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Diving Taiwan (Kenting, Green Island) in December

Discussion in 'Taiwan' started by mgrimmer, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. mgrimmer

    mgrimmer Angel Fish

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    Hello all,

    We're going to Taiwan in December and I would like to do some dives there.
    I thought about doing some shore dives off Kenting and some dives on Green Island.
    Do you have any recommendations for tour operators/guided dives or any other suggestions?

    Any information would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
     
  2. GrumpyOldGuy

    GrumpyOldGuy Solo Diver

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    PM Shellbackdiver1 in this board or his check him out at http://www.shellbackdiver.com.

    He is an American expat living there and an instructor/guide that knows the area well. I have been diving with him at Kenting and on one of the nearby islands and was very pleased.
     
  3. Wantonmien

    Wantonmien Loggerhead Turtle

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    Mgrimmer,

    I may be wrong, but last I heard "Shellback" has disappeared back to the States, I dove with him a couple of times last year but couldn't get hold of him a couple of months back ?

    As is, whenever I head Kenting, I normally dive with Andy Gray - details as below.

    Email: divingintaiwan@yahoo.com.tw
    www.taiwandive.com - Kenting - Green Island - Orchid Island - XiaoLiuChiu

    Andy works out of Newport dive centre, which is at the far end of Kenting town, and will sort out shore and boat dives for you, no problem.

    Cheers and enjoy.
     
  4. Makhno

    Makhno Divemaster

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    Wantonmien is right: Shellback Diver is in the States now.

    Andy is a buddy of mine and in my opinion he's your best choice for a guide in Kenting, but if he's teaching a course when you're there, then he won't be free to guide you. I suggest that you contact him, and if he can't do it then you can PM me and I can suggest a couple of other folks.

    As for Green Island, you should definitely go there if you can because the diving is better than Kenting. Can you speak Chinese? If so, I'd go with CF Diving. If you can't find them with an internet search, PM me and I'll give you contact info. If you can't speak Chinese, there's another dive center near CF which reportedly has an English-speaker or two, but I can't recall the name and don't have contact info.

    When you're diving Green Island, spend a little time looking around in the seagrass in shallow waters -- the kind of seagrass with small circular leaves of white and green. If you're lucky, you'll find a Coleman's pygmy seahorse, like this one which is one of two that my buddies and I found when we were there in June: Coleman's Pygmy Seahorse - Green Island (16-20Jun10) C 632 (A3).jpg | Thomas Koenig Photography
     
  5. Makhno

    Makhno Divemaster

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    I remembered the name; here's what I found: http://www.blue-safari.com.tw/index_en.htm
     
  6. diverkim

    diverkim Instructor, Scuba

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    I'll be there late Dec as well. I guess that would require a 5 mm wetsuit at least.
     
  7. Wantonmien

    Wantonmien Loggerhead Turtle

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    diverkim,

    5 mm should be fine, last Dec I was in a 3mm and no problem, water was still around 25 ~26C

    When you fix your dates, drop me a pm and may be will see in you in Kenting, as I am also planning a drive down there late Dec, prob christmas weekend.

    cheers
     
  8. diverkim

    diverkim Instructor, Scuba

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    It seems that Andy's website is blocked in mainland China -- at least for my location.
     
  9. shellbackdiver1

    shellbackdiver1 Instructor, Scuba

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    Physically I am in the country of Texas (Austin) but will soon be joining my mind located in Taiwan....March 2011 I shall return!
     
  10. Wantonmien

    Wantonmien Loggerhead Turtle

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    Shellback .. you miss us huh :D
     

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