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Dive Review of Undersea Explorer in
Australia/Northern Great Barrier Reef

Undersea Explorer, Oct, 2003,

by Charles Shippam, Norfolk, England . Report 825.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Honduras, Belize, Yap, Palau, Bikini, Truk, Bonaire, Turks&Caicos, Cocos, Revillagigedos, Galapagos, RedSea, Seychelles, Maldives, PNG, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 feet max depth
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments An excellent vessel for "serious" divers who want to see parts of the Great Barrier Reef that others don't get to. The boat was adequately spacious for all guests to be comfortable and although the cabins lacked "en suite" facilities this was not a problem because there were sufficient showers and wash rooms elsewhere.The Australian/European crew of 5 were very friendly helpful and professional.The food was excellent as was the diving the highlight being Osprey Reef where there was an abundance of White Tip and Grey Reef Sharks and many of the largest Potato Cod that one is likely to see. A large Manta Ray was also seen here. The reefs are in good in condition with a great variety of fish and no shortage of macro subjects.A particular feature of this vessel is that it carries out Nautilus and Shark research and so a Marine Biologist was on board and gave relevant and most interesting lectures between dives most afternoons. If you want to dive the GBR do it from this boat.
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