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1 - 5 June 2017
4 Night - FLY DIVE CORAL SEA EXPEDITION
- GF


Conditions Report

Visibility

20m / 66ft

Water temperature

26°C / 79°F




Guest Reviews

Christine McKeiver - United States

Gotham City night dive was my first night dive & boy was it epic! Also loved Cracker Jack & Steve's Bommie.

Steven Furlong - Australia

Third time on Mike Ball & staff always excellent. Special mention to Darren the Chef.

Courtney Sikora - United States

Coral Kingdom! It was so colourful! Exactly what you picture diving to be on the Great Barrier Reef. Once in a lifetime experience!




5 - 8 June 2017
3 Night - FLY DIVE COD HOLE EXPEDITION
- GF


Conditions Report

Visibility

20m / 66ft

Water temperature

26°C / 79°F




Guest Reviews

Clive Lam - Australia

Very comfortable & spacious, great food, helpful crew & enjoyed the ability to explore at own pace.

Eric Krejci - United States

Diving the Bommie sites was incredible, spiraling up through the different types of life was beautiful.

Jennifer Mills - United Kingdom

Dive highlights were seeing dolphins, minkes, sharks, sea snakes & the the team onboard making sure I had the best experience.




8 - 12 June 2016
4 Night - FLY DIVE MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION
- JS


Conditions Report

Visibility

30m / 98ft

Water temperature

24°C / 75°F




Guest Reviews

Ken Stegall - Australia

Minke whale experience is so unique, food & accommodation are excellent. Lighthouse & Steve's Bommie are very beautiful.

Meizi Zhu - China

There are so many whales! Food is awesome! Staff are super nice! Thanks everyone!

Sarah Oberholtzer - United States

My first liveaboard & I know I will be back to Mike Ball. My first experience on the GBR couldn't have been spent better with anyone else.


Minke Spectacular!

From the dive deck, Kiana Saltarelli, 8-15 June


Minke season started with a bang! We had twelve sightings this week and guests had up to seven encounters; the longest lasting three hours! They put on a spectacular show, with several belly presentations, spy-hops and some motor boating. A curious cod sat in on the orientation skills at the Cod Hole, while three marble rays thrilled divers at Gotham City.



12 - 15 June 2016
3 Night - FLY DIVE MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION
- JS


Conditions Report

Visibility

35m / 115ft

Water temperature

24°C / 75°F




Guest Reviews

Liam Osborne - Australia

Love the liveaboard feel. Spending a few days with people from all different walks of life sharing the same enthusiasim.

Katie Osborne - Australia

Biodiversity was amazing! Seeing whales, sharks, eels... The group & staff were all so much fun.

Izabela Sajdok - Australia

Diving sites & service on Spoilsport was incredible. Also seeing whales was a life experience.





15 - 19 June 2016
4 Night - FLY DIVE MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION
- GF


Conditions Report

Visibility

20m / 66ft

Water temperature

24°C / 75°F




Guest Reviews

Stan Kenton - Australia

The whole experience was above our expectations. The staff extremely friendly & professional. Highlight without a doubt were the minke whale encounters.

Lauren Harrell - United States

Everything about this trip was fantastic! The crew professional & fun, dive sites great, food superb. The minke whale experience was incredible.

Katie Marcar - New Zealand

The staff were great. We swam with minke whales, absolutely incredible! Dived with turtles, nudibranchs & the coral was fantastic.


All about the Minkes

From the dive deck, Jelle Kolet, 15-22 June


For all the guests on board Spoilsport this trip has been a once in a lifetime experience. During this expedition the Minke whale interactions have been incredible. Up to 20 whales at one time making close passes and breaching directly next to exhilarated guests. Having these large marine mammals looking you in the eye is an indescribable special experience.



19 - 22 June 2017
3 Night - FLY DIVE MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION
- GF


Conditions Report

Visibility

30m / 98ft

Water temperature

24°C / 75°F




Guest Reviews

Scott Atwood - United States

The crew warm, friendly, knowledgeable & helpful. The peak of lifetime experiences were the absolutely amazing minke whale encounters!

Bruce Hendry - Australia

Minke whale encounters were an overload of my senses!

Nicole Smelson - United States

Everything was amazing & exceeded all expectations. Could not have been better!




22 - 26 June 2017
4 Night - FLY DIVE MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION
- GF


Conditions Report

Visibility

25m / 82ft

Water temperature

25°C / 77°F




Guest Reviews

Sarah Schmidt - United States

Minke came super close! Incredible diving & loved party night with the singing.

Carly Magier - United States

Amazing whale experiences! The whales kept on coming unbelievably breathtaking! The crew were wonderful & helpful.

Sam Hanzalik - Australia

Customer service without a doubt the best I've ever come across!


Minke season is going strong!

From the dive deck, Kiana Saltarelli, 22-29 June


Minke season continued its magic this week; guests were surrounded with more than ten minke whales at one time! In water encounters got as close as a metre, including belly presentations and bubble blasts. They were even spotted breaching from the deck of Spoilsport! An octopus and cod became hunting buddies at Lighthouse Bommie, while turtles made multiple appearances during dives.



26 - 29 June 2017
3 Night - FLY DIVE MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION
- GF


Conditions Report

Visibility

30m / 98ft

Water temperature

25°C / 77°F




Guest Reviews

Suzy Claxton - Australia

The whales were an epic experience! Such a diverse range of marine life on the different dive sites.

Mimi Raleigh - United States

I don't dive but the minke encounters definitely took the cake! Dive staff did an excellent job of making sure everyone had an awesome time.

Cornelia Szustka - United States

Minke whale encounters. The crew and everything in between. Again I fell in love with the minke whales.




29 June - 3 July 2017
4 Night - FLY DIVE MINKE WHALE EXPEDITION
- JS


Conditions Report

Visibility

20m / 66ft

Water temperature

24°C / 75°F




Guest Reviews

Brian Fanning - USA

We had multiple minke whale encounters. The huge turtles and minkes we encountered at Snake Pit were a highlight.

Ellie Hunt - Australia

I wasn't expecting the vibrancy of the coral given the bleaching reports. Amazing wildlife - minkes; sharks; turtles; snakes; cuttlefish, etc.

Laura Schick - USA

Interacting with the minkes and learning about them directly from Dr Alastair Birtles was awesome. The crew genuinely cared about providing a positive experience.


75 Whales!

From the dive deck, Jelle Kolet, 29 June - 3 July


Dr Alastair Birtles of the Minke Whale Project enthralled the guests with his minke presentations. The minkes were attracted also as 75 unique whales were recorded by ecstatic divers and snorkelers during 26.36hrs over the expedition. Steve’s Bommie was once again the most popular dive site.



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