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Minke Whale Expeditions - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns

  • Runs June to July every year
  • 3, 4 & 7 Day Itinerary
  • Experience  - Snorkelers, novice & advanced divers
  • Highlights;
    • Minkes – Dedicated time to find and swim with the whales
    • Continental Shelf – Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf, exposed to currents
    • Ribbon Reefs – great fish and coral diversity. Ribbon Reef Dive Sites
    • Cod Hole – Swim with diver size potato cod
    • Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon, Gotham City, Vertical Gardens
    • Steve’s Bommie – a highlight with an incredible array of weird and wonderful creatures.
  • 3 Day Trip - 3 Nights / Up to 10 Dives
  • 4 Day Trip - 4 Nights / 14 Dives Fly Dive Coral Sea
  • 7 Days Trip - 7 Nights / Up to 22 Dives

About the Cruise
This is what you can look forward to during the months of June and July.   Whether you choose a 3 Night , 4 Night or 7 night package during this period, its all about seeing the Minke Whales.  There is limited availability on most of the departures.  

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!

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.


Spoilsport Cabin Information
Guest cabins are a combination of queen, double & twin share. All located on the same dive deck level, air-conditioned & are serviced daily. [Click Here]



  • Accommodation transfer Cairns City only on Return from Sea
  • 3,4 or 7 nights accommodation on board vessel – cabin of choice
  • Unlimited diving- weather dependent
  • Complimentary orientation dives
  • Tanks, weight belt and weights, air fills
  • All meals while on board- chef prepared
  • Wine and soft drinks with evening meals
  • Hotel Amenities- Bed Linen, Bath and Deck Towels
  • Excess Luggage storage in Cairns

  • You will need to book your own flights to and from Cairns. The best airfares are available online
  • Accommodation in Cairns
  • EMC , Port & Administration fee and fuel levy -  To be paid onboard
  • Environmental Management Fee $8.00/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

Courses- No pre-bookings, subject to availability onboard.

  • PADI Advanced Diver $280
  • PADI Nitrox $310
  • PADI Underwater Photography $260
  • PADI Underwater Naturalist $220

Rental Equipment

  • Reg, Ocy, Gauges $15/day
  • BCD $10/day
  • Computer $12/day
  • Snorkel Gear $5/day
  • Light/Torch $10/day
  • Wetsuit $10/day
  • Safety Sausage (SMB) No charge
  • Nautilus Lifeline GPS No charge
  • All of the above $44/day
  • 2L (13 cu.ft) Pony Bottle + Reg $15/day
  • 15L (120 cu.ft) Steel Bottle $25/day
  • Nitrox Fills $25/day




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

Check In
Make your own way -
Self check in at the Mike Ball Office, 2/3 Abbott Street, Cairns.
Mondays:  7.00am:  Thursdays Check in between 9.00am and before 4.00pm

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-
Web address for Cairns 24hr Medical Center - Can provide Dive Medicals until 8pm -

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

Basic Itineraries
Fly Dive Dwarfe Minke Whale Dive Expeditions
- 3 Nights / 10 Dives
Arrive in Cairns the night before departure
Mondays :  Embark Cairns:   7.00am, meet at the Mike Ball Office for transfer to Hinterland Terminal for one way flight to Lizard Island, Board MV Spoilsport
You will enjoy a one way low level flight along the Ribbon Reefs to Lizard Island.  Meet and Greet at the Airport and transfer boat to board MV Spoilsport. You will start diving today
Dive and Cruise along the Ribbon Reefs, snorkelling with the Dwarf Minke Whales and diving the best of the Ribbon Reefs
Thursdays: Disembark Cairns: 8.00am Trinity Wharf  Cairns

 - 4 Nights / 12 Dives
Arrive Cairns on day of departure
Thursdays:  Check in at the Mike Ball Office,  between8.30am and 4pm on Thursday with your luggage. Meet again at 6.00pm out the front of the Cairns Corporate Tower, 15 Lake St, to board. Overnight cruise  on MV Spoilsport to the Ribbon Reefs.   You will commence diving on Friday morning.
Dive and Cruise along the Ribbon Reefs, snorkelling with the Dwarf Minke Whales and diving the best of the Ribbon Reefs
Mondays:   Disembark Lizard Island: You will transfer onto Lizard Island and to the Lizard Island Airport for your return flight to Cairns. 11.00am arrive at the Hinterland Terminal Cairns and you will be transferred back into your Cairns  and to your accommodation
- 7 Nights / 22 Dives
Arrive in Cairns on the day of departure
Thursdays: Check in at the Mike Ball Office, 2/3Abbott Street, Cairns between 8.30am and 4pm on Thursday with your luggage. Meet again at 6.00pm out the front of the Cairns Corporate Tower, 15 Lake St, to board. Overnight cruise on MV Spoilsport to the Ribbon Reefs.  You will commence diving on Friday morning.
Dive and cruise along the Ribbon Reefs in both directions , snorkel with the Dwarf Minke Whales and dive the best of the Ribbons
Thursdays: Disembark Cairns: 8.00am Trinity Wharf Cairns

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 (5.5lbs) or 10kg (22lbs) allowance for professional photo/video housed systems. Excess baggage storage is available at 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

  • More than 60 days prior to departure: deposit refundable
  • Between 60 – 30 days prior to departure: Deposit not refundable. Credit valid for 2 years.
  • Within 30 days of departure: 100% forfeit. Credits only offered for cancellations directly resulting from a pandemic; relevant documentation required.

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



Meeting Point

7.00am Make Own Way

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Address:Shop 2/3 Abbott Street, Cairns Phone 07 40530500

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

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