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

Mike Ball/Spoilsport, Jul, 2007,

by PJ Halter, QLD, Australia ( 2 reports). Report 3422.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Bahamas, BVI, Tahiti, PNG, Indonesia, AustraliaCozumel, most all Caribbean sites
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 24 to 0 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Special Swim with Minke Whales dives & snorkels so protocol's had to be followed for these interactions.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is a special excursion in life - swimming with Minke Whales - only offered for 3 magic weeks a year off Cairns, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef. 2nd time for us & was even better than the 1st. Mike Ball has downscaled operations but absolutely always has been, & still is the very best I've encountered.We've dove with 10 or more live aboard companies. Diving the GBR, visiting famous Cod Hole, low level flight over the GBR & watching whales up close & personal - it can't get any better than this.
The service & food are superior.
If you think you've experienced it all, try being eye to eye with these special whales, before the Japanese eat them all!!
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