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Dive Review of Quicksilver in

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Hamberg, Mi, USA
Report Number 562
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]I have been to several areas before diving Australia, the Red
Sea(Egypt), Sodwanna Bay(South Africa), Aruba,Bonaire,all three Cayman
Islands,St. John-St. Thomas,Cozumel,two areas in the Bahamas,Turks and
Caicos(Provo), LakeMich.,Lake Huron,the Straights of Mac.,Geogian Bay,
various fresh lakes, Florida Keys, Bonne Terre.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]No time limits enforced, but for the most part had to have a
Dive Guide from the crew around same area. We could dive our own profile
but it was recorded after each dive.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
[None]The crew was accomodating to helping with camera, the facilities on
the boat consisted of one bucket at the back of the boat for cameras only,
no table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
[None]The bad was that the Coral Sea can stay rough for long periods of
time, the good, we hit it right on our trip and it was quite calm, we even
had some mirror smooth water a couple of days. I wasn't quite ready to hear
that a dive guide would be with us on all dives, but it turned out okay,
there were a couple of times that there was current and we were 100+ miles
off shore, you wanted to have more than just your buddy near during those
dives. We had one dive that a large silver tip shark patroled near us, they
can be aggressive, at that point it was good to have more than just your
buddy. We had the possibility of having 12 divers on the trip, we had 6, 3
single guys, 1 single gal, and my wife and I. The good,there were 5 crew.
The bad most of them smoked, but not near the divers or inside of the boat.
We went to Osprey Reef, it took the boat from 5pm until 6am the next day to
get there. Osprey Reef was worth it, there are not many boats that go this
far and we didn't see any. The coral was in great shape, the big clams were
beatiful and the species of fish was high. We went on to Shark Reef 8 miles
south of Osprey which is seldom visited, it was really full of fish, a
thousand blue and yellow fussiliers going in one direction while a stream
of hundreds of black one with blue neon stripes swam in the opposite
direction. There were schools of moorish idols and palete blue surgeon
fish. I saw fire gobies, blennies, and stonefish. The table corals and soft
corals were all looking healthy, there were white tip sharks, gray whaler
sharks, and silver tip.  As the boat moved closer to the upper Ribbons by
Lizard Island, we also were treated to snorkeling with Minke whales. The
reefs near Lizard Island were in great shape as well, many hard corals,
clams, big blue sea stars, sleeping white tips, big potato groupers in the
300 hundred pound range. The night dives were great as well, the reefs were
full of feather stars and crinoids of many different colors, and there were
many anenomes and clown fish. This was so far the best diving that we've
ever seen. On one dive at Steve's Bommie, I had a Minke whale swim
underneath me as I went back to the dive boat, wow. 
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