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Mike Ball 7 nights trip – 26 Dives no flight

Mike Ball’s 7 night expedition departs Cairns at 6pm on Thursdays and returns on Thursdays at 8:00am to Trinity Wharf.

This 7 night Coral Sea Safari includes some of the best dive sites on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea featuring a spectacular dive at Challenger Bay, diver sized fish at the Cod Hole, plummeting Coral Sea wall dives in gin clear water, exciting shark action at North Horn, exploration of Lizard Island and more.

You will notice there is no rush or limit placed on your dive time. Spoilsport’s itineraries generally allow for 3 different dive sites per day with the opportunity for relaxed or unlimited diving. At sites like Challenger Bay some photographers do 90 minute dives to capture special fish behavior photographs.

Guests who prefer supervision are offered a combination of complimentary orientation dives to enhance skills, scheduled morning and afternoon guided dive and dives with staff on an ad hoc basis. The crew will locate species like the beautiful leaf scorpion fish. The complimentary reef ecology program will assist you in identifying marine life.

To ensure your needs are met, on arrival the trip director will have a private consultation with you. In between dives you enjoy Spoilsport’s luxurious motor yacht atmosphere and attentive crew. Spoilsport is the Great Barrier Reef’s most awarded live aboard.

This expedition includes all diving, 7 nights’ accommodation onboard Spoilsport, chef prepared meals, soft drinks or a glass of wine with dinner, daily cabin service and tanks & weights.

For this trip, Mike Ball recommend either an Advanced diver certification or a minimum of 10 ocean dives including 5 dives in the last 12 months. Less experience may result in limited diving due to environmental conditions.

Trip Itinerary

Thursday: Check in and departure.

  • Prior to 4:00pm, check-in luggage at Mike Ball Office (3 Abbott St, Cairns)
  • If unable to check-in prior to 4:00pm, phone Mike Ball staff on 07 4053 0500 for departure details
  • 6:00pm Mike Ball crew meet you at Mondo’s Restaurant and escort you to Spoilsport – Trinity Wharf
  • Cruise overnight to the magnificent Holmes Reef, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey (or to the Cod Hole at Ribbon Reef #10, depending on weather conditions)
Friday: Holmes Reef – Cathedral, Nonki Bommie
  • Enjoy plummeting walls, great visibility, and cruising pelagics
  • Night dive where decorator crabs, egg cowry shells, moray eels and crayfish are just a few of the creatures you can find
Saturday & Sunday: Bougainville & Osprey Reef
  • Cruise overnight to Bougainville Reef in the Coral Sea
  • Enjoy 40 meter visibility with spectacular walls disappearing to 1000metres. Witness the resident shark population including grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, silvertips and occasionally hammerheads
  • Find the caves, overhangs and spectacular walls adorned with huge soft coral trees and gorgonian fans
Monday: Lizard Island & Ribbon Reef #10 & #9 – Cod Hole, Snake Pit, Challenger Bay
  • Climb “Cook’s Look” at Lizard Island where Captain Cook searched for safe passage through the reef
  • Commence diving approximately 12:30pm
  • Weather permitting, explore the rarely dived Cod Wall on the outer reef edge that disappears down to 60m. Glide back towards the Cod Hole while enjoying the clear water and friendly potato cod
  • When weather permits, the aptly named Snake Pit delivers an overwhelming abundance of life
  • Challenger bay - shallow but fantastic, extremely rich in biodiversity
Tuesday: Ribbon Reef #9,#5, #4, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Andy’s Postcard, Vertical Gardens
  • Circumnavigate Pixie Pinnacle & Lighthouse Bommie. Minke whales are seen here during the winter
  • Enjoy the best hard corals on the Great Barrier Reef at Acropolis – Mike’s favourite!
  • Rising from 80m the pinnacle of Andy’s Postcard
  • During northerly winds it is sometimes possible to explore the wild side of Ribbon Reef #10 at Vertical Gardens
Wednesday: Ribbon Reef #3, Flare Point & Steve’s Bommie
  • Spiral pristine coral pinnacles teeming with marine life
  • See huge schools of baitfish stalked by barracuda, mackerel and trevally
  • Anticipate spectacular coral gardens, spotted rays, green turtles and reef shark sightings
  • During northerly winds it is sometimes possible to explore the wild side of Ribbon Reef #10 at Vertical Gardens
Thursday: Dock at Marlin Jetty
  • Early morning docking, breakfast, 8:00am courtesy transfers to Cairns city hotels

Prime dives sites - GUARANTEED!

  • This itinerary has been designed to include the ‘prime’ Ribbon Reef sites that have restricted access
  • If weather forces an itinerary change, Mike Ball’s surety of access to the prime Ribbon Reef sites is your guarantee of the best diving
  • Spoilsport’s outstanding stability minimizes disruption to your itinerary and your diving experience


  • Flying after diving – we recommend that you allow 24 hours between diving and flying. The last dive
  • of the trip is finished by 5:00pm on Wednesday
  • The above itinerary is subject to change

Extra charges include:

  • Full gear hire (if required) - AU$308 per person
  • Reef taxes - AU$6.50 per person per day
  • Nitrox Fill Package - AU$175

Extra courses (all pay on board)

  • Advanced Course - AU$215 per course
  • Nitrox Course - AU$275 per course
  • U/W Photography - AU$250
  • SDI Solo Diver - AU$220 (inc. pony bottle hire)

Cancellation Policy

  • 30% cancellation fee applies with less than 60 days notice
  • 100% cancellation fee applies with 21 days or less notice

Note - Extreme weather conditions may cause cancellation or adjustment of advertised itinerary.

Description (Price per person)2021/2022*2022/2023*
Budget cabin$4,027.00$4,148.00
Extra Charge**$42.00$42.00
Total price$4,069.00$4,190.00
Club cabin$4,726.00$4,868.00
Extra Charge**$42.00$42.00
Total price$4,768.00$4,910.00
Standard twin cabin$5,410.00$5,572.00
Extra Charge**$42.00$42.00
Total price$5,452.00$5,614.00
Premium double cabin$5,889.00$6,066.00
Extra Charge**$42.00$42.00
Total price$5,931.00$6,108.00

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

** Extra Charge: This additional fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

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