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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in
Australia/GBR/Coral Sea

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Mould, FL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 2960

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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Asked not to exceed 130ft.When returning to boat remaing air, maximum depth
and time were recorded for each dive. No decompression diving allowed. Solo
diving available if certified. If no dive buddy available they would team
you up or go with instructor otherwise you could dive your own profile.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Small table for cameras on dive deck.Camera only rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
After diving Caribbean only, GBR was magnificent. Bommies make easy diving
starting at 100 ft or so and then circling the mount to the surface. You
see all aspects of the reefs.Would recommend you book one of the 2 suites
on the Nimrod. One has 2 twins the other a queen with ensuite bathrooms.
All other cabins below deck with quad share.
Ride is exremely smooth. Boat is a catamaran. Only rough ride was crossing
over to the Coral Sea. Motion was up and down no swaying. Needed seat belts
in the bunk to keep from being tossed out. Rainy and windy on the crossing
otherwise all other steaming were quit smooth.
No real place to lay out in the sun. Only open area was on the bow with
some indoor/outdoor carpet. Sun is extremely intense even for someone from
Florida.
Can't stress enough how beautiful and vibrant the corals, hard & soft,
were. Napolean wrasse were hugh and the unicorn fish unusual.
The service was great but avoid the vegimite unless you like axel grease.
Hoping to go back again but might try another liveaboard slightly newer but
Explorer prices are the best.
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