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Dive Review of The Great Escape in
Australia/Western Australia

The Great Escape, Oct, 2004,

by PJ Halter, QLD, Australia ( 2 reports). Report 1438.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving all Caribbean, Fiji, Coxmel, PNG, Eastern Australia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 72 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Serious check in & check out but as long as computers were followed, no questions asked. Computers were looked at sometimes.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments About average - care was taked but not too much area.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was without a doubt the best liveaboard or diving we've done! The service was spectacular but the main feature was the pristine, untouched, undamaged coral & size of the schools of fish. This area of Australia, Rowley Shoals, is only dove 3 weeks of every year. The boats are used for fishing or touring the remainder of the year but the family owned Great Escape are DIVERS at heart. All the crew dove as often as they could & the enthusiasm was beaut. We did not see a lot of the 'big stuff' - they were out there as evidenced by attempts to fish!
Most dives were gentle drift dives, a few more vigourous. The Shoals themselves, seen from above water, are worth the trip out. Under water, the walls are so pristine...there is no better word to describe Rowley Shoals.
It's a LONG ride out so be prepared if you need seasick aids. Plan to spend some time in interesting Broome before your trip to the Shoals.
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