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

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by John Sommerer, MD, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6841
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Costa Rica, Revillagigedos, Rapanui, Micronesia, Polynesia,
Melanisia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco, max depth 130ft, surface with 500psi. You were logged off the
boat, and back on board with max depth and time. Computers were not checked  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Ridiculously small area for photographers, for this special charter trip.
Probably OK for their regular weekly milk  ...
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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This was a special charter, arranged through Reef and Rainforest. The
Spirit of Freedom (SOF) spent two weeks diving all the way from Cairns to
the north end of the Barrier Reef, then out to Ashmore and Boot Reefs, then
out the Eastern Fields. Toward the beginning of the trip, those interested
where put "ashore" on a tiny sandbar to (successfully) witness
the total eclipse of November 14, 2012. Although the observation site was
toward the north side of the path of totality, so the total phase was less
than a minute, the view was fantastic, and out of my 5 total eclipse trips,
certainly unique. Mark Strickland a professional photographer was aboard,
as well as a high school physics teacher (who didn't dive!) as a resource
for eclipse fans.

Since this was a special charter, most of my comments will not reflect the
regular itinerary of this boat; I'll start with those that do. First off,
this was probably the most professional crew I've seen on a dive boat. They
really were top notch. They were all amp'ed up because this was not their
regular one-week "milk run" as they described it, and several
crew were added for the trip, but I'd dive with these folks anywhere. They
worked hard, and well as a team, and they were uniformly helpful and
friendly. Captain Tony, first mate Fabian, cruise director Nick, dive
master Anna, and chef Tony were all particularly noteworthy. Captain Tony
regularly drilled the crew on safety issues, and held emergency drills
involving loss of rudder control, rescue, and first aid. All divers were
provided with Nautilus Lifeline emergency transceivers at no additional
charge. Nitrox was plentiful, and tank fills were rapid. They had lots of
rental gear aboard, so any equipment problems were dealt with easily. 

The regular dive sites visited by this boat, ...
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