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“Mike Ball Diving is BEST DIVE TRIP EVER” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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95 reviews
86 helpful votes
“Mike Ball Diving is BEST DIVE TRIP EVER”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2011

Mike Ball Diving Coral Sea Fly/Dive is the best dive trip ever
Amazing diving, great boat, fantastic crew, awesome food and you fly over the reef. This trip is 6 star. Absolutely brilliant.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews
15 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2009

I studied abroad in Australia and took a spring break trip to Cairns for 10 days. While there I knew a trip to the Great Barrier Reef was a must! I love to go snorkeling but since I was planing to go to the Great Barrier Reef I thought this was a good of a time as any to try scuba diving. I was not let down! The reef was just simply amazing. Even when I went snorkeling after the dive I was able to see many fish without diving underneath. Only now, 2 years later to I realize how preserved the reef was. There was an abundance of wildlife all around. I lost count of how many clown fish (nemo) I saw! I also saw turtles, and all sorts of tropical fish. I feel like the Great Barrier Reef spoiled me, because now snorkeling is not the same.

Highly recommend going just make sure you do your research and find a great guide!

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2 Thank Zisil86
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Nowhere illinois
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25 reviews
26 helpful votes
“Like no where else in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2009

A must do when in Cairns/Port douglas. We booked a helicopter/snorkel combination tour with Viator and also a scuba diving trip with Deep sea Divers Den. Loved them both. Also if you are near Cairns/Port douglas & want to go to the Daintree Rainforest- then look at my review in my profile for Back Country Bliss Adventure Tours-it is also a must do!! I advise taking anti motion sick pills even if you are not normally sea sick because the waves are really big getting out to the reef!!! Glad I did or I would have been sick all day.

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1 Thank robin r
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Brisbane
1 review
6 helpful votes
“Diving in the Great Barrier Reef of Cairns (Season advice).”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2009

To all divers from all over the world who are planning to come to dive in North Queensland, do not under any circumstances spend your money to come in January-March. This is the cyclone season for North Queensland. Rain is a routine everyday.
Yes, dive companies would welcome you during this time of the year, they will provide the same good service all year round, and the number of dives promised would not be missed. It is just that the sea and the skies would not cooperate.
I went on a 5D4N liveaboard trip, water visibility is just less than 5m. Easy enough to lose your buddy during a dive. Night dives are just a waste of money and time, all you see is sand grains falling like snow in front of your torch. The wave current was too strong, any diver would be ramming coral heads at a depth above 6m.
I am not condemning the whole idea of diving during the cyclone season. Of course, you would see the same creatures like turtles, dolphins, sharks during this time, you just need to do many dives to increase your chances and be lucky enough to randomly get closer than 5m distance to be able to notice one. Hire a dive guide to guarantee encounter because they know the dive sites better.
To conclude, do not think of a dive trip during the cyclone season, especially those who come from far around the world, been saving large sums of money to see the Great Barrier Reef. You wouldn't be seeing the real image of the world's no.1 dive site at this time. To guarantee that, plan your trip during September to November, the time where all those brochure and website photos were taken.

Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

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6 Thank sipadanisland
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England
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50 reviews
95 helpful votes
“Amazing Day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2008

My partner and I booked a day trip from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. We went with 'Ocen Spirit' aboard one of their Catamarans and sailed out to 'Micahelmas Cay'. It was a 2hr journey but we spent that soaking up the sun and enjoying the scenery.
Unfortunately once there I was unable to try the scuba diving as I suffer from Asthma, but instead I got the chance to go on a half hour trip in a semi-submersible around the reef. It was a tiny boat that you climbed aboard and went down a set of stairs into a glass 'room'. there were benches to sit on to enjoy the view as the boat went round parts of the coral reef. It was stunning, seeing the fish, coral, turtles etc and th colours were amazing. I really didn't miss out on anything.
After that we were given a buffett lunch aboard the Catamaran which catered for everyone. I'm vegetarian and had plenty of choice.
After lunch we grabbed snorkels and flippers and got into a small boat to the island as the Catamaran was too big to get any closer. Snorkelling was amazing over the coral and seeing all the fish close up. I was wary that we could come across a sall shark though!!
Humans are only allowed on a small section of the Island as it is home to thousands of birds that are protected by the National Trust.
On the journey home we were given a glass of champagne and a few people sang songs and played guitars. it was all very chilled and friendly.
A great day out.

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