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Feeding the fish at Papeete, French Polynesia.

Diving is a relatively new interest to me.  Thanks to budget airlines, I've been lucky enough to dive in some of the best sites in the world ... lucky enough to make people who have made hundreds of dives green with envy.  Some of my diving experiences have been better than others ... so it is good to share!

2013 Semporna: Mataking, Sipadan and Sipadan

posted 18 Sep 2017, 17:35 by Alex Chan   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 17:40 ]

Coming to Semporna a third time, I seem not to be as lucky as before with barracudas but there are still plenty of turtles.  For most people, this is still the holy grail though. First day was at Mataking followed by Sipadan, and another day of Sipadan on a last-minute, space-available basis.  

2107: Diving Balicasag Island from Panglao

posted 19 Apr 2017, 06:35 by Alex Chan   [ updated 19 Apr 2017, 06:40 ]
Balicasag Island just off Panglao Island (which is  in turn off Bohol Island) came highly recommended as one of the best dive spots in the Philippines.  I checked it out with two dives and wasn't disappointed.  

2016: Dives around Derawan off eastern Borneo

posted 27 Jul 2016, 19:23 by Alex Chan   [ updated 27 Jul 2016, 19:37 ]
Derawan is south of Sipadan in Sabah, Malaysia which is sometimes rated as the best dive site in the world. Naturally, expectations are high for Derawan.  It did not disappoint as during my two days of diving, I saw some mantas at Sangalaki and got to snorkel with the stingless jellyfish of Kakaban.  

2015: Dives at Maafushi, Maldives

posted 1 Sep 2015, 08:09 by Alex Chan   [ updated 1 Sep 2015, 08:10 ]
We did two dives at Maafushi, an island paradise that is easily accessible from the Maldivian capital Male.  At the time of our visit there were three dive operators there and we chose the one that was no-nonsense and upfront.

2015: SS Yongala Wreck Dive

posted 3 Jul 2015, 05:31 by Alex Chan   [ updated 3 Jul 2015, 05:35 ]
The SS Yongala wreck dive came highly recommended by a divemaster at Sipadan who had previously led dives at the Yongala.  Some consider it to be the best wreck dive in the world.  

2015 Shark Dives at Beqa Lagoon

posted 24 Jun 2015, 03:12 by Alex Chan
Two awesome dives with sharks while they are fed in Fiji's Beqa Lagoon.  This is a "staged" performance but nevertheless it is awesome beyond words.  

2014 Ulcinj: Karola Wreck

posted 19 Aug 2014, 01:46 by Alex Chan

With a little time up my sleeves in Ulcinj on the Montenegrin coast, I did two dives (kind of) with D'Olcinium Diving Club. The highlight was meant to be the Karola wreck. The visibility and other factors made it a dive day I wouldn't want to repeat.

2014 Raja Ampat: Various sites

posted 30 Jun 2014, 04:40 by Alex Chan   [ updated 19 Aug 2014, 01:07 ]

During my stay at the Raja Ampat area, I did six dives over three days.
First up, I did two dives with Waiwo Dive Resort (at Perkuburan and Ransiwor), then two more with Koranu Fyak Homestay’s Wobbegong Dive Centre (at Yenbuba and Kho Island) and finally another two with Yenkoranu Homestay (at Fam Wall and Melissa’s Garden). What struck me the most was the beauty of the coral but I've been too spoilt by other places to rave too much about this world-class dive destination.

2014 Biak; marvellous Wundi Cave

posted 14 Jun 2014, 04:57 by Alex Chan   [ updated 19 Aug 2014, 01:08 ]

Economical diving is hard in Biak unless you bring some friends with you. Otherwise you end up paying for the whole boat and crew. I strike it lucky and have a great dive at Wundi Cave.

2014 Sudan's Red Sea

posted 28 Mar 2014, 02:54 by Alex Chan   [ updated 19 Aug 2014, 01:09 ]

I wanted to dive off Sudan's Red Sea coast as there are some amazing sites to be explored. Sadly, with no other divers around (except on liveaboards), the best sites were far too expensive to get to. I had to make do with a couple of
dives closer to my accommodation, which was probably the only land-based dive operator.

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