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Dive Review of Mike Ball/Spoilsport in
Australia/Coral Sea

May, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Snitkovsky, PA, United States
Report Number 114
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Truk, Galapagos, Cocos, Malpelo, Cozumel and several Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
A word of caution for those who consider diving with Mike Ball company.
Request your price quote in Australian dollars and be very firm about
getting it in Australian dollars. As someone who recently came back from
diving Coral Sea aboard Spoilsport, I found out (too late for me) that Mike
Ball Co. charges much more in US dollars than in Australian. Example: I
have paid US $1820 for 6 days aboard Spoilsport (Coral Sea Expedition).
Another American, who happened to be living in Middle East and booked the
same trip from Middle East, requested and got a price quote in Australian
dollars. His price was AU $2800, which translates into approximately $1473
US. And he had exactly the same type of cabin I had. As you can see, a
considerable difference. When I got home, I contacted Mike Ball General
Manager - Mr. Kielbaska with request for explanation. His responce to my
questions about difference in price was: " It is a considered and fair
policy based on real overheads associated with attracting and servicing
different sectors of our market".
Draw your own conclusions, but as far as I am concerned, this is the last
time I was diving with the company, that, in my opinion, has a very unfair
and discriminatory pricing policy. 
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