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Mike Ball – Spoilsport: 7 Night – Coral Sea Safari

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7-Night Cod Hole & Coral Sea Dive Expedition. Steve's Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Osprey Reef Shark Dive!

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Mike Ball – Spoilsport: 7 Night – Coral Sea Safari

Tour Type: 7 Day / 7 Night Trips | Operates: Weekly | Departs: Thursday 6pm | Returns: Thursday 8am | Transfers:


7-Night Cod Hole & Coral Sea Dive Expedition. Steve's Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Osprey Reef Shark Dive!

Certified Scuba Diving:  Yes, Advanced Dive Certification Required All Snorkel Gear: Yes, Snorkel, Fins, Mask and Life Jackets
Meals: Yes, Hot & Cold Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner! Guided Dives: No, But there will be instructors in the water on every dive. The crew give fantastic dive briefings!
Hot Showers and Toilets:  All Cabins Have Private Bathrooms Except Budget Cabins Full Dive Gear: Yes, Extra Cost See Price List
Underwater Photographer Friendly: Yes, Camera Bucket and Camera Area Available Outer Reef: Yes Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef Shark Dive

2024 Departure dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 January | 2, 9, 16, 23 | 1 August | 12, 26 September | 3, 31 October | 12 December
2025 Departure dates: 2, 9, 16, 23 January

A scuba divers paradise! Departing Cairns at 6:00 pm on Thursdays and returning to Cairns at 8:00 am Thursdays. One week (7-Nights) was spent exploring everything from the depths of Osprey Reef on the Coral Sea, with its 1,000m wall drop-offs and amazing visibility, to the very best of the Great Barrier Reef on the far northern Ribbon Reefs.

Expedition Highlights

7 Night Coral Sea Safari featuring:

  • Coral Sea: The azure and fathomless water of the Coral Sea is the playground for sharks and big fish action in exceptional visibility. Huge soft coral trees and sea fans will impress.
    Coral Sea Dive Sites
  • Ribbon Reefs: The potato cod grouper at the Cod Hole are a highlight, however it is the rich biodiversity of fish species and coral that make this section of the Great Barrier Reef so incredible. Ribbon Reef Dive Sites
  • Lizard Island: Mid expedition our staff invite you on a short excursion to Lizard Island. Step back in time at the ruins of Mrs Watsons Cottage; walk through the mangrove swamp on a boardwalk and a stroll up Chinaman’s Ridge yields magnificent views of the island and reefs below.

Get Spoilt

Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard.
Enjoy sumptuous cuisine and a superb combination of diver conveniences, space & stability.

The most reliable Coral Sea access is September to January. Spoilsport’s favourite dive locations from the Fly Dive Cod Hole and Fly Dive Coral Sea Itineraries will be selected should weather force an itinerary change.

This dive expedition can only be done on a liveaboard trip and due to the distances involved, one week is required to ensure you enjoy maximum dive time, balanced against the travel time. What can you expect to see scuba diving this area? A little of everything: more reef sharks than you can handle (The North Horn Shark Dive is spectacular), giant potato cod, schools of trevally, schools of barracuda, swarms of basslets, giant clams, sea turtles, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, flame file shells, sea turtles and much, much more.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are world famous, they provide a 7-days / 7-night dive adventure, departing Cairns every Thursday. This 7-Night dive trip does involve some remote area diving, the dive locations and dive safety are paramount: this trip is recommended for those with advanced certification. All divers are fitted with a Nautilus Lifeline a small GPS location device. This is stored in your BCD pocket.

Mike Ball’s boat Spoilsport is the only Cairns liveaboard dive boat to offer solo scuba diving and rebreather services (for more information on this, please see the diving tab below). The tour price includes Cairns city hotel transfers and seven nights accommodation, all chef prepared meals, and bed linen on Spoilsport. Diving equipment hire is an extra cost. You can hire individual components or full dive gear (i.e. BCD, Regs, Snorkel, Fins, Mask, Dive Computer, and Wetsuit). Just make a note in the comments section of the booking form if you require this.

Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded, liveaboard dive boat. This 30m twin-hull vessel takes a maximum of 28 guests, accommodated in 14 cabins which are serviced daily and configured to suit a range of budget and dive itinerary options.

Located over three levels Spoil Sport offers an air-conditioned spacious lounge, saloon, and outdoor sundeck to relax between dives. Grab a cold drink at the bar and relax in comfort. All meals are provided by Mike Balls permanent full-time chef. Crew to guest ratio is 12 Crew to 28 Guests.

Having trouble figuring out the room arrangments on Mike Ball? See below:

Premium Rooms:
Have a 1 x Queen Bed or 1 x Double Bed with private bathroom and Premium Ocean Views.

Standard Rooms:
Have low-level Twin Beds (2 x Single Beds) with private bathroom and Ocean Views.

Club Rooms:
Twin Bunk Beds, (2 x Single Beds) 1 bed on top and 1 bed below with private bathroom.

Budget Rooms:
Have Bunks Beds, (2 x Single Beds) 1 bed on top and 1 bed below with a shared bathroom outside the room in the hall.

Click here to Download the Mike Ball Room Layout and Vessel Specification Guide.



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Adult Premium CabinCertified Diver26$6,369.00-$6,369.00
Adult Standard CabinCertified Diver26$5,851.00-$5,851.00
Adult Club CabinCertified Diver26$5,111.00-$5,111.00
Adult BudgetCertified Diver26$4,355.00-$4,355.00
PADI Advanced CourseDive Course- $280.00-$280.00
PADI Nitrox CourseDive Course-$310.00-$310.00
Full Dive Gear HireDive Gear-$44 per day-$44 per day
Nitrox Tank FillsNitrox Tank Fills-$25 per day=$25 per day



Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions.


  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • From 4.30 pm:  Make your own way to meet your fellow passengers. The meeting point for boarding is at 5:30pm, further details will be given at check-in.  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 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.

Friday:  (4 dives + night dive) This is a sample of a ‘typical day’, however exact times may vary to optimise the prevailing weather conditions on the day.

  • 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 + night dive)

  • As per above.

Sunday: (4 dives)

  • As per above, however all diving is finished by 5pm. Spoilsport moors off Lizard Island for the evening.
  • As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for an Aussie BBQ party night. Don’t forget to wear your loudest tropical shirt or dress and sing along to music played by our talented crew.

Monday:  (2 dives + night dive)

  • 7:00 am:  Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am:  Bid farewell to passengers doing the 4 night Fly Dive Coral Sea Expedition who will disembark here.
  • 8:00 am:  Stay onboard or take a tender over to Lizard Island to stretch your legs and explore a little of this beautiful island.
  • 11:00 am:  New passengers join us here.  Drinks and light snacks provided.
  • 12:45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 2:00 pm:  Lunch
  • 3:45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 4:45 pm:  Afternoon tea
  • 6:00 pm:  Dive brief and night dive
  • 8:00 pm:  Dinner

Tuesday: (4 dives + night dive)

  • As per Friday, above.

Wednesday: (4 dives)

  • As per above. Exit last dive 5pm.
  • As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for a final farewell party!
  • Overnight cruise to Cairns


  • 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.


  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Wednesday).


This trip is recommended to advanced certified divers: open water certification is a minimum requirement, but please note that some of the Coral Sea reef sites do not even start until 18m beneath the surface.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions does allow solo diving, but only for divers with a Solo Certification (you can complete one of these on board, but must have an Advanced Certification and evidence of at least 100 logged dives).

Scuba divers traveling on their own will be paired up with other divers on board, who have similar experience/skill levels.

The Coral Sea dive sites have 1,000m wall drop-offs. In regards to maximum dive depths on Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, depth guidelines are based on individual diver experience and industry standards. The maximum depth, for divers with appropriate certification and experience, is 40m. Dives in excess of 40 meters (132ft) to a maximum of 50 meters (165ft) can only be undertaken by divers with a minimum experience of 100 dives with 25 deeper than 30 meters (100ft) including one to a depth within 3 meters of dive being undertaken.

Dive safety is paramount on these trips, especially given the remote location of some of these reef sites. There is no reverse profiling. There are no set limits on dive time: although divers must return to the boat with a minimum of 50 bar of air left in their tanks.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has an open dive deck policy, allowing you to dive as much, or as little, as you like. Most certified divers will do up to five (5) dives per day (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon plus a night dive). On a normal itinerary, Spoilsport will visit up to three (3) different dive sites per day.

Diving equipment is not included in the tour price. You are welcome to bring your own or hire it on the boat ($44 per day full dive equipment rental). All divers are required to use a Nautilus Lifeline GPS (these are included). Extras include Nitrox and the choice to participate in some dive courses (PADI Advanced or Nitrox).

Certified divers can enjoy up to 26 dives on this trip: you do not have to do all of the dives, do as many or as few as you like.

Certified divers will be required to show evidence of their certification: through current dive licenses and log books. All divers will be required to sign a Waiver Release and Indemnity Deed on board the boat. You will also be required to complete dive medical paperwork on board.

Some of the reef sites you may visit on this trip all pending weather conditions:

Crystal Plateau – Bougainville Reef – Coral Sea

The reef top descends to a spectacular terrace of hard corals at 20-30m before edging over into an abyss hundreds of meters deep. Sea fans and soft corals adorn the reef wall where sharks also patrol.

Dungeons & Dragons – Bougainville Reef – Coral Sea

The reef top here is cut with an incredible maze of caves, tunnels, and swim-throughs – great to poke around to discover fish and other critters.  Or venture beyond the shallows to a wall descending to around 1000m, where you can find sharks and barracuda.

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, and silver-tip sharks.

False Entrance – Osprey Reef – Coral Sea

This site never disappoints with exciting fish action alongside colorful Gorgonian fans, whips, and soft corals. Resident barracuda and schooling big eye trevally make for great photo opportunities, and keep an eye out for cruising hammerheads out in the blue.

Lizard Island

Mid-expedition we moor off Lizard Island, saying goodbye to some guests and welcoming new ones. You will have a few hours to relax on the beach, go for a swim or climb the hill to Chinaman’s Ridge for a view.  One of our crew members will show you around.

Cod Hole – Ribbon Reefs – Great Barrier Reef

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 magnificent characters or simply hang out and enjoy their company.

Pixie Pinnacle – Ribbon Reefs – GBR

An exciting pinnacle dive, draped in soft corals and absolutely heaving with fish life.  Spiral your way up the pinnacle and search for interesting critters such as the flame file clam, or ‘disco clam’, named for the flashing light that appears to pulse along its mantle.

Coral Kingdom – Ribbon Reefs – GBR

A fantastic coral dive with vast beds of staghorn and other varieties, and dotted with colourful giant clams.  Bump-headed parrotfish and inquisitive barracuda cruise the site along with schools of other reef fish.

Steve’s Bommie – Ribbon Reefs – GBR

Steve’s Bommie is a photographer’s dream with an incredible quantity of diverse marine life. Hunt out such creatures as stonefish, scorpionfish, octopus, clown anemone fish, and turtles, not to mention the many schools of fish that call this place home.



Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are just that, dive trips. However, snorkelers and non-diving partners are more than welcome to join in. Please note that the Coral Sea does not really have any suitable snorkel sites, although some snorkelling may be enjoyed on the Ribbon Reefs. Discounts apply for snorkelers: contact us for more information on prices.

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Awsome diving at Great Barrier Reef
By: Tommy Norgren
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 4 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 4 out of 5
Overall Rating - 4 out of 5

Travelled on: 09/05/2013

It was my first time down at the great barrier reef and I just loved it! The promised me Turtles, Rays, Sharks and much more and I saw it all. Unfortunately we could not head out to Osprey Reef which is where the majority of the sharks would have been due to bad weather (happens once or twice a year), but the backup plan was…

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Just spectacular! Some of the best diving I have ever done! The shark feed is a real eye-opener and some of my best photos and video from the trip. The crew is fantastic with wonderful chef-prepared meals.

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Tour Notes:

Remember to try any form of scuba diving everyone needs to be medically fit with no asthma and not be taking any prescription medication. PADI recommends allowing up to 24 hours after diving before flying in an airplane. Some tour operators have a no refund policy for any dives not completed for whatever reason. Please note the art of freediving is not permitted on any of the day boats or liveaboard dive boats from Cairns & Port Douglas. With the high instances of (shallow water blackout) companies do not allow this for safety reasons.

Do you have Medical Issues:

Please note if you have any medical issues you will need to go see your local GP where you live and get them to write you a letter on the practice letterhead signed and dated by your doctor that you are “Fit to dive” If you have one of these letters then all dive companies in Cairns will take you diving. Please note these letters are only valid for three months from their date of issue.



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Schedule: Departs Cairns on Thursdays | Returns to Cairns on Thursdays.

Inclusions: Boat accommodation, all chef-prepared meals, all dives.

Guided Dives: All dives are unguided, this gives you the freedom to dive and explore the ribbon reefs and coral sea in your own buddy pairs. Dive crew will be in the water on all dives and if you are a little nervous talk to the crew about tagging along with them.

Recommendations: It is recommended that you already have your Advanced dive course or higher. If not you can choose to complete your advanced course while out on the boat.

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Not available for any tours to the Islands as fine white sand damages the seals on the cameras and makes them leak!

You need to come into our shop located on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure to pick up the camera before 5:30 pm. You also need to supply your own SD Camera Card and drop the camera off back at our shop before 5:30pm.


Please Remember there is no other way to collect our cameras! All passengers must come into our shop the day before departure day before 5:30 pm.