Macro Shootout Expedition
2017 Departure dates: 10 April.
2018 Departure dates: 9 April.
3 Nights / 12 Dives. Discover the big and the small. Coaching by award winning underwater photographer Damien Siviero on how to get that iconic underwater macro shot.
The Macro Shootout showcases the best of the Great Barrier Reef featuring:
- A spectacular low-flying start to Lizard Island.
- Guaranteed access to restricted dive sites.
- All dives over 100 miles north of Cairns.
- 50% reduced cruise time and within sheltered waters.
- Macro photography coaching by Damien Siviero.
- 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.
3 Night Macro Shootout follows the 4 Night Shark Shooter Expedition. Damien Siviero runs daily workshops for you to capture that iconic shark shot. For more details click here Shark Shooter Expedition.
Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard.
Enjoy sumptuous cuisine and a superb combination of diver conveniences, space & stability.
Macro Shootout Expedition
The Ribbon Reefs sites of best biodiversity gives you the opportunity to photograph pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, mantis shrimp. As well as the not so small critters at the world famous Cod Hole.
Getting that iconic Macro Shot
Your underwater photography coach is the award winning Damien Siviero. An accomplished technical and recreational diver with a passion for the underwater world, Damien will coach you on his techniques to achieve that iconic macro shot.
What awaits you?
Imagine yourself on a spectacular ‘flying start’ to Lizard Island. On the way you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Half of your 150 mile flight is at a very low 180 metres (600ft) above the sites you will dive along the Great Barrier Reef’s continental shelf. A truly spectacular beginning to your expedition.
See where the famous English navigator James Cook climbed in 1770 to find a way out of the labyrinth of reefs. Naturalist Joseph Banks lamented that he had too little time to study the wealth of strange creatures he saw in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Will you have time to record the wealth of creatures you find?
The turquoise chain of Ribbon Reefs
This 55 mile chain of reefs from Lizard Island to Cooktown is the most prized dive region of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Marine life encounters range from pygmy seahorses to manta rays and whales. The Great Barrier Reef has 9 species of anemone fish, 43 species of butterfly fish, 1001 species of nudibranch, and 6 of the world’s 7 turtle species.
Diver size fish at the Cod Hole!
The Cod Hole is home to a family of ‘diver sized’ potato cod; incredibly inquisitive and often boisterous, these beautiful fish will wow you with their mere presence. Fantastic close up photographs or simply hanging out, either way you’ll be left with an indelible impression of these magnificent characters.
Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs - GBR
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!
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 best and most popular sites, Steve’s Bommie. This site is a photographers dream! It’s hard to put into the words the quantity and variety of Great Barrier Reef fish and corals that you will see here. A showcase of the best of the best.
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|
Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0
|April 2017 – March 2018|
Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0
|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|
|Camera Rentals & Extras|
|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|
|Purchase of second photo CD||$25|
|Reg, Ocy, Gauges||$15/day|
|Safety Sausage (SMB)||$10/trip|
|Cyalume Light Stick||$2/each|
|Nautilus Lifeline GPS||No 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|
|Sole Occupancy||Berth 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 Fills||See below|
|Hire Gear||See below|
|Photo Services||See below|
|Special Catering Admin Fee||$30/trip|
|Bar and Ship Shop Purchases||Variable|
|Hire Gear - Sizes|
|BCD||Aqualung Wave x5 sizes.|
|Fins||Technisub Stratos (full foot) x6 sizes. We recommend wearing sturdy or neoprene socks with full foot fins.|
|Wetsuits||5mm full length steamer. 6 male and 6 female sizes. Includes 3mm hood.|
|Non-diver||10% (not applicable on Minke Whale expeditions)|
|Non-diving child (8-15 years)||25%|
|Global Shark Diving||5% (must quote card number)|
|Dive Industry Staff||$200.00|
|Agents / Media / Researchers||Variable 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
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