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

Nimrod Explorer, Sep, 2004,

by C.F. Ward, CA, USA . Report 1409.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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