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30th Nov 13 - Selayar Island – A Paradise lost? by Graham Barker Having been to Indonesia many times, the thought of two or three lengthy flights doesn’t deter, especially when calculating miles per pound, the international flights are astoundingly good value.

18th Oct 08 Borneo - Borneo and Brunei by Neil Richardson We flew into Kota Kinabulu and straight out to Tawau in October 2008

19th Oct 08 Borneo - Pulau, Tiga by Wendy Male We stayed here for 4 days as part of a 6 week tour of Borneo.

11th Nov 08 Borneo - Seaventures Dive Platform Sipadan by Wendy & Peter Male We arranged our flight to Borneo ourselves and had a good flight with Cathay Pacific which included a stop off in Hong Kong within the price of the flight. We then needed a connecting flight to Kota Kinabalu, which we booked through Cathay Pacific and flew with their partner company, Dragonair.

15th Aug 08 Borneo - Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai - Borneo by Peter Draper Here is a report on our 3 day/11 dive trip to Mabul/Kapalai/Sipadan, part of a recent holiday in Borneo

30th Sep 08 Borneo - Borneo - Sipadan by Graham Roberts Located east of the Borneo mainland in the Celebes Sea, Sipadan Island is geologically separated from the local continental shelf with drop-offs to 600 metres and, as a result, the deep nutrient rich water that wells up attracts prolific underwater life, big and small.

1st Dec 02 China - Hong Kong - Boxing Day in Hong Kong by South China Diving Club Despite the worst weather forecast to date this season, 32 stalwart souls ventured out on Yip II under overcast skies and a very chilly north wind.

1st Aug 02 China - Hong Kong - Crescent Island by South China Diving Club The first of our 9am departures from Tai Mei Tuk was not quite as painful as I expected.

1st Sep 01 China - Hong Kong - Diving Lamma Island by Keith Wilson When I arrived at the Aberdeen Boat Club and asked Tom Winstanley, Dive Marshall for the trip,

1st Aug 01 China - Hong Kong - High Island Reservoir by Keith Wilson High Island used to be an island but was joined to the mainland by the construction of two cofferdams to form the High Island Reservoir.

1st Aug 02 China - Hong Kong - Victor Rock by Andrew Waller Legions of schooling fish pursued, according to some, by Dogtooth Tuna

1st Jun 06 Indonesia - Indonesia - Bali by Darren Dwyer My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Bali ? it was our honeymoon and she chose the destination.

1st Apr 02 Indonesia - Indonesia - From Bali to West Timor by South China Dive Club Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is generally cold and wet.

29th Apr 09 Indonesia - Indonesia: 'Komodo Dancer' and Bali 2009 by Dave & Pauline Martin. For the first 3 weeks of April 2009 we took a trip to Indonesia, commencing with a 10 day stay on the Peter Hughes liveaboard, the Komodo Dancer

2nd Dec 13 Indonesia - 3 Weeks Diving Bali. by Tim Digger We stayed at three resort/hotels on Bali over three weeks in November 2013 and dived with three different operators.

24th Aug 11 Indonesia - Bali with Aqua Cat Bali by Nicola and Robert Dear We are 2 adults, both divers, and have just returned from Sanur in Bali- this is our second diving trip there in two years and it was outstanding

29th Aug 14 Indonesia - Gili Trawangan,Tulamben and Komodo by Laura Clifton When leaving the UK I had high expectations of the diving in Indonesia, and I wasn't disappointed.

1st Oct 08 Indonesia - Indonesia - Bali: Paradise Re-Established by Brian Rayner After nearly five years. we finally arrived at this exotic destination, the troubles of Oct 02 having kept us away until we all managed to re-arrange for this October.

1st Aug 05 Indonesia - Indonesia - Manado, Northern Sulawesi by Steve and Jeanette Parry Snooba Travel. As with a previous booking we had made with Snooba, we were impressed with Nikola?s

1st Aug 05 Indonesia - Indonesia - Gangga Island Resort, Sulawesi by Steve and Jeanette Parry Snooba Travel. We were able to include pre-paid dives and half board accommodation into the costs.

1st Oct 05 Indonesia - Indonesia - A Review of 5 Diving Resorts/Operators in Northern Sulawesi by Kathy Munro I spent 3 seeks diving in North Sulawesi in Oct/Nov 2005 where I logged 40+ dives.

1st Sep 07 Indonesia - Indonesia - Bunaken and Lembeh by Dave Martin The overall shape of this trip taken by myself and my wife was that, having departed on Singapore Airlines from Heathrow to Singapore

25th Nov 12 Indonesia - Komodo on Mermaid I by Sharon Brown & Roddy Hendry Komodo is certainly a destination not for the feint hearted. It was wonderful, scary and really hard work. An adventure more than a holiday but not one I regret – a fantastic trip on a fantastic boat.

23rd Mar 14 Indonesia - Lembeh with Critters@Lembeh by Simon Rogerson I have been diving all over the world for 21 years, 15 of them as a photojournalist working for diving magazines. But for various reasons Lembeh was a startling omission on my diving curriculum vitae.

1st Mar 04 Indonesia - Indonesia - Manado, Northern Sulawesi by Tim Digger My wife and I went to North Sulawesi, Bunaken National Park and Lembeh Straits in March 2004.

23rd Jan 10 Indonesia - Manado and Lembeh, Northern Sulawesi by Paul Woodburn I managed to do 30 dives in 15 diveable days of our 17 night stay.

7th Nov 14 Indonesia - November 2014 North Sulawesi Indonesia by Tim Digger As a couple of diver photographers we have been visiting the Lembeh Straits since 2002

8th Feb 08 Indonesia - Diving Palau Putir, Thousands Islands, Jakarta, Indonesia by Simon Wilson While over in Jakarta, Indonesia on a week long business trip, I took some time out for some diving! I spent the weekend at Palau Putir, one of the hundreds of islands just north of Jakarta.

20th Jun 15 Indonesia - Raja Ampat with Papua Explorers by Sharon Brown and Roddy Hendry This was our third trip to Raja Ampat, following our friend and resort manager from his previous post at Kri Eco Lodge over the channel to Papua Explorers

1st Apr 01 Malaysia - Borneo - Borneo to be wild by David Dixon Selecting somewhere different for a dive holiday is never easy.

1st Mar 04 Malaysia - Borneo - Borneo and Layang Layang by Richard Scarsbrook Borneo is a large island about 600 miles wide and 700 miles tall straddling the equator about 600 miles SE of Vietnam

25th Aug 08 Malaysia - Layang Layang by Wendy & Peter Male We spent 6 days on Layang Layang as part of a six week tour of Borneo in August 2008. Layang Layang is an atoll in the South China Sea some 300 km north-west of Kota Kinabalu. The island is man-made and was constructed for the Malaysian Navy and later developed for the only dive resort, the Layang-Layang Island Resort. We booked direct with Layang Layang. We were up early for a check in at 5am for the flight to Layang Layang. Not that we needed to worry about arriving at the prescribed check in time as the agent wasn’t there until 5.15! This was a flight on a baby plane - a DHC-6 Twin Otter, which is a 20-passenger STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) utility aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada. It has often been called the most successful aircraft program in Canada's history. The aircraft's fixed tricycle undercarriage, STOL abilities and relatively high rate of climb have made it a successful cargo, regional passenger airliner and MEDEVAC aircraft. The reason for such a small plane is that Layang Layang’s runway is only 1000m long.

1st Aug 04 Malaysia - Malaysia - Lankayan Island by Ben Pemberton At the beginning of this August I was lucky enough to dive in warm water, as I went on honeymoon with my wife Tracy to Borneo.

1st Aug 04 Malaysia - Malaysia - Tioman Island by Crispin Coates Peninsular Malaysia?s eastern coast appears to have been eclipsed of late by the emergence of Sipadan, however in August 2004,

1st Jul 02 Malaysia - Malaysia - Kapalai Resort, Near Sipadan by Lucy Kublikowski It has been a dream of ours to dive Sipadan, but the last time we seriously considered making it our annual holiday

1st Sep 06 Malaysia - Malaysia - Sabah, Kapalai and Sipadan by Dave Martin This trip was taken by myself and my wife in early September 2006 and was split into 3 parts

1st Apr 06 Malaysia - Malaysia - Perhentian Islands by Stuart Wilson The Perhentian Islands consist of two islands Kecil and Besar (small and big) with a small strait between them.

1st Jul 06 Malaysia - Malaysia - Malaysian East Coast Islands by Beau Webber Malaysian airlines fly non-stop (12 hours), Lufthansa and Emirates stop, so you can can have a leg stretch.

25th Sep 08 Malaysia - Off the beaten track in Malyasia – Mantanani and Pompong by Dave Middleton We all know that Malaysia offers some of the best diving anywhere on the planet! However, the well-known tourist destinations are becoming increasingly crowded and the real Malaysia is becoming harder and harder to find. Therefore, Helen and I decided to do a little build it yourself holiday and try something a bit different

17th Aug 09 Malaysia - Miri Diving, Sarawak, Malaysia by By Angela and Neil Hadfield Piasau Divers Miri. When you think about diving options around the island of Borneo, Miri does not immediately spring to mind. However, this city in Sarawak, close to the border with Brunei boasts a wide range of extremely pleasant diving.

1st Nov 00 Myanmar - Burma - Diving in The Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar 2000 by David Maxfield After A long and very dark winter, I decided a trip to somewhere exotic was in order, so with the help of Linda Duffy

17th Apr 10 Philippines - Philippines - Calibao & Dumaguete by Dave & Pauline Martin Our latest trip, in April 2010, was a two island stay in the Philippines followed by a brief stop over on the way home, in Hong Kong.

1st May 05 Philippines - The Philippines - Joining Coral Cay Conservation in the Philippines by Alice Knight Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) was founded in 1986, and originally worked on behalf of the Belizean Government's Fisheries Department

20th Mar 10 Philippines - Philippines with Action Divers – a Red Sea alternative? by Tom Battell Reducing international fares have enabled us to look beyond short haul flights and we “discovered” the Philippines. How does 2 weeks B&B in a quality hotel with 24 dives, airfare and transfers for about £1000 sound?

1st Jan 03 Philippines - The Philippines - Sabang by Tim Digger We went to Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera in Jan 2003, Garden of Eden Resort, Cocktail Divers, with Wet Expeditions, for 2 weeks.

10th May 08 Philippines - Atlantis Dive Resort, Philippines by Terry Hooper The idea to put this trip on started back in March 07 after viewing a brochure while visiting a local dive shop.

1st Dec 03 Philippines - The Philippines - Why The Philippines by David Dixon Our BS-AC Branch (Peterborough) had run a trip to the Red Sea for three successive years,

1st May 03 Philippines - The Philippines, Sangat - The 'Sangat' adventure by Adrian Phillips Something different this year we thought, lets go native in Asia.

1st Apr 07 Philippines - The Philippines - Tubbataha on Eco Explorer by Yvette Lee I was already hyperventilating as our aircraft approached the northern coast of Palawan.

6th Sep 12 Thailand - Thailand with Sea Bees Diving in Chalong Bay, Phuket by Chris Prior The following trip report covers a 10 day stay at Phuket in Thailand where my wife and I conducted four days diving with Sea Bees Diving which is located in Chalong Bay on the island of Phuket in Thailand.

30th Mar 12 Thailand - Koh Tao, Thailand with Master Divers by Les Crowder There are many flight options to Thailand, but we booked with Thai Airways; however their flights to Koh Samui are limited so we used Bangkok Airways for the internal flight. From Koh Samui we caught the Lomprayah ferry to Koh Tao

1st Jan 13 Thailand - Koh Tao, Free diving with Total Apnea by Sophie Foote I wanted to write about this course as it blew my mind and I'm still free diving two months later!

4th Nov 09 Thailand - Koh Tao (Turtle Island) with Crystal Dive by Chris Boulton I started looking for a more remote area and came across Koh Tao. I liked the look and cheap prices of Crystal dive resort there and finding out they had facilities for “Fun Divers” started planning my trip.

25th Jan 15 Thailand - Terrific Thailand onboard MV Giamani by Faye Wilde As I have a deep loathing of the cold and dark winter months, I try and escape somewhere sunny to ease the January blues

13th Apr 10 Thailand - Richelieu Rock on MV Queen Scuba by Paul Woodburn Richelieu Rock for a similar price as the Red Sea

1st Feb 04 Thailand - Thailand - Bangkok, Krabi and Koh Samui by Richard Scarsbrook Thailand The Kingdom of Thailand is roughly the same size as Spain.

1st Dec 02 Thailand - Thailand - Similan Islands and Burma Banks on Mermaid 1 by Margaret Wilcock When I saw details of a club trip to Thailand my immediate comment was "That looks good".

1st Oct 04 Thailand - Thailand - Diving the Similan Islands by Bill Quinn My wife and I had booked a 10 day holiday to Thailand.

1st Oct 02 Thailand - Thailand - Diving the Samui Archipelago by David Covey The author served in Britain's armed forces from 1977-2000.

13th Mar 08 Thailand - Thailand - Cruise and Stay by Brian Rayner After Bali, Suzanne and Jason were keen to get back to Thailand.

1st Mar 03 Vietnam - Vietnam - Nha Trang Resort by Lucy Kublikowski I was slightly disappointed to find Nha Trang was a big bustling town, I had read that it was Vietnam?s


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