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Travel Agent or the Internet?
Part I
, 02/2016

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Some divers prefer to book their trips with a travel agent, others prefer the DIY approach. But travel agents are seeing an uptick in business so they must be doing something right. In Part I of this story, we see what dive travel agents bring to the table. ....  Read more >


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Galapagos Sky: where the wild things are
What rats can tell us about drinking, diving and DCS
The Sun Diver loses another diver
Two top dive sites with great underwater photo classes
From shark baiters to "shark riders"
What every liveaboard needs for their aging clientele
Why divers die: factors to consider before you go underwater
Getting a post-dive call from the U.S. Air Force
Travel agent or the Internet -- which one gets you a better dive trip?
What really happened to the Truk Siren?
• and much more

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Little Cayman Beach Resort Report in Cayman Islands/Little Cayman Island
"High quality Caribbean diving"
filed Feb 3, 2016 by Marilyn Walker (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 6 reports, Reviewer )
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Read the fine print when you make your booking. The Little Cayman Beach Resort and Reef Divers sell packages, which are not refundable ... ... Read more

Eco Divers Report in Indonesia/Lembeh and Manado
"Incredible Diving In Indonesia"
filed Feb 3, 2016 by Brent Barnes (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
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I returned from North Sulawesi and had an excellent experience with Eco Divers in Lembeh and in Manado. I am a well-traveled diver but... ... Read more

Spirit of Freedom Report in Australia/Osprey Reef
"Spirit of Freedom Jan 24-Feb1 , 2016"
filed Feb 3, 2016 by Larry Schnabel (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 11 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

[None]Boat well maintained and crew very competent and safety oriented. Food very good and plentiful. Dive 4 times day on most days, so... ... Read more

SIDE Report in Solomon Islands
"Solomon Islands on SIDE Liveaboard"
filed Feb 2, 2016 by BRUCE VERSTEEGH (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
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We had a mixed experience on the Solomon Star. We had a great group (Americans, Aussies, Brazilians) - 10 divers total. The boat shows... ... Read more

Crystal Blue Resort Report in Philippines/Anilao
"Crystal Blue Dive Resort - Anilao"
filed Feb 1, 2016 by BRUCE VERSTEEGH (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
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We did a split trip to the Philippines - 5 days in Anilao and 7 days across the bay in Puerto Galera at Atlantis. We were there the en... ... Read more

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Editor's Pick of the month

Oshenerth: Blue Magic Oshenerth: Blue Magic
by Alan Dean Foster

Undercurrent contributor Alan Dean Foster has written 125 books, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which recently made the New York Times' list of best-selling print and eBooks. His latest effort is an epic that takes place entirely underwater, introducing us to a race of people who reversed evolution and returned to the oceans. Then the book turns into a war novel, but expresses concern about other looming problems that both the world and the ocean face today.

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Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific
by Terry Gosliner, Ángel Valdés and Dave Behrens

Indonesia has so much to offer the nudibranch enthusiast. For example, on Nudi Wall at Lembeh Strait, nudibranchs litter the seabed as if a great big sack of Gummy Bears has been carelessly tipped out. Nudibranchs are colorful slugs that wear their feathery gills on their backs. There are so many varieties, but how do you know which you've seen? New World Publications has come to the rescue with this weighty tome of 400 pages packed with color pictures, along with basic information to help the reader get the best chance of the right identification.

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Aqua Safari and Living Underwater, Cozumel, 06/15
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How Any Diver Can Negotiate Group Dive Discounts, 05/15
A Tragedy of Dive Errors, 04/15
Petit Mustique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 04/15
What's a Heated Vest, and Should You Buy One?, 03/15
Dead Diver's Wife Sues a Shadow Diver Star, 03/15
Turning Oil Rigs into Diveable Reefs, 02/15
Should Diver Certification Last Forever?, 01/15
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Watch Out for Lionfish Stings, 09/14
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Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part II, 08/14
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Anatomy of a Free Flow, 06/14
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Sea Hunter, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 04/14
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