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Dive Review of Mike Ball in
Australia/Coral Sea

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Nicola Nelson, Ut, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3746
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Palau, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very few restrictions--occasionally wanted divers back to boat for a
mealtime, or to set off for a new location.  Suggested depth limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Very helpful with cameras (including the one we flooded).  Rentals
available.  On-board professional photographer Julia held two photo
contests during the week so we got to view a lot of great pictures.  She
was very knowledgeable and taught a course to one diver who seemed to
benefit greatly from it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Lots of good things about this operation.  Numerous helpful and friendly
crew and Kerrin, the "organizer" seemed to be tireless and was
always cheerful.  Crew kept offering water so that even my normally
non-water-drinking husband stayed hydrated.  Dive briefings were excellent.
 Food was good and plentiful and they worked hard to accommodate dietary
needs of our group.  The Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea have gorgeous
corals and a variety and large quantity of fish and other creatures.  The
potato cod at the Cod Hole were so tame; fun to dive with and great photo
opportunities.  Our favorite sites were the "bommies;" undersea
pinnacles teeming with life--you circle around them so there is no chance
of getting lost.  Our only negatives (except for high winds and bumpy boat
rides) were that we picked up divers in the middle of the week so repeated
the Cod Hole (4 dives there) and that we either had to giant stride off a
very high platform or negotiate a set of stairs in full gear except for
fins.  And that some of the guides handled the creatures too much, possible
stressing them.  I would certainly dive with Mike Ball again.
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