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

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Fredda Lerner & Mike Fischbein, VA, USA
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Report Number 3748
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
15+ liveaboards and dive sites in the Caribbean, Florida Keys, Bahamas,
Hawaii, and Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth was previous personal max + 10-20 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 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  
Good camera tables on dive deck.  Dedicated dunk tanks.  All divers on trip
were digital; don't know if E6 processing is on board.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Outstanding liveaboard.  Fantastic, enthusiastic, skilled, cheerful crew. 
Loads of help from any and every crew member at the slightest request; did
not intrude when not asked.  Excellent captain.  Great moorings that let
the divers down right at the reefs.  Ship in excellent condition --
everything worked.

The only item that we could think of improving were the ladders on the
dinghys; adding an extra step or two would make climbing in easier for the
dinghy pick up dives.  This is a very small matter and indicates how good
everything was overall.

We strongly recommend Mike Ball and Spoilsport for anyone looking for a
top-notch liveaboard in the GBR area.  It was very worth the 22+ hour
flights we had from Washington, DC.

Special thanks to Mike Ball, Captain Larry and Divemaster Dan.
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