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Bay Area, California
December 8, 2000
The accommodations were nice enough (we generously gave the last "snuggly" room to a friend of ours and had separate bunks). The staff were knowledgeable, professional, extremely competent divemasters and fresh tanks of air always awaited us. The cook was wonderful! They were also very friendly - nightly drinking bouts ensued and we even adopted one of the crew into our pack after hitting shore. We were lucky enough to have a professional videographer on board, but don't count on this.
The dives were amazing, and included a wide array of sealife (see separate journal entry "12 dives in 48 hours").
We were even allowed to dive off the top of the boat from swimming/relaxation and even chased a huge por of Dolphins in two zodiacs - Wow!
1) You'll want a dive computer to max your dive time. They rent them, but just go ahead and buy one YOU like (don't waste money on features like PC interface).
2) You'll need dive insurance. Check out DAN (diver alert network).
3)Buy anti-seasickness patches. You may need them.
4) If you go with Mike Ball, you cannot possibly be disappointed!
From journal Cairns - jumping off point to adventure
January 7, 2010