I am brand new to the site, and am still a very new diver. I just got my Padi Open Water and Advanced Open Water this year. I haven`t been on a dive trip by myself yet - but January 2016 will be the time.
I will be leaving Vietnam on Jan 2 or 3, 2016, and I`d like to go somewhere in Southeast Asia or Indonesia for about a week to go diving. I am interested in the liveaboard option, but I think I`d like a resort of types that includes diving every day.
After a lot of research, I`m considering the Philippines.
Does anyone have any ideas or recommendations for a solo novice diver at the beginning of Jan? Specifically, I`d love any links to dive shops or companies that have packages.
I will be heading to Australia after this trip, as I`ll be living there for a year, so I don`t want to do Australia or New Zealand yet.
Welcome to SingleDivers!!! It appears you will be transtitioning between Vietnam & Australia around the first of the year. Usually, a recommendation of perusing the upcoming "Trips" planned for a dive vacation. I know there aren't any trips scheduled for period when you are moving. What part of Australia are you moving to?
Currently, I'm planning my first trip to the Philippines for Feb. & March, so I don't feel comfortable making a recommendation. I've made a couple of trips to Indonesia, and so far, it's the place I like diving best. I dived from 2 liveaboards, but due to the possibility of extreme currents, including down currents, I suggest you have more experience before making this type of trip. Also from my experience, probably most of the liveaboards for the first part of January 2016 are booked. I suggest you consider Lembeh, which is protected from most currents. I stayed here on my last trip, a family owned and operated resort. Lembeh is a special place, muck diving [fine volcanic black sand], which requires special attention of your fins in order not to disturb it. The best thing about this resort is the 2:1 ratio of divers to a guide, so you'll receive personalized service. I don't know if you need to rent dive gear. I don't believe this resort has rental gear, but if you contact them, they maybe able to arrange obtaining some. There are a number of other resorts in the area, which may have rental gear.
Congratulations, on becoming certified, you'll find peace and wonderment in diving. While I plan and book my own trips, Kamala makes it easy, look at the Maldives trip in 2017.
Good luck, good diving, be safe