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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/GBR & Coral Sea/Osprey Reef

Spirit of Freedom: "Great time on SOF", Apr, 2017,

by Jeff and Pat Maeda, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9884.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Curacao, Caymans, Turks, Belize, Cozumel, Kona, GBR, Philippines
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There NZ Air Houston/Aukland/Sydney

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions the two of us never exceeded 100'
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Well-organized, friendly crew. Rental equipment good (ScubaPro). Food excellent -- dietary issues were taken care of very well. Extensive dive briefings, very safety co ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ryan Black in MI, US at Oct 18, 2017 07:09 EST  
Good to see a recent review from a GBR live aboard. Was wondering if you might be able to comment on the level of bleaching that you did or did not see. Considering a GBR trip for this summer. Given your impressive list of previous destinations, perhaps a few words on how the quality of the diving compared to other places you've been. Thanks in advance. -Ryan
By Jeff and Pat Maeda in TX, US at Oct 18, 2017 11:32 EST  
It was sad. The diving was still good, coral pretty, but not as colorful as you would like to see. Vis better at Osprey. Also, that is where the shark feed is done. If that's not important to you, maybe just do the GBR part. Steve's Bommie a great dive. GBR/SOF was on our bucket list, but much better/colorful diving in Fiji and Philippines. Hope this helps. Patricia
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