With high hopes I came here after a 4 yr gap in diving - what a shock it was to see with every dive dead or dying bleached coral everywhere. Not very much sea life down there also.. Visibility was good and bad at times.. Best was 15-20 m whole worst was 6 m visibility.
This place is similar to how bad the diving in Thailand has become. The only place I can recommend in SE Asia now is the Philippines. The diving is great there.
The island itself is decent, but overrun by tourists and overworked horse carts. Food is pretty underwhelming and twice the price of Bali.
The northern beaches which used to be nice are now littered with trash and rubbish from the locals.
The beaches ringing the whole island used to be nice to walk on barefoot but now are covered with lots of sharp, dead coral washed in from the sea.
What a waste of a beautiful place.
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