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Dive Destination
Dive Op/Resort
Indonesia/Raja Ampat Coralia "Fabulous Operation"
Fabulous OperationThe Coralia is a floating work of art operated by ostensibly the best crew we've ever experienced in... Full report  
5 stars  
1/2024   Photos available
2Helpful vote(s) received
Solomon Islands Bilikiki Cruises LiveAboard "Spectacular Reefs, but Bad Viz."
Spectacular Reefs, but Bad Viz.This was our second 14- day trip on the Bilikiki. Our first time was in 2006, and we were the only tw... Full report  
4 stars  
Bonaire Buddy Dive Resort "Pretty Good Caribbean Diving"
Pretty Good Caribbean DivingThis was our first trip to Bonaire. I've avoided it up until now mainly because we are spoiled livea... Full report  
3 stars  
4/2023   Photos available 
Fiji and Tuvalu/Viti Levu Nai'a Fiji LiveAboard "Pristine Reefs, Great Boat, Great Crew, Great Food"
Pristine Reefs, Great Boat, Great Crew, Great FoodThis was one of our best trips. We can't remember the last time we saw hard coral this pristine. Bef... Full report  
5 stars  
5/2022   Photos available
1Helpful vote(s) received
Galapagos Islands Galapagos Master LiveAboard "Very Good Diving Despite Catching Covid"
Very Good Diving Despite Catching CovidThis was our 3rd Galapagos liveaboard trip, but the first outside of "whale shark season. " We were h... Full report  
4 stars  
2/2022   Photos available
2Helpful vote(s) received
Dominica Nature Island Dive/Jungle Bay Resort and Spa "Good Caribbean Diving"
Good Caribbean DivingThis was our first international trip since covid. We chose Dominica based on other positive reviews... Full report  
3 stars  
11/2021   Photos available 
The Continental USA/Florida East Coast Multiple "Jupiter, W. Palm Beach, & Boyton Beach, FL"
Jupiter, W. Palm Beach, & Boyton Beach, FLWe had 3 international trips cancelled due to covid and were anxious to get in the water again. With... Full report  
3 stars  
5/2021   Photos available 
Micronesia/Palau Fish 'n Fins Ocean Hunter III Full report LiveAboard "Good Diving in Palau"
Good Diving in PalauWe returned to Palau after our last visit in 2002, and the diving was better this time around. The r... Full report  
5 stars  
8/2019   Photos available 
Mexico (Western)/Revillagigedo Islands Solmar V Full report LiveAboard "Great Manta and Dolphin Encounters"
Great Manta and Dolphin EncountersThe crossing was rough but not painfully so. When we arrived at San Benedicto, the water was still r... Full report  
4 stars  
2/2019   Photos available
1Helpful vote(s) received
Papua New Guinea/Kimbe Bay, Witu, Fathers Reef FeBrina Full report LiveAboard "Widespread Dead and Dying Reef"
Widespread Dead and Dying ReefIn general, the reefs were devastated and there were very few fish (big schools of barracuda being t... Full report  
3 stars  
10/2018   9Helpful vote(s) received
French Polynesia/Marquesas Islands Master Liveaboards Full report LiveAboard "Marquesas Islands - French Polynesia Master"
Marquesas Islands - French Polynesia MasterRULES: Regardless of experience, Open Water certified divers are limited to 60 feet, Advanced Open W... Full report  
3 stars  
3/2018   Photos available
1Helpful vote(s) received
Indonesia/Wakatobi and Alor Aggressor Fleet Full report LiveAboard "Disappointing Trip"
Disappointing TripThis was our 4th trip to Indonesia, and our least favorite (by a lot). The diving in Wakatobi was ju... Full report  
3 stars  
11/2017   Photos available
1Helpful vote(s) received
Cuba/Gardens of the Queen Aggressor Fleet/Jardines Aggressor Full report LiveAboard "Cuba on the Jardines Aggressor"
Cuba on the Jardines AggressorThe diving was good, but my expectations of seeing the Caribbean how it was 40 years ago, I guess, w... Full report  
3 stars  
11/2016   Photos available
4Helpful vote(s) received
Colombia/Malpelo Yemaya Full report LiveAboard "Great Trip, but Tough to Get There"
Great Trip, but Tough to Get ThereThis was a very good trip despite requiring nearly 3 days of travel each way. Our outward crossing w... Full report  
5 stars  
5/2016   Photos available
2Helpful vote(s) received
Bahamas/Tiger Beach Carib Dancer Full report LiveAboard "Pretty Good Diving - Horrible Boat"
Pretty Good Diving - Horrible BoatWe were on the Carib Dancer from May 13- 23, 2015 for the 10- day Tiger Beach tour. I wasn’t going to... Full report  
4 stars  
5/2015   Photos available 
Indonesia/Raja Ampat Arenui Full report LiveAboard "Arenui - Raja Ampat"
Arenui - Raja AmpatOverall, this was an excellent trip on a great boat. Rooms were large, clean, comfortable, and well... Full report  
5 stars  
12/2014   Photos available
4Helpful vote(s) received
Mexico (Western)/Revillagigedo Solmar V Full report LiveAboard Socorro was off limits for Mexican military drills so we spent 3 days at San Benedicto and two at Ro... Full report  
4 stars  
1/2014   Photos available 
Australia Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard This was our 20th liveaboard trip and our 33rd dive trip so I admit that we are "spoiled. " That bei... Full report  
2 stars  
10/2013   Photos available 
Belize Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II Full report LiveAboard The hard corals were generally stressed. The soft corals were healthy and big. The overall fish po... Full report  
3 stars  
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez Rocio Del Mar Full report LiveAboard The entire crew was great both in helpfulness and attitude. The food was up there with the best we'... Full report  
3 stars  

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