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Nicaragua, Lembeh, Thailand, Florida, Socorro

Unusual dives, cheap flights, a new resort

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As we frequently do, we turn to our reader reports and other sources to provide you with up-to-date information on new destinations and old friends, as well as pointing out hassles you might face and problems to avoid. Since we have no advertisers to please, we work only for you, our paid subscribers.

We often point out that it's unwise to join the first few trips of a new liveaboard since new boats inevitably have issues, not only regarding the craft, but also regarding the itinerary, the crew's knowledge of the diving, and so forth. Sometimes it's best not to be among the first at a new resort, but to let others sort out the teething troubles. However, it's always pleasant to receive a report of a new destination from readers who came home well-satisfied, as did Allan Jones of Anaheim, CA, who visited Indonesia's Dive into Lembeh.

The owners, Steve and Miranda Coverdale, recently worked in Indonesia's North Sulawesi at the Kungkungan Bay Resort. Before that, they worked as dive guides on liveaboards in Egypt and the Sudan and at a dive center in Port Sudan. He's British, and she's Dutch.

So Jones, with 2400 dives under his belt, and his wife came back in March with a glowing report after his eighth trip to Lembeh. We've written enough about the legendary diving, so let us convey his thoughts about the resort, which he calls the "best ever."

"Located in the northern area of the Straits on Kasawari Bay, all guest cabins have water views without the steep, challenging steps common to many resorts in the area. No plastic food containers or drinking glasses are used, and upon arrival, guests are given a biodegradable container for drinking water. There is a camera building, with 14 individual workstations, each having independent lighting and 220v power strips. The nine guests' bungalows have a refrigerator, flat screen TV with satellite feed, a water cooler/heater dispenser, a dresser/desk combo, a large closet, a bathroom and independent A/C. But the best is on the front porch. A Japanese hot water soaking tub! After a 3-4 dive day, you climb into the 104ºF (40°C) water with cold drink and gaze out over the Straits! The world is now at peace! Two of the boats are about 40ft (12m) and the third about 53ft (16m), the fastest boats in the Straits. Four guests are assigned a guide. Food exceptional: fresh fruit, home-baked bread, six entrees for lunch and dinner available. Deserts are fresh-baked pastries, fruit, ice cream desserts and a Pavlova once a week. A two-week rolling menu. And the price for eight nights, seven days, and 14 dives is only US$1,465!"...

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