Mike Ball – Spoilsport

  • 29 - Pax
  • 13, 18, 26 - Dives
  • 4, 5, 7 - Nights

We offer discounts on the prices shown, for all Mike Ball trips.

Special Covid-19 precautionary trips running until May 2021. Single use of cabins only or share if from the same household.

Contact us for details of additional discounts on top of those shown above!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions Spoilsport is running limited trips 3 times a month with reduced numbers.

Spoilsport is one of the longest running, and the most awarded dive liveaboard offering 3, 4 and 7 night expeditions to the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea. Spoilsport offers an open dive deck, and is very relaxed. “Spoilsport” lives up to its name.

Until May 2021 all trips depart Thursdays and alternate between 4 night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reef, 5 night Coral Sea & Ribbon Reef,  and 7 day exploratory trips. Dates below.

Enjoy spectacular biodiversity on the northern Great Barrier Reef including the world famous Cod Hole. For exciting big fish action, shark encounters and excellent visibility, venture out into the remote Coral Sea.

Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded dive liveaboard, custom built for diving and with a twin-hull design that maximises space, stability, and comfort. Plus Mike Balls dive procedures allow greater freedom for divers with an ‘open dive deck’ policy resulting in no restrictions on bottom time.

Cabin Types

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

Details of the vessel layout and cabin types click here.

Itinerary

3 day / 4 night Cod Hole – 13 dives
2020 Departure dates:
10 September | 8 October | 5 November | 10 December
2021 Departure dates:
7, 21 December | 11 February | 11 March | 8 April | 13, 27 May

Departs every Thursday 6pm 
Returns every Monday 7am

For travel route map click here

Thursday: 8:30-4pm check-in Mike Ball Office (3 Abbott St, Cairns).  4pm make your own way to Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf  (2oom from Mike Ball office) to meet passengers.  Dinner is not provided on the first evening, you may wish to eat before boarding. 5:50 board Spoilsport and enjoy a glass of champagne and light snacks while the Trip Director provides a full briefing. 6:00pm Spoilsport departs, dive gear is organised and cruise overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs

Friday: There will be 4 dives + 1 night dive. The sites may include  Pixie Pinnacle and Lighthouse Bommie shrouded in fusiliers and baitfish. Fluorescent purple and orange anthias attract predatory fish to these photogenic sites. Majestic Minke whales are seen here in June and July.

Andy’s Postcard is encrusted in hard corals, lion fish, nudibranchs, octopus, schooling trevally and barracuda. See spectacular giant clams at Clam Beds as well as caves, canyons and coral encrusted bommies awaiting exploration.

Sheer walls covered in whip corals and sea fans brim the natural amphitheatre of Vertical Gardens. Marine life varies from the many colourful nudibranchs to large schooling bump head parrotfish.

Saturday: There will be 4 dives + 1 night dive. The dive sites may include Flare Point offering unspoiled coral reef and marine life with a diverse range of coloured tropical fish.  Joanie’s Joy is a wall dive with scattered bommies, anemones, turtles, Lion Fish. Steve’s Bommie a photographer’s dream with an incredible quantity of diverse marine life.  Sun set champagne and nibbles followed by an Aussie BBQ party night. Commence cruise back to Cairns.

Sunday: There will be 4 dives with all diving finishing at 5pm.  Sunset champagne and nibbles followed by an Aussie BBQ party night. Commence cruise back to Cairns.

Monday: 7am night breakfast and by 8am disembark Spoilsport for a courtesy transfer to city accomodation

 

4 day / 5 night Coral Sea  – 18 dives
2020 Departure dates:
3, 17 September | 15, 29 October | 12 November | 3, 31 December
2021 Departure dates:
14 January | 4, 18 February | 4, 18 March | 1, 15 April | 6, 20 May

Departs  Thursday 6pm
Returns  Tuesday 7am

For a travel route map click here

Thursday: 8:30-4pm check-in Mike Ball Office (3 Abbott St, Cairns).  4pm make your own way to Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf  (2oom from Mike Ball office) to meet passengers.  Dinner is not provided on the first evening, you may wish to eat before boarding. 5:50 board Spoilsport and enjoy a glass of champagne and light snacks while the Trip Director provides a full briefing. 6:00pm Spoilsport departs, dive gear is organised and cruise overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs

Friday: There will be 4 dives plus 1 night dive.

Saturday: There will be 4 dives plus 1 night dive.

Sunday: There will be 3 dives plus 1 night dive.

Monday: There will be 4 dives with, exit dive at 5pm. Sunset champagne and nibbles followed by an Aussie BBQ party night. Commence cruise back to Cairns.

Tuesday: 7am night breakfast and by 8am disembark Spoilsport for a courtesy transfer to city accomodation

7 day / 7 night Cod Hole – 26 dives (this 650 mile expedition explores 3 unique regions: remote Coral Sea, the far Northern Reefs & the suburb Ribbon Reefs

2020 Departure dates:1 October | 17 December
2021 Departure dates: 9 September | 7 October | 23 December

Departs  Thursday 6pm
Returns  Thursday 7am

For a travel route map click here

Thursday: 8:30-4pm check-in Mike Ball Office (3 Abbott St, Cairns).  4pm make your own way to Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf  (2oom from Mike Ball office) to meet passengers.  Dinner is not provided on the first evening, you may wish to eat before boarding. 5:50 board Spoilsport and enjoy a glass of champagne and light snacks while the Trip Director provides a full briefing. 6:00pm Spoilsport departs, dive gear is organised and cruise overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reef.

Friday:  4 dives + night dive, Remote Coral Sea
Where: Bougainville: Dungeons & Dragons; Crystal Plateau; MV Antonio Tarabocchia.

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

Sunday: 4 dives + night dive, Far Northern Reefs
Where: TMO (Three Mile Opening); Creech Reef

Monday: 3 dives + night dive, plus Stanley Island indigenous artwork excursion.  Far Northern Reefs
Where: Stanley Island, Aladins Cave; Pirates Cove

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.
Sunset champagne and nibbles followed by an Aussie BBQ party night. Commence cruise back to Cairns.

Thursday: 7am night breakfast and by 8am disembark Spoilsport for a courtesy transfer to city accomodation

 

 

Mike Ball – Spoilsport - Rates + Bookings

Cod Hole - Premium $2,935.00
Cod Hole - Standard $2,680.00
Cod Hole -Club $2,375.00
Cod Hole - Budget $2,047.00
Coral Sea - Premium $3,244.00
Coral Sea - Standard $2,958.00
Coral Sea - Club $2,592.00
Coral Sea - Budget $2,254.00
7 night Safari - Premium $5,889.00
7 night Safari - Standard $5,410.00
7 night Safari - Club $4,726.00
7 night Safari - Budget $4,027.00
Date of Travel

Contact us prior to booking to check availability and ask us about any current discounts running.

Prices are in AUD and exclude the Reef tax of $7 per person per day.

Fuel levy of $44 per person applicable on 7 day Safari trips.

Full payment will be taken at the time of booking

Pries valid until March 31st 2021

NOTE: Covid-19 restrictions – Twin share: Only available to guests in travel bubble (travelling together).
Solo travellers: Mandatory sole occupancy surcharge of 20% applies

Inclusions

  • Daily serviced air conditioned accommodation
  • Complimentary softdrinks and wine with your evening meal
  • Superb meals plus fresh snacks between meals
  • Spectacular low level reef flight (except on 7 Night Coral Sea Safari)
  • Warm towels after every dive
  • Uncrowded dive sites – choose between main vessel or tender dives
  • Complimentary Reef Ecology Certificate course
  • Vivid Pix digital photo editing software workshop

Extras

  • Gear rental (if needed)
  • Government Environmental Management Charge – $7 per person, per day
  • Fuel levy of $44 for the 7 day Safari applies
  • Evacuation Insurance (if needed) – passenger/s require insurance for Diver Medical Evacuation (DAN insurance is recommended, if alternative insurance arrangements have not been made)