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

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jay Gould, Victoria, Australia
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 3534
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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

Water Temp
25   to 0    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return w/50 bar; have own computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Separate work area, separate fresh water tanks, professional onboard for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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