my first ever visit to the Island so I will affiliate myself to either Blue Safari or Chu Fu. And I also need to pay for the electric scooter for the transport!
    My ATM card does not work overseas and I have no intention to change it. So I will change US$1,000.00 at the airport in ROC and hopefully that should be enough for a week of diving and travelling.
     
  6. Makhno

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    If you're on a fixed budget, I think C.F. might be a better choice than Blue Safari. I've never used Blue Safari but when I asked about prices some years ago, they were one of the most expensive shops on the island. Maybe they earn those high prices by providing some kind of unusual value, but I don't know what that would be.

    For a very simple, non-touristy, typical Taiwanese eatery, look for the one turn on the main road that's like a 90 degree angle; it's in the southwest, between those two dive centers and the main town. I think there's a slight hill at that turn also. If you're going south from the dive center's toward the main town, instead of taking that 90 degree left turn to stay on the main road, just keep going straight into a little village. That lane will curve to the left; just after it does, there's a little restaurant to the right. No sign or anything, but it's easy to find, as there are only a few buildings. It would be difficult to spend more than $130 on a meal unless you have beers.

    Enjoy the trip. Hope you see some good marine life.
     
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  7. Makhno

    Makhno Divemaster

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    dive centers, not dive center's

    Two things that drive me nuts: apostrophes for plurals, and autocorrect!
     
  8. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Centre!!!
    Of course I will compare the price first.
    $130.00 for a simple meal sound great. I always try my best to avoid all those tourist trap whenever I travel.
    Looking forward to this trip. Good to know that language especially written words is not an issue this time!

    Republic of China and Hong Kong are the only two places that correct form of Chinese are being written in public!
     
  9. hsinhai

    hsinhai Nassau Grouper

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    On the diving prices, note that Makhno mentioned what he pays for renting tanks, their group are regulars and self guide. If you are going alone or unknown to the shops they potentially will not just rent tanks.

    In that case 2 boat dives would be around TWD2000 and TWD1200~1500 for a couple shore dives with guide. Full set of gear rental TWD800~1200 daily
     
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  10. Makhno

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    Two final suggestions occur to me.

    1) If you have a lycra cap for your head, bring it. They probably won't let you into the hot springs without one, and sometimes they don't have them in stock for sale there.

    2) Bring or buy a plastic raincoat, preferably the kind that has a hood and goes all the way to your knees. Nothing fancy needed, just a cheap plastic shell (but not so cheap that it's trash-bag thin. Get the thicker kind with a zipper, which can serve as a windbreaker.) Put it on over your wetsuit when it's time to scooter back after a shore dive. It's very effective at reducing wind chill and keeping you warmer on a long, wet drive.
     
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