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Dive Review of Quicksilver in

Quicksilver, Jun, 2003,

by Jerry Hamberg, Mi, USA . Report 562.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]The bad was that the Coral Sea can stay rough for long periods of time, the good, we hit it right on our trip and it was quite calm, we even had some mirror smooth water a couple of days. I wasn't quite ready to hear that a dive guide would be with us on all dives, but it turned out okay, there were a couple of times that there was current and we were 100+ miles off shore, you wanted to have more than just your buddy near during those dives. We had one dive that a large silver tip shark patroled near us, they can be aggressive, at that point it was good to have more than just your buddy. We had the possibility of having 12 divers on the trip, we had 6, 3 single guys, 1 single gal, and my wife and I. The good,there were 5 crew. The bad most of them smoked, but not near the divers or inside of the boat. We went to Osprey Reef, it took the boat from 5pm until 6am the next day to get there. Osprey Reef was worth it, there are not many boats that go this far and we didn't see any. The coral was in great shape, the big clams were beatiful and the species of fish was high. We went on to Shark Reef 8 miles south of Osprey which is seldom visited, it was really full of fish, a thousand blue and yellow fussiliers going in one direction while a stream of hundreds of black one with blue neon stripes swam in the opposite direction. There were schools of moorish idols and palete blue surgeon fish. I saw fire gobies, blennies, and stonefish. The table corals and soft corals were all looking healthy, there were white tip sharks, gray whaler sharks, and silver tip. As the boat moved closer to the upper Ribbons by Lizard Island, we also were treated to snorkeling with Minke whales. The reefs near Lizard Island were in great shape as well, many hard corals, clams, big blue sea stars, sleeping white tips, big potato groupers in the 300 hundred pound range. The night dives were great as well, the reefs were full of feather stars and crinoids of many different colors, and there were many anenomes and clown fish. This was so far the best diving that we've ever seen. On one dive at Steve's Bommie, I had a Minke whale swim underneath me as I went back to the dive boat, wow.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]I have been to several areas before diving Australia, the Red Sea(Egypt), Sodwanna Bay(South Africa), Aruba, Bonaire, all three Cayman Islands, St. John-St. Thomas, Cozumel, two areas in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos(Provo), LakeMich., Lake Huron, the Straights of Mac., Geogian Bay, various fresh lakes, Florida Keys, Bonne Terre.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-77°F / 27-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]No time limits enforced, but for the most part had to have a Dive Guide from the crew around same area. We could dive our own profile but it was recorded after each dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]The crew was accomodating to helping with camera, the facilities on the boat consisted of one bucket at the back of the boat for cameras only, no table.
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