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Let Someone Else Plan Your Dive Trip for You

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Our Cozumel reviewer is forthright about his highs and lows of booking travel through his dive shop. There are plenty of benefits of using a dive shop to book your next dive trip overseas. You don't have to use the one down the road -- many dive shops welcome divers from anywhere to sign up.

Ken Kurtis, owner of Reef Seekers in Beverly Hills, CA ( ), who books overseas dive trips regularly (next up is Manado, Indonesia in July and snorkeling with whale sharks at Isla Mujeres in August), says the biggest benefit of using a dive shop owner is ease of travel. "I take care of all the details, except for booking plane fare (which is too much of a pain in the butt, although I do tell you the preferred flights). For my Reef Seekers trips, I include everything: diving, hotel or boat, transfers, rental car if needed, crew tips, and stuff like that. I have a saying that all you need to do is get yourself to the airport, and then (within reason) you can turn your brain off from there. I'll deal with logistics." And there's power in numbers. A dive group has more clout than a solo diver, whether it's at the resort, on the boat, or at the airport....

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