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The answer is almost certainly Thailand, in particular Ko Tao, the PADI factory of the world. An end-to-end course that gets you the standard PADI Open Water license will set you back roughly 9800 baht (~$310 at time of writing); if you're happy with the far more limited PADI Scuba Diver course, you can complete that for 7000 baht (~$225) at this randomly ...


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The PADI Dive Centre at Scapa Flow in Orkney is the coldest in the UK, and at a latitude of 59 degrees north it has to be a contender. It would certainly qualify as a cold water dive centre, and as a bonus you can see the German High Seas Fleet that was scuttled there on 21st June 1919. From their website, they have the following courses: Try a dive Open ...


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See "standard warning" at end re the inadvisability of snorkelling alone. It depends on what you want to see and do, but a brief answer is "almost anywhere that you see sea-water. Auckland is not renowned for its water clarity, but it can still be fun (speaking from personal experience). You'd want to stay away from the sewage ponds at Mangere, and some ...


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Being a scuba diver, the first time I saw the pictures from the Aquarium, a few month ago, I immediately started researching more details about how to dive there. Unfortunately, this is not possible. The guests can't go for a dive in the Aquadom, they can just take the elevator inside it. If you search online for pictures about the Hotel, you may happen to ...


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You have a couple of options for doing this: Tioman Island: Very popular and consistently busy due to its how easy it is to reach from Singapore. (And thus gets a lot of weekend visitors from there.) You'll need to take a bus to Mersing to catch the ferry to Tioman. It is, however, somewhat of a touristy destination. That may be a good thing or a bad thing ...


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The beaches of Sierra Leone are perhaps the most beautiful beaches in the world. In case you were around in the 1980s and remember the Bounty (chocolate bar) commercials, featuring a gorgeous woman on an even more gorgeous beach, these commercials were shot in Sierra Leone. I don't think diving or snorkelling is a big thing in Sierra Leone, but it's ...


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Is it advisable to dive/snorkel in that region of the world? There is some recreational diving and snorkelling in Sierra Leone, but not much. As well as challenges related to the economic situation and low tourism, the water visibility is usually pretty bad (this is true for most of the West African coast), and the currents are complicated and strong - ...


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Pro tip: The Spanish word for to dive is bucear and the word for shark is tiburón. If you browse with Google Chrome it has built in support for Google Translate so you don't have to copy and paste URLs between windows or tabs. The Spanish newspaper El País had an article two years ago which is online called Diez sitios para bucear entre tiburones "Ten ...


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It completely depends on what type of dive site are you after? Ship Wreck = Byron, Trench or gutter dives, Byron again. However if you after a good all round experience then Coffs would be the choice. In terms of price there will be little difference I'm afraid. In comparing the two sites there is not that much of a difference. If you were going in winter ...


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I'm assuming you're talking about The Kyushu region (including okinawa and the islands) I recently returned from ishigaki (an island in the Kyushu region). We did snorkelling and scuba out there. Most dive schools will not take Non Japanese newbies. As we don't speak japanese we found an excellent english speaking dive school. If you're looking to go ...


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According to this page (and this)there is a dive centre at Nusfjord on the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway - well above the Arctic Circle. I'm pretty sure a dry suit is compulsory there. EDIT: So I finally found a good-looking map of sea surface temperature and it turned up some surprising things. Kongsfjord (Norway) seems to be in around 8°C and ...


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Tioman island would be a good place for diving. I went there last year. It's a beautiful little island about 50km off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. You have to take a bus to Mersing, a port city in Johor state. From the port at Mersing you can take the ferry to Tioman. Bus ride from KL to Mersing is about 6 hours. I found the night bus more ...


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So I'm afraid all the best dive spots in Malaysia are out in Jan-Feb. As you've discovered, it's monsoon season on the east coast of the Peninsula, as well as at the famed dive spot of Sipadan in Sabah, Borneo. The weather is better on the west coast and in some bits of Sarawak, like Miri, but the diving is not that great any time of year. The good news is ...


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The best information I was able to find the answer is: NO. Aquadom at Radisson in Berlin is managed by Sea Life Berlin which doesn't offer diving as one of the Things to Do in Aquadom.


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I can answer my own question after travelling to Cuba. All the places I visited were free of charge, including Varadero and other major spots like Guardalavaca. Before I visited Cuba I read that you have to pay for access to the beaches, but this information is outdated or false: you don't have to pay for access anywhere. Interesting snorkeling sites I ...


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You're mostly observing differences in the pictures, not the locations. These might be deliberate - wanting to emphasize peaceful blue, or vibrant colour differences - or accidental due to photographer skill, camera equipment etc. There are places where coral is bleached (ocean acidification and climate change are killing coral) and some reefs are more ...


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According to this site the problem is that various wavelengths penetrate to different depths. Blue penetrates further hence photos more than, say, 10m deep are predominantly blue. If you wish to see the full colour range while diving, this must necessarily be done in shallow depths unless you used artificial lighting. Hence, you should restrict your ...


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Lake Malawi, Malawi it's $350 for the open water padi cert at aquanuts. In terms of accommodation next to the dive shop is Kande Beach, if you have your own tent $5 a night otherwise it's a cabin for $15 per person per night. The food is cheap and so is the beer. So unless you bring a tent you are looking at $500.


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Alicante, Spain. You can get some offers from €130 for a two-day course. Normal prices are a bit higher (€200), but if you just want to get the PADI certificate, this is the cheapest way I've found. In Alicante most people speak fluent english and sleeping and eating each day is about €25 if you go to a hostel or similar and cook your own food. Also, if you ...


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Shamelessly converting @RoflcoptrException's comment in a answer, Book Your Dive is a website which allows you to compare diving prices by location (say for example in Indonesia), and by package deals. They even have a blog post comparing resort packages with liveaboards.


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Two years ago I got confirmation from a local spearfisher that no license is needed, as this requirement was at the time recently removed. I got the same message afterwards in an online forum. My bet is that the text quoted in Dorothy's answer, which I found myself several times, is outdated. I spearfished in Greece and no one asked me anything. Make sure ...


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South West Rocks (and Arakoon) is indeed an amazing place - I was lucky enough to grow up near-by, and holidayed at "the rocks" at least once a year. The nearest major city to South West Rocks is Kempsey, which is on both the Sydney-Brisbane rail line, as well as on the main highway between those cities. There are 2 bus services that run multiple daily ...


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You could try Silfa in Iceland. I haven't tried it myself but it is supposed to be pretty awesome.


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Funnily enough, there's an answer on Google Answers by omniscientbeing-ga which seems ideal. I'll reword and adjust for here. The real trick is finding a place that is good for both diving and surfing. I could list a ton that are good for either or, but it's tough to come up with places that have surfable waves and good diving that meet your criteria. That ...


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There is significant tourism infrastructure in Cairns. This includes the international airport and a booking agency on every corner. There is good competition amongst operators. I do not think you will find better value for money in other locations up or down the coast. If you are looking to get away from the tourist areas, you could consider staying on ...


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I discourage going Tioman as its not spectacular and is full of people coming from Singapore to do quick dive trip weekends. It might be better during the week. I have visited (but not dived) in the Perhentian Islands which are northeast of Kuala Lampur (KL). The beaches and scenery there are the best I've seen in Southeast Asia. There are many Dive Shops ...


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There's absolutely no reason to bring your own, or even buy one. Every dive operation I've ever been on in Thailand and elsewhere in SE Asia has had a big box of weight belts, usually on the boat itself, which you're free to use. Most shops quote two prices for dives: "full kit rental" (ref, BCD, the works) or "tank and weights only". And since you have ...


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There are several options in Thailand, but in general first of all this here: Diving in Thailand is - specially opposed to other locations in South East Asia such as Indonesia and the Philippines - not the best location to go to. Coral bleaching and overcrowding has severely deteriorated Thailand as a beach and dive location over the last 8 years, and even ...


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I found a website comparing different biodegradable sunblockers. The quality/price range is quite significant, so it might be worth not grabbing the first thing on the shelf but rather going for a specific product. The one that the above website gave the best rating is available on Amazon for example.


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