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Dive Review of Down Under Dive in
Australia/Saxon, Hastings,Norman Reefs

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey Anderson, IN, USA
Report Number 974
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Brisbane (Moreton Island), Perth (Rottnest Island)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
First I must say that I am very new to the sport having been certified only
months before this trip.  I also don't write for a living and have never
posted anything on the net, so who knows how this will turn out.  Down
Under Dive was recommended by a friend who dove with them weeks before I
went.  I thought the live aboard thing would be cool and gave it a try, 
They offer a 3 day/2 night all inclusive package (minus alcohol/soft
drinks) for $400 aussie.  I had a flexible schedule and decided to stay an
extra night which they gave me for $100 aussie($50 savings).  Pretty cheap
for 14 dives, meals, rental gear, and a bed.
The accomadations were small and I shared a room w/ 2 other divers.  Didn't
spend much time in the room though.    Dive times were 6:30, 10:00, 3:00,
6:30.  The only real restrictions were 30min @ 30ft for the night dives. 
Seemed reasonable to me though.
Hot buffet breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and sit down served dinner.  The
food was actually pretty darn good.  I don't know about everybody else, but
after I dive I'll eat just about anything.  Very spacious galley w/ small
bar.  With very little to compare it to, I thought the diving was great. 
Nothing very deep though.  I pretty much stayed between 30-50ft all the
time.  The viz was cloudy @ times but for the most part it was at least
60ft.  Very warm water and only used a wetsuit the 1st dive.  Very
knowledable and helpful staff of 8 or so.  If you're into adventure,
meeting new people, and cheap diving, I would recommend down under dive.   
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