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Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia, 10/2014

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One of our travelin' divers visited Wakatobi and wrote this, "Upon arrival, our own concierge welcomed us and checked us in. (We weren't special; this is protocol.) There was no dive group feeling about this place, only individual service -- which, I learned later, does put some damper on socializing." Read on to see how this resort's pricey personalized service may have some flaws...  Read more >

What to Do with Camera Batteries on Flights, 10/2014

Subscriber A.B. Alexander (Newport Beach, CA) wrote us, "Last year I had all my batteries taken out of my checked bag by the TSA without a note. This year, all airlines say that transporting lithium ion batteries is forbidden. But more and more divers are taking their cameras and lights with them on dive trips. How do you suggest this be handled? Without batteries, no pictures can be taken." Read what one pro photographer advises to do about packing batteries for your next dive trip...  Read more >


Subscribers can download the current issueFrom the October issue, Subscribers and Members can download the entire issue or individual articles
and read about:

Rocio del Mar: a sturdy liveaboard in the remote, fish-filled Sea of Cortes
Scubapro recalls some Aladin Square computers
Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia: pricey personalized service has some flaws
What Arnold Schwarzenegger movie title fits the lionfish best?
Good and bad Bahamas shops; the best week to dive Bonaire
What to do with camera batteries on flights
New life-saving gear for freedivers
How coroners figure out why dead divers met their end
Does diving affect your hearing?
John Bantin's advice for choosing a liveaboard that won't sink
PADI throws a dive instructor under the bus, colludes with plaintiffs in lawsuit
• and much more

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Small Hope Bay Lodge Report in Bahamas/Andros
"Small Hope Bay Lodge-Excellent"
filed Oct 22, 2014 by Edward Leibowitz (Experience: 251-500 dives, 9 reports)
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Enjoyed my week of diving at Small Hope Bay Lodge. Dive guides were very accommodating. I did some very deep dives. You had the option ... ... Read more

Blue Wilderness/Mauna Lani Report in Hawaii/Big Island
"Good Dive Op on Kohala Coast"
filed Oct 21, 2014 by Cindy Edgerton (Experience: 251-500 dives, 6 reports)
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We have been diving in Hawaii (Maui, Kauai and the Big Island) several times. We are "dive every day you can" divers. We prefer the Big... ... Read more

Kohala Divers/Mauna Lani Report in Hawaii/Big Island
"Disappointing Big Island Diving"
filed Oct 21, 2014 by Cindy Edgerton (Experience: 251-500 dives, 6 reports)
3 stars

We have been diving in Hawaii (Maui, Kauai and the Big Island) several times. We are "dive every day you can" divers. We prefer the Big... ... Read more

Little Cayman Beach Resort Report in Cayman Islands/Little Cayman
"Little Cayman Beach Resort"
filed Oct 21, 2014 by Bill Markley (Experience: 101-250 dives, 7 reports)
4 stars

Great resort, nice rooms, friendly service, great food. Dive operations well run, helpful dive masters, had a very nice time. Flights... ... Read more

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"Blue Hole"
filed Oct 21, 2014 by Michael Traylor (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 10 reports)
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The Blue Hole is a spring-fed pool about 80 feet deep in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. It is about 100 miles east of Albuquerque. The water... ... Read more

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Editor's Pick of the month

Deep Deep
by James Nestor

My fellow divers, I can't imagine that anyone who has had a chance to slip below the surface and marvel at the life there won't find this a fascinating read. James Nestor, a fine journalist (he has written for Outside, Men's Journal and the New York Times) with a keen eye, has produced the best underwaterfocused book since Shadow Divers a decade ago. It's a fine adventure and a thrilling ride all the way from the surface down to 28,000 feet, and back.

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Trapped Under the Sea Trapped Under the Sea;
One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness

by Neil Swidey

In 1999, hundreds of feet under the ocean, five divers traveled to the end of the new Boston sewer tunnel - devoid of light and air - to complete the construction; one didn't return and another was sentenced to a life of trauma-induced drug addiction and prison. It was a "dry penetration," but commercial divers were selected for the job because they were trained in mixed gas technology and could handle construction in dark and dangerous circumstances. Neil Swidey, a staff writer for the Boston Globe, tells the compelling tale of the harrowing and deadly task, against the backdrop of bravery, corporate greed, political infighting and construction incompetence. A great book for mixed gas divers.

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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
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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