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    Red Sea Liveaboard company & route rec.? Experience requirements?

    I don't understand this. Liveaboards go to routes when it is not a good time of year. Why don't they just go places that are better, especially with the pandemic when overcrowding is not an issue? Ask any liveaboard ahead of time and they will tell you it is a good time to take their trip...
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    Depends a lot on how many people are going. I travel alone and live in Ohio, so driving to Florida would be 17 hours and not cost effective. If I had a wife, cost breaks even, and gets much cheaper adding people after that. It is less than a hour flight, but 1 hour to get to the airport, 2...
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    I am not sure if this is a fair comparison. Cozumel is better diving cheaper than Florida, but also cheaper and better diving than Montana, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Florida is good for girls who like the beach and don't want to leave the country or learn a new language. With COVID, the idea...
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    Trip Report Egypt - BD (almost E) - Emperor Elite

    I would go again, but this is only my 2nd liveaboard, and different people value different things. This repeats some of what I already said, but: They had good dive guides, especially the head guide. But they were very laid back and hands off. I think some in my group would rather have been...
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    Thanks! But how does that work? Do I go up to the bar and order a quesadilla, chips and a dive? Or is it completely unorganized and for people who rent tanks and find buddies elsewhere?
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    Any more information on Tiki Taquila? Other than "Did you mean: Tiki Tequila" Google's given me nothing.
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    Phuket Sandbox from 1st Jul 2021.

    I wonder if liveaboards will be an option
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    Trip Report Southern route Red Sea (St. John) on JP Marine June 2021

    How do you scuba dive without a mask? Seriously, though, I just got back from a BDE trip - we did Abu Dabab instead of Elphinstone due to weather. I absolutely loved Abu Dabab. Don't get me wrong, the blue water dives where we saw hammer heads were incredible. But I've never seen corals...
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    It took me 24 hours to get there and 48 to get home, although this would be faster in a COVID free world. I don't mind, vacation can be stressful and busy, and watching a movie or reading a book is relaxing. Airport food was free or cheap (you can spend big here, but the quality is still bad)...
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    Not sure of all the controversy over shore diving. Most boats offer 2 tank dive per day pachages, I assumed people did shore diving because 2 dives a day isn't enough and I started by looking at scuba club.
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    I want the cheapest accommodation where I won't be arrested for vagrancy, get wet when it rains or robbed in my sleep. I do want the best authentic food, which is as often "hole in the wall" as "white linen".
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    I am more optimistic about COVID, but considering I just got back from Egypt, a 2022 trip to Indonesia as my next trip is not out of the question. I want to plan Cozumel at the end of 2021 as a budget trip between Egypt and Indonesia, to help dive skills and to keep me from cabin fever in the...
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    I meant a dive trip to Cozumel fits nicely with a few days seeing Mayan ruins in Mexico, similar to how Egypt fits nicely with a short trip to Europe. A place like Curacao has less opportunity for non-diving activities.
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    It is looking like Cozumel is much cheaper -Tan Kah would be about $1000 + food for an entire week, probably less than airfare to Egypt alone. That's $100 / dive doing only the morning boat dives and it probably gets cheaper with more diving or a longer stay. It is nice to have budget trip...
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    Trip Report Egypt - BD (almost E) - Emperor Elite

    From the spec sheets I can find, the Aluminum 80 has an interior volume of 11.1 liters and the 100 is 13.2 liters. So this probably was rounded up for marketing reasons. You can calculate the metric for these 2 tanks by multiplying by 0.15, e.g. 80 cubic feet * 0.15 liters/cubic foot = 12...
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