Compare Expeditions

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has liveaboard trips to suit divers of all experience levels. Find out which expedition suits you, your itinerary and skill level at a glance, by looking at the below table. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.


Mike Ball Comparison Table
Fly Dive Cod Hole Fly Dive Coral Sea Coral Sea Safari
Nights / Dives 3 Nights
12 Dives
4 Nights
14 Dives
7 Nights
26 Dives
Departure Monday 7am Thursday 6pm Thursday 6pm
Returns Thursday 8am Monday 11:30am Thursday 8am
Depths 0 - 30m 0 - 40m 0 - 40m
Average Visibility 25m - Cod Hole 35m - Osprey Reef 25m - 35m Great Barrier Reef / Coral Sea
Experience Level Snorkelers to advanced Advanced, or 10 logged ocean dives including 5 in last 12 months Minimum - Open Water
(recommend Advanced)
Dive Region Great Barrier Reef Standard Itinerary: Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef
Fair weather itinerary: Coral Sea only (no Great Barrier Reef)
Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef
Dive Summary Enjoy amazing biodiversity on the pinnacles and coral gardens of the Ribbon Reefs. See schools of reef fish, reef sharks, rays and critters such as octopus, stone fish, scorpion fish and much more. Swim with diver size potato cod. Dive walls that plummet to around 1000m in 35m visibility. Great for pelagic fish life, fans, soft and hard corals and reef fish. Combines the walls and pelagics of the Coral Sea with the fantastic biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef.
Shark Dives Sharks are commonly seen but rarely at close range. 2-3 shark attraction dives - shark feed; passive shark attraction & private shark shoot. 100's of sharks. 2-3 shark attraction dives - shark feed; passive shark attraction & private shark shoot. 100's of sharks.
Suitable for Snorkel Yes. No Yes. Days 4, 5 & 6 are suitable for snorkeling.
Cruise Conditions Protected inside Great Barrier Reef Exposed outside Great Barrier Reef Exposed outside Great Barrier Reef
Distance by Vessel 150 nautical miles 300 nautical miles 450 nautical miles
Fly Dive Includes low level scenic flight Cairns to Lizard Island Includes low level scenic flight Lizard Island to Cairns No Flight included
Luggage Allowance 25kg per person
3 kg carry-on or 10 kg for professional photo/video housed systems.

Excess luggage may be left at MBDE office. MBDE takes care but not liability.
25kg per person
3 kg carry-on or 10 kg for professional photo/video housed systems.

Excess luggage may be left at MBDE office. MBDE takes care but not liability.
25kg per bag. Multiple bags allowed.



Excess luggage may be left at MBDE office. MBDE takes care but not liability.
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