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Dive Review of Taka Dive/Take in
Australia/Great Barrier Reef

Taka Dive/Take, Jun, 2007,

by DAVID SHEMTOV, NA, United Kingdom (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 3678.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Malpelo, French Polynesia, Palau, Truk, Red Sea, Maldives...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 25 to 26 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive at specified times and should you choose to skip a dive, you MUST sign the manifest ONLY at the crew's convenience. [Saying you want to go to sleep and offering to sign the manifest when the other divers are jumping into the water is NOT acceptable!]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No electrical facilities except these in your cabin. Rinse tank was used for everything.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments A previous correspondent name this dive operations previous boat as the 'Kaka'. Unfortunately, her description is still apt. This operation is targeted at inexperienced backpackers. Many of them are enticed by last minute discounts ensuring that the boat always leaves full. The boat operates on a very tight back to back schedule requiring passengers to vacate their cabins several hours before return to port so that they could be serviced by the crew.

Great food and fairly attractive cabins on a well designed new boat could not make up for the most unpleasant cruise director and dive crew we have ever encountered on a liveaboard. Had there been an option to disembark during the three day cruise, we would not have hesitated. We booked this cruise because it was operating during the Minke Whale season. Unfortunately, one of the two encounters with these skittish creatures was swiftly terminated by a crew member who donned scuba gear and jumped into the water (in contravention of Australian law) and ensured the immediate flight of the whale.

Sorely regretted not booking the Mike Ball boat instead. Another reader who travelled on that operation's Spoilsport at the same time as us had a much better experience.
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