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Dive Review of Mike Ball Dive Expeditions in

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by jean miller, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6625
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
cocos, galapagos, indonesia, papua new guinea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
  to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
I went on this trip to see Minke Whales and potato cod. I was not
disappointed. Since I was traveling from the US, I opted for the seven
night trip, more chances to see whales. Heavy seas, five to six foot swells
with whitecaps, kept me from snorkeling on our first encounter. A day or
two later, the seas calmed to three to four foot swells and I jumped in.
Two heavy ropes with knots and floats made it easy to hang on with one hand
and watch the action below. The whales came very close, arms length. These
whales are small, fifteen to twenty feet, but to have them so close was
great. I felt like a child, wishing to see just one, then wishing to see
another and then another. I saw at least a dozen.

Cod Hole offered lots of surge, but it was doable. The cod were about three
to four feet and came closer than the whales. Once I was regulator to lip
with one potato cod. 

The crew was very helpful. The diving was done from the back of the boat.
I'm 74 and have a bad back, so I did a seated entry and one of the crew
carried my BC down the stairs for me. I was also able to hand up my weight
pockets and take off my BC in the water. Tanks are filled in place after
every dive, always 3000 psi. 

This is a great boat, and I'm so happy I went.
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