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Will your liveaboard's insurance cover your loss?, 11/2017
What if, as a passenger, you suffer loss or injury in some way? What if you slip down the steps of a wet companionway and break your back? Are you going to try to take the boat's operator to court, probably in some far-off country -- where most liveaboards are flagged -- with a dubious reputation for legal outcomes? Does the vessel have Protection and Indemnity insurance? Undercurrent looks at the possibilities and discovers some alarming allegations. You can read-it-for-free here. ...   Read more >>

Hey divers, don't eat the reef fish, 11/2017
You enjoy looking at or even interacting with the fishes on the reef, but it's not a good idea to go back to see them slashed on the barbecue. You can read-it-for-free here. ...   Read more >>

Editor's Pick of the month

Tropical Ice, Kindle versionTropical Ice

Written by Undercurrent's publisher Ben Davison (writing as KL Smith) and set in Belize, Tropical Ice is a story of shark-finning and reef-raping, murder and politics, on an industrial scale, with plenty of diving. You'll sense a creature's eyes on a night dive, feel the sandpaper skin of a shark on your bare back, and taste the sweat dripping off your eyebrows as you push through the underbrush on Snapper Caye.

It all takes place at Cap'n Jack's Rum Caye Dive Resort, where Jack's trying to save his failing resort with shark-feeding dives, until a body turns up in the damnedest place. You'll flip pages through surprising twists and turns that keep you glued to the text, all the way to the surprising events at the end. I sure didn't see them coming.

Tropical Ice is available online from Amazon in paperback ($14.97) or Kindle ($7.99), and in bookstores.

You can order a signed copy for $18 (proceeds go to reef conservation).


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Maluku Divers Report in Indonesia/Ambon
"Best Muck diving in the world"
filed Nov 16, 2017 by Dan Benson (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 24 reports, Sr. Contributor )
5 stars

Much has been written about the muck diving at the Lembeh straits. However, in my opinion the muck diving at Ambon is even better! T... ... Read more


Dive Damai Report in Indonesia/Banda Sea
"Decimated marine legacy"
filed Nov 16, 2017 by Dan Benson (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 24 reports, Sr. Contributor )
5 stars

Indonesia has successfully decimated their marine resource. In 14 days of diving in the Banda Sea, I saw the following creatures large... ... Read more


Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise Report in French Polynesia
"m/s Paul Gauguin Tahiti Diving"
filed Nov 14, 2017 by Bob Sivak (Experience: 251-500 dives, 2 reports)
4 stars

I tried to come up with a great dive trip that my non-diving wife would also enjoy. Having read on Undercurrent about diving from the ... ... Read more


Siladen Resort Report in Indonesia/North Sulawesi
"Wonderful Resort with Great Diving"
filed Nov 13, 2017 by Michael J. Millet (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 68 reports, Top Contributor )
5 stars

This was my first visit to the Siladen Resort and 3rd time diving Bunaken Marine Park. The transfer from Manado airport by van and boat... ... Read more


Solmar V Report in Mexico (Western)
"Solmar V"
filed Nov 13, 2017 by Leona M Holaday (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 6 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

Fantastic blue water diving with all the big animals - whale sharks, giant mantas, dolphins, hammerheads and all kinds of sharks. Grea... ... Read more


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Undercurrent subscribers can now download the 2017 Chapbook with over 600 reports on liveaboards/dive resorts worldwide, or have it emailed to you, here. Additionally subscribers can generate their own Mini Chapbooks here -- non-subscribers can also do this here.

Read these free articles from past issues:

Okeanos Aggressor II, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, 10/17
Diving in Freezing Water? U.S. Navy Tests Flunk Some Regulators, 10/17
Enraptured or Anxious? - You're Narked, 09/17
Keep Goliath Groupers for Divers, 09/17
A Hidden Killer in Our Midst, 08/17
Tropical Ice, in paperback, 08/17
Those Internet-Based Dive Travel Websites, 07/17
Why Don't Some Divers Drop Weights in an Emergency?, 06/17
Fire Aboard a Red Sea Liveaboard, 06/17
Aldora Divers, Cozumel, Mexico, 05/17
The Pros and Cons of Shark-Feeding Dives, 04/17
Papua Explorers, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, 03/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 02/17
Eight-Hour Ordeal for Shark Attack Victim, Craig DeWit, 02/17
Would You Opt For In-Water Recompression?, 01/17
Diver Safety - It's Not Sexy!, 11/16
Assigned a Bad Buddy?, 11/16
Two Groups of Divers Lost Within a Week, 10/16
Find Yourself in Deep Trouble?, 09/16
Scuba, the Sport of Grandparents!, 08/16
The Failure to Understand Your Computer, 08/16
Your Dive Travel Agent and Frequent Flyer Miles, 08/16
Flotsam & Jetsam, 07/16
A Tragically Glamorous Underwater Shoot, 07/16
Snorkels: Love 'em or Hate 'em?, 06/16
Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia, 05/16
Want to Dive Cuba? How Americans Do It, 04/16
That Deep Stop Option on Your Computer, 04/16
A Death Attributed to Rental Gear, 03/16
Travel Agent or the Internet? Part I, 02/16
The Shortcomings of Winged BCs, 01/16
Class Action on Faulty Suunto Computers Continues, 01/16
The Skinny on No-See-Ums, 9/07

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