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March 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 48, No. 3   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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The Caribbean, Hawaii, the Galapagos, Florida

everybody sees sharks these days

from the March, 2022 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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For the past year, American divers have been relegated to diving in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Mexico. While many have had some excellent diving, it's still good news that Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Egypt, Palau, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Fiji are gradually opening and looking for divers. Entry requirements can be tricky. For example, Indonesia requires a visa from one of its embassies, and you have to provide proof you're fully vaccinated and have $25,000 in health/travel insurance coverage. And there are test requirements to enter. See the accompanying sidebar to check online for entry requirements for all countries.

Many Undercurrent subscribers who refused to sit home have filed their reader reports. It's no surprise that as dive travel took off, popular destinations such as Bonaire drew a lot of interest, especially because of easily accessible shore diving,though it's not for everyone.

In February, Bethany Kolb (Albuquerque, NM) went to Buddy's Dive Resort and reported, "Our package included a truck with a tank rack in the bed. As a diver of a certain age, I made several shore dives, but they have become less appealing over the years but still rewarding despite the effort. A guided full-moon night dive on Buddy's house reef to see the phosphorescing ostracods received high marks. Most boat dives were off Klein Bonaire, where the reefs were in good shape with many tropical fish and macro subjects. Buddy's has clearly perfected their guiding services"

However, they chose not to stay at Buddy's but at Belmar Apartments, a long-time favorite of Undercurrent readers. "We had a three-bedroom/two-story condo (5 people) with a second-story veranda large enough for evening dining, lounging, and gear drying. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, etc. There was an option to stock groceries,beer, wine, and liquor, making it easy after a long journey. Grocery stores are a short drive away and well-stocked."

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