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STK8

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Advise on Bali Diving
« on: 07 Sep 10, 17:34 »
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  • Its my first time diving in Bali this coming Friday so need some advise and information before I go. Anyone here just got back from Bali? What is the water temperature at the Mola-Mola site? I have 3mm wetsuit and a Scubapro vest with hood, is that sufficient or do I need to put on a shortie over it? I usually dive in Tioman wearing rashies only but at times feel abit cold also when the temperature drop to 28 or 29. Thank you in advanced. :)

    thomssi

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    Re: Advise on Bali Diving
    « Reply #1 on: 07 Sep 10, 17:54 »
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  • Places like Tulamben it is around 28 so should be ok.

    Mola site is at Nusa Penida.

    Nusa Penida and sites out of Padang Bai can be much colder, down to say 21ish, cold water upwelling from Lombok strait (which is why the Molas are there anyway).  Sites nearer Padang Bai (eg crystal bay, Gili sites) are colder than Bali itself from my exp but still would be maybe 24-25 ish.

    You can get things that are like rash guards but made of crushed neoprene which I find quite good (I use something called a radiator top which I actually bought at Tulamben in Bali).  I wear these under a wetuit though.

    In any case I think with no wetsuit you may find it somewhat cold.  I reckon 3mm min or maybe get away with 3/2 (3 body 2 legs and arms which seem popular).

    Hope this helps.
    « Last Edit: 08 Sep 10, 14:23 by thomssi »

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    Re: Advise on Bali Diving
    « Reply #2 on: 07 Sep 10, 18:27 »
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  • IMHO, I think another shorty may help but is not going to make much difference.  At Crystal Bay (Mola site), water temp near surface is around 27deg and when u go deep, can go as low as 17deg C (19deg C is common).  Even with 3 layers of wetsuits, its still going to be cold.  During my trip there last month, I wore 3/2 fullsuit and 3mm vest with 5mm hood.  It was 17deg C at around 40m range.  Once I hit 21 deg C, I can feel the low temp cuts right thru my 5mm hood. But after the initial "temp' shock, it feels rather ok.  Also, you do not have to stay very long in cold water.  You go deeper into cold waters only when molas are spotted, otherwise, just hang around at "warmer" depth. So, I think you can survive just with your 3mm fullsuit and ur scubapro hooded vest. Recently someone dived there with only broad shorts and hooded vest! ;)
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