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Dive Review of Sea Quest (Dive Down Under) in

Sea Quest (Dive Down Under), Sep, 2003,

by Joseph, IN, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 808.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Diving on day boats from Cairns can be a very restricing experience. The boat operations tend to over controll concentrating on getting to the reef (two hours away) quickly, getting the dives done and getting back quickly. As a result the dives are done in a very controlled manner, often on the less vibrant landward side of the reefs where divers can more easily be watched and closely supervised. Sea Quest was a welcome change from that routine. We went as far out as possible to very healthy reefs, Norman and Hastings Reefs which had very active Dive spots. The crew was very accomodating, particularly compared to the poor TUSA operation that I experienced the day before.

The Great Barrier Reef has much to offer, giant clams, an abundance of corals and a tremendous variety of fish living off the corals. Maximum underwater time in a vibrant location is what an expereinced diver should expect and the Sea Quest operation does its best to meet those expectations.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Philippines, West Palm Beach, Fl, Gloucester, MA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 0-70°F / -18-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0-40 Ft/ 0-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Must surface with 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The Reefs, Norman and Hastings Reef were vibrant and full of life. Sea Quest Captain picked out seaward healthy reefs. Because of my esperience level I was paired up with a member of the boat crew who simply followed my lead.
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