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Volivoli Beach Resort

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Wow! I've been to many dive resorts all around the world, and Volivoli Beach Resort is one of my favorite!
Diving
If you love colorful soft coral reefs supporting thousands of tropical fish, there is no better than the Vatu-I-Ra passage in the Bligh Water. Ra Divers have really stable dive boats that can move fast. It still takes about 45 minutes to get to the Vatu-I-Ra passage, but the diving is well worth the long ride. Diving on the reefs closer to the resort are also really good, but Vatu-I-Ra passage is the main event of a dive trip here. There is a house reef, but it is mainly muck diving, although I saw a couple of giant frogfish and seahorses.
Resort
The resort is located on a hill, so there are a lot of stairs, especially if you are in a standard or deluxe room. Walking from the dive shop located at the beach level all the way up requires a few stops along the way. Luckily there are at least 3 bars on the way up with at least one of them hosting a happy hour at any one time. Half way up is also the pool, but it large for a dive resort, and also has a swim up bar. The recreation room is next to the pool. There are multiple activities throughout the week like a kava ceremony and traditional dances from the village nearby.
Accommodation
All rooms come with a view which is one of the benefits of being on a hill. Some have an ocean view, and some have a view of the mountains and bay. Both views are amazing. If you are a couple, upgrade to a premium oceanview room. These are a lot more spacious than the standard and deluxe rooms, come with a lot more privacy and are half way up to the top of the hill.
Food
Meal time is one of the most exciting times at Volivoli. The menu is extensive so you can try something different every day. Dishes are extremely tasty and well presented. I am not one that usually go for dessert, but their Volivoli Reef Shark dessert is out of this world. The diving area was recently remodeled and it is very fancy for a dive resort (in a good way). It is open and very breezy. The restaurant is indoors but let's in a lot of light during the day, and the mood lighting at night is perfect. There is also a large bar in the restaurant, and a lounge area as you enter the complex.

The combination of excellent diving, good dive boat, excellent food and nice accommodations makes Volivoli a real treat.

Visited on 03/2020 - Submitted on 03/30/2020
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Best Diving in Thailand - Top 8

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Thailand is not on many seasoned dive travelers bucket list, but here are a few reasons why it should be:
- world class dive sites like Richelieu Rock in the Similan Islands, King Cruiser wreck in Koh Phi Phi, and the pinnacles of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang
- go in the right season (Dec to Mar) and you should see a ton of marine life including big schools of jack and barracuda, whale sharks, mantas and many more
- good for macro and wide angle
- really friendly people and amazing food
- great beaches, isolated islands, and fun cities to visit before or after diving
- very affordable and easy on the pocket
I was on a liveaboard trip and that is the best way to dive Thailand as most of the best dive sites are a long commute from land.

Visited on 01/2016 - Submitted on 03/24/2020
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Malapascua Island

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Malapascua is a must do destination because it is one of the few places in the world where a diver can reliably see thresher sharks up close ... everyday! The sharks are at a pinnacle named Monad Shoal and they come up to the top of the pinnacle at 80ft to get cleaned. This happens at dawn so boats have to leave early in the morning. The payoff though is the chance to see thresher sharks and devil rays.
Lighthouse Reef is also a great dive to do at dusk because there are mating mandarinfish there.
The rest of the dives around Malapascua is mainly macro, with an an amazing array of nudibranchs, seahorse including pygmy seahorse, octopus including blue ring octopus, cuttlefish, frogfish and many more critters. The only downside is that divers can see some signs of reef destruction.
For some nice reefs, sharks and lots of banded sea snakes, do a day trip to Gato Island.
The island itself is small with most of the dive resorts located right on the white sand beach.

Visited on 02/2012 - Submitted on 03/10/2020
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Paradise Taveuni Fiji

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The resort has been completely rebuilt after Hurricane Winston in 2016. It is family owned and has the perfect personalized feel for all guests. It is the only dive resort in the south of Taveuni and is the perfect dive getaway for couples.
The bures are all very well designed with french doors, four poster king beds and a separate living area that an extra bed can be added.
Food is excellent as the owner Allan is a chef by trade. If you would like to have a private dinner by the ocean, just ask and they will set up a table for you there. The grounds are very well kept and all the staff are very friendly, accommodating and helpful.
Paradise Taveuni provides access to 3 different reefs and a nice variation of diving. The famous Rainbow Reef is a 30 minute boat ride away and has some of the better soft coral reefs in Fiji. Vuna Reef is about 10 minutes away and while it isn't as colorful as rainbow Reef, they do have some dramatic geological formations. The house reef is an easy giant stride from the dock and has many critters like garden eels, leaf scorpionfish and cuttlefish.
There is a large dedicated camera room, a stocked dive shop with full rental gear and multiple boats for all group sizes.

Visited on 05/2015 - Submitted on 11/07/2017
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Fun Baja

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We had a great group trip with Fun Baja in La Paz. Their divemasters were not only very knowledgeable about the dive sites, but also very flexible with what our group wanted to do, and made the diving and boat rides extremely fun. They put together a great trip for us which included a couple nights camping (glamping) on Isla Espiritu Santo Island which was phenomenal. We did sea lions, whale sharks, dolphins, giant jawfish, wrecks and a mobula ray night dive. They took our group of 20 out on their newly acquired large boat which was unfortunately slow but we made most of the long boat ride. I believe they have since made the boat faster. Lunch is served on the boat and could be better, but we had tamales one day which was very tasty!

Visited on 11/2017 - Submitted on 11/07/2017
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Cocos Island

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Cocos is scalloped hammerhead central. If you want to get close to hammerheads daily, and see a wall of hammerhead sharks, there are not many places that can compare than Cocos. Expect to also see massive schools of Jacks, lots of marbled rays, Galapagos sharks, silvertip sharks, silky sharks and white tip reef sharks. Making an occasional appearance are also tiger sharks, whale sharks and mantas. leave your macro lens at home. The best night dive in the world can also be found in Cocos where you see hundreds of whitetips hunting for food and getting into a feeding frenzy. There is no need for baited shark dives. The island itself is a beauty. You will pass by numerous waterfalls on your way to the dive sites. A visit to to the ranger station and a hike up to a viewpoint is also a must do on Cocos Island.
A dive trip to Cocos is an adventure of a lifetime and well worth the 36 hour crossing from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica.

Visited on 10/2016 - Submitted on 11/06/2017
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Cocos Island

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Cocos is scalloped hammerhead central. If you want to get close to hammerheads daily, and see a wall of hammerhead sharks, there are not many places that can compare than Cocos. Expect to also see massive schools of Jacks, lots of marbled rays, Galapagos sharks, silvertip sharks, silky sharks and white tip reef sharks. Making an occasional appearance are also tiger sharks, whale sharks and mantas. leave your macro lens at home. The best night dive in the world can also be found in Cocos where you see hundreds of whitetips hunting for food and getting into a feeding frenzy. There is no need for baited shark dives. The island itself is a beauty. You will pass by numerous waterfalls on your way to the dive sites. A visit to to the ranger station and a hike up to a viewpoint is also a must do on Cocos Island.
A dive trip to Cocos is an adventure of a lifetime and well worth the 36 hour crossing from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica.

Visited on 10/2016 - Submitted on 11/06/2017
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Fish 'n Fins Palau

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Fish n Fins is the first dive center to open in Palau. The current owners, Tova and Navot are very respected divers in the Palau diving community. They have a great crew of captains, divemasters and office staff that will take care of your every need. Their dive center is located minutes from downtown Koror and many of the top resorts that divers stay at. There is also a muck dive right at their dive center dock where there are mating mandarinfish. Just ask them and they will hand you a tank and show you where to go.
They have boat sizes for all groups, from smaller speed boats to luxury liveaboards, the Ocean Hunter II. The dive shop is stocked with everything you need including reef hooks. There are large rinse tanks for all your gear, including camera gear. As a bonus, they have a bar/restaurant where you can grab a beer and some local snacks when your boat returns after an awesome day of diving.

Visited on 07/2016 - Submitted on 11/05/2017
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Quino El Guardian

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This is not a luxury liveaboard, but is one of the best liveaboards I have been on. Cabins are quad share and bathrooms are located on the dive deck and shared among all the guests.
The Quino used to be, and still is a research vessel. They conduct citizen scientist trips where a scientist is on board and conducting research. Divers get to experience a marine scientist at work, with presentations from the scientist and divers can sometimes even assist in some research.
If you spend a lot of time in the cabins of a liveaboard, this one is not for you. If you like interacting with the other divers and making new diving friends, there are few liveaboard better at fostering this than the Quino. This is a very fun liveaboard for singles travelers.
While the cabins and bathrooms might be 3 star, the FOOD is nothing short of 5 STARS. Easily the best food on any liveaboard I've been on. The chef is top notch, and the rest of the crew are also really amazing.
There is also a tv lounge area, a massive camera table, nice open dining area and a large sun deck with shade.

Visited on 03/2016 - Submitted on 11/05/2017
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Palau Royal Resort

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Palau Royal is a great value option in Palau. It is a large hotel with tennis courts, pool and even their own private beach. The rooms are simple but clean and well decorated, and they all have a balcony. Some balconies face the garden/pond/marina and some face the beach/sea. The breakfast restaurant is large and has good asian and western breakfast options. I didn't have lunch/dinner in the hotel. A famous Palau restaurant called Carp is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. There is a bar in the restaurant and a poolside bar too. Downtown Koror is about a 5-10min taxi ride away and the front desk will call a taxi.
There is no shore diving, but there are wrecks within a short 5-10 min boat ride from the resort and some of the more famous dive sites like Blue Corner and German Channel are about 30 mins from the resort.

Visited on 11/2017 - Submitted on 11/05/2017
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