I realise this is a bit far south for you northern dwelling divers but, is anyone interested in diving Dungji Island? This island is part of the Penghu group of islands and is situated midway between Taiwan and Penghu proper. Dungji offers the best diving for all the Penghu Island group, visibility is within the 30M plus range year round, it has excellent marine life and corals and is, according to those who have been there, similar to Orchid Island for vis and marine life.
The trip will take place, weather permitting on July 29th and 30th or August 5th and 6th whichever looks best for the weather. At the moment the dive plan looks like this: Leave Kaohsiung harbour Saturday morning [on the dive boat] and arrive at Dongji around lunch time. Have 2 dives in the afternoon followed by a night dive. Overnight on Dongji Island in a local hostel (air con) . Next day have 2 more dives in the morning [maybe 3 if we have time and weather is OK] and head back to Kaohsiung arriving about 5pm.
The boat belongs to a buddy of mine Mr.Tseng who owns a dive shop in Kaohsiung. He is a very experienced diver (an instructor and ex hard hat) and boat capt and has dived over at Dongji
many times. The boat can carry 18 to 20 divers with gear and tanks.
Total cost of the trip will be NT$7000. This price includes boat, tanks, weight belts, food and accommodation. This trip is open to all experienced divers. Gear rental if required is extra. Please contact me about this if you need to rent gear and I will ask what is available and how much, but you would be better off renting gear where you live as you need to fit it etc.
This represents a rare opportunity to go to Dungji Island. I for one have never been there and I have been diving here for 18 years! There are a few spots left on the boat but they are going fast so if you would like to dive this trip contact me ASAP. I will give you departure time when I have it but probably about 0900 on the 29th or the 5th.
See my website for details. taiwandive.com