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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/Coral Sea/Great Barrier Reef

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Olga Sakwinska, VD, Switzerland (1 report)
Report Number 4477
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas; Dominica; Red See - Sharm; Swiss lakes; Mediterranean - Croatia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
25   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi returned to boat; 40 meters max depth; 2 x safety stops; no time
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I didn't have a camera, but most people on the boat did. There was
dedicated rinse tank and table for laptops in the lounge.
UW photography course was also avaialble and people who took it were happy
with it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
The trip was excellent. Everything promised on the website and more. 
Diving was great. Great visibility, healthy coral, lots of large fish. Seen
hammerhead, turtles, plenty of sharks, not only during shark feed. Only
once seen another dive boat, how refreshing after Red Sea where it's really
crowded. Dive sites were variable ranging from sheer walls out at Coral Sea
to "bommies" and shallow lagoons (turtles!).
There was possibility for 15 dives in four days, I did 13.
Dive briefings were thorough and accurate. There were at least 2 crew in
the water during each dive. I always went with divemaster because I came
without a buddy. Buddy teams could follow their own profile. Solo diving
coudl be done, but you would need a certification. Safety was important:
headcounts, bottom time, max depth, and safety stops were recorded after
every dive. All divers were logged in and out of
the water by personal check-in. There was always one crew doing lookout
until everyone was back on board. 
We were helped in and out of the water. We only needed to rinse our
computers and suits, they did everything else. The tanks were filled to 250
Nice touch: warm beach towels waiting after each dive. 
Crew was extremly helpful and went out of their way to make the trip
enjoyable for everyone. 
Rooms were comfortable, beds done every morning. I was lucky and got a room
for myself.
Food was plentiful and tasty. Last night we had barbecue on deck with beef,
lamb, chicken, fish, ribs and plenty of other things. Special reuqests - no
problem. One person was vegetarian and another on gluten-free diet and they
both ate well too. Five meals a day.
Anything negative? Well, the night crossing to Coral Sea was rough. But
they have see sickness medicine on board, both herbal (ginger?) and
"real" one.  
Up to now I was too lazy to write a review, but this was too good. I'd come
back. I hope I will.
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