The blog is back! (Bira diving Q&A)
After a long slumber, the blog (and the website) have woken up and are ready to provide some relevant, useful, and hopefully interesting info along with an occasional pretty picture of our beautiful beach or the obligatory reef shark video or something else cool.
To start off, I’ll try to answer some of the most common questions we receive about diving in Bira.
Are you open?
Yes, indeed the camp is open and we have been for over 5 years now. Come on over!
When is the best time to go to Bira?
That depends on you. If you are a diver it is useful to know that visibility is usually very nice (20-40m) and the water temperature is around 28-29 degrees Celsius at many dive sites throughout the year. However, the temperature usually starts to drop in mid-June and stays at 24-27 degrees until October. This is known as the fishy sharky season. There just seems to be more of everything then including one thing that Bira diving has been known for, white tip reef sharks.
It can get a bit rainy in November and December and again also in April and May, but honestly, we are in the tropical pacific and weather is so unpredictable nowadays. Anything is possible (and thankfully, rain doesn’t affect our dives much).
We usually encounter strong west winds between December and mid-March so this can affect our ability to get out to the best dive sites. We still have options, but we often have to give the top sites a pass.
What else is Bira diving known for?
Bira is known for being a bit unknown and one of the coolest things about this is that there aren’t many divers or boats around. It is very common to not see any other divers during your dives (except your group, hopefully).
Bira diving features variety in dive site landscape such as sandy slopes, steep walls, and plateaus. Aquatic life you are likely to see here include green turtles, whitetip reef sharks, marble rays, stingrays, napoleon wrasses, bumphead parrotfish, tunas, trevallies, snappers, fusiliers, octopus, cuttlefish, nudibranchs, mantis shrimps, pipefish, leaf scorpionfish, frogfish, and much more. Anything is possible between July and October, the big fish season, when divers have seen grey reef sharks, thresher sharks, hammerheads, manta rays and mola molas.
Are the dive sites okay for beginners?
While there can be strong currents at some sites, we make sure that we choose dive sites that are appropriate for our divers based on their certification level, experience, and comfort. We check weather, tides, and currents when we plan and check the currents upon arriving at the dive sites. We almost always have sites available that can be dived by all.
Can you tell me more?
Thanks for reading. Sampai jumpa!
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