Shark Shooter Expedition - Coral Sea

7 – 14 April 2016. Adventure liveaboard diving in the Coral Sea, Australia, with coaching by award winning underwater photographer Damien Siviero on how to get that iconic underwater shark shot. This expedition departs on Thursday 7 April 2016 and can be booked as a 4 or 7 night trip.

This expedition follows the standard Fly Dive Coral Sea and Coral Sea Safari itinerary, featuring:

  • Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea,
  • Drift dive with reef sharks at North Horn,
  • The amazing amphitheatre shark dive,
  • Underwater photography coaching by Damien Siviero,
  • Plummeting wall dives in gin clear water,
  • Schooling trevally and barracuda in the Coral Sea,
  • Exploration of Lizard Island,
  • The world famous Cod Hole,
  • Coral gardens and sea snakes at the Snake Pit,
  • Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions,
  • All dives over 100 miles north of Cairns.

Shark Shooter Expeditions

At Mike Ball we love sharks, so of course we aren’t shooting them! These expeditions are a must-do for advanced, adventure divers with a passion for underwater photography and sharks. Expedition departs Cairns, heading to one of the world’s best shark dive spots, North Horn – Osprey Reef – in the Coral Sea.

Getting that iconic Shark 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 shark shot.

Admiralty Anchor - Coral Sea

Into the 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 and observe or be observed by the many shark species in the area.

North Horn - 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!

North Horn - Shark Feed!

This is one of the world’s best shark dives! Here you will have about 50 sharks swimming within meters of you. The main species are: grey reef sharks; white tip reef sharks; a family of silver tips and seasonal hammerheads. Fantastic photographic opportunity.

False Entrance - Coral Sea

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

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.

Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

No trip to this part of world is complete without a dive stop at the Cod Hole. Underwater photographers will love the opportunity to spend time capturing amazing images of the ‘small diver size’ potato cod, before exploring the shallow coral gardens. May even see a turtle or two.

Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs

We’ll also take you to the Snake Pit, one of the few places on the Great Barrier Reef where olive sea snakes are found. Sea Snakes are very curious and complacent, allowing the more adventurous photographer to get very close indeed! They are sometimes waiting for you at the surface.

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.

Photo Credits: Geri Murphy, Nancy Boucha, Damien Siviero and Mike Ball.

Shark Shooter Expedition: 4 Night Expedition: 7 -11 April 2016

Reef Tax $18
Fuel Levy $0

Shark Shooter Expedition: 7 Night Expedition: 7 - 14 April 2016

Reef Tax $18
Fuel Levy $0

Referral (PADI/SSI)$245
PADI Scuba Dive Upgrade$245
PADI Open Water Diver (3 Night Expeditions only)$395
PADI Advanced Diver$215
PADI Nitrox$325 or $200 Referral (incl 3 days free fills)
PADI Discover Scuba (Resort)1 free per day (conditions apply)
PADI Underwater Photography$250
PADI Underwater Naturalist$220
SDI Easy Nitrox$275 (incl 3 days free fills)
SDI Solo Diver$220
Photo Services
Camera Rentals & Extras
Canon G16$60/day
USB Stick - 8GB$12
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
Reg, Ocy, Gauges$15/day
Snorkel Gear$5/day
Safety Sausage (SMB)$10/trip
Cyalume Light Stick$2/each
Nautilus Lifeline GPSNo charge
All of the above$44/day
6cf Pony Bottle + Reg$15/day
15L (120cuf) Steel Bottle$25/day
Extra Charges
Reef Tax (to 31 March 2016)$18/trip
Reef Tax (from 1 April 2016 onwards)$20/trip
Sole OccupancyBerth cost + 70%
Fuel Levy - Standard Expeditions$0 (subject to change)
Fuel Levy - 7 Night Northern Reef Exploratories$44/pp (subject to change)
Personal Dive Guides$250/day (+ berth cost for guide) or $50/dive
Yongala Environment Charge$13.55/day
Nitrox Fills$75 for the 3 or 4 night/ $150 for a week
CoursesSee below
Photo ServicesSee below
Hire GearSee below
Bar Purchases
Hire Gear - Sizes
BCDAqualung Wave x5 sizes.
FinsTechnisub Stratos (full foot) x6 sizes.
Wetsuits5mm full length steamer. 6 male and 6 female sizes. Includes 3mm hood.
Non-diver10% (not applicable on Minke Whale expeditions)
Non-diving child (8-15 years)25%
VIP (Returning guest)5%
Airline Staff5%
Military and First Responders5%
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.

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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