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Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery Australia

Since 1969 Mike Ball has been setting standards in the Australian dive industry with exceptional liveaboard expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Spoilsport's twin hull design maximizes your comfort in all weather conditions. Expeditions suit both novice divers and the adventuresome diver seeking exciting big fish and shark action. Novice divers are given the opportunity to enhance their skills with complimentary orientation dives, and experienced divers are given the freedom to do their own thing. It is our attention to detail that sets us apart and puts a smile on your face. In 2004 Mike Ball was the world's first liveaboard operator inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions makes world class diving a world-class experience.

Our Vessel: Spoilsport

Spoilsport - Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia LiveaboardsSpoilsport is Australia's most prestigious and comfortable liveaboard dive vessel. Luxury motor yacht atmosphere, length 100ft, beam 36 ft, departs Townsville for 6 and 7nt Coral Sea dive expeditions. Travel 150 miles offshore to a favorite Coral Sea location - the Flinders Reef! Enjoy visibility over 100 feet; see sharks, huge gorgonian fans with soft coral the size of trees, along spectacular walls dropping off to nowhere! Swim with big eye trevally, barracuda, whaler sharks and tuna. Explore the Yongala wreck where you can see Australia's densest populations of large marine life.



Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery AustraliaVessel Overview

  • Custom designed to provide superb dive and guest facilities.
  • Twin hull design maximizes stability and comfort.
  • 11 person attentive crew.
  • Comfortable cabins, most with ocean views.
  • Large sundeck with optional shade cover
  • Huge dive deck with convenient entry/exit platforms
  • Large multilevel camera table and dedicated camera rinse tanks
  • Excellent comfort and privacy with spacious relaxation areas
  • Chef prepared meals and in- between meal snacks.
  • Complimentary soft drinks and Australian wines (with dinner).
  • 2 Large inflatables for personalized dive service
  • Nitrox available
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • 30 m (100ft) length, 10m (36ft) beam, speed - 15 knots

Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery AustraliaMike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery Australia
Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery AustraliaMike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery Australia
Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery AustraliaMike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards - Dive Discovery Australia

Dive Itineraries

Liveaboard diving to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. 3,4 and 7 night dive expeditions to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs.

Fly Dive Cod Hole

Fly DIve Cod Hole - Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards3 nights -12 dives
Location: Ribbon Reefs and Great Barrier Reef.
Embarks: Monday 7am - Cairns Colonial Club. Transfer to Airport.
Disembarks: Thursday 8am - Trinity Wharf, Cairns. (courtesy city hotel transfers)

Itinerary Summary.
The Fly Dive Cod Hole showcases the best of the Great Barrier Reef featuring:
• a spectacular low-flying start to Lizard Island,
• the prime Ribbon Reef sites,
• exciting marine life encounters,
• the world famous Cod Hole,
• outstanding marine life biodiversity,
• all dives sites north of Cooktown,
• guaranteed access to restricted dive sites,
• 50% reduced cruise time and within sheltered waters,
• superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions,
• Minke whales (Jun/Jul).

Coral Sea Safari

7 nights - unlimited dives
Location: Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef.
Embark: Thursday 7pm - Trinity Wharf, Cairns.
Disembark: Thursday 8am - Trinity Wharf, Cairns. (courtesy city hotel transfers)

Itinerary Summary.
Here's the deal. The new 7night, 450 mile Coral Sea Safari includes some of the best dive sites on Australia's Great Barrier and Coral Sea featuring:
• spectacular first dive at Challenger Bay,
• diver size fish at the Cod Hole,
• plummeting Coral Sea wall dives in gin clear water,
• exciting shark action in the Coral Sea,
• schooling trevally and barracuda in the Coral Sea,
• exploration of Lizard Island,
• the Cod Wall, outer edge big fish dive,
• the prime Ribbon Reef sites,
• all dives north of Cooktown, dive site guarantee!
• superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions.

Whale Shark - Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia LiveaboardsFly Dive Coral Sea

4 nights - 14 dives
Location: Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef.
Embark: Thursday 7pm - Trinity Wharf, Cairns .
Disembark: Monday 11am - Cairns. (courtesy city hotel transfers)

Itinerary Summary.
The Fly Dive Coral Sea includes the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef featuring:
• pristine coral gardens at Challenger Bay,
• diver size fish at the Cod Hole,
• 40 meter (132ft) visibility and 1000 meter plummeting walls,
• exciting shark action in the Coral Sea ,
• schooling trevally and barracuda in the Coral Sea,
• all dives sites located north of Cooktown,
• guaranteed access to restricted dive sites,
• superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions,
• a spectacular 250km scenic flight over the dive sites from Lizard Island.

Minke whales

Minke Whale - Mike Ball Expeditions - Australia Liveaboards3 nights - 9 dives + snorkeling with whales.
Embark: Monday 7am - Cairns Colonial Club, Cairns.
Disembark: Thursday 8am - Trinity Wharf, Cairns.

4 nights - 9 dives + snorkeling with whales.
Embark: Thursday 7pm - Trinity Wharf, Cairns.
Disembark: Monday 11am - Cairns.
(complimentary city transfers)

Expedition Summary
Minke whales are commonly seen along the Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns between May and August. In June and July we conduct special Minke Whale Expeditions with the second day devoted almost entirely to finding and snorkeling and/or diving with minke whales. Since commencing minke whale expeditions in 1996 we have discovered the locations where minkes' are most commonly found. In this time we have evolved a diving and snorkeling protocol that has minimal impact on the whales and allows them to approach divers within their own comfort zone. This protocol combined with the minkes' natural curiosity provides you with very close encounters and spectacular opportunities for close up videos and photography.

Minke Whales
Dwarf minke whales are the smallest of the baleen whales. They have a characteristic white band on each fin that contrasts with a very dark grey fin tip; these markings are as individual as fingerprints. They like all baleen whales, have two blowholes. A fully developed adult is approximately 7-9 meters (25-30ft) in length and 5-7 tonnes in weight. Minke whales have a layer of blubber several inches thick and are quite sleek in appearance.