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Dive Review of Mike Ball Spoilsport in

Mike Ball Spoilsport, Apr, 2014,

by John E. Keith, UT, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 7589.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As with others who have dived with Mike Ball, we found the experience to be great. We did the 3-day fly-dive trip (this was our first liveaboard since Egypt in 1999). Corals were the best we've seen since the Red Sea, and there were lots of varied fish and critters. The big guys at Cod Hole were overly friendly. We didn't see a huge number of pelagics - did get to observe a white tip reef shark feeding on a tuna head (thrown overboard from the boat because of spoilage) and several other reef sharks. However, this trip lived up to its advertisements. Crew and boat were exceptionally helpful and friendly (that seems to be true all over Australia). We chose to dive with a DM (we think they know better for what and where to look) and all three were great. They led us to unusual fish (e.g., Wobbegong sharks; green scorpionfish) and spotted many critters (e.g., mating blue flatworms). Other divers dove their own profile; some took a Zodiak out and worked their way back to the boat. The only downer was missing the last afternoon and evening's dives because of the arrival of Cyclone Ita. Ita also caused the seas to be pretty rough most of the trip, but that didn't seem to negatively affect the diving or divers for the most part, due to the crew's helpfulness and diligence. Office staff in Cairns was also very helpful. Good organization, good people, good trip.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Mexico (Caribbean and Cortez), Honduras, Florida, California, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 35-75 Ft/ 11-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Ascend at 750 psi.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 2-3 rinse tanks on boat; camera shelves available; computers on-board for downloads. All in all, well equipped but once in a while the rinse tanks were pretty crowded.
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