• Osprey Reef – Recently proclaimed Shark Sanctuary; 2-3 shark attraction dives; spectacular topography, sheer walls, soft and hard corals; big fish action in 40 metre visibility.
• Bougainville Reef – Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns, giant potato cod at Crystal Plateau.
Coral Sea Dive Sites
Stunning 250km low level Great Barrier Reef flight from Lizard Is. to Cairns.
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 Coral Sea Itineraries will be selected should weather force an itinerary change.
Accommodation in twin/double cabins
Delicious meals & snacks, wine and soft drink are included with the evening meal
Tanks, air fills and weight belt
Daily cabin service
Reef ecology programme
Dive computer workshop
Transfer to the airport or Cairns hotel after your expedition
Scenic flight Lizard Island to Cairns
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.
Please note that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority requires us to collect an Environmental Management Charge of $7 per day spent on the Great Barrier Reef. This amount will be added to your bar bill at the end of your expedition. Gear hire can be provided at an additional charge.
You will need to make your own way to the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions office for check in for your expedition. After your expedition we will transfer you to either our office, airport or any inner city hotel. Inner city boundaries are within the airport to the north and Earlville shopping centre to the south.
You will need to book your own flights to and from Cairns. The best airfares are available online
Accomodation in Cairns
Gear Hire (air, tank, belt and weights are included in trip price)
Nitrox Air Fills all dives
Cost of Dive Medical - if required.
Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. For example: heart disease asthma, epilepsy or diabetes.
Please inform us prior to reservation if you suffer from any medical condition that may affect your diving.
Australian medical standards are different to those overseas. A medical obtained in another country will most likely NOT be valid in Australia.
Travel Insurance covering for diving medical emergencies.
Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions.
Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8.30am and 4pm.
From 4:30 pm: Make your own way to Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf (200m from MBDE office) to meet your fellow passengers. 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 from Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf to board Spoilsport. Enjoy a glass of champagne and light snacks while your Trip Director provides a full briefing.
6:30 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 briefing & dive. “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. Exit last dive by 5 pm.
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.
Overnight cruise to Lizard Island.
7:00 am: Light breakfast
8:00 am: Disembark Spoilsport. Our crew will walk you to the airport on Lizard Island.
9:30 am: Board a light aircraft for a low level flight over the reef back to Cairns (flight time approx. 1 hour).
11:45 am: Land Cairns and courtesy transfer to inner Cairns 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 Sunday).
A luggage allowance applies to the flight from Cairns to Lizard Island:
25kg / 55lb per person plus 3kg / 6.5lb – carry on.
An additional 10kg/22lb is allowed for professional photo/video housed systems.
Divers who have completed less than 15 dives, less than 5 ocean dives or less than 5 dives in the last 12 months are required to complete a complimentary onboard orientation dive. In addition, divers over 65 years old, who have completed less than 50 dives are required to complete the complimentary onboard orientation dive.
If you have not dived in the last 5 years we recommend you complete a Refresher Course to maximize your comfort, enjoyment and the number of dives that may be undertaken with us. There are a number of Cairns diving operations that can complete a PADI Refresher Course (additional cost) before your expedition. This will need to be booked in advance. Please contact reservations to enquire.
If you have not dived in the last 10 years you will need to be either re-certified, or complete a Refresher Course and show proof of two logged ocean dives to dive with us. If this requirement cannot be met prior to travel we provide one Discover Scuba Dive per day with a depth limit of 12 metres. Additional Discover Scuba Dives will be dependent upon staff availability and will be charged at $50 per dive.
Exemptions for both of the above exist for divers with more than 200 dives or if Dive Master certified or higher.
Insurance should be taken to cover: weather problem; expedition cancellations; airline difficulties; medical problems and lost or damaged luggage. Unforeseen weather or machinery problems may cause us to cancel or change an itinerary. No refund is offered for time lost due to the medical evacuation of a guest or reduction of dives due to weather conditions. No compensation is offered to guests to change flights or holiday plans. DiveAssure offers cover for both Australian residents & non-residents traveling to Australia.
Terms and Conditions
Itinerary details Subject to change: Number of dives, specific dive sites and marine life cannot be guaranteed.
Cabin Share Options: While social distancing restrictions are in place - Twin share only available to people of same booking; sole occupancy incurs 20% surcharge. If restrictions are lifted before final payment, pricing can be adjusted if twin share option is preferred.
Luggage Allowance: No limit. Maximum weight for any bag is 25kg.
Itinerary Subject to Change: Marine life, specific dive sites & number of dives not guaranteed.
Reservations: 30% deposit to hold reservation. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
Cancellation Policy: As advised by your agent.
Weather & Mechanical Cancellations: Expedition cancellations due to weather are refunded for value of days lost, less 15% administration fee. Cancellations due to vessel breakdowns are fully refunded to value of days lost. No compensation is offered for consequential change of flights or holiday plans.
Medical Evacuation, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (MBDE) recommends you:
• Ensure your travel insurance specifies medical evacuation and support for scuba diving.
• Contact Dive Assure or DAN membership for travel insurance and scuba diving support.
• If an Australian resident, check if state ambulance cover includes medical evacuation & support for scuba diving.
Snorkelling: Must follow MBDE snorkelling procedures. A buddy is required for "at risk" snorkellers.
Guided Dives: It is not our policy for all dives to be divemaster led. We provide complimentary orientation dive/s to enhance skills, & a scheduled morning & afternoon guided group dive. Private dive guides may be available at additional cost, subject to availability. Dive site briefs include maps with topography, depths, currents & marine life.
Dive Certification: Proof of certification is required. All divers must have dived in the last 10 years. If your skills and ability are incompatible with a dive, you may not be permitted to participate in that dive.
Equipment: Divers require: Nautilus GPS and surface marker buoy (supplied by MBDE), alternate air source and full wetsuit/dive skin (dive skins not available for hire). Your personal dive equipment brought onboard must be maintained, assembled and used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Hire Gear: You are liable for the replacement or repair of any lost or damaged hire equipment whilst in your care.
English Skills: MBDE only has English-speaking staff. You must be able to read and understand the English language for vessel and dive safety briefings, or have an interpreter traveling with you. Divers with poor English skills may need to miss some dives.
Image Release: You authorise MBDE to use photographic, video or digital images that feature you on this expedition, as well as images entered into the photographic competition or supplied to MBDE.
Ship's Bar: No BYO alcohol. Beverages from bar at your expense. Complimentary soft drinks & wine with dinner. 16. Onboard charges: Will be settled at the end of the expedition; payment by cash or credit card. - Click here for the MBDE Booking and Discharge of Liability Form.
Check-in at Mike Ball office located at 3 Abbott Street, Cairns. Thursday between 8.30 am & 4.00pm; Monday between 6.40 am & 7am.
On departure day and prior to boarding, please ensure your clients -
• Provides a copy of your vaccination certificate.
• Either a) Completes a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24hrs before boarding or b) not required if your client was covid positive within the past 12 weeks. Both a & b require either, a time-stamped photo or proof of being covid positive.
• Anyone testing positive will not be permitted to board and will be advised to follow local health directives for further testing and the latest advice.
• The above applies to both guests and crew.
What happens if they do test positive onboard?
• Your clients will be required to isolate in their cabin and monitored.
• On disembarking your client will be directed to latest advice here.
We are reminding all guests you should have insurance coverage that includes isolation evacuation, in the unlikely event of testing positive to COVID on board and require a private flight back to Cairns.
Note: Insurance for COVID-related issues needs to be taken out at least 21 days prior to travel. Should you choose not to insure and take the risk, you become personally liable.
We understand that a positive result is both disappointing and inconvenient, however the health and safety of all concerned is extremely important.We highly recommend that your clients takes out travel insurance that covers covid-related issues at least 21 days prior to travel. These should include but not limited to, protection against evacuation from vessel, relocation, hotel/accommodation isolation, flight cancellation and or changes.
*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates.