Coral Sea Safari

7 Nights / 26 Dives. This fabulous 450 mile expedition combines adventure diving in the Coral Sea with superb Great Barrier Reef marine biodiversity.

Standard Itinerary:

  • Cod Hole – Buddy up with diver size cod.
  • Osprey 2-3 shark attraction dives, see 100’s of sharks.
    Includes Passive Attraction, Shark Feed & Private Shark Shoot.
    Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
    Big fish action in 40 meter visibility.
  • Halfway at Lizard Island, Fly Dive Guests join you for the last 3 days.
    Explore Lizard Island in the morning prior to diving the Cod Hole.
  • Ribbon Reef’s Best fish & coral biodiversity.
    Cod Hole, Snake Pit, Lighthouse Bommie & Pixie Pinnacle.
    Goggle Gardens, Blue Lagoon, Flare Point & Trolly Shoals.
    Steve’s Bommie, best fish biodiversity.

Or Fair Weather Itinerary (except during May nautilus dates):

  • Weather permitting, our best selection of Coral Sea dives at
    Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey plus the best Ribbon Reefs.
    September to January, most reliable Coral Sea access.
  • Holmes – Large caverns decorated with colourful soft corals.
    Dozens of grey & silvertips at the ‘Amazing’ shark attraction.
    Descend the spectacular Nonki Bommie thrusting up from 35m.
  • Bougainville – Plummeting clear blue waters, giant potato cod.
    Spectacular big fish action at Crystal Plateau.
    Explore the Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns.
    Dive the scattered remains of MV Antonio Tarabocchia.
  • Osprey 2-3 shark attraction dives, see 100’s of sharks.
    Includes Passive Attraction, Shark Feed & Private Shark Shoot.
    Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
    Big fish action in 40 meter visibility.
  • Halfway at Lizard Island, Fly Dive Guests join you for the last 3 days.
    Explore Lizard Island in the morning prior to diving the Cod Hole.
  • Ribbon Reef’s Best fish & coral biodiversity.
    Cod Hole, Snake Pit, Lighthouse Bommie & Pixie Pinnacle.
    Goggle Gardens, Blue Lagoon, Flare Point & Trolly Shoals.
    Steve’s Bommie, best fish biodiversity.

Get Spoilt:

Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard.
Enjoy sumptuous cuisine and a superb combination of diver conveniences, space & stability.



What awaits you?

As the sun sets over the coastal port city of Cairns, you’ll board Mike Ball’s Spoilsport to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise overnight to the first stop on your 450 mile dive odyssey.

Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs - Great Barrier Reef

One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits you at the Cod Hole, where you’ll swim with incredibly inquisitive ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Also a great site to check out white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand, the occasional grey reef shark and if you’re lucky, sometimes a hammerhead.

Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs - Great Barrier Reef

An isolated platform reef shoaling up to form a number of deep coral bommies festooned with multi coloured crinoids. Olive sea snakes are commonly found and are both very curious and very complacent, allowing the more adventurous diver and photographer to get very close indeed! It is also common to sight a variety of ray species, cuttlefish and turtles.

Admiralty Anchor - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

Glide past huge black coral trees, giant feathery soft corals, golden fans and red whips housed along the plummeting walls. Swim amongst schools of giant trevally, dog-tooth tuna, blue spot trevally, barracuda or bumphead parrotfish. Observe or be observed by the many shark species in the area.

North Horn - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea! Your Osprey Reef adventure builds to a climax with a spectacular shark dive at North Horn. You will see 10-30 grey reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks as well as other species. You can photograph these sleek high order predators at close- range, or not so close, you choose!

False Entrance - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

False Entrance is another amazing dive site! Other than the resident schooling big eye trevally and barracudas, which make for a great photo opportunity, there’s colorful gorgonian fans, whips and soft corals. Keep one eye out on the blue water for cruising hammerheads in the cooler months.

Fair Weather Itinerary

Weather permitting our best selection of Coral Sea dives, at Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey. Max out on viz, pelagics & sharks.

Nonki Bommie - Holmes Reef - Coral Sea

Soft corals and sea fan enthusiasts will get their fill on this dive. A big bommie coming up to the surface from 35 meters with a big crack in the middle. The canyon created by the crack in the middle is full of giant yellow and orange sea fans. In the distance sharks circle the bommie to complete the recipe for an amazing dive.

Amazing - Holmes Reef - Coral Sea

Pristine white sand slopes up from the depths until cut off by tall bommies that lead to the shallow reef wall patrolled by grey reef and silver tip sharks. The wall is peppered with beautifully arched passageways big enough to fit a small car.

A. Tarabocchia - Bougainville Reef - Coral Sea

Bougainville has something for everyone. Plummeting clear blue waters, giant Queensland Groupers, wall dives, drift dives and more. There’s a wreck to visit and canyons to explore. A remote reef which is rarely visited and awesome to see. Sites we will visit: Dungeons & Dragons, Southern Wall and Silver Slope.

Lizard Island

Cruise to Lizard Island on Sunday night. This is the halfway point on your safari, guests from the Fly Dive options join or leave the boat. 7 Night guests can off-gas and take some unique photographs on Lizard Island during a walk along Watson’s Bay and climbing the hill to Chinaman’s Ridge.

Lighthouse Bommie - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

Big schools of brightly coloured yellow and blue snapper cruise the top of an adjacent reef, while numerous species of anemone fish have also made it their home. During minke whale season (June to August) this is one of the best spots to see these magnificent creatures.

Goggle Gardens - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

Goggle Gardens is a diverse site requiring more than one dive; spectacular coral formations rise from the depths of the ancient ‘Starky River’ adorning walls, bommies and sandy flats to the reef edge crevasses.

Steve’s Bommie - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

On the final day, you will find yourself at one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most popular sites, Steve’s Bommie. Schooling trevally, barracuda and large mackerel hang in the current, reef sharks patrol in the depths, fantastic coral and a huge diversity of reef fish surround the top of the site. A photographer’s dream!

Returning to Cairns

Disembark Thursday 8:00am at Trinity Wharf, Cairns.

Courtesy transfers are provided from the vessel to the Mike Ball office, inner city hotel locations and the Cairns Domestic and International Airports.

Dive Site Guarantee!

Spoilsport’s outstanding stability minimizes disruption to your itinerary and your scuba diving experience. If weather forces an itinerary change we divert to the best, ‘safe, accessible sites’ to ensure you get the best scuba diving available. 9% of Coral Sea itineraries are diverted to the Great Barrier Reef.

All itinerary details are subject to change, specific marine life cannot be guaranteed.

April 2016 – March 2017
CabinPrice
Premium$5362
Standard$4878
Club$4219
Budget$3596

Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0

April 2017 – March 2018
CabinPrices
Premium$5523
Standard$5024
Club$4345
Budget$3704

Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0

Courses
ItemCost
Openwater Referral (PADI)$245
Openwater Referral (non-PADI)$350
PADI Scuba Diver Upgrade$350
PADI Open Water Diver (3 Night Expeditions only)$395
PADI Advanced Diver$215
PADI Nitrox$325 or $200 Referral (incl 3 days free fills). NB referral is from shop (not elearning).
PADI Discover Scuba (Resort)1 free per day (conditions apply). Not available during Minke Season.
PADI Underwater Photography$250
PADI Underwater Naturalist$220
SDI Easy Nitrox$275 (incl 3 days free fills)
SDI Solo Diver$220
Photo Services
ItemCost
Camera Rentals & Extras
Canon G16$60/day
USB Stick - 16GB$15
Holiday Video & Photos
Standard Holiday Trip - DVD$80
Purchase of Second DVD$40
Personalized Holiday Trip - DVD$250 (Max 4 people)
Personal Holiday Photographs$100
Photo CD$50
Purchase of second photo CD$25
Hire Gear
ItemCost
Reg, Ocy, Gauges$15/day
BCD$10/day
Computer$12/day
Snorkel Gear$5/day
Light/Torch/Cyalume$10/day
Wetsuit$10/day
Safety Sausage (SMB)$10/trip
Cyalume Light Stick$2/each
Nautilus Lifeline GPSNo charge
All of the above$44/day
2L (13 cu.ft) Pony Bottle + Reg$15/day
15L (120 cu.ft) Steel Bottle$25/day
Nitrox Fills$75 for the 3 or 4 night/ $150 for a week
Extra Charges
ItemCost
Reef Tax$6.50/day
Sole OccupancyBerth cost + 70%
Fuel Levy - Standard Expeditions$0 (subject to change)
Fuel Levy - 7 Night Northern Reef Exploratories$44/pp (subject to change)
Yongala Environment Charge$13.55/day
Personal Dive Guides$250/day (+ berth cost for guide) or $50/dive.
Nitrox FillsSee below
Hire GearSee below
CoursesSee below
Photo ServicesSee below
Special Catering Admin Fee$30/trip
Bar and Ship Shop PurchasesVariable
Hire Gear - Sizes
ItemCost
BCDAqualung Wave x5 sizes.
FinsTechnisub Stratos (full foot) x6 sizes. We recommend wearing sturdy or neoprene socks with full foot fins.
Wetsuits5mm full length steamer. 6 male and 6 female sizes. Includes 3mm hood.
Discounts
ItemCost
Non-diver10% (not applicable on Minke Whale expeditions)
Non-diving child (8-15 years)25%
VIP5%
Global Shark Diving5% (must quote card number)
Airline Staff5%
Military5%
Dive Industry Staff$200.00
Agents / Media / ResearchersVariable discounts offered
Discounts are only accepted at time of booking and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Proof of employment is required.

Fitting extra small and extra large people can be difficult. Please bring your own equipment if concerned about fit. View Sizes chart

Summary
Best Adventure and Biodiversity
Experience
Openwater to Advanced
Embark
Thursday 6pm – Trinity Wharf, Cairns.
(Check-in before 4pm at the Mike Ball office.)
Disembark
Thursday 8am – Trinity Wharf, Cairns
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