Shark Shooter Expedition - Coral Sea
7 – 14 April 2016. Adventure liveaboard diving in the Coral Sea. Coaching by award winning underwater photographer Damien Siviero on how to get that iconic underwater shark shot.
- Buddy up with diver size fish at the Cod Hole.
- Overnight to the fabulous Osprey atoll in the Coral Sea.
- See spectacular big fish action in 30m plus viz.
- Coaching by award winning underwater photographer Damien Siviero.
- 3 shark attraction dives, 100’s of sharks.
- Witness the amazing Amphitheatre shark feeding frenzy.
- Drift the sensational West Wall with sharks.
- Explore the ‘Ribbon’s’ best fish & coral biodiversity sites.
- Amongst pristine corals at the Snake Pit and Table Tops look for foraging turtles and sea snakes.
- Find diverse critters and schooling pelagics at Pixies Pinnacle, Lighthouse & Steve’s Bommie.
Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard.
Enjoy sumptuous cuisine and a superb combination of diver conveniences, space & stability.
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.
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: 7 Night Expedition: 7 - 14 April 2016|
Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $0
|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|
|Camera Rentals & Extras|
|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|
|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|
|6cf Pony Bottle + Reg||$15/day|
|15L (120cuf) Steel Bottle||$25/day|
|Nitrox Fills||$75 for the 3 or 4 night/ $150 for a week|
|Reef Tax (to 31 March 2016)||$6/day|
|Reef Tax (from 1 April 2016 onwards)||$6.50/day|
|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.|
|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%|
|VIP (Returning guest)||5%|
|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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