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St. Vincent, Maldives, Roatan, Belize

destinations for everyone

from the April, 2018 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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In planning my dive trips, I think about them in modules that, summed up, can make or break the trip: the journey, the accommodations, the weather, the food, the facilities, the attitudes of the staff and even our fellow divers. And, most importantly, the diving. However, if any aspect is sufficiently bad, it can taint the experience.

The full trip, of course, is always full of compromises, and I'm accustomed to putting up with imperfections if the diving is good, though these days it is at times less than it was cracked up to be.

I want to report on experiences from some of our fellow subscribers, to highlight a few destinations you might keep in mind for your next trip, a few you may not, and, of course, problems we all face as we plan our compromises.

Gareth Richards (Loveland, OH) stayed at the Belize Ocean Club in Placentia in February and dived with Belize Underwater. He loved the resort, the pool and that there was a dive shop on site. Nevertheless, what caught my eye is that the dive operator has a problem at hand, and they're charging their customers to help solve it.

You see, Richards was surprised and disappointed at the infestation of lionfish. To help with the scourge, he and his pals asked to borrow spears and Hawaiian slings to hunt them, but were shocked that the shop had the temerity to charge then for the spears when it was clearly to their advantage to have their customers help eradicate the aliens. Still, Richards went for it, and a local restaurant prepared the fillets for them, but the spear gun charge left him with a bad taste. Belize Underwater needs to get a clue about encouraging their tourists to lend a hand to keep these nasty predators off the reefs.

And, destinations change, not always for the better. Gary and Robin Schiendelman (Limerick, PA) booked a trip to Itza Lodge on Belize's Long Caye in February, based on good reports in Undercurrent from two years earlier. However, once there, they were disappointed to discover that the 'rustic' resort effectively had no manager. While many of the staff were clearly helpful and knew their jobs, the owner soon headed back to the mainland. ...

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