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Dive Review of Mike Ball's Supersport in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Crossley, CA, USA
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Report Number 1360
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Galapagos, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Truk, Palau, Yap,
Florida, Cayman Islands & more
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Some time limits but reasonable  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Good Camera table & rinse buckets.  E6 processing did good job
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Mike Balls Supersport
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
June, 2004
John Crossley

What a classy operation Mike Ball has!  I was originally booked on back to
back Mike Ball boats, the Spoilsport and the Supersport, but a large group
on the Spoilsport cancelled at the last minute leaving just two of us
booked for the week.  To compensate, Mike Ball Company refunded half my
money and booked me on another livaboard (Spirit of Freedom) for free. They
also paid for my transportation down to Townsville so I could dive two days
on the Yongala.  That diving and four days at a nice hotel were covered as

Although the Supersport is the smallest of Mike Balls three livaboards,
its still an excellent ship.  My room had above average space for a
livaboard, and although it did not have a toilet or shower, there were four
shower/toilet rooms just a few steps away, and never a wait.  There is an
excellent dive deck, with two rinse bins for cameras only, and a decent
sized camera table.  Food on the ship was excellent and there was no charge
for soft drinks.

Dive guides went with the less experienced divers, but the very thorough
dive briefings allowed buddy teams to find most of the good stuff anyhow.
 Sometimes the dive guides marked certain sites with light sticks so
everyone could find the subject (fire clam under a ledge, etc). We did two
dives at  Lighthouse Reef because it had excellent macro life, several sea
snakes, a school of jacks, and lots of the usual tropical fish.  However
the highlight was having three curious Minke Whales hang around the boat
during both dives.  They came right up to divers and looked us in the eye! 
Steves. Bommie was also good because of a Woobegong shark, turtles,
octopus, lionfish, and two beautiful porcelain crabs in a bright green
anemone.  Cod Hole with its friendly Potato Cods was also great fun. 
Overall visibility ranged from 50 to 80 feet and water temps were 77 to 79

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