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Dive Review of Bike Ball in

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Krippendorf, CA, USA
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Report Number 3962
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Curacao, Dominica, Fiji, Hawaii,
Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Roatan, Sea of Cortez, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 foot max, dive computers required.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated camera table on dive deck
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Overall Comments: We boarded the Spoilsport in the evening in the Cairns
harbor for the 6 night Coral Sea Expedition trip. The overnight trip out to
thefirst dive sites was a bit rough. 
Our first dive was at 10 am that next morning. 

Craig was the Trip Director and made sure everyone understood the daily
schedules, the systems used on the dive deck and in the water, and asked
for feedback. He and the crew did an excellent job at ensuring we all had a
safe and enjoyable trip.

The water was usually smooth at the sites and we either dove off the back
of the boat or had 5-10 minute rides in the rubber duck boats to the dive
Before each dive wed get a briefing for the site, which described the lay
of the land, so to speak, and listed the types of sea life known to be in
the area.
The first 2 days of diving were at the Great Barrier Reef. Visibility was
usually about 50 feet and corals and fish were abundant. Once we reached
the dive sites around Flinders Reef out in the Coral Sea the visibility was
significantly better, with some sites at 100 feet or more.

Typical dive day allowed for 5 dives. First dive was before the hot
breakfast, 2 more dives before lunch, 1 afternoon dive, and a dusk / night

I have made 5 trips with Mike Ball, including trips on their now
discontinued PNG and Townsville operations. It is a solid, professional
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