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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in

October, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by David Marchese, PA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 7213
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Bay Islands, Bahamas,
Fiji, Saba, Maldives, California, Revillagigedo, Cozumel, Midway, Kona,
Galapagos, Panama, Palau, Tahiti, Cocos, Tonga, PNG, Komodo, Sulawesi,
Holbox, Solomon Islands, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max dive time 70 minutes, back on board with 750 psi, two safety stops (one
at 25' and one at 15'), deepest dive first with subsequent dives shallower
each day.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 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
2 stars
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I was the only guest (out of 20) with a DSLR and felt crowded.  The one
rinse tank and dive-deck table were sized for maybe two or three DSLR set
ups.  T ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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This was our 20th liveaboard trip and our 33rd dive trip so I admit that we
are "spoiled."  That being said, this trip was our most
disappointing to date (Ironically, also our most expensive).

This trip was the Spirit of Freedom's special Far North Expedition
advertised as follows: 

One of the last totally pristine areas of the Great Barrier Reef, these
reefs are seldom visited by any boats, and many of the hundreds of reefs in
the region, are yet to be explored. The Far Northern reefs abound with
masses of pelagic and reef fish and an incredible variety of colourful
corals and invertebrates. October is the beginning of the nesting season
for the green sea turtle and the waters around the many coral cays in the
north, will be alive with turtles. The Spring is also the best weather
season to dive the outer walls, offering a great chance of encounters with
megafauna  tiger sharks, manta rays and whale sharks.

The main reason we booked this trip was for the chance to dive Raine
Island.  However, we were only ...
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