Nautilus Interaction Expeditions - Coral Sea Research
2017 Departure dates: 6 April | 4, 11, 18, 25 May | 28 September | 26 October | 30 November | 21 December.
Adventure liveaboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Australia. Highlights include observation, interaction and diving with the ancient Nautilus*, as well as clear water, plummeting walls and amazing shark action. Can be booked as 4 or 7 night trips.
The Nautilus Interaction Expedition is in the Coral Sea & Great Barrier Reef and features:
- Rare opportunity to observe ancient Nautilus,
- Big fish action in 40 meter visibility,
- Drift dive with reef sharks at North Horn,
- Coral gardens and sea snakes at the Snake Pit,
- Outstanding marine life biodiversity,
- Diver-sized fish at the Cod Hole,
- All dives over 100 miles north of Cairns,
- Coral sea walls with 1,000m drop offs and huge soft corals,
- The amazing Amphitheatre shark dive,
- Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions.
7 Night Nautilus Interaction Expedition
Each year we run Nautilus Expeditions, including a capture and release program for the Central Queensland University research department. Nautilus traps are set overnight at Osprey Reef and retrieved the next morning. Guests have the rare opportunity to observe, photograph and dive with these deep sea creatures.
Your adventure begins
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 northward overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.
Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs
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.
Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs
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. For the trip departing Cairns 17 July, this is a unique opportunity to possibly see the amazing Minke Whales.
Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs
This Ribbon Reef site is one of the few places on the Great Barrier Reef where olive sea snakes are found. Sea Snakes 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.
Fairy Grotto - Coral Sea
Cruise overnight Friday, venturing 75 miles northeast beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea. Awake to find yourself exploring plummeting reef walls in gin clear water at the Fairy Grotto. This dive site offers a great introduction to Osprey Reef with lots of small caverns and swim throughs.
Admiralty Anchor - Coral Sea – Nautilus Time
This Osprey Reef location is the perfect place for the Nautilus catch and release. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is proud to support the Central Queensland University with its Nautilus study, where the research goal is to help produce data to assist with decisions on whether the nautilus needs formal protection against harvesting.
North Horn - Coral Sea
Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea! Your Osprey Reef adventure includes 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 - 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.
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.
Sorry no dive site map yet.
|7 Night Expeditions: Departing Cairns April 2016 - March 2017|
Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0
|4 Night Trip: Departing Cairns April 2016 - March 2017|
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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