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Want to Dive Cuba? How Americans Do It, 04/2016

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For Americans, Cuba is the next hot Caribbean dive destination. While some American divers have sampled its reefs, divers from other countries have traveled freely there for decades. Americans officially can't go as leisure travelers, but if you want to dive there, you can do it with virtually no risk of financial penalty and certainly no risk of jail time. In April, preceding the President's historic visit to that country, the Obama administration announced a new round of measures chipping away at the decades-long sanctions against Cuba, encouraging more person-to-person educational travel, allowing Cuban nationals to get jobs in the United States or to open U.S. bank accounts and lifting limits on the use of dollars in transactions with Cuba ....  Read more >

That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer, 04/2016

Richard Pyle, the famous deep diving ichthyologist, discovered that if he stopped during ascents at deeper depths than those mandated by contemporary and conventional decompression table or algorithms, he felt a lot better during his surface interval. ....  Read more >


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Itza Lodge, Long Caye, Belize.
A New Senior Editor
Considering a Trip to Indonesia?
Policing Divers who Harass Marine Life
The War on Giant Clams
Dark Chocolate: It Doesn't Just Taste Good!
Deep Stops? Forget them!
Goodbye Old Fashioned Compass?
Cuba and How Americans can Dive There
Castro's Dodgy Dive Suit
World Records with Added Bite!
Travel Agent v Internet part 2
Burn Your Mask!
An Unusual Cause of Diver Deaths ...
Bad Winner or Bad Loser in a Photo Contest?
More About Wetsuits
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We celebrated our 25th visit to Palau. Over these many years we've witnessed many changes, and very few. Our travel here perhaps will... ... Read more

Galapagos Sky Report in Galapagos Islands
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The staff at Galapagos Sky and Peter Hughes DivEncounters completely failed to notify me of the dive cruise cancellation for the week w... ... Read more

Cayman Aggressor IV Report in Cayman Islands
"See Everything on Cayman Island's only Live Aboard"
filed Apr 24, 2016 by Kathleen K. Poole (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
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The crew know the area cold. There was always crew in the water with us to show us the good stuff. They weren't bossy or controlling. T... ... Read more

Aggressor Fleet Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat
"Raja Ampat redux"
filed Apr 24, 2016 by Linda Dunn (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
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We had first been to Raja Ampat in 2004, on a longer liveaboard trip, and we found this trip to be much different. There are lots of di... ... Read more

Orca Dvier/Hibiscus Beach Resort Report in Africa/Mauritius
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Editor's Pick of the month

Diving In Indonesia Diving In Indonesia
by Sarah Ann Wormald

Indonesia covers a large area - an archipelago that consists of at least 17,500 islands. It's 3000 miles from Pulau Weh in the West to West Papua in the East, and nearly all of it has exceptionally good diving. A book that attempts to encompass such an area is very ambitious. Sarah Ann Wormald has concentrated on the areas that she knows, including Bali, North and South Sulawesi, Nusa Tengarra, Maluku and Raja Amat. The author writes with authority and the voice of someone who has actually experienced first-hand the places she writes about The maps are detailed, the photographs excellent. Whether you are interested in the macro-life of Lembeh, the mantas of Nusa Penida or the wobbegongs of Cape Kri, this is a useful volume in a format that can be carried with you.

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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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The Shortcomings of Winged BCs, 01/16
Class Action on Faulty Suunto Computers Continues, 01/16
XTC Dive Center, Xcalak, Mexico, 11/15
Barracuda Slaughter at McCauley Memorial, 10/15
Rest in Peace, Gladys Howard, 10/15
Palau Siren Grounds and Floods, 09/15
Get the Most from Your GoPro, 08/15
The Biggest Dive Lawsuit Payout to Date, 07/15
Aqua Safari and Living Underwater, Cozumel, 06/15
Molesting Dive Instructor Sees It as "Just Playing" with Female Divers, 05/15
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
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Are You Too Old to Dive?, 11/14
Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia, 10/14
What to Do with Camera Batteries on Flights, 10/14
MV Fling, Flower Gardens, Texas, 09/14
Watch Out for Lionfish Stings, 09/14
The Dangers Above the Surface, 09/14
Drop the Dive Travel Weight: Part II, 08/14
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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
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