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

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Beverly Sobelman, WA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5905
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Honduras, Hawaii, Dominica, Costa Rica, Pacific Northwest, San Diego,
Puerto Rico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
27   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 25    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits for air and nitrox, no reverse profiles, two required safety
stops, must return with 500 psi/50 bar.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We had an amazing time on the Spirit of Freedom.  The crew were all
professional and efficient but also fun-loving; the food was phenomenal and
plentiful; the rooms were comfortable, clean, and well-appointed (including
a hard drive full of media); and the diving was superb. The only down side
was that the weather was iffy at Osprey Reef (cyclone brewing) so our
captain opted not to travel the 100+ miles to get there and risk being
caught in a storm.  We missed out on a few key sites because of that, but
instead we got extra night dives and also got to try out lesser-known sites
in the Ribbon Reefs.  We did 16 dives in 4 days (and sat out one night
dive), all on Nitrox using our own gear. There was a bit of current on a
few of the sites but overall the conditions were great, the water was balmy
(we wore dive skins and I never got cold), and the quality of coral and sea
life was really good. They saw a whale shark only 2 days before we got on
the boat but we missed it!  Highly recommended dive experience.
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