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Where are the nomad hotspots where you can scuba dive?

 

by @madsn_ | 6yr  | 20 comments

Nomad-to-be here, wondering about destinations that offer a good mix of:

  1. Low cost of living
  2. Decent internet
  3. Scuba diving

Phuket seems an obvious choice, but Iโ€™m hoping there are some nomad scuba divers here who can share their experiences.

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Fiji is not a bad place, you can dive almost everywhere, you also have stunning spots like the rainbow reef and also beqa shark diving. Cost of living is decent and internet is pretty good, as long you are not going to super remote islands. (but even at remote islands there is still a big chance you have internet access)

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@levelsio | 4yr

Added some more diving spots here:

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@stephanie | 4yr

Over the years I spent time in Dahab Egypt on the Red Sea. Itโ€™s an economical and low-key kind of a place. Recently a work/ live space for entrepreneurs and digital nomads opened there. http://www.coworkinn-dahab.com

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@purplespatula | 4yr

Dahab is fun with lots of different activities beyond exploring the underwater wonderland. @yanokwa and I were just there and enjoyed it. We heard itโ€™s possible to get Internet speeds up to 8Mbps around town but in reality we never got more than 1.5Mbps and often much worse so we generally tethered. Coworkinn Dahab doesnโ€™t really have a space or a community yet but Mira who is starting the project is very sweet. Expect to have to work out of open-air restaurants and mostly tether for any of serious web-based work.

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@adrienbetweets | 2yr

More than scuba, Dahab is a watersport heaven: freediving (apnea), scuba diving, kite surfing, wind surfing, you name it.

Dahab is the home of The Blue Hole (100m deep), the most legendary freediving spot in the world. Where many world record of depth on one breath have been broken.

I went in details about Dahab for digital nomads in the thread below :slight_smile:

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@lightmotif | 4yr

Malta (specifically Gozo) is world renown for diving and snorkeling. Itโ€™s beautiful and I found an incredibly cheap AirBnB in Marsalforn, though I didnโ€™t meet any nomads there. There are some nomad meetups on the main island of Malta, from what I understand. Anyway, it was great break, and the wifi was good.

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@jerbersoft | 4yr

Manila, Philippines! The capital city of the Philippines with better infrastructure than any city here. The diving spots are just 3 hours away. To the north is Subic with shipwrecks - good for recreational and technical diving. To the south is Anilao and Verde Island with over 40 dive sites, you canโ€™t go wrong. Iโ€™m a frequent diver in Anilao and yet I have not dived ALL 40 of them. Really great sites for macro, muck diving, current, etc. Also, Verde Island is the center of marine biodiversity. All of them just 3 hours away from Manila.

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@jamesds | 5yr

Koh Lanta has decent diving (apparently. Iโ€™ll know for sure in a few weeks) and a co-working space called Koh Hub http://kohub.org/.

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@madhu | 5yr

Sri Lanka would be a perfect place to scuba dive. Very affordable living with good internet too!

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@johnnyfd | 5yr

As a divemaster with over 800+ dives across Asia and the Caribbeans I can tell you that Koh Lanta is currently the only nomad hotspot with exceptional diving, the only downside is the diving season is only from November - May. Hereโ€™s my digital nomad guide to Koh Lanta.

Koh Phangan is an up and coming nomad hotspot with KoHub with a fantastic dive site called Sail Rock locally, but itโ€™s pretty much the ONLY dive site there worth going to.

The other option which is what I do is base myself in Chiang Mai and take cheap flights to do liveaboards in the similan islands (guide to diving the similans), Koh Phi Phi, or the amazing diving in Borneo.

Hereโ€™s a dive I did in Koh Lanta and why I like it so much.

Here is diving on Phi Phi which is decent as well:

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@kevinohashi | 5yr

Another vote for Koh Lanta. I spent 2.5 months there this year and a month last year primarily for the diving originally, but KoHub appeared November 2014 and makes it an attractive nomad spot as well. Very happy with the folks at http://lantadiver.com

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@thetwopct | 5yr

Iโ€™d say Koh Lanta in Thailand is a great spot for you - cheap living, great diving spots and centres, and there is good internet in plenty of places, including KoHub www.kohub.org coworking space (so a great community too)

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@destiny | 6yr

Cebu, Philippines, the best dives are 3 to 4 hours away, malapascua, moalboal and it has connecting ferries to other parts of Visayas that has great diving.

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@notanomad | 6yr

Iโ€™ll second the recommendations for the Philippines
Coron is very pretty but with slow internet, Cebu is a proper city with less charm than the rest of the islandโ€ฆ (like Moalboal if you want to stay somewhere a five minute walk from an excellent snorkelling spot) and somewhere like Dumaguete would be a decent compromise between the two

Beyond Phuket, Thailand has plenty of other decent options like Ko Lanta, Ko Tao or Samui

Bali is the other obvious bet; even if you were to base yourself in inland Ubud which seems to be the working nomad Mecca, trips to dive sites should be possible.

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@aldekein | 6yr

Samui/Phangan has almost no diving, compared to Koh Tao, which is a local diving Mecca.

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@busdriver | 4yr

Well, you might want to add Ubud (Bali) is 1-2 hours from the sea (at least and traffic can be painful in Bali).
Cebu City has reasonable good internet but itโ€™s a long drive from dive spots too. Dumaguete would be 1/2 day trip from Cebu City, same for Malapascua (sweet little island, internet was OK-ish with 3G, better get 2 different providers, resorts can have good internet there).

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@manu | 6yr

Last year I stayed in Coron for 1 month. Prices are about 30% lower than in Thailand. And they have many wreck dives for all skill levels.

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@wanderingdev | 6yr

I would say central america caribbean side would be a good option.

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@manu | 6yr

More specific, please?

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@wanderingdev | 6yr

Tulum and Playa del Carmen in Mexico. Belize and Panama would be good options as well but Iโ€™ve not been there personally.

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Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.

I would love to get your feedback regarding the best insurance for digital nomads. i'm traveling around Asia since 1 year and for next 4 or 5 years. Would love to buy an insurance to cover especially :

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I dream of being a digital nomad? How do I do it?


by @programmingmark | 6mo 5 months ago | 2 comments

Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

I have made attempts in the past to start an online business, but these fizzle out quite quickly when I do not see traction especially when the goal I have set myself is too high.

Instead of reaching for the ultimate nomadic lifestyle goal, I want to start much smaller. Really small! I am simply looking to make $50 profit per month from a new online business. Thatโ€™s it.

I need some advice from you please!

  • Is $50 profit too low? How long did it take you to earn $50 profit per month?

  • What is a good way of achieving this goal?

Thanks
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aka the $0 online business entrepreneur

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Are there any nomad meetups in Osaka?


in Osaka, Japan by @freddychanut | 6mo 6 months ago | 1 comment

Will be in Osaka this April/May and was curious to discover interesting groups/events.
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How do digital nomads pay tax?


by @rodriigovieira | 6mo 6 months ago | 19 comments

Hello everyone! Iโ€™m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesnโ€™t leave my head.

How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if youโ€™re constantly traveling, how are you going to pay taxes for a certain country if you are going to stay there a short period of time?
Or do you return to your โ€œoriginal countryโ€ and then pay them?

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Are there nomad families here and how do you choose your next destination?


by @martinratinaud | 7mo 6 months ago | 4 comments

All members of my family has different needs and hobbies so how do you pick the perfect places?

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My first time nomad-ing... Spain or Portugal?


in Portugal by @jasraj | 7mo 6 months ago | 6 comments

Hey everyone,

Iโ€™m a freelance + nomad newbie, off for my 1st proper trip in May. Iโ€™m wanting to spend a month somewhere and go from there.

I just came back from Slovenia/Ljubljana and loved it there (just a week). I donโ€™t mind โ€œsleepierโ€ places par-say, as long as theyโ€™re close to a beach or nature of some kind. In fact, I kinda like places less-busy and a bit smaller/cosier.

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-> Have you every nomad-ed in a Spanish/Portuguese city? Iโ€™d love to know where and what you liked/disliked :slight_smile:

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Anyone know an accountant for Canadian nomads/expats?


by @noam_lightstone | 7mo 7 months ago | 16 comments

Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.

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by @rose_davis | 8mo 8 months ago | 7 comments

Hi!

I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

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I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wonderingโ€ฆ Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Donโ€™t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?

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by @levelsio | 9mo 8 months ago | 61 comments

Thereโ€™s been a lot of discussion on this recently.

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I donโ€™t want do physical stuff, so Iโ€™m thinking of building a platform around making housing better for nomads.

What are the housing problems nomads face? And how can we solve them with products/services?

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by @brmolin | 10mo 10 months ago | 4 comments

I vaguely remember hearing about such a service before, but Iโ€™m drawing a blank on the name. Basically I left my tablet on a connecting flight in Europe, right before my main flight to Thailand. They have my tablet and are willing to ship it out for me, but people have warned me thereโ€™s a big risk of it getting โ€œlost in the mailโ€ if I ship something expensive like that to Thailand.

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Are there any nomads from India?

 

in India by @ankitdas123 | 10mo 10 months ago | 56 comments

I have seen a lot of posts from different people across the world, but not even a single post from someone in India, who has been a nomad, either living within the country or traveling to another one.

Would definitely love to hear stories from such people. We are a couple traveling as social nomads who are trying to bridge the gap between the rural and urban societies in India. We have started out very humble and do not have much resources, so looking out for help from the community.

Ankit & Rishika
Around Love and Life

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How is Sicily for digital nomads?


by @gaelm | 10mo 10 months ago | 15 comments

Hi all, I was looking for a cool spot in Southern Europe for winter and Iโ€™m considering Sicilyโ€ฆ Have you ever been there? If yes, how was your experience? If not, why?
thanks!

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How is Bari, Italy for digital nomads?


in Bari, Italy by @mitch_dina | 10mo 10 months ago | 7 comments

Greetings!
Does anyone have experience in Bari, Italy please? We are thinking of going from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Bari by boat in mid-March. Has anyone taken a boat across? Is it nice or can it be choppy? (We are trying to avoid planes, to reduce our carbon footprint, so adding more surface travel.) Also, any info you might be able to offer about Bari and the surrounds? Next step will likely be trains up Italy as the Spring progresses.

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