Turtle Spectacular - Far Northern Reefs
2017 Departure dates: 20 November.
7 Nights – 26 Dives. The best of the far northern Great Barrier Reef, 400 miles north of Cairns. Mega turtle action at Raine Is. & the historic Pandora Wreck of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame.
7 Night Far Northern Reefs Turtle Spectacular featuring:
- Spectacular low level Cairns to Lizard Island return flight.
- Ribbon Reefs – Buddy up with diver sized fish at the Cod Hole. Drift dive through Dynamite Pass.
- Tijou – Overnight cruise. New big animal site. The upwelling currents attract schooling pelagics. Anticipate mantas at the Mantopia cleaning station.
- Great Detached – renowned for big fans, soft corals & pelagics.
- Raine Island– World’s largest green turtle rookery. Tiger sharks are attracted to the nesting turtles.
- Pandora wreck– 1871, sank with loss of 34 crew & mutineers from HMS Bounty. A dive into history like no other!
- Three Reefs – Explore pristine dive sites teeming with life, photograph huge red & yellow soft corals.
- Small Detached – Exotic growth covers undersea cliffs patrolled by reef sharks & potato cod.
7 Night Turtle Spectacular
This trip is suitable for advanced recreational and technical divers alike. Diving support includes nitrox, solo diving pony bottle rigs and rebreather service and consumables. Visit the best sites on the Ribbon Reefs, before continuing north on a 7 night adventure to the Torres Straits. A unique diving adventure.
What awaits you?
A rare collection of remote reefs most divers can only dream about! Imagine sheer walls plummeting to depths of over 600m encrusted with sponges, whip corals, fans and more. Reefs such as Tijou, Three Reefs and The Detached Reefs, teem with fish life that will satisfy the most fastidious of photographers.
Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs
One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits at the Cod Hole. Swim with incredibly inquisitive ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Tidal currents ensure the coral growth here is very diverse. The Cod Hole’s Shark Alley is a great place to see sleeping white tips in the sand and the occasional grey reef shark.
A diver’s paradise, Tijou offers wall dives and drift dives. The outer wall drops off to 90m is covered in hard and soft corals. Watch out for large schools of pelagic fish and many species of shark, including grey and silvertip.
This has been a Green Turtle nesting site for over 1,000 years. Each year hundreds and thousands of them return to lay their eggs in the warm sands. The island is not accessible to the public, but the reefs around are excellent for diving. As well as turtles, there’s lots of sharks.
The Detached Reefs
With 46km of edge, this is sometimes called the Great Detached Reef and it’s home to masses of marine life, great and small. Dive sites include ‘Shark City’ and ‘Manta Wall’, giving an indication of just some of the critters you’ll find here.
HMS Pandora is a dive into history like no other. This Royal Navy ship sank in 1791 in 33m with the loss of 34 crew, plus mutineers from HMS Bounty. The centre piece is a huge photogenic anchor.
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.
|7 Night Turtle Spectacular – Far Northern Reefs 2017|
Cairns to Lizard Island Flight Levy $150
Reef Tax $6.50/day
|7 Night Turtle Spectacular – Far Northern Reefs 2018|
Cairns to Lizard Island Flight Levy $150
Reef Tax $6.50/day
|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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