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Florida, Maui, Palau . . .

good and bad Bahamas dive shops; the best week to dive Bonaire

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Underwater Explorers, Florida. While a lot of divers looking to get wet in Florida's tropical waters head to the Keys, savvy divers go north of Miami, where the Gulf Stream runs closer to shore. In August, Craig Wood (Radnor, PA) dived with Underwater Explorers out of Boynton Beach and reported visibility up to 80 feet and water temperatures averaging 84 degrees. "I spent six days doing 15 dives with Kevin Metz and Underwater Explorers for one of the best dive trips I've had. I did nine drift dives on the healthy Boynton Beach reef, seeing about a dozen bull sharks, numerous loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, green and spotted morays, lobster and nearly all the Caribbean reef fish you can think of. I also did six dives on the Castor. Even though it was a little early for the peak of the Goliath grouper aggregation, there were about 100 around the wreck. There were also large bait balls and all the hunters looking to make a meal of them. Kevin takes out just six divers in his roomy boat, making for a relaxed, uncrowded atmosphere. My reef dives averaged about 75 minutes. Many advanced photographers dive with Underwater Explorers." ( )

Tropic Dancer, Palau. Jim McKnight, (Leominster, MA) just returned from a Palau trip aboard the Tropic Dancer, and after reading our September feature about the Ocean Hunter III, he opines, "Comparing its prices to the Ocean Hunter, the Tropic Dancer look like the better value to me . . . the cabin for my wife and me was $2,000 per person. A single occupancy cabin was $2,600 for one week . . . Beer (Red Rooster, brewed in Palau) was available on tap, and wine was served with dinner, both gratis . . . Nitrox was $100 for the week. And the itineraries for both boats are pretty much the same." He's right about price: seven days on the Ocean Hunter III begins at $3,495 per person. ( )...

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