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Taka Dive/ Take Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef   A previous correspondent name this dive operations previous boat as the 'Kaka'. Unfortunately, her description is still apt. Thi... Full report  
1 stars
2 stars  
6/2007   DAVID SHEMTOV
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball/ SpoilSport Full report N   Great Barrier Reef   This was our first live- aboard and it has set a very high standard for others to please us in the future. The crew was second to n... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
9/2007   Jay Gould
500+ Dives
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report Y   great barrier reef   I chose Nimrod Explorer due to reports in Undercurrent and also other on- line recommendations. This was my first ever liveaboard, ... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
6/2007   fiona rattray
250+ Dives
 
Lady Elliot Island Full report N   Great Barrier Reef   Lady Elliot Island is definitely a mixed bag. Strong, steady wind during our stay precluded diving anywhere but in the lee of this... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
12/2006   Lee Thé
250+ Dives
 
Mike Ball/ Spoilsport Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef   This is a special excursion in life - swimming with Minke Whales - only offered for 3 magic weeks a year off Cairns, Ribbon Reefs, ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
7/2007   PJ Halter
500+ Dives
 
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Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report Y   Barrier Reef/Coral Sea   This was our first liveabord after putting in nearly 200 dives around the Carribean. Unfortunately, our trip coincided with the d... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2007   Tom & Lynn Hayes
100+ Dives
 
Lady Elliot Island Divers/ Lady Elliot Island Full report N   Southern GBR   Our family of four including boys 8 and 10 spent a week on Lady Elliot Island, the southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef. ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
5/2006   Beverly Coburn
250+ Dives
 
Mike Ball / Spoilsport Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef   The spoilsport is a large, modern boat. They were pickier about dive limits that other boats I have been on, but I didn't feel th... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
6/2006   Mark Rosenstein
100+ Dives
 
ProDive Full report Y   Cairns GBR   This was a 2 night, 3 day, 11 dive trip out from Cairns on the GBR. The boat takes about 20 divers in twin bunk cabins. The trip o... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
9/2006   Ian Kennedy
100+ Dives
 
Explorer Ventures Full report N   GBR/Coral Sea   After diving Caribbean only, GBR was magnificent. Bommies make easy diving starting at 100 ft or so and then circling the mount to... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
1/2006   Michael Mould
100+ Dives
 
Deep Sea Divers Den and Poseidon Full report N   Great Barrier Reef   While in Australia, we did a couple of day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef with family who were a mix of divers and non- divers... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
11/2005   Mort Rolleston
100+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef / Coral Sea   The reputation the Mike Ball's boat have did not match our experience. Not that it was bad, but I would say it was only OK. We we... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
4/2006   Tracey
100+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef/Coral Sea   We embarked on the 1- 8 November 2005 liveaboard trip out of Townsville on the Spoilsport. It visited sites in the Bowl, Dip, ANZA... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2005   Mort Rolleston
100+ Dives
 
Southwest Rocks Dive Center Full report N   Southwest Rocks   Southwest Rocks is a small town about 6 hours drive north of Sydney. It is a favorite spot for families to vacation at the beach a... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
2/2006   Ian Kennedy
100+ Dives
 
Kimberley Escape Full report Y   West Australia, Rowley Shoals   Three small atoll islands 17o sea miles off Broome, West Australia were my this years dive destination. These are Clerke, Imperieu... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
11/2005   Michael Joest
1000+ Dives
 
Pro-Dive Full report N   Cairns   I was in Cairns for a little over 3 weeks at Pro_dive taking the Instructor Development Course (IDC) - PADI. My instructor, Alex ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
2/2006   Dennis Van Langen
250+ Dives
 
Mike Ball's SpoilSport Full report Y   Coral Sea   Good operation with much better food than the previous trip. Due to sronger currents did not see the same diversity of both dive si... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2005   ddemming
500+ Dives
 
Great Escape/ Kimberley Escape Full report N   West Australia, Broome   Three small atoll islands 17o sea miles off Broome, West Australia were my this years dive destination. These are Clerke, Imperieu... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
11/2005   Michael Joest
1000+ Dives
 
Mike Ball - Supersport Full report Y   Ribbon Reefs/Great Barrier   Planned this trip to be there with the Minke Whales. Absolutely beyond what we expected. A must do trip for anyone desiring clos... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2005   Rene Umberger
1000+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Full report Y   Townsville Great Barrier Reef   Spoilsport is a beautiful, well maintained vessel. We chose this trip with Mike Ball specifically to dive the Yongala after sever... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
7/2005   Rene Umberger
1000+ Dives
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report Y   Coral Sea/Great Barrier[N/A]   This catamaran was built in 1984, and whether refitted or new as a dive boat, the very spacious dive deck created a tiny camera ta... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
9/2005   Bill
500+ Dives
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report Y   Cairns   Our family of four(mom, dad, son(21) and daughter(16) spent 5 days aboard the Nimrod with Explorer Ventures. We were provided wit... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2006   Irwin Danto
250+ Dives
 
Heron Island Resort Full report N   Great Barrier Reef   Heron Island is a lovely resort, and the reef is lovely and accessible. The rides to dive sites are short, and because it is a mar... Full report  
2 stars
5 stars  
8/2005   Richard Nelson
250+ Dives
 
Lebens Diving Services Full report N   Bremer Bay   Lebens Diving Service in Bremer Bay is a six hour drive from Perth. We carried our own tanks and had them filled at his store in ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
3/2005   Peter Donahue
1000+ Dives
 
Dolphin Dive Full report N   Freemantle   Dolphin Dive runs a day boat to Rottnest Island out of Perth. It's a 45 minute ride and was $90 AUS for two tanks, lunch and weig... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2005   Peter Donahue
1000+ Dives
 
Cocos Dive Full report N   Cocos Island   The flight to Cocos Island goes through Exmouth on Monday (home of Ningaloo Reef) and refuels there. It then goes to Christmas Is... Full report  
5 stars
1 stars  
3/2005   Peter Donahue
1000+ Dives
 
Indian Ocean Diving Academy Full report N   Christmas Island   Never leave for vacation in a blizzard. One gear bag went missing for four days. . . the other for eight days, but the trip was wort... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
3/2005   Peter Donahue
1000+ Dives
 
Seasports Full report Y   Jervis Bay   Jervis Bay lies about 2 ½ hours by car south of Sydney along the Princes Highway, Australiaís main coastal route that links Sydney... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
6/2005   Ian Kennedy
<100 Dives
 
Spirit of Fredom Full report Y   Coral Sea/Cod Hole   January 2005 SOF is still in great "new" boat shape. TV/ VCR is larger rooms, twin rooms small, but clean and well ventilated. Boa... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
12/2004   Scott Kramer
250+ Dives
 
Explorer Ventures/Nimrod Full report N   GBR;nothern detached,[N/A]   The operation office is in Cairnes, and as we intended to do much of our diving in the far north in the Coral Sea and near Papua Ne... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2004   Leanne Wells
250+ Dives
 
The Great Escape Full report Y   Western Australia   This was without a doubt the best liveaboard or diving we've done! The service was spectacular but the main feature was the prist... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
10/2004   PJ Halter
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Full report Y   Townsville - Coral Sea   We boarded the Spoilsport in the evening in the Townsville harbor for the 6 night Coral Sea Expedition trip. The overnight trip ou... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2003   Gary Krippendorf
100+ Dives
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report Y   Barrier Reef, Cooktown-Cairns   Assemble in Cairns, perhaps fly to Cooktown or beyond at 1000 ft- a bonus- to join boat. Sleeps 18, 12 this trip- kept 4 in a cabin d... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
9/2004   C.F. Ward
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball's Supersport Full report N   Great Barrier Reef   Mike Ballís Supersport Great Barrier Reef, Australia June, 2004 John Crossley What a classy operation Mike Ball has! I wa... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
6/2004   John Crossley
1000+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef   The good: The Spoilsport is a large, stable catamaran with comfortable cabins, great dive deck, a large eating/ lounge area, good ... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
2/2003   David Reubush
250+ Dives
 
Divers Den Full report N   [N/A]   I had a layover of two days in Cairns Australia before returning home. On my return trip home on Continental Airlines I was delaye... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
6/2004   Edward Leibowitz
250+ Dives
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef   Nimrod Explorer may have had something of a checkered past, judging by other readers' past reports, but my trip was first rate all... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
4/2003   Barry Zigas
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Full report Y   [N/A]   This journey to Australia was our first "big" trip. And it was big indeed, surpassing our every expectation. We booked the ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Rick Sterne/Chris Button
100+ Dives
 
Undersea Explorer Full report N   GBR   I spent 6 days with the Undersea Explorer out of Port Douglas, diving the North GBR (Osprey Reef, Cod Hole, Admiralty Anchor, Pixi... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
6/2003   Warren Verbanec
100+ Dives
 
Down Under Dive Full report Y   Saxon, Hastings,Norman Reefs   First I must say that I am very new to the sport having been certified only months before this trip. I also don't write for a liv... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
3/2004   Jeffrey Anderson
<100 Dives
 
Mike Ball Supersport Full report Y   gbr   good operation good weather good people / staff good diving. nothing bad whish I had known it would be booked 6 months in adv... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2003   mike foust
<100 Dives
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report N   GBR   Quad share quarters are a little cramped. Only toilets are ensuite which is inconvenient in a quad share. There are no others av... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
1/2004   Pat Aderman
250+ Dives
 
M/V Diversity Full report Y   GBR   Great boat with clean & comfortable accomodations, gourmet food and extremely helpful & friendly crew. This is a fast boat th... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
12/2003   Pat Aderman
250+ Dives
 
Undersea Explorer Full report Y   GBR / Osprey Reef   Not a luxurious boat by any means but adequate. 4 heads shared by 18 guests (boat is a little bit crowded). The food is really exc... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2003   Rebufat
250+ Dives
 
Undersea Explorer Full report Y   Northern Great Barrier Reef   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 ad... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2003   Charles Shippam
500+ Dives
 
Sea Quest (Dive Down Under) Full report N   [N/A]   Diving on day boats from Cairns can be a very restricing experience. The boat operations tend to over controll concentrating on g... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
9/2003   Joseph
250+ Dives
 
Quicksilver/ [same]Diversity Full report Y   [N/A]   The bad was that the Coral Sea can stay rough for long periods of time, the good, we hit it right on our trip and it was qui... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
6/2003   Jerry Hamberg
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (Spoilsport) Full report Y   Coral Sea & GBR   Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (Spoilsport) is a first class dive operation. The crew did everything possible to accommodate the diver... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
5/2003   Richard J. Troberman
100+ Dives
 
Lizard Island resort/ Lizard Island Full report N   Lizard Island   We were dropped off at Lizard Island at the end of a 3. 5 day live- aboard trip with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions. Lizard Island is... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
10/2002   Wayne Leonard
100+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Full report Y   Great Barrier Reef   This was a 3. 5 day trip - on way from Cairns to Lizard Island. Managed 11 dives during the trip (the max offered. ) The trip w... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2002   Wayne Leonard
100+ Dives
 
Mike Ball SpoilSport Full report Y   Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea   Warning: As has been reported elsewhere in Undercurrent, Mike Ball charges Americans (North and South), Japanese, and some others... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
11/2002   James & Kandace Heimer
250+ Dives
 
Lizard Island Resort Full report N   Great Barrier Reef   Lizard Island is home to a first class tropical island resort with opportunities for snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Re... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
9/2002   Barton Smith
<100 Dives
 
Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise Full report N   Great Barrier Reef   Quicksilver operates a number of Great Barrier Reef day cruises out of Port Douglas, Queensland. On the Outer Reef Cruise, the MV... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
9/2002   Barton Smith
<100 Dives
 
Falie Full report Y   Neptune Islands, South Austral   This was a Stan Waterman lead trip that teamed up with the world famous great white shark expert, Rodney Fox, on the three- masted, ... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
6/2002   John Crossley
500+ Dives
 
Kangaroo Island Diving Safaris/ Ozone Seafront Hotel Full report N   Kangaroo Island   Kangaroo Island Diving Safaris, South Australia June, 2002 Dive Trip Report by John Crossley, Fresno, CA. Kangaroo Island was... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
6/2002   John Crossley
500+ Dives
 
Sea Trek Full report Y   Ningaloo Reef, W.A.   Our group of nine flew from the US to Sydney, then on to Perth where we overnighted before flying up to Exmouth. The plane to E... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
6/2002   John Crossley
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball's live aboard Super Sport Full report N   Cod Hole & Great Barrier Reef   Althought it was the trip of a lifetime, once is enough as most of the coral was dead or had no color, only some sharks, and not a... Full report  
1 stars
2 stars  
4/2002   Gerald Bertekap
<100 Dives
 
Mike Ball/ Spoilsport Full report Y   Coral Sea   A word of caution for those who consider diving with Mike Ball company. Request your price quote in Australian dollars and be ve... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
5/2002   Peter Snitkovsky
250+ Dives
 
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