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Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part II, 08/2014

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Luggage fees: the bane of the traveling diver. You may be the best bargain hunter when it comes to scoring airfare deals to Indonesia, but if you don't know how to cut down on dive gear, photo equipment and personal items, your savings will be eaten up in excess baggage costs. These days, finding an affordable flight to a dive destination is only half the battle. We asked our Undercurrent contributors -- heavy-duty travelers -- as well as our readers for their tips on saving money and shedding weight to hedge the cost of flying....  Read more >

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Indigo Dive and Dive St. Vincent: Bill Tewes is gone, but it's still macro nirvana
Jean-Michel Cousteau opens up a new dive operation in Petit St. Vincent
Geko Dive in eastern Bali: five-star muck and reef diving for all budgets
Drop the dive travel weight: Part II -- how to pare down clothes and photo gear to just one bag
How John Bantin escaped a burning liveaboard in the Red Sea
Regulator-removing diver charged with "terroristic threatening"
Why did this shark diver disappear?
Fish ID apps for your smartphone and tablet
• and much more

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Big Blue Unlimited/Barefoot Palms villa Report in Turks and Caicos/Provo
filed Aug 20, 2014 by Michael Traylor (experience 501-1000 dives)
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We rented a house about 200 yds from the beach at the east end- of Provo; fixed our meals there; everything is very expensive, including dining and groceries. Big B... ... Read more

Peter Hughes -- Komodo Dancer/Komodo Dancer Report in Indonesia/Komodo
filed Aug 19, 2014 by C Kapfer (experience 251-500 dives)
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---- The Good ---- This was a 10 day trip through Komodo. Diving on the whole was excellent, world class by any measure. The cruise director was a master at reading the not... ... Read more

Rocio del Mar Report in Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortes, north
filed Aug 19, 2014 by Mary McCombie (experience Over 1000 dives)
5 stars

I had done my research and knew to expect wildly varying water temps, so my 7mm plus 2mm hooded vest was perfect. My husband wore a 5mm with a 3/5 hooded vest. There are not s... ... Read more

Brac Reef Beach Resort Report in Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac
filed Aug 17, 2014 by David Bader (experience Over 1000 dives)
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Brac Reef resort was very nice and the food was excellent. Rooms were clean and maintained well. Hotel has a nice pool, tennis/basketball court, table tennis, and of course ... ... Read more

Walindi Plantation Resort/FeBrina Report in Papua New Guinea/Kimbe Bay
filed Aug 17, 2014 by Jennifer Widom (experience 501-1000 dives)
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Editor's Pick of the month

Treasure Hunter Treasure Hunter

Robert MacKinnon made a career out of salvaging coins, silverware, weapons and other valuable artifacts from sailing ships that met their end in the dangerous shallows off Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. The "Death Coast" is known for its strong currents, rocky shoals and submerged rocks. In his book Treasure Hunter: Diving for Gold on North America's Death Coast," MacKinnon and co-author Dallas Murphy tell the story of 40 years of exploration.

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Read these free articles from past issues:

Other Dive Travel Groups, 07/14
Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part I, 07/14
An Underwater Attack Makes World Headlines, 06/14
Anatomy of a Free Flow, 06/14
Are Some Male Divers Too "Helpful?", 05/14
Sea Hunter, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 04/14
Tax-Deductible Cocos Dive Trips, and Others Around the World, 04/14
The Decline of Dive Training: Part II, 04/14
Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely, 03/14
Buddy Dive Shut Down in the Galapagos, 02/14
Divers Who Get Lost at Sea, 02/14
Lionfish: The Caribbean Endgame, 02/14
Travel Tips & Helpful Dive Hints: Part I, 01/14
This Dive Resort is Taking a Stand, 01/14
Husband Sues PADI for Wife's Death from Carbon Monoxide, 01/14
The Fight to Stop Seahorse Photography, 11/2013
Can a Diver with Heart Issues Have an Accidental Death?, 10/2013
I'm Offended by This!, 10/2013
The Disappearing Recompression Chamber, 09/2013
SeaQuest Dive Center, Philippines, 08/2013
Shark Baiting and Feeding, 07/2013
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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