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

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Greg & Robin Webster, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6544
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Mexico, Hawaii, Catalina
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only restriction was "safety first".  Other than that, the name
of the vessel speaks volumes "Spirit of Freedom"  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The vessel was very accommodating for UWP.  The staff was very helpful in
setup and general care of underwater camera's.  Separate fresh water tub
for rinsing.  There is a dedicated computer for guests to upload or
download pictures.  It even gets better than this... One of the dive
masters noticed our camera wasn't secured with a lanyard so he gave us one
from his personal stash.  How thoughtful was that!
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  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Spirit of Freedom was top notch.  This was our first experience with a
liveaboard dive vessel.  We have a 42' Hunter sailboat that we dive off all
the time here in California so we are used to high quality.  Captain Tony,
of Spirit of Freedom,  had worked his way up from dive master of 20+ years
to now Captain.  He and his crew were very professional on every level. 
The diving conditions weren't perfect due to weather but we made the best
of it.  The Cod feed in the Coral Sea was breathtaking.  Cod up to 5 feet
long.  But the most spectacular experience was the SHARK FEEDING!!!  We
were 10 feet away from a shark feeding of fresh tuna heads!  All catch on
video.  Some 25+ sharks in total, up to 7 feet long.  Saw a giant manta
during one of our dives.  There were up to 4-5 dives available per day. 
The food was outstanding as were the accommodations.  We also celebrated my
50th birthday while on board.  The chef asked what he could make me for my
b-day dessert and I requested pecan pie which he made without hesitation. 
It was the best... Almost as good as Grandma's!  Greg and I hope to return
one day.  
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