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Seasports Full report LiveAboard Jervis Bay   Jervis Bay lies about 2 ½ hours by car south of Sydney along the Princes Highway, Australia’s main coastal route that links Sydney... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
6/2005   Ian Kennedy
<100 Dives
 
Kangaroo Island Diving Safaris/ Ozone Seafront Hotel Full report   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
 
Lady Elliot Divers Full report   Lady Elliot   "diamond in blue setting"
Coming out of the clouds all of sudden we saw an awesome greenish white diamond in a setting of lovely blues of all kinds – Lady E... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2018   Michael Joest
1000+ Dives
 
Lady Elliott Island Eco Resort   Lady Elliott Island   "Healthy reefs, great resort, dive operation could be improved"
We were on Lady Elliott for a total for five nights in early May. Both morning and afternoon dives were offered each day. We dov... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
10/2019   Hugh E Aaron
1000+ Dives
 
Lizard Island resort/ Lizard Island Full report   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
 
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Lizard Island Resort Full report   Lizard Island, Great Barrier R   "Avoid Lizard Island Resort as a Diving Destination"
We planned in advance, communicated our dive preferences via email. Basically severe underwater damage due to two cyclones and th... Full report  
1 stars
1 stars  
1/2016   Richard Bruch
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Pro Dive/ Milky Way Resort Full report   Lord Howe   "island dream"
Snorkeling in the bay at Old Settlement Beach something suddenly bumped into my thigh. For one second frozen in shock and terrible... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
12/2017   Michael Joest
1000+ Dives
 
Pro Dive Full report   Lord Howe Island   "Great diving and operator"
The operator coordinated with resort management to get us to and from the boat everyday and drove us personally if needed. The sta... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2018   Donald frazier
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Falie Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Whaleshark n dive Full report LiveAboard Ningaloo Reef   We undertook a lot of research before committing ourselves to the trip in terms of timing and water conditions. We were travellin... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2011   Angela Gostling
250+ Dives
 
Sea Trek Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Yongala Dive/ Stayed in cabin at caravan park at   North Queensland,   "Diving the historical wreck Yongala"
The Yongala sank in a cyclone in 1911, with no survivors among the 121 persons on board. The wreck was not discovered until the 19... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
8/2021   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
Photos available
2Helpful vote(s) received
Undersea Explorer Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Fish Rock Full report   NSW coast   "New fish species with a great dive company"
Knowledgeable friends encouraged us to visit this site because of the abundant fish community and we were not disappointed. We a... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
10/2014   Malcolm Hunter
100+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Osprey Reef   "Spirit of Freedom Jan 24-Feb1 , 2016"
Boat well maintained and crew very competent and safety oriented. Food very good and plentiful. Dive 4 times day on most day... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
1/2016   Larry Schnabel
500+ Dives
 
Diver’s Den/ Meridian   Port Douglas   "Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef Casual Diving"
This was not a dive trip, but since I came all the way to Australia I had to get in a few dives. In between Melbourne and Sydney w... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2019   Jim
250+ Dives
Photos available 
Mike Ball/ Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard Queensland   Visited Cod Hole and Osprey Reef on Mike Ball's 4- night dive & fly expedition. Well organized and safety conscious, but not overb... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
7/2009   Jason Dabareiner
500+ Dives
 
Sunreef/ Stayed with friends   Queensland, Sunshine Coast   "Diving exHMAS Brisbane "
The Brisbane was sunk as a dive wreck in 2005, after being decommissioned from the RAN in 2001. In service it was a guided missile... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2021   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
Photos available
1Helpful vote(s) received
Mike Ball - Supersport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Blue Destiny/ Our yacht!   Rottnest island   "Diving Rottnest island, Western Australia "
As part of a sailing trip from Bunbury, where I live to Rottnest island, I fitted in a double dive while on the island. I organi... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
3/2020   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
Photos available 
Odyssey Expeditions LiveAboard Rowley Shoals   "Pristine waters and dive freedom"
The best about diving with Odyssey Expeditions is the freedom to dive with your buddy. Dives are your own profile and your own pa... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
10/2019   Christhol Swanson
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Odyssey Expeditions Full report LiveAboard Rowley Shoals   "Stunning Isolation"
Rowley Shoals are an isolated group of 3 atolls off the coast of Broome. They are only able to be dived 1- 2 months per year so ve... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2016   Judy Ormandy
250+ Dives
 
Down Under Dive Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Lady Elliot Island Divers/ Lady Elliot Island Full report   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
 
Southwest Rocks Dive Center Full report   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
 
Scuba World Full report   Sunshine coast, Mooloolaba   I was in Mooloolaba on vacation. It is north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast. I had a chance to do a day of diving, but just abo... Full report  
2 stars
1 stars  
4/2014   Ian Kennedy
250+ Dives
 
Do it yourself/ From home   SW of Western Australia   "Busselton jetty"
This dive is one of three local dives that I have done many times, the others being the HMS Swan and Lena wrecks (both sunk as d... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
2/2022   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
Photos available 
Cape Dive, Octopus Garden, self Full report   SW of Western Australia   "3 Dives in Geographe Bay, Western Australia"
Two Wrecks and Jetty As a resident of the Bunbury region in the south west of Western Australia for about twenty years, the wa... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
4/2018   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
 
Resorts Padi Dive Center/ Morten Island Full report   Tangalooma island   "Less than average dive, but happy I still had the opportunity"
I was traveling to meet my friend and his wife in Brisbane before they left to start living in the United States. Originally I did... Full report  
1 stars
5 stars  
12/2015   Briton M Tater
<100 Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Eaglehawk Dive   Tasmania [N/A]   "Diving in Tasmania "
DIVING IN TASMANIA As part of a road trip on a motorcycle round Tasmania, I did a couple of dives off the Tasman Peninsula on th... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
4/2021   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
Photos available 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard The Great Detached Reef   "The far Northerns"
The Great Detached Reef is located on the very far northern eastern coast of Australia and just below Papua Nuigini. Access is lim... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
11/2017   Mark A Mintz
1000+ Dives
 
Yongala Divers Full report   Townsville   Yongala Divers run a dive operation about 1- 1. 5 hours south of Townsville. The dive is on the S. S. Yongala wreck. The dive shop is... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
6/2010   Mike Cavanaugh
250+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Mike Ball Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Great Escape/ Kimberley Escape Full report   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
 
Exmouth Dive Center & Ningaloo Reef Dreaming/ Pot Shot Resort (residence only) Full report   West Australia, Perth-Exmouth   We took this trip intending to have an adventurous, magical and fabulous time celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary, and it all... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2008   Julia DeMartini
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Kimberley Escape Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Dive Ningaloo / Ningaloo caravan and holiday resort   Western Australia   "Exmouth Navy Jetty Dive"
With overseas travel off limits due to Covid- 19 and as part of a wider trip up north to escape the south west winter weather where... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2020   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
Photos available 
Dive Ningaloo / Ningaloo caravan and holiday resort   Western Australia   "Exmouth Navy Jetty Dive"
With overseas travel off limits due to Covid- 19 and as part of a wider trip up north to escape the south west winter weather where... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2020   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
 
Exmouth dive centre/ Backpackers Full report   Western Australia   "Diving the Marion islands NW of WA"
]Cold, wet and windy weather in the SW of WA where I live, prompted me to head north on a motorcycle road trip, with a plan to do ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2016   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
 
Great Escape Charter Company Full report LiveAboard Western Australia   "Good diving in the Indian Ocean"
The Great Escape is a lovely boat. We had one of the panorama cabins which are at the bow on the salon/ dive deck level. There is... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2014   Robert & Gayle
500+ Dives
 
The Great Escape Full report LiveAboard 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 SpoilSport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Mike Ball Spoilsport LiveAboard     "The Great Barrier Reef is Still Great"
I booked my Coral Sea trip through Dive Discovery. Although they were thorough in the past, there were glitches this time arou... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2019   Jacob Rosenstein
250+ Dives
2Helpful vote(s) received
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions/ SpoilSport Full report LiveAboard     "Great Barrier Reef is great"
Good: Safety. Best dive briefings ever. Every day a detailed description of he reef, conditions and expected critters. Divers w... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
2/2017   Duane Kromm
500+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard     "Coral Sea Treasures "
Took the 4 day and night Spirit of Freedom Live- a- board with a maximum of 15 dives. Flight from Caines regional airport limited u... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
11/2015   Sally Byrd
250+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard     "It is now the sort of Ok, but not great Barrier Reef"
Two adult divers took a week long trip on the S. o. F. In early October. For more experienced divers, it would be wise to go elsewh... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
10/2015   Lydia S Segal MD
500+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard     "Great staff"
The Great Barrier has taken recent hits from storms and run off; reefs not impressive, but good amount of fish. Had Minke whales c... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
5/2015   Deborah Albert
100+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard     "Spirit of Freedom - 7 Days"
The boat was great, we had the stateroom downstairs, large king bed, private bathroom, very stable. Large dive deck, each diver h... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
10/2014   Jayne A Murrill
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard     The diving was pretty good, but I had been expecting better. The corals were in good shape; however, the sea life wasn't as abunda... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2014   Dale B Anderson
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard     This was my third expedition with Mike Ball. My first two expeditions were later in the year, September/ October. I didn't realiz... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
6/2014   Richard A. Walters
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard     This was our 20th liveaboard trip and our 33rd dive trip so I admit that we are "spoiled. " That being said, this trip was our mos... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
10/2013   David Marchese
1000+ Dives
Photos available 
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard     Really don't have any bad to say. This was a special 10 day trip specifically to dive with the Minke Whales. The trip was planne... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
6/2011   Jan Culbertson
1000+ Dives
 
Mike Ball Full report LiveAboard     Mike Ball's Spoilsport was a great boat made better by a fine crew. The weather was good. Highlight of the week was the shark fe... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2009   Robert M Jacon
500+ Dives
 
Mike Ball/ Spoilsport Full report       Almost 1, 000 dives and I finally made it to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. When I boarded and found out there were 26 dive... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
2/2009   Randall Stephen Preissig
1000+ Dives
 
Explorer Ventures (USA) Ltd./ Nimrod Explorer Full report LiveAboard     The good: Uncrowded dive sites, diving your own profile, lots to see and get excited about. Saw lots of Lionfish, juvenile and adu... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2008   Barbara & Dave Loiselle
100+ Dives
 
Mike Ball/ Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard     This is an excellent experienced operation. The dive crew was extremely professional. They were glad to help any diver who requir... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2008   Andy Kenley
500+ Dives
 
Divers Den Full report       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
 
Mike Ball Full report LiveAboard     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
 
Sea Quest (Dive Down Under) Full report       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 LiveAboard     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
 
Sail Ningaloo Full report LiveAboard [Ningaloo Reef   "Mantas and and abundant fish life on Ningaloo Reef"
We did 5 nights on Shore Thing, which is a beautiful spotlessly clean 5 year old sailboat catamaran. Sail Ningaloo is a tip top ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
5/2018   Kay Schroer
500+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Full report LiveAboard [Northern Australia   I went on this trip to see Minke Whales and potato cod. I was not disappointed. Since I was traveling from the US, I opted for the... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
7/2012   jean miller
1000+ Dives
 
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