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    Jupiter Shark Diving Recommendations

    +1 for the Emerald
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    Has anyone taken an Apple Watch to depth?

    interesting. So it wasn’t the water entering the watch, but the pressure itself …
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    Has anyone taken an Apple Watch to depth?

    Apple says my Apple Watch SE is water resistant to 50 meters. It also says the watch can survive being in sea water. But Apple says the watch should not be used for diving. So either Apple is wrong about the claim of 50 meter water resistance, or it’s wrong about the claim that it should not...
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    Looking at Maldives liveaboard January 2022 — any recommendations on boats/routes?

    emirates, Qatar air have flights from Washington DC for about $700 with a stop in Dubai or Qatar …
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    Looking at Maldives liveaboard January 2022 — any recommendations on boats/routes?

    Christian, thanks for the advice. I see that you’ve also done a lot of diving in the Red Sea — can i ask for your thoughts on how the Maldives and Red Sea compare? I’ve done the northern and southern routes in Egypt the last couple of years and enjoyed them both, but I’d like to do something...
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    Trip Report Southern route Red Sea (St. John) on JP Marine June 2021

    Brothers has STRONG currents. Strong enough to make fins come off your feet (happened to three members of our group, including me) and blow you away while trying to recover your fin. If you are not experienced enough to deal with that prospect, probably stick to the south or north routes.
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    Trip Report Southern route Red Sea (St. John) on JP Marine June 2021

    I experienced much of your gripes as well. Comically large dive groups that sometimes collided in a bubble storm, changes in route (“we only put Rocky on the itinerary for marketing purposes”) and lousy AC shared with another cabin. I wouldn’t dive with that boat again, but I will miss Peter...
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    Looking at Maldives liveaboard January 2022 — any recommendations on boats/routes?

    I’m tempted to give the Maldives a try in January, given that there are cheap flights from the US, and very reasonable offers on liveaboards (like the Carpe Diem for $1,600). Any recommendations on boats/routes? I like big stuff, particularly hammerhead sharks, mantas, and whale sharks, as...
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    Cabo San Lucas Recommend Dive Shops?

    Dive Cabo are outstanding for Cabo San Lucas. They have a sister shop, East Cape Explorers, in San José del Cabo, that run trips to Gordo Banks, where I had an epic encounter with a couple hundred hammerhead sharks. Easy day trip and Dive Cabo can arrange the transfer. As for Cabo Pulmo, it’s...
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    Trip Report Scuba Gear Suddenly Not allowed as carry on from Cozumel

    I had the same experience in Cabo in December. In my carry on I had my BCD, regulator, Olympus TG5 camera and housing, flashlights, dive computers, prescription masks, etc, and Mexican airport security/customs didn’t say a peep. On the way in, they asked me if my camera was professional, I...
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    Trip Report Southern route Red Sea (St. John) on JP Marine June 2021

    I guess that was false advertising on my part. The bad and the ugly are one and the same. :-)
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    Any Indonesian food in Bonaire?

    Going back to Bonaire mid July, and am devastated that apparently Salatiga has been converted to a bar and no longer serves Indonesian rijstaffel. Anybody know if there is still Indonesian food available in Bonaire?
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    Trip Report Southern route Red Sea (St. John) on JP Marine June 2021

    EgyptAir flies nonstop Washington Dulles to Cairo, for about $650 round trip, about 10 hours. I had a 2 hour connection to a flight to Luxor, which added $150 to the ticket. The plane was a Dreamliner, super modern, good food, only about a third full on the way to Cairo, two thirds full on the...
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    Trip Report Southern route Red Sea (St. John) on JP Marine June 2021

    Just wanted to share a quick review of my week on the JP Marine, diving the southern route from Marsa Alam to St. John. I found very little info on the boat before my trip, so maybe this helps out somebody contemplating diving this boat. Liveaboard.com unfortunately heavily censors reviews on...
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    Is proof of COVID health insurance required for entry to Egypt?

    Just got back from my Egypt trip. Several notes: 1. You are absolutely not asked about health insurance when entering Egypt. 2. If you arrange a PCR test through your hotel for your return trip to the US, the odds are EXCEEDINGLY high that the lab technician will come to your room...
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    Is proof of COVID health insurance required for entry to Egypt?

    And to follow up -- I just called Egypt Air, and they said that the requirement for COVID health insurance was no longer in effect, and that the only thing the airline will check for is a PCR test taken 96 hours before departure. So, that's another $150 I don't need to spend.
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    Is proof of COVID health insurance required for entry to Egypt?

    Just to clarify -- I have Kaiser Permanente health insurance, which covers urgent care while travelling overseas. I also have DAN's dive insurance policy, which covers medical costs associated with dive accidents. What I don't have (and don't feel I need) is a separate insurance policy that...
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    Is proof of COVID health insurance required for entry to Egypt?

    Anybody know if Egypt immigration officials check for travelers’ health insurance for COVID coverage at the Cairo airport upon arrival? I’ve seen references to such a requirement on the US embassy’s website, but it seems unlikely that they’d be checking the fine print of insurance policies...
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