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Dive Review of TUSA/Spriit Of Freedom in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Igoe, CO, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 4500
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Southeast Asia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
77   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You must dive with a partner, or partners.  Otherwise you could dive your
(their) profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
3 stars    
Due to weather conditions we were not able to visit Osprey Reef, the main
reason we had signed on to this trip.  We learned that another couple (on
this trip) had taken the same trip three times in the past and had yet to
get to Osprey Reef.  Perhaps a stronger disclaimer about weather aborting
certain destinations on the itineray is in order.

The crew is friendly and competent, although they do not compare with the
services rendered in various Southeast Asia destinations (e.g. Malaysia,
Mayanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines). 
This crew would assit you with any service that you requested.  In the
aforementioned destinations there was no need to ask.

For specifics, the tour leader (Gary) was a good and generous fellow to
work with.  When he could he'd try to meet your diving preferences, albeit
he wasn't able to do this more than once in my case.  Shantelle was equally
eager to meet your diving preferences, but was limited by also being a dive
guide.  She went out of her way to tend to my seasick dive companion, along
with others similarly afflicted - about half of the guests at one point.

The skipper (Cameron) was totally professional, truly gracious in answering
your questions about the craft, and was not at all shy to give you a tour
of the working aspects of the boat.  He was seemingly a gentleman.  He was
also not shy to lend a hand with mooring and recovering.

All in all, the boat and crew were good, but the diving experience was less
than expected.  Needless to comment, but we don't blame the weather on the
operation.  We also don't dispute the skipper's decision to turn back from
an attempt at Osprey Reef.  The weather was miserable, and he made the
right decision.

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