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Bill22
07-24-2007, 13:38
Just dropping by. I grew up in Bryan/College Station. I lived in Florida for a while where Idid my PADI AOW and Cavern Specialty. While in Florida I dived up and down the coasts, the Keys, and a fair amount of caverns in North Florida. I've also dived St. Thomas and Jamaica.I live in Japan now courtesy of the US Navy. Yes we do dive here http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif I try to get wet at least a couple of times a week.I'm active in the local dive clubat Yokosuka Navy Base. Just went on a trip to Puerto Galera in the Philippines in May. Great diving! Really good "bang for the buck". The dollar goes a long way there.smileys/smiley4.gifI enjoyed the trip so much that I'mplanning another vacation there sometime in the next few months. I also hope to make it down to Okinawa later this year. Hoping to do a major trip next year. Either GBR and Coral Sea on a liveaboard or maybe Chuuk and Yap, with Guam thrown in at the end. Might as well take advantage of living on this side of the planet and all the money I can save on air fare.smileys/smiley4.gif I love diving, travel and photography.

mwhities
07-24-2007, 13:52
Welcome from across the water! I've always wantedt o go to Japan, I love their culture. Or at leats I think I do. A lot of people say that if I actually went over there, I wouldn't like it. To each his own... I'd eat all the Sushi and Sashami I could. :)

Cold water diving there or?

Michael

Harshal
07-24-2007, 15:44
Wow its good to know we have friendny divers all the way to Japan and checking on the forum.
<DIV>Welcome to the forum and keep us sending the information about the new and interesting species of marine life found around Japan</DIV>

Rascal1933
07-24-2007, 16:39
Hi Bill ! Greetings and Welcome to the ST Board.
<DIV>So a cave diver heh? http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley20.gif</DIV>
<DIV>Wow... I would love to dive in the Philippines.It must be good diving,if you are already planning a return trip!</DIV>
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<DIV>Cheers</DIV>

Bill22
07-24-2007, 16:55
Welcome from across the water! I've always wantedt o go to Japan, I love their culture. Or at leats I think I do. A lot of people say that if I actually went over there, I wouldn't like it. To each his own... I'd eat all the Sushi and Sashami I could. :)

Cold water diving there or?

Michael

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<DIV>The hot months here are August and September (Yokohama area). I'm told it will get up into the upper 90's with near 100% humidity (Just got here in January). Water temps right now are in the mid 60's. Not to different from diving springs in Florida.I'm diving with a 3mm with a hood and haven't had problems. I'm told that it will get down in the 40's in the winter and that by November I will need to be thinking about a dry suit http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif As for sushi and sashimi... I try to go out at least once a week. One of the few things I've found in Japan that isn't more expensive than in the states http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif. People are very friendly. We have several Japanese members of the dive club who are civilian employees on the base. </DIV>

Bill22
07-24-2007, 16:58
Wow its good to know we have friendny divers all the way to Japan and checking on the forum.
<DIV>Welcome to the forum and keep us sending the information about the new and interesting species of marine life found around Japan</DIV>
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<DIV>Just started diving here. I've been told that Hayama (one of the places that I've dived) is the one of the northernmost points to find hard corals. There are two small coral reefs off-shore there.</DIV>

Bill22
07-24-2007, 17:08
Hi Bill ! Greetings and Welcome to the ST Board.
<DIV>So a cave diver heh? http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley20.gif</DIV>
<DIV>Wow Iwould love to dive in the Philippines.It must be good diving,if you are already planning a return trip!</DIV>
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<DIV>Cheers</DIV>
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<DIV>Yes the diving was really good in the Philippines. Not surprising really when you consider the area of the world that's it's in. Here's a link to South Sea Divers, a website for the guys I'm considering diving with next time I go: http://www.southseadivers.com/main.html There's a downloadable video there if anyone would like to take a look. Here's another link for Asia Divers who I went diving with in May. http://www.asiadivers.com/ Both these operations are in Puerto Galera, Philippines.</DIV>

Moxie
07-24-2007, 21:53
Hello and welcome to Scubatoys Forum. I happen to love diving, travel and photography too.

Rascal1933
07-24-2007, 22:00
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<DIV>Hey Bill,</DIV>
<DIV>Go for it! &gt; Chuuk,Yap,and Guamwould be unreal to dive!</DIV>
<DIV>Thanks for the links in your post.</DIV>
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<DIV>O.K. you got my curiosity going....</DIV>
<DIV>What's a 2 tank dive cost there in the Philippines?</DIV>
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dmdoss
07-24-2007, 23:29
Welcome to ST.http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif

94GTStang
07-24-2007, 23:29
Hi and welcome! I'd love to check out Japan one of these days....

Bill22
07-25-2007, 02:10
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<DIV>Hey Bill,</DIV>
<DIV>Go for it! &gt; Chuuk,Yap,and Guamwould be unreal to dive!</DIV>
<DIV>Thanks for the links in your post.</DIV>
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<DIV>O.K. you got my curiosity going....</DIV>
<DIV>What's a 2 tank dive cost there in the Philippines?</DIV>
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<DIV>The going rate (can vary a little depending on where you go) is $24.00 for one tank. In Puerto Galera where I went in May they haveover 30 dive sites (wide variety) within a 15 minute boat ride. The usual pattern since everything is so close is to go out dive a tank and then come back and do your surface interval ashore. For $24.00 you get boat, guide, tanks, and weights. If you want to rent all your equipment add $4.00 for that. Nitrox is $5.00. You can get package deals of course which will bring the price down more. For instance with South Seas Divers you can get a Six Dive package for $120.00 which brings the price down to $20.00 a dive. I can dive with them for a week as a single diver for $399.00 ($309 if you bring a friend). This would includeyour room and12 dives(standard package). At Asia Divers you can stay for two weeks with unlimited diving (five scheduled boat dives a day, unlimited beach diving) for around $1200. This would include your room and breakfast each day. This compares pretty favorably to Florida where you would pay anywhere from $50.00 to $80.00 for a two tank dive. You might pay another $20.00 for tanks and if you wanted a guide that could be another $30.00. Not to mention the costs of hotels in Florida. I can stay on the beach in Puerto Galera for anywhere from $15-$35 dollars a night depending on how much I want in the way of amenities. I pay about $500 for a round trip ticket from Tokyo to Manila. </DIV>

Bill22
07-25-2007, 02:35
Hi and welcome! I'd love to check out Japan one of these days....
<DIV>Summer is not neccesarily the best time of year. Water is warmer but visibility is not as good in the Tokyo Bay area where we are. Winter time visibility is much better, but everyone is diving dry suits or 7mm. The diving is better in the Izu Pennisula area. The club is planning a trip to Izu next month which is a few hours from here.Here's a link for info on Izu: http://www.divejapan.com/izuhanto.htm Here's a link for a dive shop that also has some info on different dive sites in the Izu area: http://www.jue.jp/enPHPSESSID=541e3003f659e27a4e73ea330baaf6e3 Okinawa is more tropical and has good diving all year long. Oneof theJapanese members of our club was just in Okinawa a week ago. It's expensive here if you're not a member of a club. Two of our other club members are in the Philippines now. A few members are planning a trip to Guam in December. Here's a link for another dive shop in Tokyo: http://www.discoverydiverstokyo.com/ Just to give you a rough idea the exchange rate right now is around 120 yen to the dollar.</DIV>

Bill22
07-25-2007, 02:36
Hello and welcome to Scubatoys Forum. I happen to love diving, travel and photography too.
<DIV>Well that's a good start http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif</DIV>

Bill22
07-25-2007, 02:37
Welcome to ST.http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif
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<DIV>Thanks!http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif</DIV>

Rascal1933
07-25-2007, 16:42
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<DIV>Hi Again Bill!</DIV>
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<DIV>Thanks for the info on area dive cost.</DIV>
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<DIV>Wow... when you said: "good bang for the buck".The dollar goes a long way there." You were not kidding,that is very inexpensive!</DIV>
<DIV>Especially for all the great diving that you are getting. smileys/smiley14.gif</DIV>
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<DIV>Cheers,</DIV>
<DIV>Rascal</DIV>

Bill22
07-25-2007, 19:00
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<DIV>Hi Again Bill!</DIV>
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<DIV>Thanks for the info on area dive cost.</DIV>
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<DIV>Wow... when you said: "good bang for the buck".The dollar goes a long way there." You were not kidding,that is very inexpensive!</DIV>
<DIV>Especially for all the great diving that you are getting. smileys/smiley14.gif</DIV>
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<DIV>Cheers,</DIV>
<DIV>Rascal</DIV>
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<DIV>Here's a few links: http://www.tourism.gov.ph/great_hideaways/diving.asp </DIV>
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<DIV>This first one has some interesting statistics... for instance, according to the Department of Tourisim the average diver who visits the Philippines returns an average of 10 times! There are over 800 species of hard and soft corals, over 13,124 square miles of coral reefs, over 1000 species of marine life, including over 400 fish species. Some of the best wreck diving in Asia withshipwreck sites ranging from Spanish Galleons to WW II and later.</DIV>
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<DIV>Justas a basisfor comparison: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida has over 260 species of fish and around 80 species of coral. Buck Island Reef National Monument located off St. Croix claims just over 250 species of fish. Belize over 200 species of fish and 60 of coral. Bonaire which was called by Sport Diver Magazine "The Fish Capitol of the Carribbean" is at 371 species of fish and over a 120 species of coral. </DIV>
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<DIV>Other websites:</DIV>
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<DIV></DIV>http://www.philippinediving.com/ http://www.southseadivers.com/(theres a pretty cool video here)</DIV>
<DIV>http://www.asiadivers.com/ (this is who I dived with in May)</DIV>
<DIV>http://www.boracaydive.com/</DIV>
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<DIV>If anyone would like more info.... I have a lot of links to different websites and would be happy to answer any questions about my personal experiences smileys/smiley1.gif</DIV>

Rascal1933
07-25-2007, 19:28
Bill Thats Awesome! Excellent of you to offer the information to ST Community.
<DIV>It's like having a Insider to all the diving that's in your area/location http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley20.gif</DIV>
<DIV>Once again some great links to website info.</DIV>
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<DIV>I take a big dive trip every couple of years,and you really have me interested now.Yes willdefinitelypost you&gt;if I can getsomething solid set for this coming year.</DIV>
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Bill22
07-25-2007, 20:07
I'll be doing some further posts on diving in Japan also. Where we are near Tokyo Bay is not the best diving here. We can dive in Green Bay at the Naval Base. Thats an okay night dive. You can see squid out at night hunting. We go to Hayama quite a bit which is only about a 20 minute drive. There are two small coral reefs off the beach there. Also some interesting canyons and rock formations underwater (volcanic in nature) kelp, good fish life. Vis has been 10-15 feet on a good day. It's much better in the winter I'm told. I like doing the research and I like writing. I'm thinking about doing some articles and see if I can get published. Posting on the boards is good practice.http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley1.gif

Bill22
10-02-2014, 10:27
Kind of cool to go back in time and read my posts from 2007 when I first joined the forum :) It's interesting to see my plans at the time and what I actually ended up doing.... I ended up staying in Japan for 3 years. I transferred to San Diego in February 2010. During my time in Japan, I logged dives in Japan, Okinawa, Guam, and the Philippines. I logged close to a 100 dives in Japan, 6 in Okinawa (a typhoon picked the week of our trip to come by :( ) and 20 dives in Guam. I eventually made six trips and almost 200 dives in the Philippines, diving Malapascua, Anilao, Puerto Galera (twice), Moalboal, Dumaguete, Puerto Princesca, Tubbataha, El Nido, Coron, Bohol, and Southern Leyte. During my trips to the Philippines, I completed my Rescue Diver, along with Nitrox and Wreck Diving Specialties. I ended up being president of our dive club at Yokosuka Navy Base and started working on Divemaster, completing that in October 2011. My interest in underwater photography continued to grow with that becoming my primary pursuit. If anyone would like to see some of my photography visit: www.flickr.com/pacificdiveadventures/ and check out some of the albums there.

I logged barely two dozen dives in California and Mexico, before getting orders to Afghanistan leaving for training the beginning of July 2010. I opted to do my R&R in the Philippines while I was deployed to Afghanistan making a second trip to Malapascua and finally making it to Subic Bay for the wrecks :)

If you had told me in January 2011 that over 3 12 years would go by and I would not have gotten "wet" in all that time I would have laughed, but that is exactly what has happened. After returning from deployment to Afghanistan I retired from the Navy. Just over a week after retirement I had a job offer and was back in Afghanistan less than 2 months later. I spent 2 years in Afghanistan with only 21 days a year off. It may not be commonly know, but there's not much diving in the deserts of Afghanistan :D

So that brings me to the present. I dug out my dive equipment this week. I met with the owner of the local dive shop in Abilene yesterday. He's going to let me use the pool at his shop to for an equipment check and review skills a bit (I suspect a lot of it will be like riding a bike ;) ) I'm getting my regulators serviced.

Hopefully I can find some people to dive with here in Texas :)

fire diver
10-02-2014, 12:37
Welcome back!

navyhmc
10-02-2014, 13:27
Definitely welcome back, and thanks for your service!!!!

Zeagle Eagle
10-02-2014, 18:27
What flight did you take? I assume out of Narita?

Bill22
10-02-2014, 21:05
Welcome back!

Thanks :) I dropped my regs off today at ScubaToys for service. Any luck and I'll be in the water next weekend :)

Bill22
10-02-2014, 21:06
Definitely welcome back, and thanks for your service!!!!

Thanks and thank you for your service also Chief :)

Bill22
10-02-2014, 22:01
What flight did you take? I assume out of Narita?

I flew from Narita for the five trips to the Philippines that I made while I was in Japan. I also flew from Narita for my trip to Guam. I flew out of Haneda when I made my trip to Okinawa. When I transferred to San Diego, I flew out of Yokota AFB and then commercial once we arrived in the US.

Where were you stationed?