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Dive Review of Mike Ball Spoilsport in
Australia/GBR

Mike Ball Spoilsport: "Good trip", Jun, 2017,

by david fox-revett, ON, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9630.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments It was a good experience. We dove in 5mm suits, the water was around 72 degrees. A major objective of the trip was snorkeling with Dwarf Minke Whales. The diving was good but I wouldn't say great. Many of the reefs have been damaged by 2 recent cyclones that has broken up the coral. However the coral does appear to be regenerating. The Minke whales did appear several times as advertised. We had two long sessions with them one 2 hour and one 4 hours. We had between 4 and 6 whales each session. the crew was excellent very helpful, the food was good and the accommodation was really good. The Spoilsport is a Cat therefore larger cabins and more stability. Stability is important as we has about 3-4 foot seas most of the time so the boat does rock. Had a really great BBQ party on the last night with the "Pirate" Captain RRRRR on guitar, a great sing along was had by all. We had 29 guests on board so diving was divided up several times. Did see some large Cuttlefish on the first dive. they were very cool.
Websites Mike Ball Spoilsport   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Coco's, Galapagos, Red Sea , Caribbean
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There Fly to Cairns from most anywhere and the boat leaves the dock at 6 pm. so you have all day to get there

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 72-°F / 22-°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most of the diving was set up as the pool was open. A detailed dive briefing was provided and then off we went. Generally the bottom was within 100 feet so no issue about really going to deep
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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