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Dive Review of Whaleshark n dive in
Australia/Ningaloo Reef

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Angela Gostling, London, GB (2 reports)
Report Number 6116
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Bonaire, BVI, Kenya, Maldives, Thailand & Burma, Cozumel,
Bahamas, Indonesia, Fiji, Galapagos, Palau, Truk, Red Sea, Zante, Cyprus,
PNG, Solomons, Mauritius, Comores, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Kona, Oman.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
24   to 25    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Policy was to dive with the guide.  Sites were not deeper than 30m.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Not that sort of dive operation.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
We undertook a lot of research before committing ourselves to the trip in
terms of timing and water conditions.  We were travelling in the whaleshark
season and optimised the timing to enhance our chances of also seeing
humpback whales, spinner dolphins and manta rays.  
Unfortunately when we arrived in Exmouth the conditions were unusually
windy and boats were not out whale watching.  We were afraid that our
live-aboard would be cancelled.
The dive team did their best - although we noticed that they did not check
our c-cards.  We had already submitted our diving experience by e-mail.   
Well the dive team did everything they could to get us diving but weather
conditions meant that we could not visit the best sites and spotter plans
for whalesharks were unable to see the creatures. The windy conditions
brought the surface temperature down significantly - from about 26 degrees
celsius to more like 21 degrees, with water temperatures at around 24
degrees.  Yes, I admit to being a wimp but despite wearing a skin and full
5mm wetsuit after 15 minutes in the water I was chilly and getting back out
again after the dive was unbearably chilling, so that I couldn't dive more
than a couple of times each day.  Other less wimpy divers were not deterred
by this - or didn't feel it quite as much - and managed three day dives and
a night dive too.
The windy conditions were whipping up the water, so the visibility wasn't
great, but we expected this - well it was the whaleshark and manta season,
so we anticipated plankton anyway.
So we didn't get to see whalesharks or mantas but did see some humpbacks
when on the surface.  However, we did see the most enormous turtles and
some fascinating sea snakes - as well as the usual suspects but not a lot
of them.  I'm sure we didn't see Ningaloo at its best because of the
weather conditions and the whaleshark season is in the Australian winter
but apparently the windy conditions were extraordinary and there were far
fewer whaleshark sitings than usual.
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