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Those Internet-Based Dive Travel Websites, 07/2017
The online revolution with slick booking portals comes to diving vacations, leaving many liveaboard operators tight-lipped, while traditional travel agents are less than happy about it. Have you experienced booking a trip this way and was that experience good or bad? We'd like to hear from you. You can read a summary of the current state of play in a free-to-read article. ...   Read more >>

Editor's Pick of the month

Tropical Ice Tropical Ice
by Ben Davison (KL Smith)

Written by Undercurrent's publisher Ben Davison (writing as KL Smith) and set in Belize, Tropical Ice is a story of shark-finning and reef-raping, murder and politics, on an industrial scale, with plenty of diving. You'll sense a creature's eyes on a night dive, feel the sandpaper skin of a shark on your bare back, and taste the sweat dripping off your eyebrows as you push through the underbrush on Snapper Caye.

It all takes place at Cap'n Jack's Rum Caye Dive Resort, where Jack's trying to save his failing resort with shark-feeding dives, until a body turns up in the damnedest place. You'll flip pages through surprising twists and turns that keep you glued to the text, all the way to the surprising events at the end. I sure didn't see them coming.

Tropical Ice is available online from Amazon in paperback ($13) or Kindle, and in bookstores. You can order a signed copy for $19 (proceeds go to reef conservation).

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Grand Komodo -- Raja Ampat Explorer Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat
"Raja Ampat aboard the Raj Ampat Explorer June 2017"
filed Jul 27, 2017 by Mel Cundiff (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 11 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
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Ever since the Nature Conservancy published the report by Conservation International in the fall of 2003 announcing that Raja Ampat was... ... Read more

Brac Reef Beach Resort Report in Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac
"Cayman Brac 2017"
filed Jul 27, 2017 by Michael Sonnenthal (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
5 stars Cayman Air allows 2 checked bags; weight limit is 55 lbs per bag; all luggage is weighed. beware t... ... Read more

Buddy Dive Resort Report in Bonaire
"Better Diving in Bonaire"
filed Jul 27, 2017 by D.Demming (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 31 reports, Top Contributor )
4 stars

Operation better than before with 2 dive masters in distinctive clothing making it easy to follow them.Did many boat dives and other th... ... Read more

Azura Report in Africa/Benguerra Island
"Azura Benguerra Island Mozambique"
filed Jul 27, 2017 by Victor A Bary (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 13 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

The dive operation is run by Azura, which is a very upscale resort mostly attended by European, South African and US vacationers not in... ... Read more

Murex Dive Resorts & Live-Aboards/The Lembeh Resort Report in Indonesia
"Critters at Lembeh Resort"
filed Jul 27, 2017 by Mel Cundiff (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 11 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
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The Lembeh Straits are a must dive location for divers who are interested in, and have experienced, many coral reefs around the world. ... ... Read more

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Why Don't Some Divers Drop Weights in an Emergency?, 06/17
Fire Aboard a Red Sea Liveaboard, 06/17
Aldora Divers, Cozumel, Mexico, 05/17
The Pros and Cons of Shark-Feeding Dives, 04/17
Papua Explorers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, 03/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 02/17
Eight-Hour Ordeal for Shark Attack Victim, Craig DeWit, 02/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 01/17
Diver Safety - It's Not Sexy!, 11/16
Assigned a Bad Buddy?, 11/16
Two Groups of Divers Lost Within a Week, 10/16
Find Yourself in Deep Trouble?, 09/16
Scuba, the Sport of Grandparents!, 08/16
The Failure to Understand Your Computer, 08/16
Your Dive Travel Agent and Frequent Flyer Miles, 08/16
Flotsam & Jetsam, 07/16
A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot, 07/16
Snorkels: Love 'em or Hate 'em?, 06/16
Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia, 05/16
Want to Dive Cuba? How Americans Do It, 04/16
That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer, 04/16
A Death Attributed to Rental Gear, 03/16
Travel Agent or the Internet? Part I, 02/16
The Shortcomings of Winged BCs, 01/16
Class Action on Faulty Suunto Computers Continues, 01/16
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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