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Guam March 30th - April 5th

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by Taiwanate, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Taiwanate

    Taiwanate Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    29
    2
    0
    Hello,

    I will be in Guam with my wife and baby for a week and would like to do a couple days of diving while I am there. I was wondering if there is anyone that would like to buddy up on a local dive boat. Normally my wife is my dive buddy but she has taken to the sideline since our daughter was born less than a year ago. I am looking at diving through MDA. If there are any other recommendations or local insights I would greatly appreciate them.

    By the way, the main reason for going to Guam is because my wife lived there when she younger and would like to visit again before we move back to the states. Therefore a side trip to another island isn't possible.

    Thanks in advance for any responses.

    Take it easy,

    Nate
     
  2. guamrider

    guamrider Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives:
    Location: Guam
    181
    44
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    Hi, take a look here: If you go on the weekend local dives there are about 10-15 others taht you can pair up with. Guam MDA Boat Diving Schedule
     
  3. Taiwanate

    Taiwanate Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    29
    2
    0
    Thanks Guamrider.

    I have looked all over the MDA site and I have been considering the shore dives that MDA puts on, but I would like to make it out on the boat as well. I just don't know if it would be easy to find a dive buddy on the boat or not. Seeing as I am an instructor I don't think anyone would really have a problem with me tagging along but I am not real familiar with the dive culture there, and I have traveled to some places where divers seem pretty private and don't care for an outsider getting in their group. Don't want to ruin anyone's day so I was hoping to maybe arrange with someone on here before getting to Guam. Not to worried though because MDA and other Guam dive info sites seem pretty laid back and like a good group of individuals. I am really looking forward to getting there and seeing some of the local dive sites! Thanks again for the info.

    Nate
     
  4. guamrider

    guamrider Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives:
    Location: Guam
    181
    44
    0
    Nate, MDA runs a daily boat dive that is usually filed with tourists from other dive shops who contract spots on the boat. You could go along ion these, but the best dives are the "local"dive trips on the weekends. This is when they use another of their boats (same size as the other) and visit more spots not dove by the tour boats.

    I'm quite certain that there would be no problem with you tagging along with others on these trips. This happens all the time.
     
  5. Taiwanate

    Taiwanate Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    29
    2
    0
    Thanks again Guamdiver. I will probably plan on the weekend boat, and hearing you mention that tag a longs are not uncommon helps put me a bit more at ease. Hopefully our paths might cross at the dive shop so I can shake your hand and meet you in person. If not, safe diving and take it easy.

    Nate
     
  6. absolutdiver

    absolutdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Guam
    7
    1
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    You have two choices for weekends. The first is the free beach dives that are Sat. and Sun. at 8 and 1. Everyone is welcome to these dives!! The group that goes out is very welcoming and friendly and would love to show you around. The weekend boat dives are also a good choice. You do not need a buddy to sign up for these dives. If you arrive without a buddy they will help to pair you up with someone. One thing you should know about the weekend boat dives is that they fill up. If you want to go on one sign up as soon as you can. They have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Also, if you plan on doing a few boat dives ask them about their 5 star program to save you some money.
     
  7. poseident

    poseident Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    31
    6
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    and Nate, to answer a veiled question, the dive culture on Guam is laid back... You'll have a great time.

    Happy bubbles,

    Another Nate
     

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