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Sick Divers, Macho Divemasters

travels in Egypt, Fiordland, Bonaire, the Bahamas...

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Our anonymous travel reviewers work hard to provide our monthly feature travel reports, so we really appreciate responses from our readers that tell us we've been very accurate in our portrayal of a liveaboard or resort trip. So, thank you Brent Woods (Deep River, Ontario, Canada), who took a cruise on MV Aqua Cat in The Bahamas this September, and wrote to tell us: "This was my second liveaboard of 2016. Both trips were reviewed in Undercurrent. I mention this because it gave me the opportunity to compare my experience with that of the Undercurrent reviewers. In both cases my experience was similar."

For another Bahamas liveaboard, Richard Jones(Upper St. Clair, PA) took a trip with Lost Island Voyages on the 60-foot (18m) ketch SY Avalon, and though he was less impressed with the vessel's necessarily cramped accommodations, he otherwise had a great time. "They treated us as adults, with good briefings. You dived with a divemaster if needed, but mostly on your own. The ship was as comfortable as any small liveaboard can be; the food was excellent and healthy. The crew was helpful and made you feel relaxed and part of the experience, and less like a customer. The diving was some of the best I have ever done. Most days we didn't see another dive boat, most nights we didn't see any lights, we really were in special places visited by only a few operators occasionally. My suggestion: spend a few extra dollars over the low price operators, and get lost with Lost Islands."

Shore diving can be great if you're in the right place, and Bonaire is one of those places. You don't have to schlep your gear to the shallows if you don't want to, because you can dive right off the dock at the beachfront hotels, but most divers still prefer the dayboats. At Captain Don's Habitat, says Irina Zeylikman (Lexington, MA), who was there in August, the "dive crew practices diving freedom rule, dive your own profile, but come to the boat in about 60 min. Every dive was great, and amazingly enough, we encountered very few lionfish, but quite a few seahorses, frog fish, and nurse shark. The reef is lush and healthy." ...

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