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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
 
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard GBR   As with others who have dived with Mike Ball, we found the experience to be great. We did the 3- day fly- dive trip (this was our f... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
4/2014   John E. Keith
250+ 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
 
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
 
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
 
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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
 
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
Explorer Ventures/Nimrod Full report   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
 
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
 
MIke Ball Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   The good: Truly amazing, professional, friendly staff who were all really dedicated to making our experience the best they could (... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
5/2009   Lori Pottinger
<100 Dives
 
Mike Ball / Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions/ Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard Gt Barrier Reef & Coral Sea   Our 6th Mike Ball charter – as good as ever. One day diving near Lizard Island on Great Barrier Reef, overnight passage 84 miles... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
10/2013   Martha & Jeff Hubbard
1000+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
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
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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
 
Deep Sea Divers Den/ Taka Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   I went on an overnight (one night) liveaboard with Deep Sea Divers Den. The first day started out on their "day- trip" boat, which ... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
5/2013   Mel Turner
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Cairns Dive Center/ Kangaroo Explorer Full report LiveAboard Cairns   The Kangaroo Explorer demonstrates the adage that you get what you pay for. Our three day, two night trip to the inner Great Barr... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
9/2011   Michael Judd
500+ 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
 
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 Supersport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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
 
Mike Ball Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Mike Ball Full report LiveAboard Coral Sea   Lots of good things about this operation. Numerous helpful and friendly crew and Kerrin, the "organizer" seemed to be tireless an... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
11/2007   Nicola Nelson
250+ 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
 
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
 
M/V Diversity Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Lebens Diving Services Full report   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   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
1Helpful vote(s) received
Cocos Dive Full report   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   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
 
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
 
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
 
Mike Ball/ Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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       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
 
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
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
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
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (Spoilsport) Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
 
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Mike Ball Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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
 
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
 
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Full report LiveAboard 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
 
Lady Elliott Island   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
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