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The Loss of a Diving Icon

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A couple decades ago, Lisa Coquette left her long partnership with Tom Shockley in Dive Makai (it was one of the first operations I ever reviewed) on the island of Hawaii and moved to the Solomon Islands to open a boutique dive operation. She was attracted to the lovely people, the virgin reefs, the beautiful islands, and the isolation. Sadly that isolation led to her death on May 25th.

After opening her first lodge and dive operation, she was eventually chased away by a few unfriendly locals. She relocated to another spot on Morova lagoon, fashioned a second guest house and dive operation to take just a few guests at a time while devoting endless hours supporting the local residents any way she could. She stayed in touch with those who knew her with chatty monthly emails describing her very basic life and diving business; after each, I promised myself I would dive with her soon. I never did....

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