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Live Aboards - Mike Ball 4 Day Fly/Dive Coral Sea

Mike Ball - Spoilsport On this fantastic 4 day itinerary you are able to dive the magnificent coral walls that drop down 1000's of metres at Osprey Reef on the Coral Sea. It also takes in the turquoise chain of Ribbon Reefs with pristine coral gardens, excellent for macro and fish photography. The trip allows for 14 dives over 3.5 dive days, either from the vessel or from the two inflatables.

SpoilSport is one of the best appointed liveaboard vessels operating to the Coral Sea & Ribbon Reefs. The 30metre vessel cruises at 13 knots and accommodates 29 passengers in fully air conditioned comfort. The massive dive deck is superbly set up for diving.

There are 4 accommodation styles:

  • Premium cabin - double bed with private bathroom & oceanviews
  • Standard cabin - twin beds with private bathroom & oceanviews
  • Club cabin - twin bunk-beds with private bathroom
  • Budget cabin - twin bunk-beds with shared bathroom

Coral Sea Sharks Departures

  • Thursday evening all year round

Itinerary

  • Thursday: Check in & departure. Prior to 4:00pm guests can check in at the Mike Ball office, located at 3 Abbott Street Cairns. At approximately 6.00pm the crew will meet you & escort you to Spoilsport at Trinity Wharf. Cruise overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.
  • Friday: Dive sites on Ribbon Reef #10- Pixie Gardens, Cod Hole. Swim with giant potato cod, napoleon wrasse, moray eels tuna & barracuda. Enjoy your first night dive where decorator crabs, egg cowry shells, moray eels & crayfish are just a few creatures you can find. Cruise 100 miles overnight to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.
  • Coral Gorgian Fans
  • Saturday & Sunday: Enjoy 40 metre / 132 feet visibility with spectacular steep walls disappearing to 1000metres at Osprey Reef on the Coral Sea. Witness the resident shark population including grey whalers, whitetip reef sharks, silvertips & hammerheads. Search for commonly seen green & loggerhead turtles. Find the caves, overhangs & spectacular walls adorned with huge soft coral trees & gorgonian fans.
  • Monday: Head for home! Breakfast on board and transfer to Lizard Island. Spectacular low level reef flight back to Cairns over the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Return at approximately 11 am for courtesy transfer to city hotels.

Weather & natural events may cause sites to improve or deteriorate over time and as such Mike Ball reserve the right to vary this itinerary in order to provide the best quality diving

Great Barrier Reef Minke Whale Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation onboard
  • All meals while onboard (prepared by the chef onboard)
  • Up to 14 dives
  • Complimentary soft drinks or glass of wine with evening meal
  • Free Reef Ecology certificate course
  • Low level flight to Lizard Island

Coral Sea Soft Coral Optional Extras

  • Dive equipment rental - $44 per person per day
  • PADI Advanced course
  • Camera hire is also available onboard

Cancellation

  • Less than 60 days: forfeit 50% of trip fee
  • Less than 30 days: forfeit 100% of trip fee

Note: Flying After Diving

We recommend that you allow 24 hours between diving and flying or going to altitude. The last dive of the trip will be finished by about 5:00pm on Sunday evening. You should be safe to fly by Monday evening at 5:00pm.

Cost

Description (Price per person)2018/2019*2019/2020*
Coral Sea Premium Cabin$3,073.00$3,150.00
Extra Charge**$19.50$19.50
Total price$3,092.50$3,169.50
Coral Sea Standard Cabin$2,802.00$2,872.00
Extra Charge**$19.50$19.50
Total price$2,821.50$2,891.50
Coral Sea Club Cabin$2,529.00$2,592.00
Extra Charge**$19.50$19.50
Total price$2,548.50$2,611.50
Coral Sea Budget Cabin$2,199.00$2,254.00
Extra Charge**$19.50$19.50
Total price$2,218.50$2,273.50

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

** Extra Charge: This additional fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

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