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Dive Review of ProDive in
Australia/Cairns GBR

ProDive, Sep, 2006,

by Ian Kennedy, California, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 2961.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving N.Z., Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean; Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth and time
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I had to ask for a rinse tank. That was the only facility. I had to lift my camera out of the water after a dive by myself. The crew handed me the camera when I entered the water. No other facilities for photography.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments This was a 2 night, 3 day, 11 dive trip out from Cairns on the GBR. The boat takes about 20 divers in twin bunk cabins. The trip out to the reef was about 3 hours and very rough; take motion sickness pill first. I was the oldest guy on the boat, including the crew. The trip I was on really catered to young tourists from the UK, Germany, and South America. Many of them were doing their OW certification, a few others AOW. There seemed to be only a couple of other relatively experienced divers on board. I was paired with a diver with only 8 dives who was hard on his air supply, and so I was a bit short on dive time. We visited 2 reefs and both were rather disappointing. The corals were not in great shape and there was not a great deal of life on them. Only one shark was spotted; several turtles were found, especially on a night dive. The crew were generally helpful and interacted well with the young clientele. Older divers might find some of the humor a little sophomoric. This was a good boat for new divers but will be disappointing for those who have seen some of the worlds great dive sites. A trip further out on the Coral Sea is probably necessary to see the best that Australia has to offer. On the other hand, Cairns is a fun place to spend some time, along with the surrounding attractions.
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