Mike Ball Dive - Fly Dive Coral Sea
Prices from $2,135 AUD

 

Adventure liveaboard diving, miles beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea in Australia's far north. Requires competent divers comfortable in exposed sea conditions on deep walls with some current. Suitable for experienced or advanced divers.

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Features

  • 40 meter 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,
  • Spectacular 250km scenic flight from Lizard Island.

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Prices

From 1/04/2017 to 31/03/2018 per person  
Fly Dive Coral Sea - 4 nights - budget includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - share bathroon $2,135.00
Fly Dive Coral Sea - 4 nights - club includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - ensuite bathroom $2,455.00
Fly Dive Coral Sea - 4 nights - standard includes all meals and diving - Twin Beds - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $2,720.00
Fly Dive Coral Sea - 4 nights - premium includes all meals and diving - Double Bed - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $2,984.00
Additional Costs: EMC (reef tax) of $6.50 per person, per day is payable directly for any days spent diving on the great barrier reef

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Standard Itinerary 

 

  • All dives 100 miles north of Cairns.
  • Great Barrier Reef: Steve’s Bommie, Joani’s Joy, & Clam Beds.
  • Coral Sea walls with huge soft coral trees.
  • Big fish action in 40 metre viz. at Osprey.
  • 2-3 shark attraction dives, 100’s of sharks.
  • False Entrance, deep wall pelagic action.

 

 

 Fair Weather Itinerary (preferred)

 

  • Weather permitting our best selection of Coral Sea dives at,Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey.
  • Max out on viz. pelagics & sharks.
  • Holmes -Descend the spectacular Nonki Bommie thrusting up from 35m.
  • Bougainville – Explore the Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns.
  • Osprey -2-3 shark attraction dives, 100’s of sharks.
  • Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
  • Giant Potato Cod at Bougainville & Osprey.

 

 

 


 

 

 Some of the highlights of your Expedition.

Steve's Bommie

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.

Joani's Joy

Hard coral bommies rise vertically from 20m depth in turret-like formations swarming with blue damsels, sweetlips and the odd cuttlefish. Further along the reef, the gardens meet a vertical wall cut with caverns where sunlight filters down through the nooks and crannies.

 Shark Diving
This expedition offers three shark attraction dives: a shark observation dive with around 10 sharks; an exhilarating shark feed with up to 40 sharks; and a private shark shoot, for small groups of photographers allowing extremely close and clean shots. 

Clam Beds

Hard coral gardens spread along the reef slope from 20m to 5m, dotted with giant clams that grow to over a metre in length and weigh over 200kg. Vibrantly coloured mantles make for fantastic photo opportunities and an abundant fish population adds to the magic.

Holmes Reef

A maze of bommies create tunnels and swim throughs, great to explore. The site provides a great habitat for fish as well as creatures such as octopus, cuttlefish and rock lobster, plus it’s a hotspot for grey reef and silvertip sharks which patrol the shallow reef wall.

 Dungeons & Dragons
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. 

Nonki Bommie - Coral Sea

Soft coral and sea fan enthusiasts will love this dive. Nonki Bommie rises to the surface from 35 metres and it is split with a huge crack down the middle filled with giant yellow and orange sea fans. Sharks and other fish are attracted to the site, making for an exciting dive.

MV Antonie Tarabocchia Wreck

This cargo ship struck the Reef in 1961. The scattered remains include a huge engine block and propeller which now lie on the gentle sloping terraces of the reef. The clear water, strewn wreckage and abundant fish life, including resident potato cod, make fantastic diving.

 Crystal Plateau
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. 

Fairy Grotto
A ‘mountain range’ of big coral bommies flanked by a steep wall dropping to over a 1000 meters. The many small caverns and swim throughs at this site give it its name, the largest of which is spacious enough to fit several divers.

Admiralty Anchor 
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.

 False Entrance
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. 

North Horn
Welcome to shark central! Watch a controlled shark feed with 10-30 grey reef, white-tip reef, silver tip sharks. Keen photographers will have the opportunity to do a private shark shoot dive with limited numbers of divers, ensuring fantastic, clean and up close photos. 

 Western Wall
Drift along a sheer wall plummeting over 1000m, cut with overhangs and grottos lined with soft corals and fans. Surgeon fish and fusiliers flow up and down the wall like waterfalls. Search for dogtooth tuna, grey reef sharks, barracuda and other pelagics out in the blue. 

 Scenic Reef Flight
End with a low level scenic flight over the reef from Lizard Island back to Cairns. Captain James Cook landed on Lizard Island in 1770, climbing to its peak to search for a way through the labyrinth of coral. He named the island after the many monitor lizards that live here. 

Dive Freedom!
You will notice there is no rush or limit placed on your dive time. Spoilsport’s itineraries normally provide 3 dive sites per day with opportunity for relaxed or unlimited diving. At sites like Challenger Bay some photographers do 2 hour dives to capture special fish behavior photographs.

 

 

 Thursday:  Departure  

  •   Check-in your luggage by 4.00pm 
  •   6.00pm board Spoilsport.
  •   Cruise Overnight to our first dive site.  

   

 
Friday: 4 day dives, 1 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 day dives, 1 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 

 

Sunday: 4 day dives

 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
  • 5.00pm: Exit last dive
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner
  • Overnight Crfuise to Lizard Island

Monday:  Return to Cairns

  • Breakfast on board and transfer to Lizard Island.
  • Spectacular low level Great Barrier Reef flight to Cairns.
  • Arrive Cairns Airport at approximately 11:00am for courtesy transfer to city hotels. 

 


Equipment Rental

New (1 year old) BCD's and regulators are supplied to guests in Premium and Standard cabins who rent equipment.

  • Reg, Ocy, Gauges $15/day
  • BCD $10/day
  • Computer $12/day
  • Snorkel Gear $5/day
  • Light/Torch/Cyalume $10/day
  • Wetsuit $10/day
  • Safety Sausage (SMB) $10/trip
  • All of the above  $44/day
  • 6cf Pony Bottle + Reg $15/day
  • 12L Steel Bottle $25/day
  • 15L Steel Bottle $30/day
  • Cyalume Light Stick $2/each

 

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+61 7 4057 4312


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