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Baja California, Fiji, Montserrat

pesky politics and squirrely harbormasters

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Those Blasted Mexican Military Drills. Seasoned divers have learned that no matter how much you want to dive certain sites, some days it's just not going to happen. While weather and other factors come into play (more about that next time), government rules (also known as "politics," which, heaven forbid, might even mean corruption) get in the way at times. The Nautilus Explorer, a Canadian-flagged vessel, has had its share of problems in Mexico, most recently at the Revillagigedo Islands, as Michael J. Millet (Dublin, CA) reports of his January trip. "This was my seventh trip to the Socorro Islands aboard the Nautilus Explorer. Due to exercises by the Mexican Navy (perhaps a few chin-ups), we were unable to dive at Socorro Island. A disappointment because Cabo Pearce is a very nice dive site. Nevertheless, we had five good days of diving, with two days at San Benedicto and three days at Roca Partida." ( ). However, the Nautilus should not be singled out, because the Mexican-flagged Solmar V couldn't make it either in January. David Machese (Hummelstown, PA) writes, "Socorro was off limits due to Mexican military drills, so we spent three days at San Benedicto and two at Roco Partida." ( )...

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