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Dive Review of Dolphin Dive in
Australia/Freemantle

Dolphin Dive, Mar, 2005,

by Peter Donahue, MA, USA . Report 1975.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, and New England
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 74 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions "Be back with 50 bar"
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 freezing...so 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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