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Dive Review of MV Spree in
The Continental USA/Gulf of Mexico

MV Spree, Jul, 2002,

by Steve Pittman, OK, USA . Report 101.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea to the South Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving with 130' max. Very reasonable and safety conscious operation.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I have been diving with this operation since 1990, and still believe that the bang for the buck is terrific. The operation was just sold by Gary Rinn to the guys that are actually out on the water all the time, and they have tweeked a few things to make it even better. Accomodations are basic and somewhat crowded, but clean and comfortable. The food is plentiful and they do an excellent job in the small galley. The dive operation is outstanding. The conditions can be extremely difficult in the Gulf, and these guys are set up to handle it. We had the roughest seas I have had in 8 trips, but all went smoothly. The staff is friendly, but firm on what their expectations are of the divers. The manta rays put on an incredible display on this trip. We had plenty of sharks, including an up-close encounter with a hammerhead, and lots of turtles. We had the pleasure of spotting the first known frogfish in the Gulf, and just totally enjoyed the charter. I have had the opportunity to dive with operations throughout the world, and there are none better than Gulf Diving!
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