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Plastic Free Vacation in the Florida Keys

Planning a plastic-free vacation takes plenty of preparation and observation, we discovered on a recent trip to the Florida Keys. Our goal was to eliminate single-use plastic items on a week-long trip full of diving, eating, and vacationing. It was harder than we thought it would be! Somehow, we thought ...
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Man Overboard Under Sail, Figure-Eight Maneuver

Basic overview: the steps for this maneuver are to move to a beam reach, tack, another beam reach, luff, go to close reach, pick up item. Sounds easy! It actually is, and you can retrieve a person – or more likely – a hat overboard – faster than dropping sail ...
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Choosing Foul Weather Gear for Coastal Sailing

Sailing, being one of the oldest forms of transportation, has its own language. Those cylinders that keep the boat from damaging the dock are fenders; never, ever called “bumpers,” and no self-respecting sailor would refer to their foul weather gear as a “rain jacket.” Because, you see, foul weather gear ...
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21 Items That Landed on My Cruise Ship Dive Trip “To Do Next Time” List

After every dive trip, I review any lists I have in my notes, and add to them, subtract from them, and strive to make the next trip even better by jotting down a "Cruise Ship Dive Trip To Do Next Time List." Although we have organized Cruise Ship Dive Trips ...
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The Importance of the Queen Conch to the Bahamas

My name is Lobatus Gigas, but you can call me "Belo," the Queen Conch. I dream of diving deep to explore where my 500,000 babies are growing. I live near Eleuthera; between the Tongue of the Ocean and the Great Bahama Canyon; that's 14,060 feet deep! I am only comfortable ...
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SCUBA Diving with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas – New Providence, Bahamas

We, eight of us, arrived to dive at Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas, about an hour after our arrival at the cruise ship pier, clearing customs, and a 45-minute bus ride. A couple divers rented some gear, then we boarded the "Phoecena" and headed through the cut to the open ocean ...
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The Trip to SCUBA Diving with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas – New Providence, Bahamas

Diving with Stuart’s Cove's Dive Bahamas on New Providence Island was a really fun experience! This is an account of traveling from downtown Nassau to Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas docks and return. Dive article here. Greeted in Nassau We began our dive with meeting Stuart’s Cove's Florabelle at the cruise ...
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SCUBA Diving at Coco Cay – Little Stirrup Cay – on RCCL “Enchantment of the Seas”

SCUBA Diving at Coco Cay - Little Stirrup Cay - from the cruise ship RCCL "Enchantment of the Seas" was a blast! We got towed out to the site, immediately saw three spotted eagle rays when we descended, and saw so many tropical fish! RCCL Description of the Dive From ...
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SCUBA Diving Coco Cay – How RCCL can Improve the Experience With Just Four Easy Tweaks!

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines can easily make the fun SCUBA dive at Coco Cay even more fun with just a few simple tweaks to the already great scheme. Too close and shallow for a boat, too far to swim - PWC's are the perfect solution! First of all, towing the ...
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7 Fantastic Reasons To Plan a Cruise Ship Dive Trip

There are at least seven reasons you should consider a cruise ship dive trip, and probably a few more! I guarantee you are going to LOVE #7! 1. You can dive up to the last day of your vacation! You can dive on the last day of a cruise ship ...
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