3 Night MV Spoilsport- Fly & Dive Cod Hole

Fly & Dive Cod Hole Ribbon Reefs 3 Day / 3 Night LiveAboard
Departs Every Monday at 7.00am and includes 12 Dives

Minke Whale Expeditions - June and July 2019

 

 

About Trip
 
About Spoilsport
 
Departs Every Monday No. of Divers 28
Duration 3 Days / 3 Nights Cabin Types Budget Twin, Club Twin, Std Twin, Premium Double
No. Dives 12 Dives Ensuites Own ensuites except Budget Twin
Check in 7.00am Flight to Lizard Island Nitrox Available
Disembark 8.00am Carins Wharf Star Rating 4 Star
Min Cert OpenWater Cert Diving Experience Diving is suitable for all level of divers

 

Itinerary  
Day 1 7.00am Check In for Flight to Lizard Island, onabord and diving by 12.30pm- 2 dives
Day 2 Full Day at sea. Ribbon Reef up to 5 dives including night dive
Day 3 Full Day at sea. Ribbon Reef up to 5 dives including night dive
Day 4 Disembark 8.00am Cairns Trinity Wharf Transfers to Hotels

About the Cruise
Imagine yourself on a spectacular flying start to Lizard Island. On the way you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Half of your 150 mile flight is at a very low 180 metres (600ft) above the sites you will dive along the Great Barrier Reefs continental shelf. A truly spectacular beginning to your expedition with guaranteed access to restricted dive sites on the Ribbon Reef.This 55 mile chain of reefs from Lizard Island to Cooktown is the most prized dive region of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This is where you can see more of the Great Barrier Reef’s 1,500 fish and 400 coral species than elsewhere. The currents that channel between the ribbon reefs attract large fish populations. One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits at the Cod Hole. Swim with incredibly inquisitive ‘small diver size’ potato cod. Tidal currents ensure the coral growth here is very diverse. The Cod Hole’s Shark Alley is a great place to see sleeping white tips in the sand and the occasional grey reef shark.

Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard dive boat. Custom built to provide superb dive and guest facilities, Spoilsport has a twin hull design which maximises stability and passenger comfort in all conditions. Measuring 30m in length, Spoilsport has a dedicated crew of 11 people including the dive team, host/ess, skipper and chef. We have everything you need for a comfortable, enjoyable liveaboard dive expedition. Guest cabins are a combination of double, twin and quad share. All are air-conditioned and are serviced daily. Relax in the spacious lounge / bar inside, or head up to the sun deck and enjoy the view over the Coral Sea. Our award-winning food and service caters to all dietary requirements. Your chef prepares all meals fresh and vegetarians are well-catered for with their own dedicated menu. There is a reason Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded diving liveaboard!

This is a Fly and Dive Trip with the cruise starting with a scenic flight to Lizard Island and finishing in Cairns - the flight is included in the trip cost. As it is a low-level flight you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Once onboard novice divers are offered complimentary orientation dives to enhance skills, experienced divers are given ample freedom to do their own thing. Nitrox Diving is encouraged.

Spoilsport’s is a photographers dream vessel, the dive deck is equipped to meet all of your digital needs. To ignite your creative juices,  photo competition run onboard for each and every trip. 3 large camera stations with air guns, A 3 tier camera shelf with recharging facilities, 110v (2 prong straight pin) and 240v (Australian) socket, Dedicated camera freshwater rinse tubs, Cabins 110v (2 prong straight pin) socket. 240v (Australian) socket in cabins, Saloon: public computer (Windows), 1x video/DVD player and 2x large wall-mounted flat screens for viewing photographs and video

Please contact travel@prodive.com or call 1 800 820 820 if you require more information

 

Itinerary


FLY DIVE COD HOLE
3 DAY ITINERARY, MONDAY DEPARTURE

Departing:   Cairns 7.00 am Monday
Returning:   Cairns 8.00am Thursday 

Planning your travel arrangements
You will need to be in Cairns the night before departure.

Check In & Hotel Transfers
Email travel@prodive.com up to 48hrs prior to departure to advise your Hotel Accomodation, we will then organise a transfer for you. Pick ups from Cairns City locations only.

Making your own way - Meeting Point is at Mike Ball office for 7.00am. Check in then transfer to Hinterland Commuter Airport

Fit to Dive
We recommend you complete a dive medical -if required -before you arrive in Cairns
Web address for Doctors registered to do Dive Medicals Australia Wide- www.spums.org.au
Web address for Cairns 24hr Medical Center - Can provide Dive Medicals until 8pm - www.thedoctors.com.au

Dive Certification
Don’t forget to bring your Dive Certification which must be presented at check- in.

ITINERARY
Monday: Check-in and Departure & Ribbon Reef #10 & #9 - Cod Hole, Cod Wall, Challenger Bay

  • Monday  7:00am, Make your own way to the Mike Ball office for 7.00am Check in  and then you will be transferred to Hinterland Commuter Airport
  • Spectacular low level 150 mile reef flight to Lizard Island to board Spoilsport.
  • Commence diving approximately 12:30pm.
  • Explore the rarely dived Cod Wall at the outer reef edge that disappears into 60 meters (200ft)
  • Shallow but fantastic, Challenger Bay is extremely rich in biodiversity from spectacular coral gardens and unusual critters through to large schooling fish. Great night dive location... watch out for Baza the Barra!


Tuesday: Ribbon Reef #9, #5, #4 - Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Andy's Postcard, Clam Beds, Vertical Gdns

  • Circumnavigate Pixie Pinnacle and Lighthouse Bommie shrouded in fusilier baitfish. Fluorescent purple and orange anthias attract predatory fish to these photogenic sites. Majestic Minke whales are seen here in June and July.
  • Rising from 80 meters the pinnacle of 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.

Wednesday: Ribbon Reef #3 - Flare Point, Joani's Joy, Steve's Bommie

  • Spiral majestic coral pinnacles teeming with marine life.
  • See huge schools of baitfish stalked by barracuda, mackerel and trevally.
  • Anticipate spectacular coral gardens, spotted rays, reef sharks and green turtle sightings.

Thursday: Dock

  • Early morning docking at Trinity Wharf - Cairns, breakfast, 8:00am courtesy transfers to Cairns city hotels.

Prime dives sites - GUARANTEED!
* This itinerary has been designed to include the 'prime' Ribbon Reef and Coral Sea dive sites.
* If weather forces an itinerary change our surety of access to the prime Ribbon Reef sites is your guarantee of the best diving.
* Spoilsport's outstanding stability minimises disruption to your itinerary and your diving experience.

Note: Itinerary subject to change.

What to bring on board
Please bring your own personal toiletries, swimmers, light long sleeve top, t-shirts, shorts, suitable shoes to wear on board (can have slippery surfaces), sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must. If you are not sure of your sea legs, we strongly recommend that you take motion sickness tablets on the trip. Kwells and Travel Calm are suitable to use when diving.

Luggage Restrictions
Due to light aircraft weight restrictions, your total luggage weight is limited to 25 kilograms/ 55 lb per person, plus maximum carry-on of 3kg (6.5lbs) or 10kg (22lbs) allowance for professional photo/video housed systems. Excess baggage storage is available at our office.

Flying After Diving
We recommend you give yourself a 24 hour surface interval after your last dive before flying.

Reef Taxes and Levies
There is an additional fee which includes Government Management Charge, as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration costs. Payable direct at the end of the trip.

Cancellation Policy

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

Alcohol Policy
Ships Bar Only Policy - Complimentary soft drinks anytime, wine with dinner. Alcohol from bar at your expense.


*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates.

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