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IN THIS ISSUE

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plan your next dive adventure

As I write this editor’s letter, I am on assignment in the Caribbean. In fact, this year, our staff has dived in many of the places highlighted in this magazine. Some were assignments that involved long treks and multiple flights to farflung places. Others required throwing gear and tanks in the back of our vehicles and driving a couple of hours to sites closer to home. But wherever the final destination, we love packing our dive bags for the same reasons you do — the chance to experience a thrilling adventure, to dive with old friends and meet new ones, to see breathtaking destinations and to expand our appreciation for other cultures. But mostly, we just simply love diving. It’s time to thumb through this magazine and discover all the…

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a liveaboard trip

A Liveaboard Trip 1 There is no wasted time. When you break for lunch or sleep, the boat repositions to the next dive site. Most liveaboards offer five dives a day, with ample time for napping or reading on the sun deck. Some resorts offer the same number of dives, but with boat commutes, you’ll likely lose hammock time. 2 You dive remote areas. Too often, land-based dive operators won’t visit that offshore wreck or pinnacle unless you round up three friends to help offset gas costs. Liveaboards factor in fuel expenses, so weather permitting, experiencing far-off hot spots is already in the game plan. 3 You don’t have to think (much). You came to dive, so you do. You don’t have to worry about missing the boat or making a plan for…

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dive the world by liveaboard

There’s no better way to dive the world than via a liveaboard. The list of Aggressor and Dancer Fleet destinations, including a brand-new itinerary to Sri Lanka, delivers you to the world’s premier dive sites, from the hammerheads of Cocos Island to the migrating humpbacks of Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic. And, you’ll want for nothing out of the water — Aggressor delivers the top-notch service you’ve come to expect. Alor Your liveaboard adventure begins in Maumere, the capital of Flores, where the elegant, two-masted, wooden Komodo Dancer will meet you. The Komodo Dancer operates this itinerary 2 months a year. The 10-night cruise will explore the chain of islands between Flores and Alor, deep into what is called East Nusa Tenggara. HIGHLIGHT: We call this style of diving “pioneer diving,” wherein…

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bahamas

Signature Dives 1 Theo’s Wreck 2 Bimini Bull Run 3 Ray of Hope 4 Washing Machine 5 M/V Comberbach Liveaboards A Aqua Cat Cruises B Blackbeard’s Cruises CCarib Dancer Resorts & Dive Centers D Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina E Deep Water Cay F Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas DIVERS GUIDE TO THE BAHAMAS AVERAGE WATER TEMP 76 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit → WHAT TO WEAR Shorty in summer; 3 mm to 5 mm wetsuit in winter → AVERAGE VIZ 80 to 100 feet → WHEN TO GO Year-round DON’T MISS ... The Bahamas is home to some of the whitest sands in the Caribbean. The Exuma islands are perhaps the most famous thanks to sandbars and other spots that appear only at high tide. On Grand Bahama, Smith’s Point on Taino Beach is the place to be on Wednesday nights for its famed fish fry,…

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stuart cove’s dive bahamas

The premier diving and snorkeling center on Nassau is located in a quiet seaside village used in the 1996 feature film Flipper. Today, the set is a state-of-the-art dive center offering guests a variety of activities that explore southwest Nassau’s spectacular walls, reefs, wrecks and movie sites. The modern retail center offers a full selection of resort wear, plus the outdoor grill is open daily for lunch and dinner. Stuart Cove’s spacious and professional boats are equipped with top-quality safety equipment. Stuart Cove’s offers morning and afternoon two-tank (half-day) trips to dive along the dramatic Tongue of the Ocean Wall, on one of dozens of wrecks, or to explore the famous James Bond wreck in only 40 feet of water. Dive on the Cessna used in the filming of Jaws or…

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aqua cat cruises

Luxury accommodations await you! The Aqua Cat has three levels of living space, private, oversized cabins with oceanview windows and fully en-suite. The dive deck is over 900 square feet. The Aqua Cat has a professional, attentive crew, and the gourmet chef will have you salivating. Each Saturday, Aqua Cat cruises from Nassau, Bahamas, to the remote islands of the Exumas, especially the Land and Sea Park, the most pristine area in all the Bahamas. No crowds, no set itineraries — just sit back, relax and choose from an incredible variety of activities, including diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and island exploring. You’ll log up to 26 dives in one week, including shark dives, blue holes, swift drifts, walls and reefs. Nitrox and eco-adventures are available. A 28-foot jet boat takes guests…

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