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Dive Review of Mike Ball - Supersport in
Australia/Ribbon Reefs/Great Barrier

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rene Umberger, HI, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 2083
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Calif., Hawaii, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Approaching the whales while on scuba is prohibited.  Crew seemed to have a
hard time discerning hovering from approaching and were a bit over the top
at times, but better to be over protective...  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Planned this trip to be there with the Minke Whales.  Absolutely beyond
what we expected.  A must do trip for anyone desiring close encounters with
cetaceans.  Shortly after hooking up to a mooring the whales showed up and
approached, oggled and circled the boat, divers and snorkelers for hours! 
They seemed to want to communicate with us and approached closer and closer
as the day went on (a testiment to the well controlled program).  These
whales are hunted by the Japanese  once they head for Antartica to feed,
and are in need of protection. As for the crew, they're in need of
retraining.  The staff, service & food quality was well below what we
had encountered the previous year. The briefings were much too long and
extremely repetitive - a definite waste of precious time. The cook was
inexperienced, even serving leftovers for lunch (that weren't that great
the first time around). They let their "interns" (free help)
enter the water before paying customers.  We logged our complaints with
Dorothy, Mike Ball's office manager, and she responded perfectly by
acknowledging and addressing our concerns and making sure that our next
trip with them, 2 days later to the Yongala, was up to par.  She went out
of her way to provide great service, even taking her own personal time to
deliver a forgotten item to us at the dock before departure!  
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