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

Spirit of Freedom, Jan, 2011,

by Beverly Sobelman, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5905.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Honduras, Hawaii, Dominica, Costa Rica, Pacific Northwest, San Diego, Puerto Rico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 15 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits for air and nitrox, no reverse profiles, two required safety stops, must return with 500 psi/50 bar.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We had an amazing time on the Spirit of Freedom. The crew were all professional and efficient but also fun-loving; the food was phenomenal and plentiful; the rooms were comfortable, clean, and well-appointed (including a hard drive full of media); and the diving was superb. The only down side was that the weather was iffy at Osprey Reef (cyclone brewing) so our captain opted not to travel the 100+ miles to get there and risk being caught in a storm. We missed out on a few key sites because of that, but instead we got extra night dives and also got to try out lesser-known sites in the Ribbon Reefs. We did 16 dives in 4 days (and sat out one night dive), all on Nitrox using our own gear. There was a bit of current on a few of the sites but overall the conditions were great, the water was balmy (we wore dive skins and I never got cold), and the quality of coral and sea life was really good. They saw a whale shark only 2 days before we got on the boat but we missed it! Highly recommended dive experience.
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