Shark Shooter Expedition - Coral Sea

2017 Departure dates: 6 April.

4 & 7 Nights – 28 Dives. Adventure liveaboard diving in the Coral Sea with Great Barrier Reef marine biodiversity. Coaching by award winning underwater photographer Damien Siviero on how to get that iconic shark shot.

Fair Weather Itinerary (Max out on viz, pelagics & sharks):

  • Daily workshops with award winning photographer Damien Siviero.
  • 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 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 – Big fish action in 40 meter visibility.
    Photograph the rare and ancient Osprey nautilus.
    Shark attraction dives. 100’s of sharks.
    Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
    Witness the amazing Amphitheatre shark frenzy.
  • 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 Standard Itinerary:

  • Daily workshops with award winning photographer Damien Siviero.
  • Cod Hole – Buddy up with diver size cod.
  • Osprey – Big fish action in 40 meter visibility.
    Photograph the rare and ancient Osprey nautilus.
    Shark attraction dives. 100’s of sharks.
    Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
    Witness the amazing Amphitheatre shark frenzy.
  • 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.

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



Shark Shooter Expedition

At Mike Ball we love sharks, so of course we aren’t shooting them! This expedition is a must-do for divers with a passion for underwater photography and sharks. Weather permitting, Coral Sea atolls of Holmes, Bougainville and Osprey.

Getting that iconic Shark Shot

Daily shark photography workshops by renowned shark shooter 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.

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.

Nonki Bommie - Holmes Reef - Coral Sea

Nonki bommie thrusts to the surface from 35 meters with a big crack in the middle. The canyon in the middle is decorated with golden gorgonian fans plus giant yellow and red sponges. In the distance sharks circle the bommie to complete the recipe for an amazing dive.

A. Tarabocchia - Bougainville Reef - Coral Sea

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.

Nautilus Capture & Release - Osprey Reef

In association with Central Queensland university guests have the rare opportunity to observe, photograph and dive with these deep sea creatures.

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.

Admiralty Anchor - Osprey Reef - 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 - 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!

North Horn - Shark Feed! - Osprey Reef

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.

Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

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.

Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

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.

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.

Steve's Bommie - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

Steve’s Bommie is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s best and most popular sites. 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.

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.

 

Shark Shooter Expedition: 7 Night Expedition: 7 - 14 April 2016
CabinPrice
Premium$5362
Standard$4878
Club$4219
Budget$3596

Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0

Courses
ItemCost
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
ItemCost
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
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
13cf Pony Bottle + Reg$15/day
15L (120cuf) 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.
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%
VIP (Returning guest)5%
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
Adventure Diving. Shark Encounters
Experience
OWD to Advanced
Embark
Thursday 6pm - Trinity Wharf, Cairns
Disembark
Thursday 8am - Trinity Wharf, Cairns
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