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Dive Review of Sea Quest (Dive Down Under) in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph, IN, USA
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Report Number 808
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, West Palm Beach, Fl, Gloucester, MA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must surface with 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Reefs, Norman and Hastings Reef were vibrant and full of life.  Sea
Quest Captain picked out seaward healthy reefs.  Because of my esperience
level I was paired up with a member of the boat crew who simply followed my
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Diving on day boats from Cairns can be a very restricing experience.  The
boat operations tend to over controll concentrating on getting to the reef
(two hours away) quickly, getting the dives done and getting back quickly. 
As a result the dives are done in a very controlled manner, often on the
less vibrant landward side of the reefs where divers can more easily be
watched and closely supervised.   Sea Quest was a welcome change from that
routine.  We went as far out as possible to very healthy reefs, Norman and
Hastings Reefs which had  very active Dive spots.  The crew was very
accomodating, particularly compared to the poor TUSA operation that I
experienced the day before.  

The Great Barrier Reef has much to offer, giant clams, an abundance of
corals and a tremendous variety of fish living off the corals.  Maximum
underwater time in a vibrant location is what an expereinced diver should
expect and the Sea Quest operation does its best to meet those
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