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Dive Review of Nimrod Explorer in
Australia/Barrier Reef, Cooktown-Cairns

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by C.F. Ward, CA, USA
Reviewer (2 reports)

Report Number 1409
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Cocos Is., Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 76    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet max. Safety stop, on boat before they left. Buddy required, unless
solo certified and equiped with alt air source. Deco or booze, done for the
day.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Not a photo guy but did not see any sign of E6 aboard. However, nobody had
a film camera either
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Assemble in Cairns, perhaps fly to Cooktown or beyond at 1000 ft-a bonus-to
join boat. Sleeps 18, 12 this trip-kept 4 in a cabin despite open cabin
available. Twin hull design, typical ride-decreased roll excusions,
increased frequency, hard ride in swells during transits. Nitpicking: Bunks
bit short for over 6 ft. New Nitrox plant, no storeage cylinders, fill
tanks from system, doubt could handle full boat of Nitrox divers-may move
BCD to full tanks, remove integrated wts. during, need predive ck. to
reload. "15 ft" hangbar actually at much less, no spare air on
bar(or lite at nite), hangs by rope, swings up to 7-10 ft in
(frequent)current. Room A/C hard to adjust, freezing/off. 2 towels entire
trip, no change out. Kudos: Great food, good dive briefs, willing to move
for current/tide in hearbeat. DIve guide/buddy as needed. Great crew,
personable, knowledgable. Took course, first rate instructor. Saw 1 other
boat entire week. Great value for the US dollar, safety emphasis. Oddly,
book direct, get rental gear/booze for free. Used Reef/R'forest, recommend.
Can leave Carins late PM return day if desired/possible. Not a great/cheap
place.
Great coral, fish, some sharks and mantas, few turtles-great country to
visit. 
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