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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/Osprey Reef

Spirit of Freedom: "Spirit of Freedom Jan 24-Feb1 , 2016", Jan, 2016,

by Larry Schnabel, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8821.

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 [None]Boat well maintained and crew very competent and safety oriented. Food very good and plentiful. Dive 4 times day on most days, sometimes a nite dive also. Diving usually off stern, occasionally off tender or giant stride out of deck side gate rather than off stern. Check out dive first day includes extracting the boat-provided GPS console ( size of a softball) from your BCD pocket and inflating a safety sausage- so practice these maneuvers before you arrive if you are rusty on these exercises. Boat requires you wear a snorkle - if I had known this I would have bought a roll up one I could fit in my pocket as I dislike hard tube snorkle on left side of my dive mask.Avoid flying Sydney-Carins on Jet Star, instead book this on Quantas. Jet star is a no frills cattle car.In January- summer here- water 82-84 F. so need no wet suit, just polar skin or the like for skin protection- I jettisoned my 3 mil. long wet suit after 3 days of diving and dove in boxer trunks/T-shirt ( since I brought no polar skin)- but most equipment you can rent on boat if you desire.
Websites Spirit of Freedom   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]All over Mexico and Caribbean; PNG , Great barrier Reef, Thailand-Burma , Maldives , Greece and Italy, Yap and Palau, Viet-Nam, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii ( Maui, Kona), Solomon Islands, Bermuda, Cocos Islands, Galapagos , West coast of California
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There AA LAX-Sydney , Jet Star and Quantas to/from Sydney -Cairns

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]surface with 500 psi, have snorkle and safety sausage while diving , dive with buddy or in a group led by boat dive guide. When on Nitrox observe computer's stated depth limit
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

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