I went to S. Arabia for a business trip for about a month in June 2014. Always had a passion for underwater / scuba but never really had a chance to get myself a proper training and a diving certificate.
Since I was here in Jeddah, I htought I'd give it shot since the RedSea was probably the best place to do and learn diving. I had done Discovery dives many times so I was familiar with the underwater experience but the coral life and different kinds of fishes attracted me a lot here.
I did a search on the internet and e-mailed a few PADI Diving Courses. Infact I emailed about 10 courses but only got a reply from 4 of them. 2 of them asked way too much money for the course and one of them had language difficulties. So I stuck with Gulf Divers Group.
Khalid, the owner of Gulf Divers...
Diving in Bodrum. The advantage of Erman Diving Center is that they do diving trips with qualified divers only whereas many other dive centers take a lot of non qualified divers for fun dives and thus these trips do take take a long time. I went out to sea with Erman Diving, did 2 great dives and returned which took me 3 hours with a great lunch on the boat.
Shore dive not far out of Luganville. This is the place where the US bulldozed all their equipment after WW2 - trucks, jeeps & all kinds of building materials all melded together after 70 years underwater.
Good snorkeling site as well as divng to about 20m max.
The Konanda (not Konandra) is an inter island trader purpose- sunk for diving in the last few years, a couple of hundred meters behind Ifira island.
It has little growth on it but is a good are k for swim throughs, and at a max of 25m you get plenty time on it.
Good for photography, and via usually 15-20m.
Regular trips by Big Blue and Nautilus dive shops.
We, a group of divers from Augsburg were in February 2014 for three fantastic weeks in the Dive Spot Asia . The base is run by Gerhard Gehlen and his wife Amay . The service on this basis is simply unbeatable. I have not experienced anything like this . Gerhard reads from eyes everything - When diving in the excursions ashore , introduction to local conditions of Dalaguete and transfer to and from Cebu by 1 clock at night. The dive guids are very experienced , attentive and know all about . Nevertheless, one has to request all the freedoms you as an experienced diver likes to have . The dive sites are varied ( Cabilao , Panglao , Balicasag , ..) and the house reef also has much to offer. In the reef especially the mandarin fish are to be mentioned (see image ).
The Ocean Bay Beach Resor...
Diving in Fethiye. European Diving is a Dive center in Fethiye. People were friendly and the diving was perfect @ Alladin's Cave. One disadvantage for qualified divers though is that the Boat was filled with non-divers and it took a long time to get all interested "possible" divers into the water and let them try to enjoy diving. The dive trip took way to long for two dives. We went out at 9H45 and returned to shore only @ 17H00. Definitely too long for a qualified diver.
Ayant plongé en septembre 2012 avec Strand diving, je peux vous confirme de leurs gentillesses, disponibilités et d’une certaine liberté de toute l’équipe.
Ce qui a contribué à la réussite de mon séjour.
Advanced trimix diver TDI
Full cave diver TDI
In April 2014, I enjoyed my vacation at the diving center Dive Spot Asia. The diving center is located in the middle of the hotel Ocean Bay Beach Resort. We - a group of divers - booked our rooms directly at the diving center. Owner and managing director of Dive Spot Asia is the German Gerhard Gehlen. The diving is very well organized. The entire staff is friendly and totally oriented towards the individual interests of the diving guests. Dive Spot Asia uses a completely new diving boat - very comfortable for divers. The “Higala” is a fast boat, lying stable and calm in the water. Day trips to Panglao, Balicasag, Sumilon and Cabilao were particularly varied. I liked, too the diversity of the dive sites offshore with only few minutes of boat trip. The assistance by the entire staff - bot...
One of the best and safest dive centers I've ever been. There is no compromises with the security procedures, which is very rare our days! Chris and Maria are amazing, I enjoied very much discussing and diving with them. Hope to see you again soon :) Magnificent area and dive sites close to the dive center. Captain Jhon Wreck is very beautiful spot.
I stayed there for 18 days and had a great time. Very friendly staff. Great dive sides. During the 2 tank speed boot dives we always been the only dive boot at the dive side. 3 tank full day boot trips to Cabilao and Balicasac with the new banka. Don't miss to visit the house riff. Right here you can find turtels, mandarin fishes, devil scorpion fishes, pegasus as well as ghost pipe fishes and many many more.
I really looking forward to visit Gerhard and his team again.
See you next time Heike :-)
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