Do you recommend any snorkelling spots in the nothern half of Taiwan? I am actually looking forward to getting in the water this year. It would be great to have some good places to go to.[/quote]
I’ve been diving on the Northeast Coast for almost 15 years, and know some decent spots for snorkeling.
An easy one that you can do while playing at the beach in Fulong. There is a shallow reef on the Southern end behind the harbor/temple. Have seen morays/octopus/lionfish etc…
Are you talking about just floating on the surface or actually descending down to 10 meters or so? If you have some decent freediving skills you can see almost anything the divers can. Floating on the surface will limit your choices to very shallow reefs due to reduced visibility.
It’s going to take the water a few months to warm up again. The current ocean temperature is something like 15C. Cold but clear. If you have a decent 5mm suit and hood and gloves then you could give it a shot. Calm days are hard to come by this time of year with the predominant winds out of the Northeast.
Make sure to carry a dive knife with you anywhere on the Northeast coast, even while snorkeling. Getting caught in a fishing net can ruin your entire day…
Getting back on topic, diving is a zero gravity environment, which if done with recognition of the limitations put on oneself due to a medical condition, might actually be good for the joints. Imagine a nice shallow drift dive, with minimum kicking and no weight placed on the affected arthritic areas.
Now local diving usually includes driving to the destination, hauling your own tanks, suiting up in the blinding heat, and then a long walk to your entry. That’s going to be the hardest part of the dive for someone with arthritis…Boat diving would fit your needs better.
And don’t worry about lack of exercise…You’ll lose up to a thousand calories per hour through heat loss alone.