Great to see you had a good time and thx for the report. I'll be diving Padang Bai area for 3 days then going on a 10D Komodo liveaboard on Mermaid I at the end of Aug.
Any particular sites in Padang Bai (locally) that you recommend? Or not so worth it for afternoon / night dives? My plan is to do Tepekong/Mimpang and Crystal Bay/Manta Point/Penida 2 tanks in the mornings. How was the water temp?
How was the wifi at Puri Rai - was it stable and did you have it in the room or only in common areas? Puri Rai is much closer to the dive shop I booked with (Geko) but reviews rated wifi at a 5.6 or something like that so I'm currently booked into Bloo Lagoon but can still change.
How big of spiders are we talking in Alor Eco Divers? Any wifi? How was the shower - water hot, good pressure? Food is good?
What was the water temp at both Alor and Komodo? My friend just came back from a Komodo 10 day liveaboard on Indo Siren in July and said it was super cold 21-22C throughout the entire park. Online research seems to point to 27-28 in the north and 25-26 in the south... My friend dove drysuit w J2+xerotherm in Komodo lol and I'm planning to do the same but my husband only has a 5mm so I'm wondering if we'll need to get him a 7mm semi-dry somehow (impossible to find in SG!)
I've been wanting to go to Alor but have always been put off by 1) the need to fly Lion Air and have a full 2 days to connect, 2) mentions of cold waters and very cold thermoclines. But I recently bit the bullet on a custom drysuit (fourth element argnonaut and full range of J2/xerotherm/artic undergarments) and feel like I can probably handle down to 16C or so.