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Dive Review of Mike Ball Spoilsport in
Australia/Cairns, Queensland

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas L Roberts, FL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6829
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida; Mexico; Bahamas; South Pacific; Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving for day is ended if you have an alcoholic drink  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Tables and dunk tanks dedicated to cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
    Top-notch liveaboard with superb safety and crew. Divers required to
have sausages and whistles; each pair was loaned a Lifeline radio/GPS;
chase boat always ready; detailed pre-diving briefings with illustrations,
and a lookout with radio was topside on every dive. Tanks refilled
immediately. Almost everyone else wore wetsuits. 
    Meals prompt and good with special attention paid to needs of vegans
and vegetarians. "Ships alcohol only" policy but prices were
    Visibility on Great Barrier Reef only fairly good but much better while
in the Coral Sea. Especially great were Captain Trevor, Leader Kerrin and
Chef Kerry.  We sat out a Coral Sea dive during which sharks were fed.
Captain set boat up beautifuly for cloud-free viewing of a total solar
eclipse. Beds are a bit cramped for anyone over 6'2".
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