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Last dive trip was Raja Ampat in Indonesia. WOW, spectacular. It's now the 2nd for the most biodiversity int he world. The highlight was the manta ray cleaning station. Both oceanic and reef manta rays use this station the only one in the world they know both species use the same cleaning station. So many sharks, fish, everything! Saw my first walking shark, so cute!

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Just got back from a trip to Dominica. To get there - difficult. Loooong lay over in Antigua, and a very long drive from the airport in Dominica to the resort (airport and diving are on opposite sites of the island - and roadways are all switchbacks) - so one day lost on either end of the trip.

The diving was very nice - the reef is in great shape and dense with life, but we saw mostly "the usual suspects". Heard lots of whale song, but no sightings.

The unique thing about Dominica is the rainforest aspect - lots of land excursions to take - making it a nice eco vacation balance. Hiking varies from easy to challenging. Beautiful waterfalls. One disappointment was the lack of birdwatching.

In my limited dive experience, I'd rate it not as nice for diving as Bonaire (but similarly healthy reefs and density of marine life), and harder to get to. Worth it, if you want to do hiking.

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Wisdom thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a great time! There is nothing like warm weather diving in my book!

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10/21/12 8:49 P

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Dear fellow divers, just back from a month's vacation in beautifull sunny Greece. Was blessed with 5 dives in the Aegan sea in Mykonos and Santorini. The water is beautifull, warm and viz awesome. Three dives in Mykonos: two shallow (6m average) and one deep (33m) around the house reef at Paradise Beach. I did not like Mykonos-too touristy but the water is great as well as the instructor!!

Dovetwice in Santorini around the volcanic reef and did my first wreck (commercial boat sunk in 1926).

I had a great time and I want to dive again in the carabean this winter...if I can take time off.

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8/14/12 3:20 P

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Awesome Scubadive50!
Sounds pretty much what we get here with the exception of some old wrecks and lots of current! We do anything for a chance to dive!


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8/13/12 5:32 P

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I just got back from 2 awesome dives in South Shore Lake Tahoe. We dove Baldwin Beach which is very shallow (maximum depth 26 feet) so that made for a warm and toasty dive. This was the third year in a row that my dive group has gone diving in Lake Tahoe and normally temperatures range in the upper 50's, but this year it was 68 degrees! There is absolutely nothing to see except sandy bottom, a few logs, sandy bottom, some crawdads, and more sandy bottom. But the water is clear and I LOVE diving in fresh water! We did pick up some trash like beer cans (FYI Coors Light seems to be the beer of choice at Lake Tahoe) chip bags, sunglasses and even a water ski flag. The flag came in handy because when we surfaced we were about 50 yards from shore. There was a lot of boat traffic and we had a long surface swim back to shore.

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8/10/12 9:53 A

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We also saw 2 flamingo tonques this trip at Columbia Shallows. The large spotted drum we saw was also at Columbia shallows at night. Was so cool! Love that site! We saw so much there. Max depth is 25-30' and we can stay there forever if the DM let us.

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8/9/12 9:02 P

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We aren't party people either. That's why Bonaire works for us. Yes, there is really no current to speak of in Bonaire, so you can look for the little things, and there are lots of them! I saw my first flamingo tongues there, you can look really close and find scorpion fish, and spotted drums, both juvies and the big ones!

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That is a pretty good deal Tina. Our only problem getting to Bonaire is that it is expensive from here when we are able to travel and then we are looking at a few connections. Sort of not motivating unless we can manage it outside of our summer travel holiday which is next to impossible.
We don't stay in town, the party scene is not so much our thing. We get up early to dive everyday to there is only so much we can party. I do like to go into town once or twice during our stay, eat dinner there,mingle with the locals a little but that's it.
From what I hear the kind of diving is also very different. I was told you see alot more of the small stuff and with no current you can take your time and not have the current direct where you go.

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8/9/12 2:10 P

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Between those two, I would definitely pick Bonaire for the diving. You can dive from shore anywhere, any time and don't have to have a divemaster or boat to do it. We always stay at Buddy Dive, and do their "one diver dives free" deal (usually late November to the week before Christmas in December time frame). We try to do the last week they have the deal in December so it's colder at home then. On that deal, you get a room, unlimited air and nitrox (if certified), a vehicle, and breakfast every morning for about $1682 for the two of us. Airfare not included...but that was only $1300 for both of us total, from Green Bay, WI. So, for less than $3000, we both get seven nights hotel room, vehicle, breakfast every morning, transfers from and to the airport, six boat dives, and unlimited shore dives with air and/or nitrox included. Not too bad, huh? We do stay in one of their hotel rooms (usually second or third floor), but, if a group goes, you can get a better deal on the room by all sharing a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment that has a little kitchenette in it. The hotel room has no kitchenette, but does have a small fridge, if I remember right.

On Cozumel, you are pretty much stuck with their boat dive packages and no vehicle. The one advantage of Cozumel is the party atmosphere of town. Bonaire is a little more laid back, but, if there with a group, you can make your own fun in town!

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Tina current was very unpredictable this trip from what I could tell. Apparently it was pretty strong just the week before we got there.
We headed into dives being warned of stronger current that did not happen. At times we ended up against current and had to work hard to get passed it until we were over the reef. Hope Todd will want to get there sometime too to experience something different as long as he is comfortable with drift diving.
So awesome to have 2 trips so close together to look forward too. At least you are experiencing destinations other than Cozumel.
If you had to pick a favorite would it be Bonaire or Cozumel?

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Never got to do that dive, as the only time we got taken out there the current was too strong and we had to ditch that dive. Bummer. Maybe next year I can get Todd to go to Coz instead of Bonaire. We have plans all ready to go to Bonaire in December. I also have the Utila trip in October, which I am doing with my old dive shop and a new female friend from that area. That will be my first trip without my SO, and I am looking forward to it!

I still think that we need to plan a spark diver trip....

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Time to get back there Tina but I am sure Bonaire was a awesome replacement the last 2 years!

Oh I forgot to mention that we also did the C-53 wreck ! Always a fun dive when the DM does a decent penetration! Love going through it!

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Michela, sounds like another wonderful dive trip for you! So awesome that you can go for two weeks at a time! It's been a few years since I've been to Cozumel.

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Hey everyone!

We got back Saturday from a 2 week vacation in Cozumel. This was our 5th trip there and I have to say it was the most fun of all! We met friends that go every year and we had some fun diving together and forming our own group at times.

Great weather everyday, awesome dives! Did 24 in total.

One amazing night dive that we arranged was to the Columbia Shallows! 6 divers total all spread out. Perfection! We said it was going to be a annual tradition highlight of the night dive was seeing a large spotted drum! Incredible!! Never saw one before!

Our last day of diving was on Aug 3rd and the whole boat, 16 of us were of all of us who met there over the years. We certainly provided entertainment for the 2 DM's on board!
They were good sports!

We dove the usual reefs, Palancar gardens, Cuevones, Columbia Deep, Cathedral, Palancar caves, Devil's Throat, Dahlia, back to Columbia shallows, Punta Tunich, French Lady, and Palancar Gardens shallows into Dahlia. All great dives.

I have to say that I saw much fewer lionfish this trip but on the other hand the sealife was not abundant as in previous visits. Seems the lionfish are eating lots of baby fish and that they have gotten wise and are hiding out in the day time and coming out to feed at night. Sad situation really.

2 of the 24 dives were cenote dives in Playa del Carmen which was absolutely amazing! I am hooked! We did the Chac Mool centote and another one at the same site. I have to say that a part of the time we were in complete overhead environment and dark but I was not freaked out by it at all. Will definietly do it at least once each trip back and try some other cenotes. Only thing is it is cold in a 3ml wetsuit and I borrowed a hood from an instructor at the dive shop. Definitely would want to do this in a 7ml next time. There was a Halocline which is really freaky when seawater mixes with fresh water. Sure messes up visibility big time! I would dip lower to the seawater to get warmed up for a minute or so.

T had his new Canon G12 with the Ikelite housing which took some decent shots for the first time using it even without the flash. So obviously no night dive pics and limited cenotes pics. We also got some video footage. It might be awhile before he gets to play with them so hope to get some pics up as soon as possible.

Michela

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6/8/12 6:54 P

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I will send positive vibes that the good weather will hold out for you Scubadiva !

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6/8/12 6:26 P

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The Breakwater in Monterey, CA has reported 30 ft viz and 52 degree water temps. Sounds clear and warm for anyone heading there this weekend. Unfortunately I can't go til next weekend, I hope the conditions are still as good!

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CT, I wear a 3mm in Cozumel with mid to high 80's water temp so I would most likely need a 5mm or 7mm for sure!

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I will ask around also. I will guess that it is not warm enough to go with just a rash guard/dive skin.

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3/18/11 9:49 A

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So you'll be going back before I get there. Wonder what the diving is like 1st week of January. I will have to do some asking around.

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3/18/11 1:15 A

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I asked an instructor at the local shop about where to dive, and since he used to live and work in Key Largo, he told me his experience. We got to some of the dive sites that he recommended, I could definitely go to those again, especially with calmer water. We want to spend probably a week there in September, and just have at least 2 dives per day. Even though I have only used the Nitrox for 2 dives, the deep wreck dive of both trips this past time, I feel like it did make a difference in my energy. I could see being able to do 4 dives in a day with smooth warm water.

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Thanks CT. I noted it down for when we startt o make plans.We have a ways to go yet!

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We stayed at the Key West Inn (Suites at Key Largo), which being booked through the dive shop with dive purchase, a little bit of reduced rate. The dive shop is Rainbow Reef, with website of www.rainbowreef.us
I look forward to hearing your experience and seeing pictures.. I am going to post some pictures this weekend.
We got home this evening about 8pm, so I am tired tonight.

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Awesome dive report C T!Cant't wait to go there December. Where did you stay and which dive op rid you dive with?

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Well, here is my Key Largo experience:

We checked in at the dive kiosk at 8am on Tuesday. We were diving Nitrox for the first dive to the Spiegel Grove wreck in the John Pennenkamp State Park. It was my first time using my new underwater camera, so not a lot of the pictures turned out because I could not get the flash directed correctly. The second dive was changed from the Benwood wreck to French Reef, Sand Bottom Cave and Christmas Tree Cave, which are both swim-throughs. We saw so many fish and it was so neat to look in the "cave" areas and see the fish collecting. I did not do either of the swim-throughs, but still had fun swimming over them and meeting on the other side.

On Wednesday we checked in at 8am for the morning dive: Bibb and Captain's choice. Once everybody was on board, the captain said we could do the Bibb or Duane, which in his opinion is the more interesting. We all said Duane was fine. The waves between 3 and 7 feet, and since we had to pull ourselves along the granny line to the descent line, my husband called the dive. He could not get his breath. I still went down and did the dive. I got some better pictures, but I had my husband's camera, so the settings were different than on mine. The second dive we went to Eagle Ray Alley. This was a jump off the back of the boat and do a free descent to the bottom. We could see clear to the bottom, even with the waves so high. This time I had my own camera, so the pictures turned out better, but now I have to work without the flash to see if that will make a difference with the shallower depths and reflections off the sand that seem to bleach everything out. I saw 2 manta rays, an adult turtle eating, and a baby turtle swimming. Near the end of the dive the guide pointed out a big grouper that was between 2 huge rocks.
Our Friday dives got cancelled due to high winds. We were very disappointed. We will definitely be back here when we have a little more flexibility in scheduling. I look forward to that. I will post pictures once I get home.

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Wow, sounds amazing! Must have been so awesome swimming with so many different creatures in one place! Thanks for the report!

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Dive Report-Georgia Aquarium Monday 2/28/11

For Christmas my Dad so generously gave my brother and I a dive experience at the Georgia Aquarium, and as a family we completed this adventure yesterday afternoon. It was one of the most amazing 30 minutes of my life. We truly felt like VIPs on this adventure and this program really is top notch! The dive staff-from greeters to our dive master are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, personable and professional. It was truly phenomenal!

The dive itself-words just fail me and I wish I had the privilege to dive that tank every day! The exhibit is the Ocean Voyager exhibit. The tank is 253 feet long and 126 feet wide--approximately two-thirds the size of a football field. The tank holds 6.3 million gallons of water with 5500-6500 animals from 50-60 different species. We swam with 4 rays, 7 different kinds of sharks (4 Whale Sharks, couple of great hammerhead sharks, blacktip reef sharks, spotted or tassled wobbegong shark, zebra sharks, sandbar sharks and sand tiger sharks. We were amongst pork fish (which enjoyed trying to clean the back of my head), gigantic grouper, and so many other beautiful and graceful fish!

As my brother and I were following behind our DM Patti, on more than one occasion we were stopped as one of several sharks would swim between us-so close in fact that we were almost nose to nose! Patti once stopped our foursome and had us lie on the floor as Billi one of the largest rays did flips in our bubbles, and as Yushan one of the whale sharks came so close you were just in awe!

While I've visited the aquarium like so many visitors do-walking through the vast exhibit, it was absolutely breath-taking to be inside, a humble guest in this home to so many graceful, beautiful and amazing creatures. Our maximum depth was 30 feet, but I didn't notice as I was too busy trying to take in all that was around me in those moments. The water was 76 degrees and we had no equipment issues. In addition to our DM Patti, we were accompanied by Liz our Safety DM and Duk our videographer.

If ever given the opportunity to experience this adventure again, I won't hesitate and it would be an absolute delight! I applaud the efforts of the Georgia Aquarium and all they do in the areas of conservation, research, rescue and rehabilitation. It was truly an honor to be their guest yesterday! To visit this aquarium or for more information: www.georgiaaquarium.org

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10/24/09 4:56 P

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Thanks for the trip report Becky! Would love to expierence surfacing at sunset! Must have been incredible!



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Thanks for the trip report on Bonaire. That house you stayed in was a gem. We are heading back to Bonaire in late Nov for two weeks. Can't wait!
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Bonaire shore diving was quite the experience. I was very nervous going into it, but Scuba Renee gave me some good pointers and suggested dive sites. The usual cast of characters for the caribbean were there with the exception of sharks and rays. I've never seen so many variaties of sponges and corals. Giant Christmas tree shaped plate coral and elkhorn coral were incredible. Wednesday afternoon we had the pleasure of seeing the "touch me not" sponge spawn. They are so non-discript when not spawning that I never really noticed them before. My dive buddy pointed out the first, then we looked around and we were surrounded by them, all poofing their gooey smoke. Unfortunately, that was one of the dives where we didn't being the camera. I loved seing several octapus on different sites. My favorite dive ended by coming out of the water right at gorgeous sunset at a site called The Invisibles. My husband saw the frog fish, but I missed it.

We stayed in a fabulous house (Seru Na Lamen) with 3 other couples. If you're interested in staying there, ask for a discount - we got it 50% off of the advertised price. It was difficult to make the decision to dive vs. staying in the infinity pool with a Amstel Bright in my hand. Diving always wins. Don't know if we'll go back to Bonaire because there are so many other places to see, but it's a cheap place to dive and nice to do it at your own pace on your own schedule.

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Thanks Michela. It was truly awesome. Renee, I did add some land photos to my Sparkpage, but I don't take photos underwater anymore since I always felt like I was missing the dive. They have awesome slideshows on the website that are better pics than I would have ever taken anyway.

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Thanks for the great dive report Becca! It does sound amazing and I am happy you got to experience it!

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5/29/09 9:50 A

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Becca,
Did you take any photos?

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The dive boats are huge. We had 14 divers, one 5 yr old a baby sitter, 3 divemasters and 4 crew members and we were not at all cramped. The house reef was either really calm or a crazy current "Wakatobi Express" It was pretty fun either way. There is one site (Pockets)where the current is unpleasant, but otherwise it was easy diving. It was completely worth the cost (we booked like 2 yrs ago and made payments over time to our dive shop to make it less painful)Trips to the dive sites were often 5-10 minutes once was 45 minutes and typically about 20. You could gear up in transit, it was never really rough at all. (Neil gets seas sick and he never had any probs... never even wore his patch.) It was truly one of the best trips ever.

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Sleep! 7-8 hrs
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150 Min Cardio/week
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Becca,
Thanks so much for sharing your Wakotobi experience with us. I really want to go there too especially now that I hear such a great report from you. Wakotobi is so expensve though. Do you think it was worth the cost? Can you tell us more about the dive boats, how long to the dive sites, etc? And how was the diving on the house reef? Any currents?
Thanks,
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Hey guys, recently got back from Wakatobi and wanted to share my experiences.

First of all, it is the most amazing place I have ever been. The feeling is of being literally at the end of the earth. It's nearly indescribable, but imagine a place where the water is a sheet of glass and you cannot discern the point at which the water ends and the sky begins. There is no air traffic except satellites (seriously) and shooting stars are a nightly occurence. Amazing! The staff is beyond courteous and the food and accomadations are the best I have ever experienced at a dive resort.(Splurge for the premium bungalows....it's totally worth it.)
This is a land-based dive resort. There are 3 boat dives a day, and we had two official night dives. The "House Reef" is always open and some of the best sites can be seen hear. If you are looking for big Pelagics...head somewhere else, but if carrying a magnifying glass underwater sounds cool, you can see some of the weirdest and beautiful creatures.
I thought the vis was good to fair on some dives, great on others.
There were pygmy seahorses (three kinds), true clownfish, porcelain crabs, tiny bubble coral shrimp, crazy colored nudibranchs of all shapes and sizes and cuttlefish like you wouldn't believe.
The dives are 70 minutes in length and around 60 feet max depth for most dives.
I am a fan of the big stuff myself and my fave dive spot is still Palau, but I tell you I cried when we left Wakatobi. It is a wonderful, amazing experience both above and under the water. Any questions, feel free to send me a message or check out www.wakatobi.com


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I hope so too Paula. Sea sickness is a pain in the tail. I took Bonine after day 1 but it didn't kick in until day 3......my last dive day. But like you, Bonine works best for me. Cheers!!

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Lourie, I get nauseous when I dive too, Bonine is very effective for me. We were doing a local short checkout dive. I forgot the bonine and about 15 minutes in, 50 ft of water I felt really sick.

I even got sick doing my pool sessions in one night.

Im encouraged to think I may out grow this.

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Hey Chris.......nope.........it was the lady strippers. This place was a dive!!!! We laughed our butts off. Like I said.....I'd never been to a "ta ta" bar and wanted to mark it off my bucket list.

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Very informative and interesting report, Lourie. But I'm sorry you had so much trouble with sea sickness! I used to get sea sick way back when I first started diving, but over time, I seemed to have less and less of a problem with it. Now it doesn't bother me at all, even when the boat rocks and rolls harder than Elvis back in the 50s.

But you're a real trooper to have made all your dives under those conditions, and I'm impressed.

I'd love to experience the party scene at Key West again! It's great down there. Hmmm... female strip club? Do ya mean females stripping, or guys stripping for females? I guess I'm getting dense at this hour, or I'd know what you mean.

I can tell ya a short story about the night a long while back, when we took a buddy to a strip club as part of his bachelor party that night. We were in the parking lot in an altered state, waiting for the doors to open, when we starting noticing women arriving there in droves! One of my friends said "Wow! Look at all these babes! This is gonna be great!"

Yeah, it was great all right... turned out to be ladies night, as in guys night to strip! We didn't figure it out, until we approached the door, and were told we weren't welcome... Just a hell of a way to start a bachelor party! Lol!

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Lourie,
Nice trip report. You made me chuckle about the mask flying off on a giant stride. I can totally relate to that. Now, I hold on tight to my mask and that keeps water from going up my nose too, which happened in my dive cert classes. I can also relate to the sea sickness. How awful for you, and what a trooper you are for sticking it out on the rough waters.

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Awesome report Lourie! Thanks doll! Wish I was there partying with you Key West style!

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Dive Report.....Islamorada/Key Largo 22 - 26 April 2009.

Six dives total. I can't find my dive log for the names. Thursday 2 dives at 25' water temp 77. Friday 2 dives at 25' water temp around 77. Saturday 2 dives. One at 47 feet and one at 44 feet....water temp around 77.

I got sea sick everyday except Saturday. My friends started calling my puking Paula/Vomiting Victoria...etc. So cruel. Lost my mask on a giant stride once (too much hair conditioner???). I pulled myself together....retrieved my mask and made the dive.......yayyyyy!!! It was the best dive too.

The most dangerous thing I saw was a barracuda and a sleeping nurse shark. Tame. Saw lots of conch in their shells.....HUGE CONCH!!!! I guess the most impressive thing about the Keys is the reefs. The reefs are so beautiful. You see so many species. Incredible!!!

I wore a 3 mm suit the whole time as I get cold from repetitive diving. I paid for and made all six dives. I wasn't gonna wuss out of any dives....puke or no puke...i was diving. It was rough out there. We had what the crew called a medium winter sea. 7 foot swells at times. I questioned whether or not we should go at times....but we went. I live and learn.

We used the Keys Diving center in Taveneir. Very professional. Captain Gray was fantastic. His mate was ok too.

We partied our asses off at night. I went to my first female strip club (I was too gone to protest) and besides........I was curious!!! Also, I saw lots of drag queens on Duval street in Key West. I'm 38 years old and can honestly say I've never been to a strip club or a drag show until now. Fun!!

The food is otherworldly. The seafood is so good. I had grilled fish and vegetables every day. I did have a piece of fried grouper one day. It was a fried grouper BLT. Yummy!!!!

I didn't gain any weight and that's amazing because I drank a lot!!!!! I guess that's just a part of the fun. Dive all day.....drink all night.

I do feel that I need to work on my leg and core strength. I could use more leg strength.

Thanks for reading. I missed you guys.

Lourie (Lolita Parrothead)

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God to see you Rachel! Are you back from Hawaii yet?

Thanks for the dive report Sudenlysuzn! 53 degress is too cold for me too. The hot tub was a bonus.

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...the most important part though- the dive boat we were on named the Peace had a hot tub! basically a large bathtub with heated water but it was awesome because you could just pour hot water down your wetsuit inbetween dives! and the breakfast/lunch/snacks on the boat were pretty great too :)

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got back from my dive trip of the northern channel islands (California) last week! it was amazing, and cold!(53 degrees was what some of our dive computers said) we started off going to santa cruz because anacapa was too windy that early in the day, but then ended up there for our last dive. saw lots of sunflower stars! and amazing nudibranchs! sea stars and urchins everywhere. unfortunately my ear was bothering me (as it always does since one just never wants to equalize) so instead of a third dive I snorkeled but still got to see and octopus and a large cabezon fish. I might have to see a doctor because my ear seems to be getting worse and i have a lot of sinus pressure, this happened to me once before when diving in belize- for some reason my ear gets fluid pushed up inside of it (from my eustacian tubes i guess) and then it can't drain out. it sucks, a lot. but the diving was totally awesome! i just realized that i really don't like cold water, i'd way rather dive in just a bathing suit than a 7 mil wetsuit with hood and heavy duty gloves and booties.

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No dive news to report from me so far - it's going to be tough to dive here, possibly too expensive on top of other trip expenses that are starting to accrue (food and gas are crazy expensive in Kauai!). Will definitely let you know if I get out into the water, but If I do it probably won't be for a couple more weeks at least. Snorkeling planned for soon though, haha!

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That is good Tina. Dive Palancar does not do that! Everyone goes up at 40 min after the DM signals to us. Actually one dive last summer, we were last going up and still had to do our saftely stop and we saw them raise the ladder from underneath.I was thinking oh NO they are going to leace us here!! Then we saw the ladder go back down. A couple on the boat that we were speaking too told the DM that we were still down there. The captain was the Ahole that assumed we were all back in the boat.



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Dive Paradise let us stay down until about half of the divers went up because of low air. I would say that you have an opportunity to stay in almost an hour or thereabouts. When the first person runs low on air, the DM sends up the dive sausage and the person low on air and his buddy do their safety stop and surface for the boat to pick up. Everyone else stays down and come up in pairs as they run low. I thought that was really nice, except that Dave is an air hog and made our dives short (his and mine, since he was my buddy).

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Renee, I have been to Cozumel the last 2 years and going back again in July. You need to experience it at least once. But I have never been to Bonaire either so can't compare. There is current so it is all drift diving. We stay on the south side of the island away from town and from there we are a hop & a skip from alot of the popular reefs. If you do go, there are alot of dive ops that do stop for intervals. I dove with someone last yr that stopped at a seluded beach and served lunch on the boat.It was a longer day b4 we got back to the hotel. The yr b4 the dive op stopped at a beach club. The bigger ops with many boats are more cattleboat so they are on a tight schedule. I know the the dive op at the hotel we stay at do not allow too much time on surface intervals so we never booked 2 dives back to back with them and they also took everyone up after 40 min no matter how much air you had left. We used them bc we could choose which times we want to go out and if we want to do just one morning dive we could bc they go back to the dive shop inbetween.

Tina, did Dive Paradise restrict your bottom time the same way or were you able to stay down as long as you had air?

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Renee, I always take a dramamine about half an hour before getting on the boat. There was only one guy I know of that got sick, and that was while he was underwater (yes, you can puke through your regulator and still live!) but that was self inflicted because he drank too much the night before!

They had water, soda, and fresh fruit and bread during the surface interval, and that helped me not get sick. Usually that, and the one dramamine are all I need for the entire morning of diving.

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Thanks Tina,
That answers my questions about the time on the boat. No wonder I have never been to Coz! One hour on a boat, then a surface interval would probably make me die, (just kidding). Did anyone get sick on the boats? I really want to boat dive. Anyone tried the patches, or just using Bonine or meds? I use Bonine for air travel and it works fine.
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Renee,
The boats we were on were kinda slow, so most rides out to the dives were about an hour. The water was pretty calm about half the time, but was a little choppy otherwise because of the weather. The dives were back to back, with about an hour or a little more in between, not going back to shore. The times on our dives could have been longer, but my dive buddy was an air hog, so I had to come up prematurely. I could well have been down for about an hour or so each dive. My buddy would come up with about 500 lbs (he actually ran out of air on one safety stop!) while I still had about 1500 to 1800 lbs left!

The coral is pretty, but I'm sure not as nice as before the hurricanes! There are lots of swim-thrus that make it interesting, but the colorful coral is not real plentiful. I've never been anywhere else for warm water diving, so I have nothing to compare to, therefore, it was beautiful to me! There are lots of fish and stuff to see though!

I hope that answers your questions, but if you have more just ask! I love talking about diving!
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Tina,
Great trip report! I have considered going to Cozumel for diving and never seem to do it. How long (in minutes)are most boat rides to the dive site? Was the water calm when you were there? Did you do two dives on the boat without going back to the dock? I just wondered because I'm Miss Seasick so it's important to me to be back on land for the surface interval. Is the coral pretty there? I have heard that a storm in the past years took out much of the coral reef surrounding the island, do you think that's true?

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Thanks for sharing Tina. We did manage to book the Grand at the same price that we paid last yr so we went with that but it is still twice as much as what we could have had the Hotel Coz for! Well, I will know for next time. Appreciate your review doll!

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Cozumel Dive Trip Report
Well, I spent seven nights, Mar 7-14 at the Cozumel Hotel and Resort, and dove with Dive Paradise, right across the street. The hotel was awesome! Very clean, nice dining facilities, three bars (one by the ocean beach). There is a nice beach (they just expanded it while we were there to about three times it's original size...you would love it, Michela). It has the biggest pool on the island, but no swim up bar. They have free wi-fi in the rooms, though it is hard to get online.

Dive Paradise was a very nice outfit to dive with...right across the street from the hotel, they have dive lockers, nice sized boats with a head (at least on all the ones I was on). The dive masters were great, especially Julio (my favorite), but I did not like Victor at all! He was very inattentive to the divers, and seemed as though he really didn't want to be there. We only had him one day. Anyway, we (a total of six of us from my dive club) dove two dives each of five mornings, plus one shore dive the first day. The others did two night dives (one from a boat, the other from shore) but I sat those out.

We dove with no more than 8 to 10 divers each day, and the dives were from 35 minutes to about an hour in length. Most were at least 45 minutes. We dove most dives between 60 and 95 feet. And, I FINALLY saw my first shark! It was just a nurse shark, but it was cool anyway! Also say a barracuda that was as long as I am tall! It was huge!

The vis was beautiful the first day, but each day got less and less (started at 150 ft, then decreased by 25 to 50 feet a day) because it rained for a few days. Oh well, we were getting wet anyway!

The last day there Dave and I rented a scooter and toured the island. We pretty much just took the road around the island and through the middle, stopping at some of the beaches and bars. We did stop at Mescalito's like some of you suggested, but I forgot to ask about the photo album because that's where Dave and I had our breakup talk. With that aside, we still enjoyed the view, walked along the beach, lay in the hammocks, etc.

Oh yeah, the water temp was around 79 degrees F most of the time, with the air temp ranging from 74 to 84.

Can't wait to go back!

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Great to read your dive report Rae! And I did enjoy your new pics.

Renee, we keep tossing the idea of a house rental but never seem to do it. We kinda like seeing other people about and I think the house rental may seem very isolated. What are your thoughts on that? But the rate you mentioned is a hard deal to pass up.

Edited by: MICHELAR at: 3/24/2009 (14:03)
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Just spent 2 weeks near Marsa alarm in Egypt. We dove with the largest turtles i have ever seen and along side a Dugong he was great and not at all bothered that we were there.
It was very windy and this made both shore and boat diving difficult and to top that i had flu for the first week but managed to log a few dives in the second week. Food was not great.
Managed a few over 1hour dives on just air but had to increase my weights to 14 kg just to stay down. Had a 5ml wetsuit and was very glad of it. Water was 21-23 degrees so very pleasant but like some of you i feel the cold after a few dives.
Amazing variety of fish and rays....saw my first guitar shark and crocodile fish.
Happy diving.

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Michela,
Yes, we prefer renting a house and that saves tons of money because we cook all of our meals. We ate out only two meals the whole two weeks. The variety of houses available is grand... All prices and locations. Every trip we have been on, Curacao, St. John, St. Croix, Grenada and Carriacoa, we have rented houses.
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Margie,
Our strobe is all hooked to the side of the camera with a bar and it actually makes it easier to hang onto the camera with the strobe attached. The fish never seem to be afraid of the flash, but I am wary of taking more than a couple pics of any one fish so as not to disturb them with the light. I don't know about other divers noticing the flash, because we have only done shore dives, and we have never been with other divers, just the two of us, in the deep blue sea together with all the fish. Sometimes I think about how alone we are way out there with no other people, but not often. It's mostly a peaceful, mindful feeling I have while diving. No stress, just peace!

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Thanks for the posting dive report and pictures! The pictures looked great. Since I don't have a strobe, I'm always just using the ambient light. Perhaps one of these days I'll fork over the money for one.
When your strobe was working, was it hard to juggle that and your camera? Does the flash scare the fish at all? Do the other divers notice when the flash is going off - is it distracting?

Thanks again for posting. I'm the same as Michela - haven't gone to Bonaire yet but I'm hoping to one day. Margie

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emoticon on being the 1st with a great dive report Renee. I already checked out your pics and they are great. I really hope we get to Bonaire one day! Do you prefer renting a house versus a resort or hotel? I guess all your dives were shore dives too. Sure saves $$ on charters!

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Bonaire Dive Report March 2009

We spent two weeks shore diving in Bonaire logging 18 dives. Every dive was over one hour, and a few were one hour, 20 minutes in length. (We would have had more dives but our baggage was lost for 4 days so we lost those first days of diving.) Using Nitrox, and staying relatively shallow, between 30 and 60 feet deep allows for a long time down under. The fish life is so prolific on this island. Water temps were 78 degrees ( it was 82 degrees on our last trip there in December), so I used my new 5mm full suit and was sure glad I had it. I tend to get very cold after the first few days of repetitive diving. The only downside of having the 5mm is extra weighs needed to compensate for the thicher suit, but I would rather put up with that than be cold. I now have 78 logged dives in my 4 years of being certified.

Highlights of the diving were seeing a free swimming octopus and swimming around with him for a long time, a baby turtle who was munching away on the corals without a care in the world when we were right beside him for a long time, a spotted eagle ray gliding right beside us and he turned around and looked us right in the eyeballs, 2 huge midnight parrotfish (about 3 feet long) swimming on the shallow reefs at dive site Ole' Blue, a huge lobster (his body was about 3 feet long and tentacles were another 3 feet, he was out in the open), so many fish on these reefs it's too hard to describe them all.

Go to my Sparkpage and I added some pics there of this trip. Our underwater camera strobe (light) quit working so we had to take all pics with ambiant light. A new one for us to try and get good photos without a strobe.

We stayed at a 1 bedroom house on the hills of Santa Barbara area. It's a 5 minute drive to the ocean, has a view, a pool and was pretty inexpensive ($499 a week). While there we checked out a nice home for our next trip in Nov 09 when we are taking our son and girlfriend with us for their first trip to the island. This next trip may be our last time to Bonaire because we are ready to experience other parts of the world for a change.

Diving here is easy as far as currents go, very little current normally. Just walk into the water (with booties to protect your feet on the rough entries), swim out just a few minutes to the reef dropoff, and descend and you are immediately surrounded by fish. The reefs usually begin at 25 to 35 feet deep and down to 70 to 130 feet. We rarely dive deeper than 75 feet, as the fish life is more prolific at the shallower depths. Some dive sites have a double reef, so tons of places to check out.

Nitrox rental is the same price as air on this island. And you can buy unlimited tanks for a reasonable price too, for those who dive more than 2 dives a day. We usually dive 2 dives a day and some days do only one to relax on the beach in between.

I'm looking forward to more dive trip stories from the rest of you now!
Take care,
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Hello divers,

So many of you will be getting your fins wet in the next month or so and some of you later into the year. I thought it would be fun for you all to come back and tell us all about your experience.

Share where you stayed, the charters you dove with and the dive sites you explored. Give us the good and the bad of your trip and your experiences. Share tips about the destination for others on the team who may want to visit there.

We all love a dive story!

These are the upcoming trips to date:

Cdndiver - Cuba
Yonner66 - Egypt
Scubarenee - Bonaire
Scubaprincess - Belize
Bikinhoney - Cozumel
Margold - French Polynesia
Kristina - French Polynesia
Butiamletired - Hawaii

If I missed anyone let me know in the lounge and I will add you to the list!

Happy bubbles everyone & dive safe!

Michela

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Edited by: MICHELAR at: 2/18/2009 (10:01)
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