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

Down Under Dive, Mar, 2004,

by Jeffrey Anderson, IN, USA . Report 974.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Brisbane (Moreton Island), Perth (Rottnest Island)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 77 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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