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Dive Review of Great Escape Charter Company in
Australia/Western Australia

Great Escape Charter Company: "Good diving in the Indian Ocean", Nov, 2014,

by Robert & Gayle, OR, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8027.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica, Palau, Truk, Fiji, Tahiti, Red Sea, Indonesia, Philippines, PNG, Raja Ampat, Solomons.
Closest Airport Broome Getting There SYD to PER to BME. No direct flights on Qantas from Sydney to Broome.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, 60 minute dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments The Great Escape is a lovely boat. We had one of the panorama cabins which are at the bow on the salon/dive deck level. There is a small refrigerator in the room. The TV in the cabin only plays what's on the TV in the salon, but had a DVD player. Unfortunately, the DVD selection was sparse. There are 7 staterooms, so no more than 14 divers on board, plus a crew of 6. They will do guest's laundry upon request. Their office will arrange with a local liquor store to have your liquor purchases delivered on board, as this is a BYOB boat. They will pick you up at your hotel in Broome or at the airport, and deliver you to the boat. Upon return, they will deliver you to the airport or the hotel of your choice. You should plan to spend a couple days in Broome, it is a town with an ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By keith brashear in FL, US at Jan 06, 2015 20:03 EST  
I was confused reading information in undercurrent regarding Diving in Australia. One sentence in Undercurrents Diving Australia Overview it says -"The best diving, with pristine reefs and oodles of fish, is to the north, reachable only by live-aboard during their summer months, roughly November to March." Then in another paragraph on the same page Diving Australia Overview states, " The best season to dive Australia on a liveaboard (really the only way to see the best) is July through November. What is the best time? I would think November thru March?
By joanne pannell in ZZ, AU at Aug 03, 2016 20:21 EST  
Australia is similar in size to America. You are effectively comparing the east coast to the west coast, or Florida to Alaska. The best time of year to dive depends on where you are going. This article is about the northwest corner of the country, which is the opposite side to the great barrier reef.
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