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Since 1975, Undercurrent, a nonprofit organization, has published a monthly, subscription-only, ad-free newsletter, with travel reviews -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- by undercover correspondents, the latest on safety, accidents, and divers deaths (what divers must do to dive safely), equipment issues and problems, and features on tipping protocol ... ensuring ocean rescue ... dive insurance shortcomings ... liability lawsuits ... using that safety sausage properly ... problems with online booking agents ... which resorts and liveaboards fail our standards . . . .everything a serious traveling diver needs to know.

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Undercurrent September Issue

Improving Shooter Skills in the Muck, 09/2019

Taking macro photos of critters can produce startling results if you know what you're doing. That's the secret. Undercurrent's contributor goes to Anilao Photo Academy in Balayan Bay, the Philippines where skills are honed to perfection. You can read-it-for-free here ...   Read more >>

Tipping During a Dive Trip. How Much and to Whom?, 09/2019

Is there an etiquette? It's the great conundrum, which none of us really know the answer to. There's little doubt that in many dive businesses where employees are tipped, the owner has a strong incentive to maintain low wages and expect the additional tips to make up the difference. Undercurrent readers reveal what they think is right. You can read-it-for-free here ...   Read more >>

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Subway Watersports/Turquoise Bay Report in Honduras/Roatan
"Great diving resort"
filed Sep 20, 2019 by John kirkenir (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

Went for a week of diving with another couple. One a diver one not. The resort is not very big. While we were there maybe there were 30... ... Read more

Atlantis Azores & Crystal Blue Resort Report in Philippines/Tubbataha & Anilao
"Perfect Combo Trip:Tubbataha & Anilao"
filed Sep 19, 2019 by Gail M King (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 19 reports, Contributor )
4 stars

Tubbataha on Atlantis Azores was a great trip to see the big stuff...diving was mostly very good with lots of sharks,tuna,several whale... ... Read more

Taveuni Dive Resort Report in Fiji and Tuvalu/Taveuni
"Rainbow Reef"
filed Sep 18, 2019 by Alexander Armintor (Experience: 251-500 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

Taveuni Dive Resort is first class. Very rural location off the grid, so no a/c, but we didn't need it in September. We got the meal pl... ... Read more

Aqua-Trek Report in Fiji and Tuvalu/Beqa
"Watch Out and Be Prepared"
filed Sep 17, 2019 by Alexander Armintor (Experience: 251-500 dives, 10 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
5 stars

Ours was the first boat on site, so I jumped in with a snorkel to kill some time and could make out sharks laying around on the seafloo... ... Read more

Misool Eco Resort Report in Indonesia/Raja Ampat
"Well Preserved Santuary"
filed Sep 17, 2019 by Brigitte Lacouture (Experience: 251-500 dives, 14 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

My husband and I visited Misool in March 2019 and stayed in large water cottage with another couple on the lagoon for 7 nights. The wat... ... Read more

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Undercurrent subscribers can now download the 2019 Chapbook with over 700 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:

Some Disappointment on the MV Spirit of Freedom, 08/19
Flying After Diving?, 08/19
Isla Marisol, Glover's Reef, 07/19
Killed by Sharks while Snorkeling with Pigs, 07/19
Prevent an Incident From Becoming a Crisis, 07/19
Surviving deep underwater with nothing to breathe, 06/19
Top tips on getting good photos underwater, 06/19
How to fly for free to your dive destination, 05/19
A snorkeler gets swallowed by a whale, 05/19
Splash in with Splash Inn, Roatan, Honduras, 04/19
Catastrophic regulator failures should be rare, 04/19
Is Your Old Computer Still Safe?, 03/19
Why Divers Die: Part II, 02/19
Traditional Fins are Making a Comeback, 02/19
What new equipment appeared at the annual Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) show?, 01/19
Why are divers now getting bitten by sharks in the Red Sea?, 01/19
Sunset House in Grand Cayman, 11/18
Read This Before Plugging In, 11/18
Olympus Dive Center for Sharks and Shipwrecks Galore, 10/18
Even Air Breathing Divers Should Analyse Their Gas, 10/18
Deadman Diving: Not A Dive Agency Product, 09/18
Problems with Sherwood Avid BCs Still Continue, 09/18
Extreme Courage -- and a Good Nose,
cave divers' amazing rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team, 08/18

Plastic Packaging And The Diving Industry, 07/18
Undercurrent Gets An Award, 07/18
Tulsa Diver Bent In Cozumel Gets An Insurance Shock, 07/18
MV Belize Aggressor III, Belize, 06/18
Unvarnished Truth Can Hurt But It's Still the Truth, 06/18
Oxygen Analyzers - What's New?, 06/18
“Me Too” in the Diving Industry, 05/18
Sending Your Sausage Safely, 04/18
Diving in Lembeh Can Be Infectious!, 04/18
Did Your Travel Insurance Cough Up When You Needed It?, 03/18
The Chinchorro Banks, Alor, Belize and Roatan, 02/18
Get Your Weights Off First, 02/18
Catastrophe at Cocos Island, 01/18
How Often Should You Have Your Regulator Serviced?, 01/18
Plastic is Suffocating the Ocean, 01/18

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