Far North Coral Sea Exploratory - Bougainville, Osprey; Tijou Reef & the Ribbon Reefs

2018 Departure dates: 6 September | 4 October | 20 December.
7 Nights – 28 Dives. This 650 mile expedition explores three unique regions: Remote Coral Sea; the Far Northern Reefs & the superb Ribbon Reefs.

7 Night Far North Exploratory featuring:

  • Bougainville Spectacular big fish action at Crystal Plateau.
    Explore the Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns.
    Dive the scattered remains of MV Antonio Tarabocchia.
  • Osprey 2-3 shark attraction dives, see 100’s of sharks.
    Includes Passive Attraction, Shark Feed & Private Shark Shoot.
    Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance
  • Far Northern Reefs Tijou, Cat, Mambo #5 & Aladdin’s Cave.
    The upwelling currents attract schooling pelagics including:
    trevally, barracuda, mackerel, patrolling tuna & sharks.
    Mantas, mobula & eagle rays cruise the Continental Shelf.
    Photograph huge yellow & red soft corals on the deep walls.
  • Ribbon Reefs Explore the Ribbons best fish & coral sites.
    Buddy up with diver size fish at the Cod Hole.
    Night dive with moray eels, giant trevally & sharks at Gotham City.
    Find the Great Barrier Reef’s largest clam at the Clam Beds.
    Diverse critters & pelagics at Lighthouse, Pixie Pinnacle & Steve’s Bommie.



MV Antonio Tarabocchia - Coral Sea

This cargo ship struck the Reef in 1961. The scattered remains include a huge engine block and propeller which now lie on the gentle sloping terraces of the reef. The clear water, strewn wreckage and abundant fish life, including resident potato cod, make fantastic diving.

Admiralty Anchor - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

Named after an anchor lodged midway through a tunnel that makes for an exciting swim through. A maze of huge towering bommies are home to plenty of fish and a delight to explore. Below them a sheer wall attracts sharks and occasionally manta rays.

North Horn - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

Welcome to shark central!  Watch a controlled shark feed with 10-30 grey reef, white-tip reef, silver tip sharks.  Keen photographers will have the opportunity to do a private shark shoot dive with limited numbers of divers, ensuring fantastic, clean and up close photos.

TMO (Three Mile Opening)

Explore the stunning coral gardens and alleyways created by a field of bommies.  There is a huge variety of hard corals plus tonnes of fish life including bump headed parrotfish, eagle rays, sharks, turtles and other reef fish.

Tijou / Cat Reefs

Exciting diving on walls buzzing with barracuda, rays, sharks and turtles and covered with fans and whips.  The coral here will amaze too with Pussy Galore being especially beautiful.  Explore the walls around Catchers Mitt, cut with gullies and full of fish and hard corals.

Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

The Cod Hole is famous for its diver-sized potato cod. These fish are incredibly inquisitive and don’t mind getting very chummy with divers. A great opportunity to capture photographs of these characters or a simply hang out and enjoy their company.

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.

Expedition prices, per person in Australian dollars.

Far North Coral Sea Exploratory: 7 Night Expedition (April 2018 - March 2019)
CabinPrice
Premium$5578
Standard$5124
Club$4476
Budget$3815

Reef Tax $6.50/day
Fuel Levy $44 per person.

Rates include:

  • Accommodation in twin/double cabins
  • Delicious meals & snacks, complimentary soft drinks and wine with dinner
  • Tanks, air fills and weight belt
  • Daily cabin service
  • Reef ecology programme
  • Dive computer workshop
  • Transfer to the airport or Cairns hotel after your expedition
  • Vivid Pix digital photo editing software workshop

Please note that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority requires us to collect an Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 per day spent on the Great Barrier Reef.  This amount will be added to your bar bill at the end of your expedition.

Click on the links here for extras such as dive courses, photo services and gear hire, plus discounts available.

Premium – queen or double bed, private bathroom, sea view
Standard – twin beds, private bathroom, sea view
Club – twin bunk beds, private bathroom, no sea view
Budget – twin bunk beds, share bathroom, no sea view

Itinerary

Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions.

Thursday:  

  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm.
  • From 4.00 pm:  Make your own way to Mondos Café, Bar & Grill (200m from MBDE office) to meet your fellow passengers.  Please note that dinner is not provided on the first evening so you may wish to eat before boarding.
  • 5.50 pm: Our crew will lead you from Mondos to board Spoilsport.  Enjoy a glass of champagne and light snacks while your Trip Director provides a full briefing.
  • 6.00 pm:  Spoilsport departs Cairns.
  • Time to organise any rental equipment and put your dive gear together on the dive deck.

Friday4 dives + night dive, Remote Coral Sea
Where:
Bougainville: Dungeons & Dragons; Crystal Plateau; MV Antonio Tarabocchia.

Below is a “typical day” however exact times may vary.

  • 6.30 am: Wake up call, light breakfast available in dining room
  • 7:00 am: Dive brief & diving commences
  • 9.00 am: Full cooked Breakfast
  • 10.30 am: Dive brief & diving. “Open decks” accommodate 1-2 dives either am or pm
  • 2.00 pm: Lunch
  • 3.30 pm: Dive brief & diving
  • 4:30 pm: Afternoon Tea
  • 6:30 pm: Night dive brief & dive
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner

Saturday: 4 dives, Remote Coral Sea
Where: Osprey: Admiralty; False Entrance; North Horn.

Sunday: 4 dives + night dive, Far Northern Reefs
Where: Tijou & Cat Reef: Catchers Mitt; Pussy Galore.

Monday: 4 dives + night dive, Far Northern Reefs
Where: TMO (Three Mile Opening); Mambo#5; Aladins Cave.

Tuesday: 4 dives + night dive, Ribbon Reefs
Where: Cod Hole; Pixie Pinnacle; Gotham City.

Wednesday: 4 dives, Ribbon Reefs
Where: Cracker Jack; Clam Beds; Steve’s Bommie.

  • As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for a final farewell party!
  • Overnight cruise to Cairns

Thursday:

  • 7.00 am:  Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am:  Disembark and courtesy transfer to Cairns inner city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight.

Important:

  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Wednesday).
Summary
Coral Sea and Northern Great Barrier Reef
Experience
OWD to Advanced
Embark
Thursday 6pm – Trinity Wharf, Cairns
Disembark
Thursday 8am – Trinity Wharf, Cairns
Contact UsSecure your spotClick here »Check AvailabilityWhen can I diveClick here »Latest OffersDiscover our latest offersClick here »

More Information

Compare ExpeditionsWhich expedition best suits you!Click here to read »