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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 2 Helpful votes). Report 9884.

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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Well-organized, friendly crew. Rental equipment good (ScubaPro). Food excellent -- dietary issues were taken care of very well. Extensive dive briefings, very safety conscious. Roll call following every dive and max depth and time recorded. Required to sign log each time. Shark dive and night dive with sharks were amazing. Crossing to Coral Sea not bad, but the return was a little rough. Slight current on a few dives.
Websites Spirit of Freedom   

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 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

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 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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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 report author: 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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