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Nitroxcrazy

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Re: Advice For Bali
« Reply #40 on: 29 Aug 11, 21:14 »
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  • Hi All

    Just got back from Bali yesterday and thank you all for the advice about the cold. It helped as waters was indeed cold.

    On the first day about 930am at Manta point on 23rd Aug, water temp was 20 degrees C. But luckily a Manta made up for it.  I was in a rash guard, a 5mm suit and a hood (through your advice). Yet I was stilling feeling cold. The second and third dives were at Crystal Bay.  Water was although slighly warmer at 22 degrees, suffered even more at the expense of no sightings of Mola.

    On the second day, headed back to Crystal Bay again to fight the cold on the first dive. This time, temp was 20-21 deg C again. However, we got lucky and spotted 3 Molas (I was told).  I only saw 2 thou as the 3rd was dark/black thus probably why I missed it.

    On the last day on 27th Aug, we visited both Crystal Bay and Manta Point. After 4 days of diving (3 in the cold), one would have though I would have gotten use to it. But hell no! Crstal Bay had temp of 21 deg C while Manta point was a stunningly low 19 deg C.  Worth the cold as spotted 2 Molas at Crystal Bay and 3 Mantas at Manta Point (above 10m water dept).  On the way back from Manta Point to SD Reef. We were blessed with half a Mola above water.

    Overall, the trip was good and fulfilling. Nevertheless, it was tiring and straineous trip because of having to (1) fight strong currents, (2) braving the long and choppy seas rides on a speedboat (at certain times was feeling seasick); and (3) enduring the cold. Would I do it again, not in the next 2-3 years.   

    Yes, I booked the trip through a local dive operator (Bali Scuba) as per recommended. Would definitely head back there with them the next time around.

    Cheers 



     

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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #41 on: 30 Aug 11, 01:03 »
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  • Hi All

    Just got back from Bali yesterday and thank you all for the advice about the cold. It helped as waters was indeed cold.

    On the first day about 930am at Manta point on 23rd Aug, water temp was 20 degrees C. But luckily a Manta made up for it.  I was in a rash guard, a 5mm suit and a hood (through your advice). Yet I was stilling feeling cold. The second and third dives were at Crystal Bay.  Water was although slighly warmer at 22 degrees, suffered even more at the expense of no sightings of Mola.

    On the second day, headed back to Crystal Bay again to fight the cold on the first dive. This time, temp was 20-21 deg C again. However, we got lucky and spotted 3 Molas (I was told).  I only saw 2 thou as the 3rd was dark/black thus probably why I missed it.

    On the last day on 27th Aug, we visited both Crystal Bay and Manta Point. After 4 days of diving (3 in the cold), one would have though I would have gotten use to it. But hell no! Crstal Bay had temp of 21 deg C while Manta point was a stunningly low 19 deg C.  Worth the cold as spotted 2 Molas at Crystal Bay and 3 Mantas at Manta Point (above 10m water dept).  On the way back from Manta Point to SD Reef. We were blessed with half a Mola above water.

    Overall, the trip was good and fulfilling. Nevertheless, it was tiring and straineous trip because of having to (1) fight strong currents, (2) braving the long and choppy seas rides on a speedboat (at certain times was feeling seasick); and (3) enduring the cold. Would I do it again, not in the next 2-3 years.   

    Yes, I booked the trip through a local dive operator (Bali Scuba) as per recommended. Would definitely head back there with them the next time around.

    Cheers

    19 is not so bad. when i had a 16 degree dive at crystal bay in 09, my 5mm suit felt like it was not even there.  :P
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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #42 on: 30 Aug 11, 14:56 »
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  • Hi all!

    Did my 3 dive days 27-29 aug with chin tin... Great company! Saw wat we wanted molas & manta. 2days in cyrstal bay, First mola sighting was at 22m it juz swim on top of me.  ;D not much current.

    2nd sighting of mola it was also ard 20m+ but it was far from the reef & juz see her swim pass us.

    3rd sighting was at the surface we din even need to dive in. She juz came up to see us! Lolx...

    4th sighting we were at 40m everyone see mola juz go crazy, our dive com was beeping like hell & a china rambo diver went 43m to chase away our mola of the day. I really piss actually...  >:(

    Manta point the water is freezing 20 degree... But is worth the cold as the manta is playing with us. Still rem the dive in 30min then we see manta the rest of the 20min is worth it. Very sadly there's many litter in the water... :-[

    Kudos to AquaMarine that made this fantastic trip & meet nice divers along the way... Dive with a sg grandpa 72 yrs old in crystal bay & manta point. If I have grandpa like him, I will be so proud!   ;)

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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #43 on: 30 Aug 11, 18:49 »
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  • hei nitroxcrazy and chrispy, thank you for your reports. :)

    am headed there this weekend and diving just a day at nusa penida. fingers crossed for sightings. quick question: how was current? does staying close to the reef help? last time at crystal bay november '10 there was not a whiff of a current, any different this season?

    will post a report on return.

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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #44 on: 30 Aug 11, 21:47 »
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  • hei nitroxcrazy and chrispy, thank you for your reports. :)

    am headed there this weekend and diving just a day at nusa penida. fingers crossed for sightings. quick question: how was current? does staying close to the reef help? last time at crystal bay november '10 there was not a whiff of a current, any different this season?

    will post a report on return.

    Stay near the reef is to be safe... My 1st dive my dive guide actually ask me y I stay so near there always. Lolx... But he zai tell me not to worry. Current gt abit but manageable for us. Heard the full moon or no moon night do made a diff in current... Hope u hv a safe trip & Mola for u!!!

    Manta point is cold so pls be prepare so u can enjoy the dive!

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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #45 on: 01 Sep 11, 20:14 »
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  • Total agree with Chrispy. But listen to your dive guides. They know best.

    Current wasnt that strong when I was there.  Very manageable.  Was expecting to use a reef hook but was definitely unnecessary.

    At Manta point however, the current was moving back and forth.  Its like waves hitting a rock and moving back at you or boat rocking.  Dont actually know how to explain it. Nevertheless, that got someone puking in the water while diving.

    Have a safe and an enjoyable trip!

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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #46 on: 01 Sep 11, 21:57 »
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  • Total agree with Chrispy. But listen to your dive guides. They know best.

    Current wasnt that strong when I was there.  Very manageable.  Was expecting to use a reef hook but was definitely unnecessary.

    At Manta point however, the current was moving back and forth.  Its like waves hitting a rock and moving back at you or boat rocking.  Dont actually know how to explain it. Nevertheless, that got someone puking in the water while diving.

    Have a safe and an enjoyable trip!

    That wasn't a current at manta point. it's the surge as you're pretty close to the sea wall at the shallows. at sea level you will notice that the area is sheer cliffs so the waves coming in just smash against the cliffs, hence you have huge surge movements underwater. head out to the blue and hang about in mid water and you'll be fine. good chance of having better manta interactions as well if your guide is good and knows where to lead you.
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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #47 on: 02 Sep 11, 08:33 »
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  • Ya is the surge movement... dam funny when u see ur group of divers like swinging from left to right... lolx...  :D :D :D i try taking a video of the scene then suddenly bang i hit the rock... forgetting i will swing too...

    Ya... follow ur guide even thou there's a part due too he ask us to swim away from the reef, i was thinking " WTF"
    but u have to trust them... they noe best...

    & watch out for the little fishes too.... if they go crazy in direction. Time to hang on to somethings.




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    Re: Advice For Bali
    « Reply #48 on: 20 Sep 11, 22:34 »
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  • Glad you had a good trip.

    Another thing occured to me.  When I dive wet in colder waters I always make sure the boat has a hot water hose.  Fill wetsuit before and after dives.  It won't prevent you from getting cold but it helps.
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