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    2022 Bonaire Roll Call

    Pulled the trigger on a March trip to Divi Flamingo on Bonaire. Anyone here have experience with them? We stayed at Buddy Dive last year, but were told Divi is nicer. We plan primarily to cook our own meals (we didnt find a lot there that impressed us enough to pay for eating out the whole...
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    2022 Bonaire Roll Call

    Haven't set a firm date yet, but girl and I are contemplating a return to Bonaire in Feb of 2022. I have been looking over options and we will probably just stay at Buddy Dive again. May not be the cheapest, but the convenience is hard to beat. Breakfast, a 1 bdrm, unlimited shore diving, she...
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    Flights galore …

    Looked at flights today for February of 2022 on Delta. Looks like Friday to Friday is lowest rate right now. I usually book the Comfort +, but dont think I will this time. It's around $450 extra, per seat, round trip, and the flight is only 3 hours. Besides, I have status and will probably...
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    Wonderful experience at Buddy Dive

    I am headed to Bonaire for the first time in two weeks. Staying at Buddy Dive and looking forward to lots of shore diving. Can anyone tell me about the power use in the rooms? I mean, do I need an adapter or anything to charge my phone, laptop and other gear? Also, any off the beaten path...
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    Best southeast Florida shore dive

    Thanks JimBlay. I have an HHonors account with them, they are my preferred provider when i travel, but even their rates right now are $189/night. May just have to bite the bullet and pay the price. COVID has kept me out of the water for a year now and I am anxious to get wet.
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    Best southeast Florida shore dive

    I have traveled many time to the WPB area, but always on the company dime. I am headed down in a couple weeks on my own to dive the BHB. Any suggestions on good hotels? My SO wants a place that does not have outdoor rooms - think Super8 style - but the Hilton and IHG properties are all over...
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    Anybody have any recent reviews of the Oceanic Pro Plus X?

    Well, I took the unit back to my local shop and they verified with me there was an issue with the battery. I opted to pay a bit more and got the Shearwater with the AI. I still like the PPX, but dont feel I can trust the brand. Mostly I am concerned they just replaced my first unit without...
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    Anybody have any recent reviews of the Oceanic Pro Plus X?

    Assuming Shearwater has to be better at this point. Hope so. I think I will be trading for one of their models.
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    Anybody have any recent reviews of the Oceanic Pro Plus X?

    Just got off the phone with the dealer where I bought it. They are offering full refund for purchase of different device or another PP+ off the shelf. Thinking I may go with something different. The dealer has been great, could not ask for better, but not impressed with Oceanic. Cant reach...
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    Anybody have any recent reviews of the Oceanic Pro Plus X?

    I purchased a ProPlus X about three weeks ago. I was very excited as this was my first purchase of a brand new computer, all others having been used. On my second dive at Alexander Spring in Florida it failed. the spring has a lot of turbulence right now due to heavy rains, and even though...
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    BC Warranty?

    What is the warranty on an AVID BC? Mine is several years old - say, 10 - and on my last dive some plastic pieces associated with the tank straps broke. Seems to be part of an assy the strap passes through in the back of the BC. Anyway, how long is something like that warranted? Can I get a...
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    East Coast Shore Diving - Need Update

    I will be staying in St Augustine in about 2 weeks and will have a free day from work. I plan to travel down the coast for some shore diving. I understand there is some good shore diving available starting at about Vero beach southward. Can anyone give me insight on the locations? I want a...
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    Shore Diving - Ft. Lauderdale Area

    Thanks for all the great replies everyone. Lots of good info to follow up on so I am sure I will be able to find some good diving somewhere. I am very familiar with the Blue Heron; I dove it multiple times last year when we had a project in the area that brought me down several times over the...
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    Shore Diving - Ft. Lauderdale Area

    Wondering if we can revive this thread. I am traveling down to the FtL area in March and would like some current info on shore dives. I have Ned DeLoach's book, but it does not always have the most up to date or comprehensive info. thanks steven
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    Lafayette LA diving?

    Ive read a post or two here about the poor conditions around New Orleans, but what about areas to the west? I will be making several trips over the next few months, mostly to the Lafayette or Baton Rouge areas. Does anyone have experience with any dive shops out of or around the Lafayette...
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