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Dive Review of Spirit of Fredom in
Australia/Coral Sea/Cod Hole

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Kramer, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 1552
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Palau, Tahiti, Solomons, Kona, Fiji, Belize, Hondorus, Saba,
Caymans, Cozemel., Bahamas, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 fett max, 750 psi returned to boat  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate dunk tank, but no charging stations on dive deck. No effort was
made to help with photographers skill levels
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
January 2005
SOF is still in great "new" boat shape. TV/VCR is larger rooms,
twin rooms small, but clean and well ventilated. Boat very stable during
nite crossings. Even though January is the rainy season "down
under" we had relatively good conditions, minimal currents and 20-60
ft viz. Nitrox available. All the diving is done off the back of the boat,
reached by two spiral staircases. Exits via single fin-friendly ladder. Two
warm water showers on dive deck. Excellent briefings were given prior to
each dive, while profiles were left to the individual diver. The coral was
in pristine condition, but there was a lack of small fish on many
dive-sites. Two nite dives were offered, as were a shark feed and a Cod
Crew were outstanding, be it providing lookout for drift diving, or
repairing blown 2nd stage hoses or a free flowing octopus, despite a
significant turnover of personnel. Wake-ups were provided every morning, as
well as dive-time warnings. Boat carries enough equipment rentals for all
28 possible divers. Dining provided by Rob was spectacular. Plenty of 1st
class Australian steak and shrimp, wine with suppers, 1st and 2nd
breakfasts, special orders no problem. 
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