Coral Sea & Cod Hole 5 Nights / 18 Dives

Expedition Highlights

5 Night Coral Sea Ribbon Reefs featuring:

Coral Sea: The azure and fathomless water of the Coral Sea is the playground for sharks and big fish action in exceptional visibility. Huge soft coral trees and sea fans will impress.
Ribbon Reefs: The potato cod grouper at the Cod Hole are a highlight, however it is the rich biodiversity of fish species and coral that make this section of the Great Barrier Reef so incredible.

Get Spoilt

Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard.
Enjoy sumptuous cuisine and a superb combination of diver conveniences, space & stability.

Weather
The most reliable Coral Sea access is September to January. Spoilsport’s favourite dive locations will be selected should weather force an itinerary change.

 

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Crystal Plateau - Bougainville Reef - Coral Sea

The reef top descends to a spectacular terrace of hard corals at 20-30m before edging over into an abyss hundreds of metres deep. Sea fans and soft corals adorn the reef wall where sharks also patrol.

 

Dungeons & Dragons - Bougainville Reef - Coral Sea

The reef top here is cut with an incredible maze of caves, tunnels and swim throughs – great to poke around to discover fish and other critters.  Or venture beyond the shallows to a wall descending to around 1000m, where you can find sharks and barracuda.

 

Admiralty Anchor - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

Named after an anchor lodged midway through a tunnel that makes for an exciting swim through. A maze of huge towering bommies are home to plenty of fish and a delight to explore. Below them a sheer wall attracts sharks and occasionally manta rays.

 

North Horn - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

Welcome to shark central!  Watch a controlled shark feed with 10-30 grey reef, white-tip reef, silver tip sharks.  

 

False Entrance - Osprey Reef - Coral Sea

This site never disappoints with exciting fish action alongside  colourful gorgonian fans, whips and soft corals. Resident barracuda and schooling big eye trevally make for great photo opportunities, and keep an eye out for cruising hammerheads out in the blue.

 

Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs - Great Barrier Reef

The Cod Hole is famous for its diver-sized potato cod. These fish are incredibly inquisitive and don’t mind getting very chummy with divers. A great opportunity to capture photographs of these magnificent characters or a simply hang out and enjoy their company.

 

Pixie Pinnacle - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

An exciting pinnacle dive, draped in soft corals and absolutely heaving with fish life.  Spiral your way up the pinnacle and search for interesting critters such as the flame file clam, or ‘disco clam’, named for the flashing light that appears to pulse along its mantle.

 

Coral Kingdom - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

A fantastic coral dive with vast beds of staghorn and other varieties, and dotted with colourful giant clams.  Bump headed parrotfish and inquisitive barracuda cruise the site along with schools of other reef fish.

 

Steve’s Bommie - Ribbon Reefs - GBR

Steve’s Bommie is a photographers dream with an incredible quantity of diverse marine life. Hunt out such creatures as stonefish, scorpionfish, octopus, clown anemone fish and turtles, not to mention the many schools of fish that call this place home.

 

 

Dive Site Guarantee!

Spoilsport’s outstanding stability minimizes disruption to your itinerary and your scuba diving experience. If weather forces an itinerary change we divert to the best, ‘safe, accessible sites’ to ensure you get the best scuba diving available. The Coral Sea may not be accessible in strong winds.

All itinerary details are subject to change, specific marine life cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusions


Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions.

Thursday:  

  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • 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.
  • 6:00 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 brief & diving. “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:  (3 dives + night dive)

  • As per above.

Monday: (4 dives)

  • As per above, however all diving is finished by 5pm.
  • 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 Cairns

Tuesday:

  • 7:00 am:  Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am:  Disembark and courtesy transfer to Cairns inner city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight.

Important:

  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Monday).


  • You will need to book your own flights to and from Cairns. The best airfares are available online
  • Accomodation in Cairns
  • EMC , Port & Administration fee and fuel levy -  To be paid onboard $7 per day
  • Camera Hire
  • 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.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption Insurance
  • Travel Insurance covering for diving medical emergencies.
  • Personal Toiletries
 

Itinerary


Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions.

Thursday:  

  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • 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.
  • 6:00 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 brief & diving. “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:  (3 dives + night dive)

  • As per above.

Monday: (4 dives)

  • As per above, however all diving is finished by 5pm.
  • 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 Cairns

Tuesday:

  • 7:00 am:  Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am:  Disembark and courtesy transfer to Cairns inner city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight.

Important:

  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Monday).

Terms and Conditions


Itinerary details Subject to change: Number of dives, specific dive sites and marine life cannot be guaranteed.

  1. 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.
  2. Luggage Allowance: No limit. Maximum weight for any bag is 25kg.
  3. Itinerary Subject to Change: Marine life, specific dive sites & number of dives not guaranteed.
  4.  Reservations: 30% deposit to hold reservation. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
  5.  Cancellation Policy: As advised by your agent.
  6. 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.
  7.  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.
  8. Snorkelling: Must follow MBDE snorkelling procedures. A buddy is required for "at risk" snorkellers.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Hire Gear: You are liable for the replacement or repair of any lost or damaged hire equipment whilst in your care.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.


 



 

 


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

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