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South Caicos, Jupiter, St. Vincent, Cozumel

Undercurrent subscribers are traveling again

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While many divers are reluctant to travel, despite being double or even treble vaccinated against COVID, many more intrepid Undercurrent subscribers are the vanguard of traveling divers, taking sensible precautions but enjoying trips to those dive destinations that will have us. Their Reader's Reports make encouraging reading, indicating that we are gradually getting used to the new normal. Here are a few abridged excerpts from some of the latest:

Had an encounter with a pod of dolphins that engaged us, vocalized to us and hung vertical inviting us to rub their bellies

Anne Warburton (Yorba Linda, CA) was especially adventurous for an American when she decided to join European divers aboard for a Red Sea liveaboard trip on MY Blue Force, based in Hurghada, Egypt, in September. A bureaucratic issue led to that vessel failing to get permission to sail, but the agent, Seasick Productions, procured another, MY Odyssey, crewed by those from Blue Force and saved the day. "Good diving in 84-degree water. Corals were incredible, very healthy, fish abundant; eels were enormous with heads the size of football players' thighs. The boat was very comfortable, and we were lucky to be on it. Things ran very smoothly, and the staff was wonderful. DMs, headed by Natalie, were very good. Staff aided us with set-ups every day."

Canadian-run Nautilus liveaboards have an enviable reputation, and Randy Kettering (Evanston, IL) was not disappointed with the Nautilus Belle Amie in May when he traveled to Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands. And while Kettering says this was "Trip of a Lifetime" . . . Had an encounter with a pod of dolphins that engaged us, vocalized to us and hung vertical inviting us to rub their bellies. Also had a very close encounter with a manta that I was filming who continued to advance, so I just laid back and let it glide over me." Keep in mind this is a destination only for experienced and confident divers. "When low on air, my DM directed me to dive in a vector, and I dove solo to eventually encounter the pickup boat. He had asked earlier if I was comfortable doing so, and I was proud of myself going solo in the middle of the freakin' ocean."

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