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Fiji, Indonesia, French Polynesia, Molokai

we’re diving the world once again

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At last, as the rules for COVID ease, the North American diver's world has expanded beyond the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii. That's not to say you shouldn't be cautious when traveling, because if you test positive in another country, where you may be required to test, you're headed for quarantine, lost days, and lost money. Check our Flotsam on page 15 if you want evidence.

Our readers have begun their international dive journeys and have been posting reader reports. Here are a few to which I want to call to your attention, not only so you can get to the best resorts and liveaboards, but also so you don't make bad choices. These are brief summaries of reports, and if a destinaxtion interests you, go to to read the complete reports. Our readers are very helpful to one another, and you can even email the report writer to get more information about the location.

"I was up several times in the middle of the night, and unfortunately, the watchman was generally asleep on an outside chair."

Liveaboards - Some Good, Some Less So.

One of our readers, Steven Damsky (Poughkeepsie, NY), wanted to go to Costa Rica's Cocos Island aboard the mv. Sea Hunter, a favorite of Undercurrent readers, but during his vacation window, it had already been chartered by National Geographic. So, he selected the Okeanos Aggressor.

Now, any boat will get you to the remarkable big fish diving, but he says, "I have used Aggressor many times but noticed a real decline in value and quality. This is an expensive trip at almost $7K per person, so you wouldn't expect to be nickeled and dimed. There was a last-minute per person $250 fuel surcharge, extra for nitrox, and another $1000 in park fees. Excluding airfare, it was a little over $10K per diver. . . . The cabins look like they haven't been updated in decades, and at 6 feet tall, I could not stand upright anywhere inside. There was an overall water pressure problem, and the showers and toilets didn't consistently work. Food was bland, basic, and forgettable. The crew, with one or two exceptions, was indifferent and seemed more interested in entertaining themselves rather than attending to the guests."...

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