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BEST ISLAND TO DIVE INDONESIA
I am havıng a baby ın June.. July I want to be on an idyllic place, clean, beautiful, close to doctors and markets, where accommodation can be rustic, clean, AC maybe (incase the baby melts!! Fucckkkk!) and comfortable but also natural :) ..
AND where the diving is cheap and awesome so I can dıve every day whıle the baby sleeps and gets used to thıs beautıful planet...
Anyone know of such a place.. I know ın other countries but was thınkıng Indonesıa be good start ın lıfe :)
Helppp ıf you can!! Id love any advıce.. comments!
I read your posting many times and intrigued by it.
So you are coming to Indonesia to give birth and then dive afterwards? I'm just curious, if you are having normal delivery, how long after the labor can u actually dive?
And I believe it would be impossible for you to do it if you're having a Cesarean right?
I happen to live in Indonesia, Jakarta to be exact, and As far as I know the hospitals which have the good standard of delivering babies are not the ones by the dive sites. Except you are okay with the minimum standards.
Nonetheless, the ones in Jakarta are some of the best hospitals in Indonesia, but I'm not sure if the doctors here allow you to dive right away.
I just Read your Post, I had been In Indo for 2 months and I went to so many hospitals In Bali , Actually u can find a good Australian hospital also they are really nice but i m not sure in your case, but u can find nice hospital in Bali and if u go for a dive Gili Island which Is close there :)
Take your time ,
.... lovely idea ! :-)
I don't know it you heard about Raja Ampat.
"Raja Ampat is considered a major epicenter of marine biodiversity, with over 550 corals (75% of all species that exist in the world), around 700 kinds of mollusks and 1,427 species of fish inhabiting these waters."
Some friends went to this small resort called "Raja Ampat Biodiversity", and they loved it! They have really good prices. It's a quiet place to relax in, I don't know if you are looking for a crowded place...
But I don't know how close are doctors in that island... you should check it out pictures of Raja Ampat. Still is not really touristic which is great to be relaxed in a place! in peace with nature!
stay in sorowako
Hi, I lived in Indonesia, if you want to have such facilities and good dive, you can look into Manado city (north celebes), You can find decent place to stay in the city get all the facilities you need (doctors, market, restaurant, bars), and you can dive only one hour boat ride to Bunaken which is awesome.
In Jakarta there are good hospitals, such as RS Pondok Indah, And Siloam. But living in Jakarta would be stressful for you and for your babies since traffic is horrible etc. Closest dive site is probably Kepulauan Seribu which you can reach in about 1 hour by boat.
I'm not really familiar in terms of hospital in Bali. Assuming that there are a lot of foreigns families (restaurant owners, yoga lovers, hotel owners etc) who live in Bali, I would think that there are good hospitals in Bali. Yes I would stick to International Hospitals.
Dives sites in Bali are mostly located in the northern part of the island. From kuta, let say, it's about 3 hours by car.
I do think Bali is the best option for you. It has a balance between city life and nature dive sorta life. You can easily go to hospital, school, supermarket, bars, restaurants, etc and also easy to hop in the ocean to surf or dive :)
Bali is also close to Lombok and Gili islands.
When you're lucky, Gili T has a lot of bumphead fish.
In terms of corals, Bali is way better.
For more dive info.
Good luck! :)
Your first baby? Partner on board? Sorry to be intrusive, but these are important considerations I think... Having the baby is over in a few hours and you may not even need a major hospital, but the baby is forever, God willing, and the power of your new feelings will change who you are. It is possible that you will not want to leave baby much or at all! when it is so little, even for *Diving*... Of course baby can not be left alone ever, and should be in body contact almost all the time-- hope we are on the same page here, because that is what is expected in Indonesia, and you want to do what's right. If you have the perfect partner and are able to pump milk and store it safely, that could help; partner can take baby anywhere in a sling (selendang) and feed it, though people will giggle at a guy doing that. Partner is also mad about diving and Indonesia? Good.
But you two need not be alone in your new lives. It should be easy to find a helper (pembantu) with kids of her own, maybe another baby, maybe even one willing to nurse yours too-- that will be another big help. To develop a good trusting relationship with her, and her extended family, which will become yours, you need to be ready to spend your visa time in one place. Best would be a seaside village, and yes, Bali would be a very good home. Lots to do, wonderful art, and people are used to mad foreigners dropping in; live there a while and you will be no longer foreign, but an ibu among many... Get used to learning details of child care from other mothers, and be ready to put yourselves through all the essential rituals, it will make a huge difference to how you are welcomed. Community pressure may also affect the time you want to give to diving? But prove it's okay and they will love you however gila you are.
Since you don't know anybody yet (I assume), I suggest getting in email touch small rural dive centers where you can rent equipment, maybe NE-coast, and telling them your plans. Ask if any one of their employees lives in a nearby village and if his or her family would be willing to take you in, or if they can help find you a nice host family. I would skip the AC, you will just get colds, and the sea wind is pleasant-- but a refrigerator is important, and so is bug mesh (get a big kelambu stitched up to cover the whole bed or the whole room). Sarongs will be comfortable and very useful to wrap the baby as needed. Check out Mead and Bateson's picture book "Balinese Character" to see what people traditionally do for baby needs.
Keep in touch with me if you like, I would love to know how it works out for you. Tell your mom it is not a mad idea, but entirely practical, and it should be wonderful!