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Dive Review of MV Spree in
The Continental USA/Gulf of Mexico

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Pittman, OK, USA
Report Number 101
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea to the South Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving with 130' max.  Very reasonable and safety conscious
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
I have been diving with this operation since 1990, and still believe that
the bang for the buck is terrific.  The operation was just sold by Gary
Rinn to the guys that are actually out on the water all the time, and they
have tweeked a few things to make it even better.  Accomodations are basic
and somewhat crowded, but clean and comfortable.  The food is plentiful and
they do an excellent job in the small galley.  The dive operation is
outstanding.  The conditions can be extremely difficult in the Gulf, and
these guys are set up to handle it.  We had the roughest seas I have had in
8 trips, but all went smoothly.  The staff is friendly, but firm on what
their expectations are of the divers.  The manta rays put on an incredible
display on this trip.  We had plenty of sharks, including an up-close
encounter with a hammerhead, and lots of turtles.  We had the pleasure of
spotting the first known frogfish in the Gulf, and just totally enjoyed the
charter.  I have had the opportunity to dive with operations throughout the
world, and there are none better than Gulf Diving!
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