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Help me with planning a dream trip

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by wildbill9, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. anenomefishman

    anenomefishman Barracuda

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    we were recently in RA. sure there is some current. but it is manageable. we have dove some places with really wicked currents. as long as you ride the current, you will be fine. bring a reef hook.

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  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    DanT, no nitrox? Whoa, I didn't ask all the right questions. :)

    No nitrox is dealbreaker for me.
     
  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Its my understanding that go have the least current, best to go just after half moon phase. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about that.
     
  4. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That's why I went with La Galigo 8 months ago.

    Check this out: Schedule & Rates
     
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  5. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

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    Based on my experience, it seems that I am in the minority. In general, over the years, seeking out schooling fish, healthy reefs, and pelagics in Komodo and Alor require moderate currents. Although Raja Ampat has many current rich dives, in general, dives are generally more benign. The strongest current are usually occur after a new or full moon. In Alor, the lunar cycle and tide cycle are key for safe and interesting dives. Even the most experienced divers with local knowledge can get blown off of Alor dive sites.
     
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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I've been blown off a site in Raja Ampat. :) but it turned out great!!

    There were lots of sites with plenty of current and the rest were mild though a couple seemed to be free of current.

    We also had a bad drop or two, puff puff.

    (since then I've been on 4 Maldives lob itineraries and have very little concern about dealing with current anymore!! :p)
     
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  7. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    Heaps of good advice and opinions so I really have nothing to add other than....be flexible.

    Sometimes I research the hell out of a trip and my planned LOB to the simians turns into a month in east Africa.

    And it was epic.
     
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  8. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

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    I am still dreaming about my dream trip. Perhaps my dream will be realized after my Singapore gig. ☺️
     
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  9. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    What did you do in east Africa?

    For me, diving in Zanzibar & Pemba were mediocre at best (but still better than Caribbean). Safari was fantastic. The ultimate bucket list checked off was summiting Kilimanjaro.
     
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  10. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    I went diving, got pee'd on by lemurs, didn't assist my dive buddy when she got bitten by a chameleon because I was too busy laughing, your basic random shenanigans lol.

    To her credit she took the ever evolving plans in her stride. She was even up for an attempt to bum a ride with Yachties to Mayotte but it was wrong time of year.

    Reunion Island is stunningly beautiful....Zanzibar was our plan B depending on how things were in Madagascar but we loved it so much we hung there...getting entire resorts to yourself because it's cyclone season made it easy to stay.

    Zanzibar....I will get there...probably on a planned trip to Alaska lol.

    Charlier that always has me confused...this trip of a lifetime thing..am I supposed to pick one? Only one? How will I know which one was until I'm done with this lifetime
     
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