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The Chinchorro Banks, Alor, Belize and Roatan, 02/2018
Undercurrent subscribers are able to publish unedited reports of their dive trips featuring both what's good and what's bad about their experiences. This month we feature some of latest comments including details of journeys to the Chinchorro Banks in Mexico, Alor in Indonesia, Belize and Roatan, and how cut-rate trips leave those that book early steaming. It's free-to-read here. ...   Read more >>

Get Your Weights Off First!, 02/2018
Get your weights off as soon as you can. This month Undercurrent tells the salutary tale of a new diver who didn't know to do that and fell overboard when the boat was rocked by a wave, with fatal consequences. It's free-to-read here. ...   Read more >>

Editor's Pick of the month

Tropical Ice, Kindle versionTropical Ice

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 ($14.97) or Kindle ($7.99), and in bookstores.

You can order a signed copy for $18 (proceeds go to reef conservation).

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Turneffe Island Resort Report in Belize/Turneffe Island
"Land of the Giants"
filed Feb 25, 2018 by John Brodnax (Experience: 101-250 dives, 2 reports)
5 stars

Our first trip to Turneffe Island Resort was one of superlatives. Diving "The Elbow" several times (where the currents from either side... ... Read more

Evolution Dive Resort Report in Philippines/Malapascua
"Persistence pays for threshers at Malapascua"
filed Feb 25, 2018 by Phil Johnston (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 7 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
3 stars

Malapascua isn't the easiest dive destination to reach (see "How to get there" field). The drive from Cebu City is pleasant enough once... ... Read more

Allan Power Dive Tours/Deco Stop Lodge Report in Vanuatu and New Caledonia/Espírito Santo
filed Feb 25, 2018 by Andrew Falconer (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

I dived the wreck of the SS President Coolidge back in 2003, and was impressed by it then, so when I happened to be in Brisbane (I live... ... Read more

Strytan Dive Centre/Hostel in Akureyri Report in General Travel/Other Locations/Northern Iceland
filed Feb 25, 2018 by Andrew Falconer (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
4 stars

Iceland is already pretty far north, lying just below the Arctic Circle, but in the north of the country are two very different and int... ... Read more

Academy Bay Diving/Air B and B in Puerto Ayora Report in Galapagos Islands
filed Feb 25, 2018 by Andrew Falconer (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
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]The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their spectacular diving and diversity of fish, but not for budget diving. Undoubtedly the best... ... Read more

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Undercurrent subscribers can now download the 2018 Chapbook with over 600 reports on liveaboards/dive resorts worldwide, or have it emailed to you, here. Additionally subscribers can generate their own Mini Chapbooks here -- non-subscribers can also do this here.

Read these free articles from past issues:

Catastrophe at Cocos Island, 01/18
How Often Should You Have Your Regulator Serviced?, 01/18
Plastic is Suffocating the Ocean, 01/18
Hey divers, don't eat the reef fish, 11/17
Will your liveaboard's insurance cover your loss?, 11/17
Okeanos Aggressor II, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 10/17
Diving in Freezing Water? U.S. Navy Tests Flunk Some Regulators, 10/17
Enraptured or Anxious? - You're Narked, 09/17
Keep Goliath Groupers for Divers, 09/17
A Hidden Killer in Our Midst, 08/17
Tropical Ice, in paperback, 08/17
Those Internet-Based Dive Travel Websites, 07/17
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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