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Dive Review of Taka Dive/Take in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID SHEMTOV, NA, United Kingdom
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3678
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos, Malpelo, French Polynesia, Palau, Truk, Red Sea, Maldives...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
25   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive at specified times and should you choose to skip a dive, you MUST sign
the manifest ONLY at the crew's convenience.  [Saying you want to go to
sleep and offering to sign the manifest when the other divers are jumping
into the water is NOT acceptable!]  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No electrical facilities except these in your cabin.  Rinse tank was used
for everything.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
1 stars    
A previous correspondent name this dive operations previous boat as the
'Kaka'.  Unfortunately, her description is still apt.  This operation is
targeted at inexperienced backpackers.  Many of them are enticed by last
minute discounts ensuring that the boat always leaves full.  The boat
operates on a very tight back to back schedule requiring passengers to
vacate their cabins several hours before return to port so that they could
be serviced by the crew.  

Great food and fairly attractive cabins on a well designed new boat could
not make up for the most unpleasant cruise director and dive crew we have
ever encountered on a liveaboard.  Had there been an option to disembark
during the three day cruise, we would not have hesitated.  We booked this
cruise because it was operating during the Minke Whale season.
Unfortunately, one of the two encounters with these skittish creatures was
swiftly terminated by a crew member who donned scuba gear and jumped into
the water (in contravention of Australian law) and ensured the immediate
flight of the whale.

Sorely regretted not booking the Mike Ball boat instead.  Another reader
who travelled on that operation's Spoilsport at the same time as us had a
much better experience.
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