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Post by carteki » Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:32 am

JR8 wrote:News in today: The monsoon has arrived in Tioman. So that's it for diving until c. next Feb :cry:
ouch - just before the long weekend!

I will try to organise some local diving (P Hantu) if anyone is keen in Dec / Jan. Its not crystal clear waters, but muck-diving is growing on me - the critters are amazing...

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Post by TPHK » Tue, 29 Nov 2011 4:37 pm

Hi all

Interesting to read about all your diving experiences in and around Singapore. I have just moved here from Hong Kong and will be keen to get involved in any weekend dive tours / local dives once I have unpacked and found my dive cards.

Carteki - please keep me in the loop for the local dives you are organising in the next couple of months (tompryce2000@yahoo.com).

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Post by carteki » Tue, 29 Nov 2011 4:42 pm

Funny you should contact me! I'm organsing a local dive on 11 Dec!

When: 11 December

Depart: Republic of Singapore Yacht Club Time: 7am

Return: 1pm

Cost: $85 (excl equipment) for 2 dives + meal.

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and I will contact you with the full cost (inc equipment) and banking details.

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Post by mike21 » Sun, 15 Jan 2012 5:08 am

Just reading through this thread, my wife and I are looking at moving to SG this year, and are wondering what the diving is like in and around SG. We have dived in Thailand but not many other places in Asia. Also what are the dive equipment prices like? We have quite a lot of equipment ( a little old as we have not dived for several years) but would get it all serviced before bringing it out - if we planned to do some diving.......

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Post by carteki » Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:28 am

There really is not much diving IN Singapore. The beauty of living here is you are sooo close - within 4 hours flying time to some of the best diving spots in the world.

re Equipment... depends on a number of factors. All of the operators supply equipment for rental. Some locations (Gili's) price equipment into the dive cost and give you a discount for your own. Others charge extra for the rent of equipment. It is a tricky question - because having your own equipment gives you security and familiarity. On the other hand it needs to be serviced and cleaned and the weight is always a factor when traveling. Renting it is convenient, but there is always the risk that its not up to standard.

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Post by mike21 » Sun, 15 Jan 2012 3:03 pm

I really did not like diving on rental equipment, as you say quality and familiarity are important. I would at least want to use my computers and regs. Would not bring cylinders and weights and the dry suits can stay in the UK :)

So what are the best dive sites near SG? We have dived Thailand ( have around 40 dives logged there, but that was almost 10 years ago!!!)

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Post by carteki » Sun, 15 Jan 2012 7:30 pm

mike21 wrote: Would not bring cylinders and weights and the dry suits can stay in the UK :)
Good point - as all operators offer weights (not necessarily the belt) foc and dive costs include cylinders.

Re the wetsuits ... having experienced 21'C (usually around 18'C) in Bali (looking for Mola Mola) - have them around if you already own them. There are a couple of cold water dives around (The water for the Great Wall dive is 10'C).

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Post by mike21 » Sun, 15 Jan 2012 7:39 pm

We would bring wetsuits it's just the dry suits and thermals that can stay at home. But at 10 degrees I would consider using a dry suit as staying warm helps reduce the SAC rate.


Thanks for all the info, getting keen on getting back into the water......

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Post by JR8 » Sun, 15 Jan 2012 7:43 pm

I had my drysuit in SG last time, as I didn't know where I was likely to go off and dive.

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Post by mike21 » Sun, 15 Jan 2012 11:22 pm

My wife does not like cold water diving so we will be looking for the warmer spots but to be honest I much prefer warmer water.

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Post by JR8 » Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:00 am

Tell me about it, anything threatening to be 20C/- and I'm an ND crushed Neo+Baltic Thinsulate liner kinda guy :)

Yes I've done sub-10C in wetsuits but really. Why? Why get older and wealtheir to put up with the discomfort if you don't have to. My thinking was that I might just bunk off to SA/Mozambique, Japan etc. Or be back home and be invited to Malta etc...

p.s. Regs. I'd get those serviced in the UK if they are due. Gear available in SG. The locals are label snobs both above and below water, so you'll see a lot of Scubapro and it is $$$

pps. You'll also see groups of SGns diving on the local islands in Malaysia doing recreational dives in 18M/32C water in drysuits covered with cargo pockets etc, hoods, twinsets, the works. I kid you not, they all think they are Rambo I think, it's funny :lol: We had one such muppet-teabag come up on our mooring line last time as despite the 30M vis he'd lost his group.... bwahahaha ('Give me your 7/10ths thermo beanie hood (US$100) and I'll point you to where the rest of your muppet-group are right now no more than 10-15 metres away.... bwahahahahaha!')


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Post by yycools » Wed, 25 Jan 2012 6:23 pm

Just got me OWD license, anyone looking to do a weekend trip in March?

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Post by ChrisCH » Thu, 26 Jan 2012 4:59 pm

mike21 wrote:I really did not like diving on rental equipment, as you say quality and familiarity are important. I would at least want to use my computers and regs. Would not bring cylinders and weights and the dry suits can stay in the UK :)

So what are the best dive sites near SG? We have dived Thailand ( have around 40 dives logged there, but that was almost 10 years ago!!!)
Dive sites:
- in Singapore you can dive at a small Island called Hantu. last time I went there the viz was so bad that I did not see my fins... and that is normal there (and I won't go into details on the nice view looking at a Shell refinery...)
- Weekend trips on liveaboards leave Singapore either in direction of Indonesia (typically to the 7skies and Igara wrecks) or Malaysia. So far I have only done the Indo trip and I would recommend it only for experienced divers. 7skies was a super tanker and the TOP of the wreck is at 30m... that was my first dive after a couple of months and that was a bit too much of a challenge to be honest.
- the best part of Singapore is its location between some of the best diving in the world. When I lived in Europe, we always went to the Maldives. I personally find South East Asia so far much more interesting as it has so different diving on offer. I spent the last week at Lembeh in Indonesia looking at the most amazing macro stuff I have ever seen. Thailand is great, have been on a liveaboard in the Similans, prettiest corals I have seen so far. Where else is on my todo list? Raja Ampat, Sipadan, Layanglayng, Phillipines,... the list goes on forever.

Equipment:
- buy everything you can in Europe! I know buy now my local dive shop in Singapore pretty well and get discounts cause we spend so much on tripswith them, but they are pricewise nowhere near the price tags in Europe... they simply cannot compete as their shop costs was sometimes higher than the "street price" back home: my BCD on special offer in Germany was one third of the price of the same one here locally (yes, yes, it is a $cubapro, but I like it...). One shop targetting expats seems to even ADD 20% or so on the suggested retail price. Too many people are earning too much money here...
- the biggest trend of the last years was light weight travel friendly equipment... go for it if you want to use the local budget airlines. I swapped my top of the line big BCD to a travel one half its weight and am completely ok going basic.
- I have not used anything more than a 3mm shorty. I'll probably get me 1mm long suit now as there is lot of stuff that stings in these tropic waters... but temperature is really a non-issue.

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Post by Tk3062 » Tue, 06 Mar 2012 5:15 am

HI all

Im looking for new dive buddies :-)

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Post by bikebakeben » Thu, 26 Apr 2012 7:39 pm

Hi, am going for a diving trip in tioman on June 1st with a bunch of friends.. all open water divers and they are doing leisure dives.. i am planning to take my advance so it's an open invitation to guys and girls alike since we are a mixed group.. cheers!!
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