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    I love BugDreamer's videos. Sadly didn't get to meet him when we were on Mermaid, he was on his holidays.

    As I said, we did the Banda Sea crossing in April/May 2016 and El Nino was in full effect with incredibly high sea temperatures (31/32C) at the islands that were nearest Ambon. Much cooler in the South but there's a good reason the Sep/Oct/Nov charters are fully booked for years and there are often big discounts to be had on the April/may crossing.

    I'd still say Alor was a stunning dive destination with a good chance of seeing big stuff. Big currents and big animals often go together. We had a wonderful time and would go back. Still very off the beaten path and only 3 land based dive operations. Pantar Island is the quintessential tropical Island paradise. We only dived Yellow Corner or Current Alley or whatever it's called these days once when we were there last time but more through choice. We did see grey reefs off the plateau and the guides saw the hammerheads but they were way down below 40m. Every dive I looked out into the blue hoping to see the huge big eye of a blue/fin whale but they only passed by when we were eating breakfast.

    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogfone View Post


    Every dive I looked out into the blue hoping to see the huge big eye of a blue/fin whale but they only passed by when we were eating breakfast.

    Sharon

    Then clearly should should have had breakfast at a different time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogfone View Post
    I love BugDreamer's videos. Sadly didn't get to meet him when we were on Mermaid, he was on his holidays.

    As I said, we did the Banda Sea crossing in April/May 2016 and El Nino was in full effect with incredibly high sea temperatures (31/32C) at the islands that were nearest Ambon. Much cooler in the South but there's a good reason the Sep/Oct/Nov charters are fully booked for years and there are often big discounts to be had on the April/may crossing.

    I'd still say Alor was a stunning dive destination with a good chance of seeing big stuff. Big currents and big animals often go together. We had a wonderful time and would go back. Still very off the beaten path and only 3 land based dive operations. Pantar Island is the quintessential tropical Island paradise. We only dived Yellow Corner or Current Alley or whatever it's called these days once when we were there last time but more through choice. We did see grey reefs off the plateau and the guides saw the hammerheads but they were way down below 40m. Every dive I looked out into the blue hoping to see the huge big eye of a blue/fin whale but they only passed by when we were eating breakfast.

    Sharon
    Marcello's trip video is one of the only ones I've ever bought. Really great footage, really well put together. He's a very talented chap all in all, and very nice to boot!

    Alor was nice but that water is darn cold at times (we hit 22C when the thresher came in). We saw all the whales etc from the surface and they were mainly further north when we were there.

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    By the way, I do not really like the Banda Sea. Everything is good and beautiful, but there is no desire to come again and again.
    Last edited by DavChMsl; 26-10-2019 at 06:03 PM.

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    It's right! Quite often, you have to adjust your meal time to see all the fun.


 
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