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Last updated March 18, 2002

Will the water be warm this weekend?
Lovely Lalati
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Will the water be warm this weekend? March 18, 2002

If you're looking to go diving in America's coastal waters, then will not only give you the average monthly water temperatures, but will also give you "present" water temperature, though it might be a few days old. It's a site run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Lovely Lalati March 18, 2002

My wife visited Fiji's Lalati Resort on Beqa Island to ring in the new millennium. When she returned, she refused to write it up for the Chapbook - - she said she wanted to keep great places like Lalati to herself! Well, I'll tell you about it, because they have just created a special for friends of Undercurrent -- pay for six nights at their regular rate and they'll throw in the seventh night for free, which amounts to about a 16% reduction in price. The diving is in Beqa Lagoon, which is suitable not only for beginner divers, but also for the best of underwater photographers, who will find endless opportunities. They have got excellent accommodations, with six individual oceanfront bures, and feature some of the best gourmet meals found anywhere.

Price is US$245/night/person, double occupancy, and that includes two boat dives per day, gourmet meals, village visits, island tours, kayaking, and more. Night dives and fishing can also be arranged. Book directly by calling 1-877-2-LALATI, or visit their website at . Tell them Undercurrent sent you.

The Last Dive March 18, 2002

Arguably the most exciting book about diving in the last several years, The Last Dive, A Father and Son's Fatal Descent in the Ocean's Depths in now in paperback. Bernie Chowdhury, the founder of immersed; the international technical diving magazine, has written a suspenseful and haunting tale. It's the story of Chris Rouse and his son, Chrissy, only 18 years apart in age and locked in a sophomoric relationship that played itself out every day and in every dive. Their maniacal devotion to diving leads them into more complex dives, progressing from Pennsylvania quarries to Atlantic wrecks and, eventually, to the Andrea Doria. All in four years. Chowdhury's research leads him to his own voyage of self discovery, as he learns painful lessons about what diving, in the context of his life, means to him. His gripping account of a dive gone wrong, his own terror, and a bends hit that takes him near death is a cautionary tale for all of us. As a backstory, he tells how sport diving metamorphosed into technical diving as adventurers unsatisfied with look/see dives to 130 feet, push into extreme conditions of deep caves and wrecks. The Last Dive is a grand adventure, a remarkable book, a page turner. Order it or any other books through us, and you get the best prices of Amazon and a good share of the profits will to preserve coral reefs. About $11 for the paperback, $25 for the hardbound.

Undercurrent Subscribers March 18, 2002

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Underwater Odyssey March 18, 2002

Chuck Ballinger spent most of the year 2000 traveling to all 50 states, making at least one dive in each. Underwater Odyssey: 50 Dives in 50 States is the story of his journey through America's backwaters, where he does 96° volcanic crater diving... 35° alpine lake diving in Oregon... Great Lakes wreck diving... Atlantic wreck diving..... Colorado River diving...fossil diving.....missile silo diving... leadmine diving...iron pit diving... mystery spires in Yellowstone...sunken planes...well, you get the idea. Underwater Odyssey transcends the limits of a dive guide to reveal the broader adventure that diving provides. Ballinger sets out on a personal journey that each of us ought to take, in our own way, at least once in a lifetime. The book is available on his website at for $20, which includes shipping

The Deadly Jellyfish March 18, 2002

We warned Undercurrent subscribers about the deadly irukandji jellyfish that lives in Aussie and Indonesian waters. Last week two more people were hospitalized with irukandji jellyfish stings in north Queensland, including a diving instructor who was stung while leading a group of divers on the Yongala Wreck, off Townsville. She was airlifted to the intensive care ward in the Townsville Hospital. A British tourist was killed in February. The stinger season extends until May.

-- Ben Davison, editor/publisher

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