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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I am having a hard time deciding where to go this summer first there was mozambique but apparently the weathers windy at that time of year so bad for diving!
Then there was the Galapagos and Ecuador, but that looks too expensive!

So please any ideas I am spoilt for choice! your prize should you persuade me? knowing you sent a happy chick off into the deep blue yonder!


mim

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I'm guessing you want a touch of nature by those other choices... how about Costa Rica??? It's not too expensive and is perfect for travelling for just a couple of weeks to a month!

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

How about (diving areas I never researched but know are good, don't know about Whale Sharks though):

Papua New Guinea
Honduras & the Bay Islands of Roatan
Belize

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

How about the Dutch Antillies (Bonaire (for diving) & Curacoa (snorkeling))it might get a bit boring when you're not diving though:

http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bondiv01.htm

http://www.infobonaire.com/scubadiving.html

5. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

I'd have to agree with travel100 here. I've been thinking of booking us to Bonaire for scuba, or perhaps St. Lucia. As for non-scuba time activities, most islands in the Caribbean have more than enough scenery to offer for photos, hiking, beach bars, etc.
Summer in the Caribbean can be ridiculously hot though. Water temps are usually a bathwater 80F (27C), so wetsuits are not really needed (but be your own judge there).
The Northeast Coast of the US offers quite a few interesting dive site, as does Lake Superior (USA/Canada), though the water will be considerably colder and a wetsuit (or even a drysuit for Lake Superior) will be required. See Cupcake for a full description of Lake Superior. There are many wrecks along the East Coast, as well as dive operators who can certify you for them (see PADI website at sportdiver.com for a huge list of vacation spots). July and August are pretty good times for diving there. Also, check ahead with advanced weather forecasts for sea conditions. I like to check weather.com or even the government's own weather forecasting site. Look for sea conditions, upcoming storms, etc.

The USA might be a bit cheaper on the budget as well. The euro is still beating the pants off the dollar, so now is the time to come here. We can get RT airfare (New York-London) for around $300 US, but I'm sure that price can be beaten.

BTW, this is Mr. Isa.

Happy diving

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

By the way, although the Summer is the beginning of Hurricane season in the caribbean, down in Bonaire & Curacao they are below the Hurricane belt so you're in the clear down there.

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

By the way, although the Summer is the beginning of Hurricane season in the caribbean, down in Bonaire & Curacao they are below the Hurricane belt so you're in the clear down there.

Thanks! I wasn't planning on involving hurricanes in the itinerary!

These are good ideas, diving is the main priority although that will only take a couple of weeks at the most so I do want other stuff to do...

Costa Rica is an interesting idea Sam!

Right second round of research!!

Thanks guys
m