Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Spirit of Fredom in
Australia/Coral Sea/Cod Hole

Spirit of Fredom, Dec, 2004,

by Scott Kramer, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 1552.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments January 2005
SOF is still in great "new" boat shape. TV/VCR is larger rooms, twin rooms small, but clean and well ventilated. Boat very stable during nite crossings. Even though January is the rainy season "down under" we had relatively good conditions, minimal currents and 20-60 ft viz. Nitrox available. All the diving is done off the back of the boat, reached by two spiral staircases. Exits via single fin-friendly ladder. Two warm water showers on dive deck. Excellent briefings were given prior to each dive, while profiles were left to the individual diver. The coral was in pristine condition, but there was a lack of small fish on many dive-sites. Two nite dives were offered, as were a shark feed and a Cod feed.
Crew were outstanding, be it providing lookout for drift diving, or repairing blown 2nd stage hoses or a free flowing octopus, despite a significant turnover of personnel. Wake-ups were provided every morning, as well as dive-time warnings. Boat carries enough equipment rentals for all 28 possible divers. Dining provided by Rob was spectacular. Plenty of 1st class Australian steak and shrimp, wine with suppers, 1st and 2nd breakfasts, special orders no problem.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Palau, Tahiti, Solomons, Kona, Fiji, Belize, Hondorus, Saba, Caymans, Cozemel., Bahamas, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 fett max, 750 psi returned to boat
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate dunk tank, but no charging stations on dive deck. No effort was made to help with photographers skill levels
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 163 dive reviews of Australia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
World class scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on Australia's most awarded liveaboard, Spoilsport.
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. See the Great Barrier Reef, Cod Hole, kangaroos, outback, leafy seadragons. Let us plan your adventure to Australia.

Want to assemble your own collection of Australia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2022 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.09 seconds