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

Mike Ball/SpoilSport, Sep, 2007,

by Jay Gould, Victoria, Australia (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3534.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Society Island, Cook Island, Fiji, Vanuatu, and USA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 25 to 0 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return w/50 bar; have own computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 Separate work area, separate fresh water tanks, professional onboard for assistance.

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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our first live-aboard and it has set a very high standard for others to please us in the future. The crew was second to none - they went out of their way at every moment to meet every need - nothing was too difficult. The chef if he opens a restaurant will have us as permanent customers. The rooms were clean, fresh towels whenever required, and the bed was made everyday. You had the choice of going alone with your buddy, or one of the dive leaders led a group. More than sufficient opportunity for diving including two night dives and a fantastic shark feed dive. We did our Nitrox certification, and the instructor was very professional. Pet peeves: no warm shower or toilet facilities on the dive deck, and no toilets on the salon deck. Whenever you wanted to go to the toilet you had to go to your cabin. Smoking was permitted on one side of the after-salon deck and if the wind was in the wrong direction, too bad for the nonsmokers. I asked for the smoking lamp to be out during a party on the after-saloon deck and was told that policy permitted the smoking. Frankly, they should be banned to the upper deck and if they have problems with the wind blowing out their smokes, TOUGH! Having shared my pet peeves, I wouldn't hesitate to do another trip on Spoil Sport.
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