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Dive Review of ningaloo reef dive center/Pot Shot Hotel Resort in

ningaloo reef dive center/Pot Shot Hotel Resort, Apr, 2014,

by John E. Keith, UT, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 7591.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Please see my review on the Exmouth Diving Center for our review of the Pot Shot Resort and our dive travel agent (Dive Adventures). One thing to add to it - wifi was pretty poor everywhere at the resort. Had to sign in to the Exmouth Diver Center's wifi when you were near it. OK, Navy Pier diving is controlled - it's on a military base (originally US) and only one dive shop is allowed to have groups (apparently this rotates among the dive centers). Also, access by water is tightly controlled and there is no fishing. The bus ride from Exmouth to the Pier takes about 30 minutes. Given the access control, as one can imagine, the sea life is pretty spectacular. Sharks (saw 4) swim around and rest near divers (also saw a wobbegong shark here); saw at least five morays in an area about 10 yards by 10 yards (one very big green). Saw a sailfin catfish (only seen around the pier), large groups of barracuda, several big cods, abundant batfish, and several octopi. The only drawback was that the visibility was pretty poor. We were told that visibility around the pier is often not too good. On some sites, Navy Pier is listed as one of the 10 best dives in the world. I'm not sure that's true, but the marine life is abundant and varied, and it's certainly a must if you are diving Australia.
Websites ningaloo reef dive center   Pot Shot Hotel Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Mexico (Cortez and Caribbean), Honduras, Other Caribbean, Florida, California, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas no currents
Water Temp 81-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-25 Ft/ 5-8 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Ascend at 750 psi. Group ascends together
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No camera facilities on bus
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By Ellen Marie Smith in MN, US at Aug 31, 2014 10:38 EST  
Hi John, I have a question for you ~ do you think it is worth staying an extra day or two to do the local dives? My husband and I are planning to go in January. We are booked on a Mike Ball Charter. Thanks~ Ellen Smith
By report author: John E. Keith in UT, US at Aug 31, 2014 11:17 EST  
Hi, Marie, I'm not sure I can answer your question. We did not do the local dives out of Cairns. Some of the divers and crew on Ball's boat had and thought the diving was OK, but quite crowded - many day boats from Cairns. After having no other divers around Ball's boat for three days, I think it might have been a little disappointing. We did a lot of traveling - the Outback and then to Western Australia where Exmouth is and about which this report was written. If I can be of help, I'd be glad to. My direct email is
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