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Dive Review of Dolphin Dive in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Donahue, MA, USA
Report Number 1975
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, and New England
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
74   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
"Be back with 50 bar"  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
There were no facilities for cameras on this boat, but it was 80 feet long
and I kept my cameras up in the crew's area.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Dolphin Dive runs a day boat to Rottnest Island out of Perth.  It's a 45
minute ride and was $90 AUS for two tanks, lunch and weights.  

It was Good Friday and everything in Australia was closed.  There were 25
divers, 1/2 dozen bubble watchers, a crew of five and activity everywhere. 
The crew was pleasant and I was alone that day.  They decided to buddy me
up with a man who hadn't been diving in two years.  I expressed reluctance,
but my only other choice (because NO ONE dives alone in Australia) was to
tag along as a third buddy.  I chatted up the original guy they were going
to buddy me with, took him through a pre-dive "everything I could
think of".  We jumped in the water and had a blast!  There are
numerous limestone swim throughs, caves, tunnels, and we flew through them
all.  I had just spent 1.5 weeks in 87 degree water.  It's now 74 degrees
and I'm we swam.  We saw more critters than anyone else on
the boat.  I had more fun pointing out stuff to the new guy than I would
have diving alone.  They served hamburgers, veggie burgers, and chicken
wings barbequed on board.  While that was cooking, they brought underwater
scooters up and we could snorkel with them.  You know who was the first one
in the water with one of those!  It was a blast and, in fact, it was only
myself and the young kids on the boat who used them.

The crew gave standard dive briefings, but with the new dive buddy, I had
no hope of a 60 minute dive.  With the water temperature being what it was,
I was glad of it.  The crew logged everyone in and out, wrote down depths,
times, and figured out what our final group designation was on the way
back.  I'm not sure why...but all in all, it was a fun day.
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