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

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4539
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Truk, Kosrae, Solomon Islands, Galapagos, Socorros, all over
the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must dive with a buddy; no deco diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Plenty of camera table space with compressed air. Dive crew considerate of
camera gear. The boat engineer, Stirling, did a great job rigging up a part
to fix my camera tray after it broke. This enabled me to continue using 2
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Spoilsport is a twin-hull boat that can take many divers; our trip had
over 25. With this many divers, the dive deck gets a bit congested but meal
time can be a real free-for-all. Meals are all buffet so one had to be
somewhat aggressive in order to get enough to eat -- especially for dinner.
The BBQ's were excellent with lots of shrimp, beef, chicken and kangaroo.
Kangaroo steak is delicious; it's best cooked rare. Goes well with a glass
of shiraz!

The crew were very helpful and friendly going out of their way to fulfill
requests and to solve any problems. We had a regulator issue that they
resolved and the fix for my camera tray was quite ingenious. The dive
briefings were thorough and accurate. Dive guides were provided upon
request as were dive buddies. A crew member was always a willing dive
buddy. Most of the diving is from the mother vessel with a few dives from
the rubber duckies. 

Most dive sites were large enough to accommodate many divers but at a
couple  - lighthouse bommie and steve's bommie -- it got a bit congested.
The shark dive on Osprey Reef was well done. One of the best I have
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