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    Default Anyone here scuba-dives in Batam and its islands?

    Hi... wonder if there is anyone here who has experienced diving in Batam or any of the Riau islands nearby?

    Just wanna check how's the water and underwater view there. Worth going? Is it comparable to those in Bali or Bintan?

    Thanks for your sharing and advice.

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    Default Re: Anyone here scuba-dives in Batam and its islands?

    1st off... we do have a Underwater Section in ClubSNAP.

    2nd... Not really worth the cost and effect to dive in Batam or around most of the easily accessible location in around Riau islands. Water condition is mid-core at the best... marine life nothing to shout about (same same as Tioman or Dayang/Aur).

    3rd... Scuba Diving is totally difference in Bali... more choices of divesites.. alot more diversity in term of dive condition/environment and marine creatures.

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    Default Re: Anyone here scuba-dives in Batam and its islands?

    Oh thanks for the pointer. Not sure how I can "transfer" this post to the Underwater section. If mod sees this, please help me do so.

    I'm just beginner in diving so your advice helps. I was reading up on Batam and came across an island called "Abang Besar" south of Batam. Some say it's good. Have you been there, either for diving or recreation?

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    Default Re: Anyone here scuba-dives in Batam and its islands?

    For a beginner it is more essential to find a good buddy or group to tag along with. They should consider your level of experience, of course. With a good and trusty buddy it's much better and more enjoyable. And the experience of the others will help to find good spots.
    PM me for personal recommendations of dive centers / spots, it would be advertising if I list it here.
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    Default Re: Anyone here scuba-dives in Batam and its islands?

    Personally I prefer Krabi, and you engage a boatman to take you island hopping. I skip Phi Phi Island as it is too commercialised. Snorkelling or Scuba diving spots are excellent around the many islands - my favourite is Koh Hong.

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