Fly Dive Coral Sea

4 Nights / 14 Dives. Adventure liveaboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Australia. Appeals to advanced divers who are chasing clear water, plummeting walls and amazing shark action. Features an exciting shark feed dive. Divers should be comfortable in exposed sea conditions on deep walls.

The Fly Dive Coral Sea Itinerary varies to optimise the best prevailing weather conditions featuring:

Standard Itinerary:

  • All dives over 150 miles north of Cairns
  • The world famous Cod Hole with Diver-sized fish
  • Coral gardens and sea snakes at the Snake Pit
  • Big fish action in 40 meter visibility
  • Drift dive with reef sharks at North Horn,
  • Coral sea walls with 1,000m drop offs and huge soft corals
  • The amazing Amphitheatre shark dive

Fair Weather Itinerary:

  • Cruising 80 miles beyond the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore the offshore Atolls of Holmes, Bouganville & Osprey Reef
  • Big fish action in 40 meter visibility
  • Shark attraction dives at Holmes Reef (No visitation of Holmes reef on ‘Nautilus dive’ expeditions)
  • Amazing labyrinths and 1000m walls and huge soft corals
  • Dive the scattered remains of MV Antonio Tarabocchia
  • Drift dive with reef sharks at North Horn,
  • The amazing Amphitheatre shark dive


  • Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions,
  • A spectacular low-flying flight back to Cairns.

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 ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Spend the dive amongst shallow, sunlit coral gardens or venture deeper into the parallel gullies where huge Queensland groupers face into the current.

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

Cruise overnight Friday, venturing 75 miles northeast beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea. Awake to find yourself exploring plummeting reef walls in gin clear water at the Fairy Grotto. This dive site offers a great introduction to Osprey Reef with lots of small caverns and swim throughs.

Admiralty Anchor - 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, dog-tooth tuna, blue spot trevally, barracuda or bumphead parrotfish. Observe or be observed by the many shark species in the area.

False Entrance - 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.

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!

Returning to Cairns

End your epic diving adventure with a stunning, low-level flight from Lizard Island back to Cairns. Half of your 150 mile flight is at a very low 180 meters (600ft) and we provide detailed flight maps so you can anticipate the low altitude pass over Endeavour Reef where Captain Cook ran aground.

Bougainville Reef

Bougainville has something for everyone. Plummeting clear blue waters, giant Queensland Groupers, wall dives, drift dives and more. There’s a wreck to visit and canyons to explore. A remote reef which is rarely visited and awesome to see. Sites we will visit: Dungeons & Dragons, Southern Wall and Silver Slope.

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.

Sorry no dive site map yet.

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


Adventure Diving
Advanced Divers (not suitable for children or snorkelers)
Thursday 6pm - Trinity Wharf, Cairns
Monday 11am - Cairns
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