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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
 
Mike Ball/ Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
MV Kalinda   Far North Great Barrier Reef   "An Adventure on the Far Northern Great Barrier Reef"
This was my first time in many years going with a budget operator, and once in that mindset, the facilities were fine. But arrivi... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2023   Mark Rosenstein
1000+ Dives
 
Dive Lord Howe/ Somerset Apartments   Lord Howe Island   "Diving on the World's Most Southerly Coral Reef"
Lord Howe Island is a picturesque island off the coast of New South Wales. It has a very remote vibe, with about 400 residents and... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2023   Philip M Carpenter
100+ Dives
 
Blue Dive/ Thala Beach Nature Reserve   Great Barrier Reef   "Personalized diving on the Great Barrier Reef"
For our land- based trip to Queensland and the GBR, we chose to stay at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, a beautiful jungle and beach re... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2023   Philip M Carpenter
100+ Dives
 
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resort dive op/ Lizard Island   Lizard Island   "Top notch diving on the northern edge of the Great Barrier Reef"
Great location for diving the great barrier reef. Only 1. 5 hr boat ride to Cod Hole (outer reef), where there are 9 resident Gian... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2023   AJ HILLER
500+ Dives
 
Dive Ningaloo/ N/A   Exmouth Navy Pier, Western Aus   "Excellent pier dive (when conditions are good)"
I had long wanted to dive the Navy Base pier at Exmouth. I did an initial shore dive, then a double dive two days later, entering ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2023   Phil Johnston
1000+ Dives
Photos available
1Helpful vote(s) received
Ningaloo Reef Dive   Coral Bay, Western Australia   "Surprisingly good coral life, mantas almost guaranteed"
This operator offers a number of half & full day dive / snorkel tours, I did the full day "Ningaloo Adventure & Manta Ray Tour" on... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
8/2023   Phil Johnston
1000+ Dives
Photos available 
DIve Ningaloo/ N/A   Navy Pier, Exmouth W Australia   "Interesting Shore Dive in Remote Western Australia"
This is a special dive in a unique part of Australia and when the conditions and animals cooperate it can be world class. I dove ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
6/2023   Laura Todd
1000+ Dives
 
Exmouth Dive and Whale Shark/ Potshot Motel   Ningaloo   "Interesting Introduction to Exmouth, Western Australia"
I spent 4 days diving Lighthouse Bay and the Muiron Islands as part of a package put together by Australian travel agency DivePlan... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
6/2023   Laura Todd
1000+ Dives
Photos available 
Wolf Rock Dive Centre   Rainbow Beach   "Great day with plenty of Grey Nurse Sharks"
The guys at Wolf Rock Dive really looked after us. We had nine divers (full trip would be ten), two dive guides and James the skip... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
6/2023   Peter Rivers
250+ Dives
Photos available 
Calypso dive and snorkel   GBR   "A must-do if you're in Northern Queensland, Australia"
This was a day- trip only on a huge power catamaran. Despite the fact that there were probably 100 people on the boat, most everyon... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
6/2023   Medea Isphording Bern
500+ Dives
 
Lady Elliott Island Dive Shop/ Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort   Queensland, southern barrier r   "Southern Barrier Reef resort diving "
I dived Lady Elliot Island in 1995 (also in April), & had been impressed by its larger marine life - mantas, leopard sharks, shove... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
4/2023   Phil Johnston
1000+ Dives
Photos available 
Sail Ningaloo   Ningaloo/Western Australia   "Interesting diving in Western Australia"
We had wanted to go to Ningaloo for awhile. After a trip planned by some friends was rescheduled due to Covid, we were able to joi... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2023   Alice Ribbens
1000+ Dives
 
Abyss Scuba Diving/ Rydges Cronulla Beachside       "Shore and Boat dive with Abyss Scuba Diving"
Flew Delta LAX to Sydney. Rented a car and stayed at the Rydges Cronulla. Did guided shore dives and one boat dive through Abyss S... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2023   Joel Horie
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
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 
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
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
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 
Cocos Diving and Wet and Dry Adventuress (Xmas)/ Cocos beach motel and Sea Eye guest Full report   Cocos and Christmas Islands   "Diving Cocos and Xmas Islands"
DIVING THE COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS AND CHRISTMAS ISLAND by Andrew Falconer With no possibility of a dive trip to Indonesia due ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
9/2020   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
Photos available 
Dive Ningaloo / Ningaloo caravan and holiday resort Full report   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 Full report   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
 
Blue Destiny/ Our yacht! Full report   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 
Diver’s Den/ Meridian Full report   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 
Lady Elliott Island Eco Resort Full report   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
 
Lady Elliott Island Full report   Great Barriar Reef   "Georgeous coral cay where the snorkeling was better than the diving"
Wanting to dive several days but not on a live aboard, Lady Elliot Island was the perfect choice based on my research on Undercurr... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2019   William Parks
250+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
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
Diver's Den Full report   Great Barrier Reef   "Moo Moo Cattle Boat"
This boat (Ocean Explorer) takes 45 divers on each dive (5 a day) The dive deck is chaotic and crowded. Entry is giant stride fr... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
9/2018   Gerry Ash
250+ Dives
 
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
 
Cocos Dive Full report   Cocos (Keeling) Islands   "Against all odds we had a great dive experience"
The Great Everything is in walking distance. We walked from the airport to our accommodation at Cocos Castaway. The Cocos Casta... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2018   Christhol Swanson
100+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Christmas Island Wet n Dry Adventures Full report   Christmas Island   "Worth the wait"
We made the booking via Dieter at Cocos Dive and planned on a March trip. When making the booking Dieter advised that Hama was go... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2018   Christhol Swanson
100+ Dives
 
Dive Ningaloo Full report   Exmouth , WA   "Ningaloo Reef Western Australia"
Headed to the Great Barrier Reef for the trip of a lifetime and while I as in the Gold Coast visiting friends a non- seasonal Typho... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
4/2018   Robert M Symington
250+ Dives
2Helpful vote(s) received
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
 
Explorer/ Palm Bungalows Full report   Hamilton Island   "white sandy beach"
At home I googled for a dive center on Hamilton and could only find “Explore”, some kind of tour operator for day trips to the Wh... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
1/2018   Michael Joest
1000+ Dives
 
Explore Dive Centre/ Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island Full report   Hamilton Island   "Nice holiday diving on the Great Barrier Reef"
I was staying on Hamilton Island for 5 days and wanted to dive on the GBR. The island is one of only 6 of the 74 Whitsunday Island... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2018   Graham McGregor
500+ Dives
Photos available 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
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
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
 
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
 
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
 
Exmouth Diving Center/ Pot Shot Hotel and Resort Full report   Exmouth   We organized our trip through a dive travel agent: Nina Joost at Dive Adventures ( [. . . ] ) out of Sydney. She was... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
4/2014   John E. Keith
250+ 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
 
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
 
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/ 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
 
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions/ Spoilsport Full report   Great Barrier Reef   The Spoilsport is a twin- hull boat that can take many divers; our trip had over 25. With this many divers, the dive deck gets a bi... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2008   Michael J Millet
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
Mike Ball Full report   Coral Sea/Barrier Reef   This trip was a repeat of a trip we took earlier in the year that was cut short due to the approach of two cyclones. We handled e... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
11/2007   Tom & Lynn Hayes
250+ Dives
 
Heron Full report   GBR   The accommodations were spacious and comfortable except that we had trouble sleeping because the nesting Mutton birds surrounding ... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
11/2007   Michael deLaChapelle
1000+ Dives
 
Mike Ball/ SpoilSport Full report   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
 
Lady Elliot Island Full report   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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Explorer Ventures Full report   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
 
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
 
Deep Sea Divers Den and Poseidon Full report   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
 
Heron Island Resort Full report   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
 
Indian Ocean Diving Academy Full report   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
 
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