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In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

17 March 2014 - 02:57 PM

They're hardly taking a "hit" you're making out these people are from a third world country living on the breadline. If every guest tips %15 that's $1100+ each for a weeks work. I wish I got that on top of my salary!

In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

17 March 2014 - 01:27 PM




Frankly I find your comment offensive that you (who have enough money to fly transcontinental and then drop $3K on a live aboard and dive with many thousands of dollars of gear) cannot afford to tip an extra 15%. But to the people taking care of you (who are probably just scraping by) that same amount of money is "nothing to the individual". It means a lot more to them than it does to you."


I find it offensive that you assume i have pulled the money for this trip off a money tree. I have been saving for a long time to go on this trip, long hours in work, night shifts and overtime!! So please don't assume what my circumstances are, the money means a lot to me as it does to them.


Another point that doesn't sit well with me is- if i provide a good service to a client i never get tipped, ever. However, i have to tip a waiter or a taxi driver?? Someone please tell me why i should, it's not an automatic right to be tipped. If they aren't earning enough, work more. That's what i do. I don't get handouts like many other services..


No doubt the service on this trip will be great and i will tip, i just don't like to be ask for it.

In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

04 March 2014 - 04:38 AM

I have pretty much the same thoughts as yourself. For me a tip is an amount of money i feel the quality of service deserves, relative to what i can afford. Not a pre-determined amount. However, i can understand different cultures can have a different approach. That doesn't change what i can realistically afford though.


I have read the contract and they are asking for the amount above, it doesn't say i have to give it though. Apparently an envelope is passed around at the end of the trip. Whether this is done in private or not is another thing. I have been on many dive trips before, mostly in Asia where the dive guides earn very little money. I have never been asked for a tip, but i always give one if the efforts of the dive crew and staff warrants it. Never as much as the suggested tip in this contract though. The way they have constructed the sentence, sounds like they expect it although it's not a legal requirement (part of the cost of the trip).



A 15% tip is in the list of things to bring, seriously! 


The thing is a $450 tip divided by say 8 crew members is about $60 each. So over a week liveaboard thats under $10 a day which is nothing to the individual receiving the tip, but a lot of money for me to pay out. I suppose it depends on how many crew mwmbers there actually are and how many guests. that $10 a day could be $100 a day if everyone gives what they are asking. I'm sure they are getting a wage as well.

In Topic: Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

12 February 2014 - 09:46 AM

Has anybody seen or heard of a release date yet? I'm heading to Tiger beach last week of March, would be great to take with me...

In Topic: South Komodo in December

10 January 2014 - 02:28 AM

sorry, they are north. Here is a list of sites and a brief description.





I wonder what is going on with the fishing there, it was all over the news a year or two ago, coverage seems to have gone quiet. Really is a shame if it's still being exploited.


I should add, they are my favourite sites of komodo (Batu bolong etc). Groups have spent a whole liveaboard at cannibal rock before. I'd suggest if you're going to Komodo to do a liveaboard that does the North and South.