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Dive Review of Mike Ball Spoilsport in

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jan Culbertson, WA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6330
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Fiji, Australia, Cayman, Mexico, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None other than standard Mike Ball restrictions of when the 'pool is open'  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Lots of camera, some very large.  If you have a small camera like me you
can get a little lost as the big cameras take up all the space.  The camera
shelves are basically the top of the dive gear so when people are gearing
up it can get a bit crowded.
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  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Really don't have any bad to say.  This was a special 10 day trip
specifically to dive with the Minke Whales.  The trip was planned for
almost 2 years with Underwater Productions.  

The water was quite choppy and cooler than I expected.  However, I had
planned and brought a 5mm and hood so I was fine.

Mike Ball is a great dive operation.  From getting to/from the boat, the
crew, the food, the rooms, and the dive operation is great.  I got off the
boat and wanted to get right back on.

I am hoping that Mike Ball will consider more 10 day trips in the future. 
It gave us time to really relax, see lots of areas and get in plenty of

The only comment would be a few more lights in the water for night dives. 
Some of the areas were dived were pretty open and it was hard sometimes to
get direction back to the boat.
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