Chicago, ILUSA 60616
April 8, 2013
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It's a toss up between my first night dive off Cozumel ("Paradise") and a bunch of swim throughs off GBR: Cairns (Thetford reef "Cathedrals").
To meet other divers, and perhaps find a dive buddy to go on trips with in future.
Florida, Cozumel, Great Barrier Reef: Townsville & Cairns
I obtained my PADI Rescue Diver cert December 2012; and have logged only 20 dives in total.
If given the choice, I'd put on my hiking boots and head outside to the nearest forest preserve to enjoy a day in the sun... or if money were no object, I'd switch out my boots for booties & fins (and all other scuba gear) and head to the ocean.