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Dive Review of ProDive in
Australia/Cairns GBR

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Ian Kennedy, California, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 2961
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
N.Z., Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean; Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth and time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I had to ask for a rinse tank. That was the only facility. I had to lift my
camera out of the water after a dive by myself. The crew handed me the
camera when I entered the water. No other facilities for photography.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
This was a 2 night, 3 day, 11 dive trip out from Cairns on the GBR. The
boat takes about 20 divers in twin bunk cabins. The trip out to the reef
was about 3 hours and very rough; take motion sickness pill first. I was
the oldest guy on the boat, including the crew. The trip I was on really
catered to young tourists from the UK, Germany, and South America. Many of
them were doing their OW certification, a few others AOW. There seemed to
be only a couple of other relatively experienced divers on board. I was
paired with a diver with only 8 dives who was hard on his air supply, and
so I was a bit short on dive time. We visited 2 reefs and both were rather
disappointing. The corals were not in great shape and there was not a great
deal of life on them. Only one shark was spotted; several turtles were
found, especially on a night dive. The crew were generally helpful and
interacted well with the young clientele. Older divers might find some of
the humor a little sophomoric. This was a good boat for new divers but will
be disappointing for those who have seen some of the worlds great dive
sites. A trip further out on the Coral Sea is probably necessary to see the
best that Australia has to offer. On the other hand, Cairns is a fun place
to spend some time, along with the surrounding attractions.
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