Coral Sea Safari Old

7 Nights / Unlimited Dives. An amazing liveaboard dive trip incorporating the best of the Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea. Appeals to divers who want to explore colourful coral gardens, swim with giant potato cod, drift along coral walls with 1,000m drop offs and participate in an exciting shark feed dive!

A combination of the best of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea featuring:

  • Prime Ribbon Reef sites,
  • Diver size fish at the Cod Hole,
  • Best fish & coral biodiversity,
  • Exploration of Lizard Island,
  • Outstanding marine life biodiversity,
  • All dives over 100 miles north of Cairns,
  • Plummeting Coral Sea wall dives in gin clear water,
  • Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea,
  • Amazing amphitheatre shark dive,
  • Schooling trevally and barracuda in the Coral Sea,
  • Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions.

What awaits you?

As the sun sets over the coastal port city of Cairns, you’ll board Mike Ball’s Spoilsport to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise northward overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.

Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits you at the Cod Hole, where you’ll swim with incredibly inquisitive ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Also a great site to check out white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand, the occasional grey reef shark and if you’re lucky, sometimes a hammerhead.

Snake Pit

An isolated platform reef shoaling up to form a number of deep coral bommies festooned with multi coloured crinoids. Olive sea snakes are commonly found and are both very curious and very complacent, allowing the more adventurous diver and photographer to get very close indeed! It is also common to sight a variety of ray species, cuttlefish and turtles.

Fairy Grotto - Coral Sea

Traveling overnight Friday, we venture northeast 75 miles beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea. Here we find plummeting walls in gin clear water. Fairy Grotto is a great introduction to Osprey Reef with lots of small caverns and swim throughs, and a wall that plummets away to 1,000 meters.

Admiralty Anchor - Coral Sea

Fantastic colors, corals and pelagics. Glide past huge black coral trees, giant feathery (yellow, white, pink) soft corals, golden fans and red whips housed along the plummeting walls. Swim amongst schools of giant trevally, dog-tooth tuna, blue spot trevally, barracuda or bumphead parrotfish. A great site.

False Entrance - Coral Sea

Schooling trevally & barracuda in the Coral Sea! The dive at False Entrance is not to be missed. Colorful gorgonian fans, whips and soft corals flourish beneath the reef undercuts, while the tops are encrusted with hard corals. The resident schooling big eye trevally and barracudas make for a great photo opportunity.

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!

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.

Lighthouse Bommie - Ribbon Reefs

During minke whale season (June to August) this is one of the best spots to see these magnificent creatures. At any other time, watch out for the resident Green Turtle, usually seen resting on a shelf at around 12m and the big schools of brightly coloured yellow and blue snapper.

Goggle Gardens & Vertical Gardens

Goggle Gardens is a diverse site requiring more than one dive; spectacular coral formations rise from the depths of the ancient ‘starky river’ adorning walls, bommies and sandy flats to the reef edge crevasses. Vertical Gardens is only accessible on a handful of days every year: this dive site is home to a herd of large green bump head parrotfish.

Steve’s Bommie

On the final day, you will find yourself at one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most popular sites, Steve’s Bommie. Schooling trevally, barracuda and large mackerel hang in the current, reef sharks patrol in the depths, fantastic coral and a huge diversity of reef fish surround the top of the site. A photographer’s dream!

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.

All itinerary details are subject to change, specific marine life cannot be guaranteed.

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

April 2015 – March 2016

Reef Tax $18
Fuel Levy $0

April 2016 – March 2017

Reef Tax $18
Fuel Levy $0

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
Photo Services
Camera Rentals & Extras
Canon GX7 MK2$50/day
USB Stick - 8GB$12
USB Stick - 32GB$25
Holiday Video & Photos
Standard Holiday Video$80
Standard Holiday Photos (+ 'Best of')$50
Purchase of second set of video or photos1/2 price
Personalized Video & Photos
Private Shark Shooter Dive (Coral Sea only)$75pp
Personalized Holiday Video$250 (Max 4 people)
Personal Holiday Photographs$100
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
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
Extra Charges
Reef Tax$6.50/day (max 3 days)
Sole OccupancyBerth cost + 70%
Fuel Levy - Standard Expeditions$0 (subject to change)
Fuel Levy - 7 Night Far North Coral Sea Exploratories$44/pp (subject to change)
Turtle Spectacular Flight Levy (Cairns - Lizard Island)$150
Yongala Environment Charge$13.55/day
Private Shark Shoot (Coral Sea expeditions only)$75pp
Personal Dive Guides$250/day (+ berth cost for guide) or $50/dive.
Nitrox Fills$75 for the 3 or 4 night/ $150 for a week
Special Catering Admin Fee$30/trip
Bar and Ship Shop PurchasesVariable
Hire Gear - Sizes
BCDAqualung Wave x5 sizes.
FinsTechnisub Stratos (full foot) x6 sizes. We recommend wearing sturdy or neoprene socks with full foot fins.
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% (10% during Minke Whale season)
Global Shark Diving5% (must quote card number)
Airline Staff5%
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


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