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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia

Spirit of Freedom, Oct, 2013,

by David Marchese, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 7213.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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