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Resort Review
Garden Island Resort, Taveuni, Fiji | Resort Review

Garden Island Resort, Taveuni, Fiji

Views: 4240 | Date: Jun 12, 2007Author: Addict

Garden Island Resort is a small resort with about 30 rooms, located on the island of Taveuni.  They have an onsite diveshop (Aquatrek), beach volleyball, beautiful swimming pool, bar and resturant.  It is located oceanfront, with all rooms having an ocean view.  There is no sand beach at the resort.

The staff here was great!  They were extremely nice, as were all of the people of Taveuni.  If one thing really stands out about the people of this island, it would be how nice they are.

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Addict Giveaway
FREE - 6 Issues of Sport Diver Magazine | Addict Giveaway

FREE - 6 Issues of Sport Diver Magazine

Views: 5083 | Date: Jun 11, 2007Author: Addict

Sport Diver Magazine - July 2007I occassionally go out looking for free stuff for scuba divers.  Today I found that you can get 6 FREE issues of Sport Diver(R) Magazine:

As the official publication of the PADI Diving Society, Sport Diver is the scuba diving magazine divers turn to to find out what's going on in their world. Scuba gear, scuba diving trips, scuba training, and scuba lifestyle - Sport Diver is the ultimate source for scuba divers. Whether you're a scuba pro or just starting scuba diving lessons, Sport Diver has something for you. We have a full line of scuba diving equipment reviews, including dive computers, and dive travel specials for scuba diving trips to Aruba, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, the Florida Keys & Key West, Australia and more! Your PADI certification is just the first step towards a lifetime of scuba diving adventure.  -SportDiver.com

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Misc. Article
Innovative Scuba Concepts Regulator Component Recall | Misc. Article

Innovative Scuba Concepts Regulator Component Recall

Views: 2523 | Date: Jun 11, 2007Author: Addict

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Swivel for a Scuba Regulator

Units: About 170

Importer: Innovative Scuba Concepts Inc., of Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Trip Report
Fiji Shark Dive - Aquatrek | Trip Report

Fiji Shark Dive - Aquatrek

Views: 9946 | Date: Jun 07, 2007Author: Addict

I am writing this review to be mostly separate from the Dive Op review for Aquatrek, Fiji that can be found in our Dive Op Reviews Section.

Silver Tipped SharkFirst and foremost - this dive is a MUST DO!!  The videos were shot by me, and my wife took the stills (she is the one with the red accented camera housing in my videos).

We dove with the dive operation that runs the shark dive in Beqa Lagoon (Aquatrek).  The 'Shark Dive' actually consists of 2 tanks, and we went 2 separate days for a total of 4 tanks - well worth the extra few bucks you pay for 'park fees'.  It is a straight shot to the dive spot (about 10 minutes).  Once you get there, the Dive Master's drop a huge trashcan of fish parts into the water.  Ramora city!  You get your dive briefing, then into the water...

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Photo & Video
How to make a panoramic photo with Photoshop | Photo & Video

How to make a panoramic photo with Photoshop

Views: 6886 | Date: Jun 06, 2007Author: Addict

I have been to lots of places where I felt a panoramic would be a great thing to have.  Guess what?  You don't need any special cameras to create a panoramic photo!  For this tutorial, you will need Photoshop - so if anyone knows how to make them with other image programs, please write a tutorial!

What is needed:
Photoshop (confirmed working on version CS-CS3)
Any Digital Camera

How to make a panoramic photo.

1. The first step is to snap a few photos that you will want to connect together.  IMPORTANT: Make sure that the photos you are taking will overlap at one edge (i.e. starting from the left photo, make sure that you identify a point on the right side of the shot.  When taking your next shot, make sure that point is on the left side of the frame.  Notice how my photos overlap below:

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Dive Op Review
Dive House COZUMEL | Dive Op Review

Dive House COZUMEL

Views: 3696 | Date: Jul 26, 2006Author: mcm007

Dive house was very well run. We did 13 dives in 4 days. Never the same site twice. Ask your DM to take you to Palancar and Columbia Deep, Paradise is too shallow and not much to see.

Tormentos is another good reef.

If you do not tell the dm's where you want to go, they will take you to the closest reef to the hotel, so they can get back quickly. SO make sure to ask them where YOU want to go.

Make sure and reserve your trip to punta sur, the signature dive of cozumel. It is 10 dollars more but well worth it. Also, they have 100 cu ft tanks available to those air hogs out there for 6 bucks more. The night dive was cool..

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Resort Review
Fiesta Americana COZUMEL | Resort Review

Fiesta Americana COZUMEL

Views: 3907 | Date: Jul 26, 2006Author: mcm007

Greetings, I am an avid trip reporter.
However, this is my first 5 star report. Not that I am picky, but I am a frequent traveler and have certain expectations , especially when paying good money for service.

FIESTA AMERICANA IS AWESOME !!!!!!

I am a hardcore diver and so is my roomate. He went here 6 weeks before our trip, came back and booked another trip for he and I to go back.. thats how awesome it is.

I dove everyday 4 and 5 dives a day and the reefs were beautiful. Ask your divemaster to go to Palancar, Columbia and def. arrrange a trip to Punta Sur the signature dive of cozumel This dive is 135 feet so you must be an advanced diver/.

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Site News
Scuba Addict Neglect | Site News

Scuba Addict Neglect

Views: 2790 | Date: Jun 22, 2006Author: Addict

Alright, my poor ScubaAddict.com has been somewhat neglected lately. I've been overworked, and now, finally, I have a vacation to Maui for a couple of weeks.

I do have plans for a major rework of this site. I thought I could save time using a pre-packaged 'blog-style' software application. Well, I don't like it. I hate dealing with other people's code. So, I will be porting all forum posts, and articles, reviews, etc to a new site design. So keep posting!

This recode of the site will take some time, but I believe it will be worth it. I plan to have extensive Google Maps integration, a better forum, and article posting and photo galleries that are more user friendly.

Look forward to it!!

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Trip Report
Disney Epcot Living Seas Dive Report | Trip Report

Disney Epcot Living Seas Dive Report

Views: 3778 | Date: Jun 22, 2006Author: mcm007

Greetings all. I was a bit skeptical at first when my friend mentioned that he dove Epcot's Living Seas. I saw the video he had and wasnt too impressed. However, I have since changed my mind.

It is very nice when they greet you at the front gate and bring you immediately behind the scenes.. The divemaster gives you a briefing of how they recycle over 35,000 gallons a minute of saltwater. How they make it, how they catch fish from reefs and then bring you throught the aquaraium and give a brief tour.

Then again behind the scenes to the laboratory where they study and nurse animals back to health and also the food processing area, Tag and release area, etc.


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Misc. Article
EPA Issues Permit to Sink Oriskany / May 15th? | Misc. Article

EPA Issues Permit to Sink Oriskany / May 15th?

Views: 2904 | Date: Feb 21, 2006Author: medical1

PENSACOLA, FL (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency today issued the Navy a permit to sink the retired aircraft carrier USS Oriskany off Pensacola Beach in May.

The agency issued a permit for disposal of chemical toxins known as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs aboard the ship.

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