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A short fat well off crap cave diver. Likes wrecks
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We have the most and the best shipwrecks anywhere in the world, the best faciliities to get us there, and the best support to look after us should anything go wrong.

If I ever move aborard i'd have to have diving holidays in England.


Some other destination are OK for the hand full of wrecks they have, but from experiance i can tell you the novelty of diving the same wrecks over and over again soon wears off. No matter how good the wreck is.
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ATB

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depends what you are looking for??/

you looking for a holiday? an exploration? what!?!?! as just without thinking you have to say:

1. Truk
2. Bikini
3. Malaysia
4. Scapa
5. Yucatan peninsula
6. Black sea
7. Egypt
8. Australia
9. New Zealand
10. Antartica.....

So what you looking for??
 

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I used to really enjoy trips to Florida, superb wrecks offshore and if the weather was kak then you could go cave diving inland. The Wilkes Barre is still one of my favourite wrecks. Good diving infrastructure and a very nice part of the world when you get away from the tourist shite.

I'm not a huge fan of Scapa, outside the Flow then yes, definitely, but I think the wrecks in Scapa Flow itself are a bit dull. OK, you have a bigger risk from the weather but if you can put aside history then there are better dives outside the Flow, especially if you are looking deeper.
 

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Looking for a place that offers dive tourism.

I know all about Egypt. But Malaysia? That would be interesting. As far as I know, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia don't offer great technical diving. On the other hand, Philippines and Palau (not yet explored due to high cost of logistics etc...) offer some good technical sites.

I wish I'm wrong about Malaysia and Indonesia though :)
 

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Looking for a place that offers dive tourism.

I know all about Egypt. But Malaysia? That would be interesting. As far as I know, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia don't offer great technical diving. On the other hand, Philippines and Palau (not yet explored due to high cost of logistics etc...) offer some good technical sites.

I wish I'm wrong about Malaysia and Indonesia though :)
In Malaysia, there used to be a guy on Mabul who did technical training/diving. Don't know if he is still there.
 

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I find it works out very expensive doing much technical abroad, its either alot of gear rental or big baggage excess and then still alot of cylinder rental plus big gas bills. Malta looks nice - lots in the normoxic range and you hear plenty of good reports about the diving.
 

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I find it works out very expensive doing much technical abroad, its either alot of gear rental or big baggage excess and then still alot of cylinder rental plus big gas bills. Malta looks nice - lots in the normoxic range and you hear plenty of good reports about the diving.
That's why I liked Florida. Gas is (or at least was) a lot cheaper than here. However boats tended to be a bit more expensive. And Septics are a bunch of blouses, bit of chop on the water or a bit of wind and it's undiveable.
 

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Mate,
If you like wrecks Malta is the place.
We are only three hours away from England.
You can bring your kit with you as air Malta only charge you €15.00 per 32 kilo of dive kit. You can buy as many 32 kilos as you like.
We have wrecks from WWI and WWII, purpose sunk wrecks, commercial wrecks, you name it.
From 10 metres to 100 metres all accessible from shore or a very short boat trip.
We are Tech Open Circuit and Rebreather friendly. Air/Nitrox/Oxygen and Trimix are readily available.
This place is the hidden secret of the Med I swear.

Seriously, if you are into tech, this is your heaven.

Regards,

Paul
Diving Matrix
 

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It seemed like a good idea at the time...
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Malin Head
Shetlands (I guess the Orkneys too but I havent been there personally)
Any where on the Sth Coast of England - Weymouth / Plymouth etc
Sharm el Sheikh (also an Ocean College regular)

also;
Truk (but I havent been there yet)
Phillipines according to an aussie mate
 

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I'm hoping to go to Truk some time soon (next year or the year after) on my inspo. Fingers crossed it is as good as I am hoping it will be.


Mike
I just came back from Truk I took my inspo.

I dived with Truk Lagoon Scuba Diving and Wreck Diving aboard the SS Thorfinn In Chuuk Micronesia. good outfit but all my diving had to be done with air.

The boat could produce 95% for you and the captain wanted $1000.00 for a J of helium ( i didnt type an extra zero) he would not do helium single fills just buy a J off him.

The TSA ( American transport police) would not let Lime through Truk as luggage so I had to buy that on board too at a cost of $225.00 a drum.

All my diving was Air and we dived some deep stuff 62m ish on the Akiko amd 55m on the Fanfrancisco, ok if you like a bit of Narcosis but your 02 clock is ticking a bit on the bottom.

Awsome wrecks though and yes I will be going back when I save enough.

G.
 

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Truk Stop Hotel now has helium readily available for $0.07/L ($1.95/cuft). . .

Best Technical Dive Training is in the Philippines (Sabang/Puerto Galera):
Everyone speaks & understands english; Inexpensive food, lodging, beer . . .and cheap pretty women:embarasse!

Manila is also an inexpensive airline hub for Palau/Truk Micronesia.
 

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I just came back from Truk I took my inspo.
Did you go with a bunch of other inspo divers? Most of what I'd like to dive is shallower than 50m, but CCR would be a real advantage in terms of dive duration and deco reduction. Most truk trips look to be no deco dives - if I'm paying all that money to get there I want to maximise my in water time. If I can get a few like minded CCR divers together we can share the weight of taking spare parts over to cover likely kit failure which will help.
Problem is I've never organised a trip that big before.

Mike
 

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Did you go with a bunch of other inspo divers? Most of what I'd like to dive is shallower than 50m, but CCR would be a real advantage in terms of dive duration and deco reduction. Most truk trips look to be no deco dives - if I'm paying all that money to get there I want to maximise my in water time. If I can get a few like minded CCR divers together we can share the weight of taking spare parts over to cover likely kit failure which will help.
Problem is I've never organised a trip that big before.

Mike
Pete Mesley (a mate of Leigh Bishop's) is organising tech weeks out there. There's a link to his webpage on the Fourth Element site I think. I was going to go this year but a knee op put paid to that.
 
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