It was one of the best times I had down there. The diving wasn:t that spectacular, being slightly off-season with the rainy season and after a few days of rain made for somewhat average visibility. But interacting with the locals was a blast! This was one of the marked differences between me and the other teachers. They really seemed to prefer the American lifestyle on the island. Granted, it *IS* pretty cool. I ain:t going to deny it. But I think that one of the things that made me want to live overseas was the fact that you HAD to immerse yourself in the local culture. If you really don:t want to risk some security and "safety," then maybe you don:t really want to live abroad.