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Dive Review of Mike Ball Spoilsport in
Australia/Coral Sea

Mike Ball Spoilsport, Aug, 2013,

by Ellen Johnson, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 7449.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Having been on Aggressors, I anticipated superb accommodations, service and amenities. Mike Ball's Spoilsport fell short. First-class prices for a cabin-class experience. There were upcharges at every opportunity including soda, seasickness pills & shampoo. The boat is old & rocky (Agressors seem to handle the open ocean more smoothly). There is limited opportunity to rinse off and you had to use the same towel all week. Staff was not reliably there to assist when getting back on the boat. Meals could be spaced far apart with limited snacks, etc. I would choose another operator.

The diving was excellent with my buddy and I being on our own much of the time. There were superb hard corals. There were lots of fish (Cod Hole was quite good) -but not as many fish as in Palau, Sulawesi, etc. The trip to Osprey reef was not worth the seasickness & lack of sleep. At Osprey reef, there were no pelagics -just a typical shark feed.
Websites Mike Ball Spoilsport   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Sulawesi, Yap, Palau, Truk, Roatan, Saba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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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By carl berensonin WA, US at Mar 05, 2014 01:26 EST  
did you do the 7 day trip that involves the long 200 mile boat ride? or the shorter trip where you fly one way to Lizard Island?
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