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Tulamben, Mount Agung, Current Situation...

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by matts1w, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. Manneca

    Manneca Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Memphis (TN, not, unfortunately Egypt)
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    I just returned from about three weeks on Nusa Lembongan off Bali. The prevailing winds through the end of Jan should be W or WSW which means the ash from Agung will be blowing away from both airports. We were to fly to Bali on the day the airport closed. On the third day of the closure (which turned out to be the last) we flew to Jakarta and then pick up a LCC flight to Lombok and then took Scoot from Sengiggi to Lembongan (via the Gillis). Lembongan was delightful during this time. We could get into any restaurant we wanted. We weren't dodging hordes of tourists on scooters on the roads. The dive sites were not swamped with too many divers looking for mola molds (not in season anyway). The dive resort we visited has a sister resort in Amed. They weren't technically open but opened it for people who wanted to dive Amed. Bali needs tourists right now. Farmers on the slopes of Agung are still in evacuation centers. Many sold their livestock for very little back in September when they were first evacuated. If you can spare a donation for them, it would be great.
     
  2. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Fayetteville GA, Wash DC, NY, Toronto, SF
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    And where does one donate?
     
  3. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Fayetteville GA, Wash DC, NY, Toronto, SF
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    My understanding is:

    Ministry of Mines and Energy (PVMBG) has announced Level III now in effect, with 4 km exclusion zone.

    It looks like Tulamben would no longer be in the exclusion zone.

    - Bill
     
  4. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Australia - Blue Mountains
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    Hi Guys I am off to Tulamben and Gili's on 22nd April. Latest updates here would be very welcome, sometimes things are different on the ground to govt. reports or the news, which only focuses on misery and mayhem!
     
  5. gekodivebali

    gekodivebali Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Padang Bai
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    The situation on the ground is simple: all is open for diving and there is zero issue. The only trouble you may experience until high season kicks in is finding dates with enough divers to be able to run trips to the furthest or less visited sites as so few divers are around. The only catastrophe on Bali is an economic one with a lot of individuals and businesses hurting due to the lack of travelers caused by unsubstantiated fears...
     
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  6. gekodivebali

    gekodivebali Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Padang Bai
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    And, on a positive note, this means that the fish are happy enjoying sites with a lot less divers. Divers are happy too with much more fish and less divers!
     
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  7. Scubamat

    Scubamat Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Darwin
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    Just like add if you're staying in a tourist area but doing a day trip out to a site like tulamben do your Souvenir shopping there as those remote sites suffer more due to lack of tourist and the money is more likely to stay in that community and help keep more focused on supporting the sport we love.
     
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