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Live Aboards - Mike Ball 3 Day Fly/Dive Cod Hole

Mike Ball - Spoilsport On this fantastic 3 day itinerary you are able to dive with a family of giant potato cod, maori wrasse and moray eels at the world famous Cod Hole. It also takes in the Great Barrier Reef’s turquoise chain of ribbon reefs with pristine coral gardens, excellent for macro and fish photography. The trip allows for 11 dives over 3 dive days, either from the vessel or from the two inflatables.

SpoilSport is one of the best appointed liveaboard vessels operating to the Cod Hole. The 30metre long vessel cruises at 13 knots and accommodates 29 passengers in fully air conditioned comfort. The massive dive deck is superbly set up for diving.

There are 4 accommodation styles:

  • Premium cabin - double bed with private bathroom & oceanviews
  • Standard cabin - twin beds with private bathroom & oceanviews
  • Club cabin - twin bunk-beds with private bathroom
  • Budget cabin - twin bunk-beds with shared bathroom

Potato cods Departures

  • Monday morning all year round


  • Monday: Check-in 7:00am at the Mike Ball office, 3 Abbott Street Cairns. Transfer to Cairns airport for flight to Lizard Island - fly over the magnificent Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island where you will meet up with SpoilSport. Commence diving around 12.30pm. Explore the rarely dived Cod Wall at the outer reef edge that disappers into 60 metres/ 120 feet. Glide back towards Cod Hole & the large Potato Cod that live there. Explore the rich biodiversity of Challenger Bay from spectacular coral gardens & unusual critters through to large schooling fish.
  • Tuesday: Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Andy's Postcard,Clam Beds & Vertical Gardens. Circumnavigate Pixie Pinnacle & Lighthouse Bommie shrouded in fusiliers & baitfish. Magestic Minke whales are seen here in June & July. See spectacular giant clams at Clam Beds as well as caves, canyons & coral encrusted bommies awaiting exploration. Sheer walls covered in whip corals & sea fans brim the natural amphitheatre of Vertical Gardens.
  • Coral Sea Gorgian Fan
  • Wednesday: Flare Point, Joani's Joy, Steve's Bommie. Spiral majestic coral pinnacles teeming with life. Join the big eye trevally and barracuda as they school around Steve's Bommie. Anticipate spectacular coral gardens, spotted rays, reef sharks & green turtle sightings.
  • Thursday: Early morning docking at Marlin Jetty. 8.00am courtesy transfers back to your Cairns City accommodation.

Weather & natural events may cause sites to improve or deteriorate over time and as such Mike Ball reserve the right to vary this itinerary in order to provide the best quality diving

Great Barrier Reef Aerial Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation onboard
  • All meals while onboard (prepared by the chef onboard)
  • Up to 11 dives
  • Complimentary soft drinks or glass of wine with evening meal
  • Reef ecology presentation
  • Low level flight to Lizard Island

Coral Sea soft coral Optional Extras

  • Dive equipment rental - $44 per person per day
  • PADI Advanced course - $215
  • Camera hire is also available onboard


  • Less than 60 days: forfeit 50% of trip fee
  • Less than 30 days: forfeit 100% of trip fee

Note: Flying After Diving

We recommend that you allow 24 hours between diving and flying or going to altitude. The last dive of the trip will be finished by about 5:00pm on Wednesday evening. You should be safe to fly by Thursday evening at 5:00pm.


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

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