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Nimrod Explorer Full report   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
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report LiveAboard 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
 
ningaloo reef dive center/ Pot Shot Hotel Resort Full report   Exmouth   Please see my review on the Exmouth Diving Center for our review of the Pot Shot Resort and our dive travel agent (Dive Adventures... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
4/2014   John E. Keith
250+ Dives
 
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
 
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Pro Dive LiveAboard Cairns - Great Barrier Reef   "Three Days Aboard the ScubaPro III on the Great Barrier Reef"
Overall, the Great Barrier Reef is in tough condition due to the bleaching events of recent years. This can be seen in the vast a... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
4/2019   Matthew Glass
250+ Dives
Photos available 
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
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   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
 
ProDive Full report LiveAboard 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
 
ProDive Cairns LiveAboard Cairns   "Good value but . . ."
We spent over two weeks in the Cairns area in April 2019. In addition to two live aboard trips out of Cairns (ProDive and Reef En... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
4/2019   Hugh E Aaron
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
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
 
Quicksilver Group Full report   Coral Sea   "Good day down under"
You dive off a platform, rigged for maximum snorkeling, with a surface "submarine ride" and facilities for scuba. My non- diving sp... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
2/2017   JOHN L SMITH
500+ Dives
 
Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise Full report   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
 
Reef Encounter LiveAboard Cairns   "Great value, comfortable and fun, but medicore diving"
Reef Encounter bills their live aboard operation as a “boutique floating hotel. ” It is somewhat unique in that Reef Encounter, a ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
4/2019   Hugh E Aaron
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Reef Encounters Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   "GBR Liveaboard Updates "
Loved it - The Reef Encounter Live- a- board experience offered an easy on board and flexible experience for both divers and snorkel... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
11/2017   Sally Byrd
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
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
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
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Spirit of Fredom Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Spirit of Freedom LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef and Coral S   "Definately A Bucket List Check-off"
This was a bucket list item for us. From the time we got on board until we debarked again in Cairns, we had a stellar experience. ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2019   Peyton Williams
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Spirit of Freedom LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea   "Winter Diving in Aus"
This is really an experienced, advanced dive experience this time of year. The surface was choppy and there was plenty of currents... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
7/2019   Dave Jackson
250+ Dives
Photos available
2Helpful vote(s) received
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   "Sickening Experiance"
[ My trip 11/ 12/ 2018 was sickening, literally. The cabin I was assigned to was not the one they had agreed to furnish. That’s not... Full report  
1 stars
2 stars  
11/2018   Donald frazier
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Far North   "Far North Baby"
Only gave it a 3 for money’s worth because this trip involves 600+ miles of cruising, so you need to accept you have to “pay” for ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
11/2018   Ted Bemis
250+ Dives
2Helpful vote(s) received
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Coral Sea   "Great staff, comfortable boat, nice diving"
I wish the website would do a better job of explaining bed size - we're used to a king sized bed at home, so when you put us in a ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
8/2018   Kelley Price
250+ Dives
3Helpful vote(s) received
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
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard GBR and Coral Sea   "Mostly great"
Everything was great except for the fact that the divemaster (Angus) treated me differently because I was on hypertension medicati... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2017   Scott Cragin
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard GBR & Coral Sea/Osprey Reef   "Great time on SOF"
Well- organized, friendly crew. Rental equipment good (ScubaPro). Food excellent - - dietary issues were taken care of very well. ... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
4/2017   Jeff and Pat Maeda
500+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Far North   "The Great Barrier Reef Aboard the Spirit of Freedom"
Quantas allows you to check in two bags at 50 pounds each, plus carryon (is United listening?) The issue we had is that our puddle... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2016   Pierre Hurter
1000+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Coral Sea   "Bucket List Trip"
We did the four day trip. Flew from Cairns to Lizard Island (arranged by Spirit of Freedom), then on the Spirit of Freedom and of... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
4/2016   Jeffrey R. Johnson
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
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
 
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
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   "Finally, the Great Barrier reef!"
After reading so much about the Great Barrier Reef, I decided that it was time to check it out. I flew from Montreal to Cairns, vi... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
2/2015   Raymond Haddad
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
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
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef,Osprey Reef   "A bit disappointed"
The Boat: we stayed in the one king bed cabin, near the center of the ship below decks; no porthole, but comfy and pretty roomy. B... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
9/2014   Gary D Simms
100+ Dives
 
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 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   We did the 7- day trip to Cod Hole and Osprey Reef. The 7- day trip really consists of 2 trips - Monday to Thursday to the Cod Hole... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
12/2012   Steve Dussault
500+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report   Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea   This was a special charter, arranged through Reef and Rainforest. The Spirit of Freedom (SOF) spent two weeks diving all the way f... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
11/2012   John Sommerer
500+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   Spirit of Freedom was top notch. This was our first experience with a liveaboard dive vessel. We have a 42' Hunter sailboat that... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2012   Greg & Robin Webster
100+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   We went with Spirit of Freedom for a week- long tour. Leaves Monday morning (free pickup at your Cairns hotel), followed by a coup... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
3/2012   Joel Snyder
250+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   We had an amazing time on the Spirit of Freedom. The crew were all professional and efficient but also fun- loving; the food was p... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2011   Beverly Sobelman
<100 Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard GBR and Coral Sea   My husband and I booked the trip through About Australia Diving as they are very familiar with the boat and were able to get a spo... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2010   Sandra Tullis
250+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard GBR<Coral Sea   None] The boat is a first class operation. The staff is the best I have ever seen with the exception of one other boat in Microne... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
2/2010   Hardy Sieck
1000+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   Well worth the half- way- around- the- world pilgrimage. A marine biologist passenger said the corals reminded her of the Caribbean 30... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2009   Harvey S. Cohen
100+ Dives
 
Spirit of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Coral Sea/Great Barrier Reef   The trip was excellent. Everything promised on the website and more. Diving was great. Great visibility, healthy coral, lots of ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
9/2008   Olga Sakwinska
<100 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
Taka Dive/ Take Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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
 
TUSA/ Spriit Of Freedom Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   Due to weather conditions we were not able to visit Osprey Reef, the main reason we had signed on to this trip. We learned that a... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
9/2008   Michael Igoe
250+ Dives
 
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
 
Undersea Explorer Full report   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
 
Undersea Explorer Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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
 
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
Yongala Dive Full report   Ayr, Queensland   "Loving the Yongala"
A nicely organised set- up. . . First port of call is the store (we met there around 7. 30am), where the staff efficiently got us all... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
10/2016   Mel Turner
500+ Dives
 
Yongala Dive/ Parkside Motel Full report   Ayr, Australia   "Yongala Wreck dive"
This was a dive scheduled into a tour of the east half of Australia. We wanted to dive on Kangaroo Island to see the weedy sea dra... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
11/2015   Henry O Ziller
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Yongala Dive/ Yongala Dive Lodge Full report   ayr   "Great Wreck Dive!"
Had a great time diving SS Yongala. Arrived the night before and stayed in the onsite Dive Lodge. It is like a hostel and had av... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
9/2015   Steve Parker
100+ 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
 
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