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

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Jo Tynon, OR, US (1 report)
Report Number 6747
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Maui, also Grand Caymans, Catalina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
130   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was a fantastic, client-centered operation. I felt very pampered and
comfortable. The best part of the experience was the people I met on board,
both fellow passengers and staff. I've had three back surgeries and needed
assistance getting in and out of the water and the crew was unfailingly
helpful and cheerful in that regard. One complaint I have is that there
weren't enough BCDs in my size available on board, so I borrowed one from a
crew member. This could have been easily fixed: I mentioned that I am often
given a too-small size BCD, so if the office staff had communicated this to
the boat, all would have been fine. I arrived on board solo, but always had
someone to dive with, usually a DM. I did all the dives except for the two
night dives. The dive sites offered spectacular opportunities to see things
new to me: cuttlefish, anemonefish, enormous cod, giant clams, bumphead
parrotfish, and Sailor's eyeball. The soft corals were beautiful here in a
profusion of colors! I started off wearing a 3mm full wetsuit, but soon
reverted back to my 3 mm shortie with lycra leggings. I was comfortably
warm, altho others kept to their full 5 mm with hood, gloves, booties. I
had an O ring blowout at 82' that was compounded by my DM buddy's octo
failure. We both ascended without panic and got picked up quickly by the
dingy. My regret is that it was such a short dive! The shark feed dive was
as advertised. I am opposed to feeding wildlife, but admit that Ill watch
anyway. I prefer noodling when I dive and the crew were Ok with that. The
food on board was outstanding. I am lactose intolerant and there were lots
of alternatives for me. My only wish was for good, brewed coffee (or
espresso). My trip was October 25-29 on the fly/dive Coral Sea trip. The
weather was lovely for diving. We had some rocking & rolling when the
boat relocated, so take your sea sickness remedies! 
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