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Caymans, Cuba, French Polynesia . . .

plus hurricanes, shark dives and two remote sites worth the trip

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Indigo Divers, Grand Cayman. While the author of this month's travel story didn't care much for Sunset House's dive policies and abundance of newbie divers, Indigo Divers is a longtime favorite for our readers, particularly because it only takes out six divers at a time. Wayne Newberry (Savannah, GA), who has been diving with Indigo since 2010, went again in August, and says, "If you're looking for small group diving, plenty of room on the boat, fruit, snacks, water, soft drinks and clean dry towels on board, you won't be disappointed." (

A Brand-New Cayman Aggressor. For liveaboard diving around the Caymans, the Aggressor has unveiled a brand-new boat. Lenny Zwik (Austin, TX), went aboard the newly commissioned MV Cayman Aggressor V in August, and was decidedly enthused. "One of the most spacious and efficient liveaboard dive operations I've experienced in my diving career," he says. "There are two large, dual-tiered camera tables, with a large rinse tank available for photographers, generous hanging space for wetsuits and cubbies for small stuff . . . Unlike the Aggressor IV, the cabins have side-by-side twin beds and a reasonably sized en-suite bathroom. There are two master cabins on the main deck, each with a king bed, private balcony and picture window, for $400 above the deluxe cabin rate. The common areas are nicely appointed, spacious and comfortable, too." (

Really Bad Dive Trips. Sometimes a dive day is just cursed with mishaps and injuries that happen too much and can often be easily avoided, particularly by the dive crew. Jeanne Reader (Columbia, MO) experienced that kind of dive day while with Cozumel's Scuba Club on a boat with 18 divers. First, one diver returned to the boat, coughing up blood and experiencing labored breathing, which ended his diving for the week. Another diver fell on her knee while climbing the boat ladder and ruptured her meniscus. It was so painful, she and her husband departed Cozumel early to visit her orthopedist. Reeder also was injured -- a boatman dropped a tank on her hand while she was in the water, holding the railing with one hand and trying to pull off her fins with the other. The tank split open her finger, but fortunately, she only missed the final diving day of her trip.

Deborah Berglund (Bozeman, MT) had an unfortunate experience at Alor Divers in Indonesia last October. The boat routinely had to ply rough seas to get to sites 30 minutes away, and on her first day, Berglund got tossed around and thrown to the deck, injuring her back. The unsympathetic boat crew didn't stop to allow her to crawl back to a safer position, leaving her hobbling around for the rest of the week. To add insult to injury, Alor's food was marginal, with only lip service given to the dietary restrictions she had told them about in advance, Berglund reports. "I would not recommend this resort for anyone wanting comfort or good food."...

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