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WHEN to dive WHERE in SEA?

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by billt4sf, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    Ugh. We should add another column for how much trash is in the water at the various spots.

    Only slightly tongue-in-cheek.

    - Bill
     
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  2. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    I hate to do this, but IFL Science is I think a fairly reliable source:

    Over 70 Percent Of Japan's Largest Coral Reef Is Dead After Bleaching
     
  3. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
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    Bill, OK I am firmly in the grumpy club, along with Luko and others. My attitude will change upon my first slip of a cold margarita...

    Similar to many magazines that report on science to the general public, IFL Science exaggerates for clarity (I use this term in my professional talks) and exaggeration and emphasizes gloom and doom for the marine environment. The 2016 El Niño event was global in extent, but the warming did not completely devastate circum-Pacific coral reefs. The "70% of Japan' largest coral..." It is catchy headline, but it probably not very accurate. Notwithstanding my previous sentences, as a scientist I am not optimistic about the future health of our planet.
     
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  4. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

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    I visited mostly in the June and July. Post-2004 tsunami,the drive from Padang to the rpjump,off point was hell. We commuted everyday for two weeks. This year, I might conduct a 3D Lidar survey along the coast, south of Aceh, so I will might fly to Padang and dive at Cudadak.
     
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  5. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    thanks for that very useful perspective.
     
  6. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

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    Hmm interesting you mention the road from Padang - both times I've been on that road I've had motion sickness - the only time or place I can ever recall my entire life. I was telling my mother it was actually a good road for rural indo compared to the road to Tangkoko.

    Bad road column :D
     
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  7. japan-diver

    japan-diver Dive Charter

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    We dive year round in southern Japan (Okinawa Prefecture)- the typhoon season officially runs from Jun 1 through Oct 31. That also coincides with the warmest water and the summer season in Okinawa. Now June-July there are very few typhoons and when we have one it tends to be small- disrupting diving for one day or two on the outside as they tend to move fast over these islands. Late August through Sept tends to be the height of the typhoon season where we see the big storms but again they cancel diving for usually one or two days. Storms will limit the choice of dive sites and the outer islands or long boat trips may be disrupted due to rough seas but for the last 2 years we have only lost 2 days of diving to typhoons- we have lost more days to just normal wind rain storms throughout the year then to typhoons. The other thing to realize is that Japan is a very modern country and everything here is built to withstand typhoons and earthquakes, within 12-24 hours after a large storm Cat 4 or 5 passes the islands life is back to normal. When the small one Cat 1-2 happen you do not even notice its just a windy day here. Japan does not see the destruction that some other areas get from these storms due to strict building codes and modern drainage systems etc...
    If planning from overseas a trip to dive here - Late August through Sept is good time to miss but the diving if there are no storms then is awesome. May-June is very good and chance of storms is minimal while Oct - Nov are also very good.
     
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  8. highdesert

    highdesert ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Someone made mention earlier that they didn't know the dive season at Gorontalo. November to April, due to favorable winds then, meaning absence of big waves sweeping the shoreline.
     
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