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Dive Review of Mike Ball Dive Expeditions in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Wayne Leonard, Ca, USA
Report Number 341
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Cozumel, Hawaii (Maui, Oahu,Big Island), California, Bonaire,
Aruba, Grand Cayman, Belize, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
This was a 3.5 day trip - on way from Cairns to Lizard Island. Managed 11
dives during the trip (the max offered.)  

The trip was about 2X the price of the next operator, but was well worth
it. There are only a few cabins with private bathrooms, so be sure to
request one of those if available. Our cabin was relatively spacious.
Service and food on board was excellent. Crew was top notch, and a fairly
high ratio of crew: guests. 

The diving was really good too. I'd heard that the GBR was a bit
over-rated, but had a number of great dives.  Tons of fish life - including
some I'd never seen before: Lion Fish, Sea Snakes, Big Cuttlefish.   One
highlight is the Cod Hole, where a divemaster hand feeds dozens of giant (5
ft?!) Potato Cods. Quite intimidating!

Until we reached the Cod Hole (the last two dives of the trip) we never saw
another boat on the reef. It was like we had the GBR to ourselves!

I definitely would go back to do their 7 day "Coral Sea" trip
that includes the Yongala.
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