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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/GBR<Coral Sea

Spirit of Freedom, Feb, 2010,

by Hardy Sieck, Louisiana, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5434.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Cayman, Bahamas, Florida, Jamaica, Europe, Galapagos, Bikini Atoll, Truk, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified] 130ft reccommended, dive with buddy and own profile.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments None] The boat is a first class operation. The staff is the best I have ever seen with the exception of one other boat in Micronesia. we had the pleasure to have Tony for our captain from Cairns to Lizzard island and Cameron to the Coral Sea. The rest of the crew did the whole trip. The guides, if you wanted to use them were the 3 L's, Lara, Loz, Lucy .Kiri is everwhere and Andrew is a first rate Chef.And of course there is the trip director Mossy. Mossy is a special caracter.He is part, organizer,fish expert and feeder, stand up comedian and all around great guy. The dives were interesting and the critters plentiful. The Cod and Shark feeds were sensational.The reefs, especially at the Coral Sea seem to be in great shape.We were very lucky motoring out to the Coral sea. I understand it can be rough. The ocean was like glass going out and coming back. The long hauls are all done at night, so no dive time was lost.This was one of the most enjoyable trips I ever experienced on a liveaboard. Just wish it would not take so long to get there.Overall though, it was more than worth it.
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