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Dive Review of Nimrod Explorer in
Australia/Cairns

Nimrod Explorer, Apr, 2006,

by Irwin Danto, MI, USA . Report 2029.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No rigid enforcement, just typical recomendations for dive time and psi.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Designated setup table, wash areas.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our family of four(mom, dad, son(21) and daughter(16) spent 5 days aboard the Nimrod with Explorer Ventures. We were provided with a seasoned crew very familiar with their jobs. They provided top notch service. The Nimrod has only six cabins and is limited to 18 berths. My family and I occupied the two lower, center cabins. The boat is a Catamaran with two large hull sections where four of the cabins were located. The two really nice cabins on the main deck were already booked. Our cabins in the two hull sections were nice but subject to a great deal of engine noise when the boat was moving. The boat is probably 25 years old. It is decently maintained and the air conditioners strained but did the job.

The hike out to the Great Barrier Reef takes overnight. Once there the boat moves around various reef sections with any great journey reserved for the evening. We were taken to all the hot spots and some were unbelieveable. I had to stop taking pictures on one site because the Coral was just too breath taking. If I didn't need to breath my regulator would have fallen out of my mouth - it was just fantastic. Lot's of small fish and of course we did visit the huge Cod. Only a few sharks to see.

I have a Solo certification and was allowed to dive by myself. Nitrox was provided at a small charge for anyone who wanted it. Tanks generally stay in the BC for refilling. Typical day was 4 daytime dives and one night dive. Each dive was followed by a meal. Food was available pretty much all day. The food was good and had moments of greatness according to my family. I thought it was just okay. The dive briefings were detailed with nice graphics.

Although there was some training going on with some of the divers I thought they were getting a bit short changed because the crew had many responsibilities. Most everyone was fairly busy because of the dive schedule. I rarely had time to catch a nap.

Overall my whole family was very happy with the trip. Our five days of diving were on top of two weeks visiting New Zealand, Sidney, and Cairns. We did jeep tours, rain forest tours with a real Crocodile Dundee, white water rafting, ballon riding, etc. A nice final touch with Explorer Ventures is they fly you back over the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns. Any questions .. drop me an email at irwindanto@aol.com
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