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Dive Review of Mike Ball Spoilsport in
Australia/GBR - Coral Sea

Mike Ball Spoilsport: "Good trip to add to a to a vacation in Australia", Jul, 2015,

by Debbie Pasich, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8312.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Bonaire, Cayman Islands (all 3), San Diego
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 71 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They wanted you back to the boat with 850 PSI but did not really enforce it. They were very diligent about checking limits set by your computer (especially for NITROX use) and logging actual dive times and depths. Each diver was required to sign their log sheets after each and every dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is a large area on the dive deck and rinse tanks set up solely for cameras. Opportunities for terrific fish photograph ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We did the Mike Ball Coral Sea 4 night/fly expedition and found the operation very well run with a staff that was accommodating and for the most part friendly and seemingly happy with their jobs. The SpoilSport was well laid out and even with a "full house" there was ample space on the dive deck and communal areas for everyone. Meal and dive times were set and unless altered by water or weather conditions, occurred at their scheduled times. A Continental breakfast was available starting at 6:30 am with a full breakfast shortly thereafter. Lunch was around noon and dinner around 7:30 or 8 pm. Coffee, tea and water were always available as were cookies and a bowl of whole fruit. Sodas and adult ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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