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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in
Australia/GBR/Coral Sea

Explorer Ventures, Jan, 2006,

by Michael Mould, FL, USA . Report 2960.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Mostly Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Asked not to exceed 130ft.When returning to boat remaing air, maximum depth and time were recorded for each dive. No decompression diving allowed. Solo diving available if certified. If no dive buddy available they would team you up or go with instructor otherwise you could dive your own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small table for cameras on dive deck.Camera only rinse tank.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After diving Caribbean only, GBR was magnificent. Bommies make easy diving starting at 100 ft or so and then circling the mount to the surface. You see all aspects of the reefs.Would recommend you book one of the 2 suites on the Nimrod. One has 2 twins the other a queen with ensuite bathrooms. All other cabins below deck with quad share.
Ride is exremely smooth. Boat is a catamaran. Only rough ride was crossing over to the Coral Sea. Motion was up and down no swaying. Needed seat belts in the bunk to keep from being tossed out. Rainy and windy on the crossing otherwise all other steaming were quit smooth.
No real place to lay out in the sun. Only open area was on the bow with some indoor/outdoor carpet. Sun is extremely intense even for someone from Florida.
Can't stress enough how beautiful and vibrant the corals, hard & soft, were. Napolean wrasse were hugh and the unicorn fish unusual.
The service was great but avoid the vegimite unless you like axel grease. Hoping to go back again but might try another liveaboard slightly newer but Explorer prices are the best.
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