Australia Liveaboards

This extremely diverse and beautiful country keeps on surprising the world with its unique natural adventures. And when it comes to visiting below the ocean's surface, one particular part of its marine heritage stands out above all others. Diving the Great Barrier Reef should be at the top of any true dive enthusiasts' must-do list of places to visit.

Reviews about Australia Liveaboards

Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard of Freedom LiveaboardSpirit of Freedom, 1 review

The crew made this trip

My partner and me went on the 4 day Coral Sea and Ribbon Reef trip with the Spirit of Freedom at the end of September. The most amazing thing on this trip was the crew. They really worked around the clock to provide us with a fantastic experience.
We chose this liveaboards because it is one of the only ones which visits osprey reef en the ribbon reefs, and you get all necessary information before hand (suvh as schedule, dive sites, etc). The boat has all necessary amenities, with a large dining room and sun deck, a tv room and comfortable cabins. The food was amazing and abundant. The deck dive was really spacious and the diving well organized. A lot of attention was given to safety procedures. Crew even puts you fins on before you are about to enter the water, what a service. A nice group of divers, all age rangers and levels represented (but you are grouped with those having similar experience). You can choose to follow a dive master or go on your own, and dive masters are switched around. Many positive experiences, only a few minor points. Take into account that the trip to osprey reef is long and bumpy, and its assumable that you will get sea sick, so do follow the instructions of the crew. It would be good when boarding to immediately check the presence of passengers their belongings. We got the intro talk first and were already sailing for at least half an hour when multiple people discovered their belongings were not brought on board by the crew. Some of us get a bit stressed by this. The boat did sail back to pick up our stuff, leaving us behind on schedule. We did get a compensation which was nice gesture, and I hope the crew has adapted their procedures following this event to prevent this in the future. They forgot to give us the engine room tour at the end of trip, sad to have missed that. We were somewhat disappointed by the diving it self (corals, animal life). I can imagine that when there in mink whale season this might provide the necessary thrills. But overall a really nice experience, and probably the best liveaboard if you want to visit this area.
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Spoilsport Liveaboard LiveaboardMike Ball Dive Expeditions, 1 review

Turtle Trip

Spoilsport is a comfortable boat. The food and facilities are excellent. The budget cabin is small but we managed to work together to avoid any hassles. The shared bathroom facilities did not present any problems. The rooms were kept clean as were the shared facilities.
The diving operations are very well run. The dive briefings are good and the staff friendly and efficient. Safety is a key feature and treated seriously. The dive staff rate very highly in my estimation.
The food and beverages are excellent. Coffee facilities are available as is a bar. The quality of the food is very good. The staff in this area also rate highly in my estimation.
The diving was impacted by wind from the "wrong" direction. This dictated a change in the itinerary. The first few days of the trip had average diving. The turtles did not materialize during our dives on Raine reef. They were around but staying out. The last part of the trip made up for the poor start. We ventured out to largely pristine un-dived sites and experienced some great dives.
My fellow guests were gregarious and made for a fun trip.
The Captain, crew and boat and services are good. The dive operations are well conducted. The weather impacted the itinerary due to safety concerns. That's diving.
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