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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
 
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 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
Bike Ball Full report LiveAboard Carins   Overall Comments: We boarded the Spoilsport in the evening in the Cairns harbor for the 6 night Coral Sea Expedition trip. The ove... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2007   Gary Krippendorf
250+ Dives
 
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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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Mike Ball's Supersport Full report   Great Barrier Reef   Mike Ball’s 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 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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
 
Lizard Island Resort Full report   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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 Full report   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
Eaglehawk Dive Full report   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 
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 
ProDive Cairns Full report 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
Reef Encounter Full report 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
Pro Dive Full report 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 
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
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
 
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
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard GBR   "Good trip"
It was a good experience. We dove in 5mm suits, the water was around 72 degrees. A major objective of the trip was snorkeling wit... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
6/2017   david fox-revett
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
 
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
 
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 Cairns   "Great diving and awesome crew!"
My daughter and I signed up for the 4 night Coral Sea trip starting on September 10, 2015. We met the rest of the guests at happy... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
9/2015   Steve Parker
100+ Dives
1Helpful vote(s) received
Mike Ball Spoilsport Full report LiveAboard GBR - Coral Sea   "Good trip to add to a to a vacation in Australia"
We did the Mike Ball Coral Sea 4 night/ fly expedition and found the operation very well run with a staff that was accommodating an... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
7/2015   Debbie Pasich
500+ Dives
 
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
 
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 Coral Sea   Having been on Aggressors, I anticipated superb accommodations, service and amenities. Mike Ball's Spoilsport fell short. First- ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2013   Ellen Johnson
250+ 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Nimrod Explorer Full report LiveAboard 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
 
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 - 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 
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
Photos available 
Deep Sea Diver's Den/ Ocean Quest Full report LiveAboard Great Barrier Reef   "GBR Diving, or Not"
This was not a dive trip, just a few days diving while on vacation in Australia. My wife is a non- diver and we wanted to see the ... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
4/2017   Jeff Robertson
500+ 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
 
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 
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
 
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