Reading some of the negative reviews below is quite funny. It's a classic example of people misdirecting their annoyance away from themselves. Most seem to whine about factors that reflect their own incompetence or not having asked for help they needed it. One was ill; only a fool would dive ignoring the multiple warnings not to do so. The others moan about certain aspects of the dives that are facts of life: see below for my review of Navy Pier which is businesslike for a reason.
For my part: I went to Exmouth with 12 dives to my name having recently done the OW20 in Perth. I did four days; two on Ningaloo reef, one at Murion Islands and one on the Navy Pier. They were all fantastic in varied ways.
I could whinge about the visibility being less than usual due to a cyclone that had passed the prior week and churned things up, but that isn't a relevant point, and at any rate the company were very clear about this before I booked. What you need to know:
- Really high standard supervision. It's expected you know your way around setting gear up and if are stuck you ask for help. This is because you're an adult. If you need help the crew are delighted to assist.
- dives are led by a guide. You can split from this if you wish, but the guides know the terrain and where all the cool fish hide.
- Murion: amazing corals. Ningaloo: sealife, corals. Both lovely days out and you're back in good time.
- Navy Pier: more businesslike: it's an active Navy area. Decent length dive with short surface interval; it's all compressed into an afternoon. But an incredible amount of biodiversity to see. A terrific dive.
- Boat: comfy, relaxed. BBQ lunch provided with a good amount of food. Caters to veggies.
- Staff: all lovely. I was with Jade, Cheryl ('mum'), as well as Marcus. Rose was also on one of the boats. They're all lovely people and very helpful as well as attentive guides. You can relax knowing you're in safe hands.
- gear. Wetsuits provided and optional for those who don't mind; water is warm here and its shallow. All my kit worked well. Defog provided. Tank generously filled to 230 bar typically.
- weather. Exmouth is reliably hot and dry. When you're out on the water it's lovely. The boat has plenty shade.
The dives are all shallow and pretty chilled out. There was a bit of current noticeable one day on the reef; another had a bit of surge. The staff are very mindful of your safety and if any concerns over safety they won't do the dives. Ours were all fine.
If you want a breakdown of the marine life, I saw these and many more: wobbegong, reef shark, cowtail ray, parrot fish, trigger fish, barracuda, catfish, moray eel, angel fish, convict surgeon fish, moorish idol, groper, lion fish, sea snake, a lot of nudibranches, lots of coral, and some dolphins and turtles from the boat.
I haven't got any negative points to make. Exmouth itself is quite a small place and the surroundings are very hot and dry, but it's got charm and a lighthouse with sensational views for sunsets. I mainly went there for the diving and snorkelling and if that's your plan or you're in town for a day looking for a dive I'd recommend these guys. The Murion Islands trip was probably my favourite.
Thanks guys for a fantastic trip!
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