Mike Ball Dive - Yongala & Coral Sea - 6 nights
Prices from $3,810 AUD

 

This expedition combines adventure diving: SS Yongala Wreck; dramatic vertical walls of Holmes and Flinders Reef. This expedition is booked as a 6 night expedition. Dive back in time and into history.

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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,
  • upto 27 dives

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From 1/04/2020 to 31/03/2022 per person
Yongala & Coral Sea - 6 nights - budget includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - share bathroon $3,810.00
Yongala & Coral Sea - 6 nights - club includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - ensuite bathroom $4,470.00
Yongala & Coral Sea - 6 nights - standard includes all meals and diving - Twin Beds - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $5,120.00
Yongala & Coral Sea - 6 nights - premium includes all meals and diving - Double Bed - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $5,580.00
Additional Costs: EMC (reef tax) of $7 per person, per day is payable directly for any days spent diving on the great barrier reef & $13.55 per day is payable for mooring charges at the Yongala

2022: Departure date: 25 March | 23 April 

 

 Some of the highlights of your Expedition.

Wheeler Reef

Explore this pristine platform reef with white sands and spectacular coral gardens, schooling fish, sharks, turtles and rays.

SS Yongala

Australia’s largest, most intact historic shipwreck which sank in 1911, resting 14-28m below the surface. Claimed to be one of the worlds ‘top ten’ wrecks, the Yongala is renowned for its incredible diversity and abundance of marine life. Giant Queensland groupers, sea snakes, shovel-nosed rays and huge schools of fish abound at the Yongala.

 SS Gothenburg & Old Reef
Whilst the history of the SS Gothenburg is less famed and regaled much less than the Yongala, it has an equally tragic story of her fate. Strewn across Old Reef, this wreck is a fascinating dive into Australia’s maritime history where she now lies amidst the home of some beautiful corals and their reef inhabitants.

Flinders Reef

Spectacular walls with vertical drops in excess of 300m (1000ft) and 40m (120ft +) visibility. Bommies and reefs are smothered with both soft and hard corals at dive sites ‘Trigger Happy and ‘ Fan Fair’. Huge soft coral trees, fans and sea whips decorate ‘Cod Wall’ where the ancient Gigantus Gorgonia fan spans over 5 meters. Sharks tuna and barracuda patrol the reef slopes drop offs, and fish school around the edges of the reefs where the currents diverge.

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. Explore the vast caves canyons and swim throughs connecting the abyssal drop off to the reef top at ‘Amazing’. Equally amazing, is to circumnavigate ‘Nonki Bommie’ adorned with huge brightly coloured soft corals, sea fans, critters and schooling fish.

 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. If weather is not suitable for wreck expedition will divert to reef. The Coral Sea may not be accessible in strong winds.

 

 

Itinerary - Townsville to Cairns – 27 dives

Sample itinerary, subject to change based on conditions. Please note: Expedition boarding in Townsville & disembarking in Cairns, (commercial flight to Townsville not included and to be arranged by yourself).

Friday:  Wheeler Reef: (2 dives + night dive) 

  • Check in on Spoilsport at Breakwater Marina, Townsville between 9:30 – 10:00 am
  • 10:00 am depart for Wheeler Reef
  • Assemble dive gear and complete pre-dive briefings
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:30 ‘Open Dive Deck’
  • 4:00pm afternoon tea
  • 6:30pm Night dive brief
  • 8:00pm dinner   

 

Saturday: SS Yongala Wreck - 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: SS Yongala & SS Gothenburg - 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.

  • As Above
  • 7am - 2pm: Open Deck at SS Yongala (3 dives)
  • Afternoon & Night spent at Old Reef & SS Gothenburg

 

Monday & Tuesday: Flinders Reef  - 4 day dives, 1 night dive daily

  • As Above
  • Cod Wall, Geronimos, Watanabe, Rock Arch, Fan Fair, Trigger Happy

Wednesday:  Coral Sea & Holmes Reef - 4 day dives

  • Nonki Bommie, Amazing, Abyss, Cathedral
  • As above (no night dive), exit last dive 5pm
  • As the sun sets, we pour the champagne as we 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
  • Spoilsport cruises overnight to Cairns

Thursday:

  • 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

 

 

 


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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