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Dive Review of Down Under Dive in
Australia/Saxon, Hastings,Norman Reefs

Down Under Dive, Mar, 2004,

by Jeffrey Anderson, IN, USA . Report 974.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 living and have never posted anything on the net, so who knows how this will turn out. Down Under Dive was recommended by a friend who dove with them weeks before I went. I thought the live aboard thing would be cool and gave it a try, They offer a 3 day/2 night all inclusive package (minus alcohol/soft drinks) for $400 aussie. I had a flexible schedule and decided to stay an extra night which they gave me for $100 aussie($50 savings). Pretty cheap for 14 dives, meals, rental gear, and a bed.
The accomadations were small and I shared a room w/ 2 other divers. Didn't spend much time in the room though. Dive times were 6:30, 10:00, 3:00, 6:30. The only real restrictions were 30min @ 30ft for the night dives. Seemed reasonable to me though.
Hot buffet breakfast, hot buffet lunch, and sit down served dinner. The food was actually pretty darn good. I don't know about everybody else, but after I dive I'll eat just about anything. Very spacious galley w/ small bar. With very little to compare it to, I thought the diving was great. Nothing very deep though. I pretty much stayed between 30-50ft all the time. The viz was cloudy @ times but for the most part it was at least 60ft. Very warm water and only used a wetsuit the 1st dive. Very knowledable and helpful staff of 8 or so. If you're into adventure, meeting new people, and cheap diving, I would recommend down under dive.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Brisbane (Moreton Island), Perth (Rottnest Island)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 77-82°F / 25-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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