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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef,Osprey Reef

Spirit of Freedom: "A bit disappointed", Sep, 2014,

by Gary D Simms, MD, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 7806.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Caymans, Mexico, Roatan, Turks, Jamaica
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There Flew to Sydney, connect to Cairns, flew puddle jumper to Lizard Island

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 72 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computers required; 5 minutes safety stops at 15 feet. Each successive duive had to be shallower.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 1 stars
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Comments The Boat: we stayed in the one king bed cabin, near the center of the ship below decks; no porthole, but comfy and pretty roomy. Boat had 20 passengers, filled. Common areas okay but cramped in bad weather. Food good, but breakfasts very repetitive. Entry directly from rear of boat; VERY safety conscious staff, rental equipment quite good (computers required, gauges in bars).

Trips: There are trips from Cairns round trip; we elected a shorter version which included a nice flight from Cairns in a small plane to Lizard Island, with departure on the boat from there. On the way, the pilot spotted a huge humpback, and circled back so that we could all take a look.

First dive was basically a check out for everyone at #10 Ribbon Reef. The dive was about 55 feet for 45 minutes, and we were required to demonstrate some safety awareness, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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