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8 Day 7 Night Coral Sea Dive Expedition w/ Mike Ball
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If you want to get as far away from the modern world as possible, then why not get back to nature with this incredible 8 day 7 night ultimate liveaboard reef experience with the world class Mike Ball Dive Expeditions.

This isn’t for the day trippers or holiday makers. This is for the through and through divers, budding underwater photographers, and true adventure hunters. Explore over 450 miles of untouched reef systems spanning across the far north outer section of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the world famous Cod Hole, or venture out into the remote Coral Sea for exciting big fish action, shark encounters, and incredible visibility.

Where better to spend 7 nights floating around crystal clear waters bursting with marine life underneath the panoramic star-light sky. You’ll find yourself aboard the world renowned Spoilsport. This is a multi-award winning purpose built, dual-hull dive vessel that offers the perfect combination of comfort and speed. This trip is an ‘all-you-dive’ buffet of underwater magic. By the end of this expedition, you’ll be left blown away by an experience unmatched by any other company. It will be difficult to be left disappointed by this one.

Trip Intinerary

Itinerary Disclaimer

Itinerary is a sample only and outlines a typical trip layout, Locations and timing can vary based on weather conditions.

Day 1

Check in at the dive office. 3 Abbott St, Cairns between 8:30AM and 4:00PM.
You will make your own way to Mondo Café, Bar, & Grill, to meet your fellow passengers. It is recommended that you grab a bite to eat here as dinner is not provided on the first evening.
The Mike Ball crew will lead you to the marina where you will board Spoilsport.
You will have a briefing soon after boarding from the dive director accompanied by light snacks and a glass of champagne
After departing Cairns, you will then have time to organise any rental equipment required and set up your gear on the dive deck.

Day 2

Today will involve four daytime dives and one night dive
Light breakfast snacks will be served first thing in the morning
Following breakfast, a dive brief and your first dives commence
After the initial dive, a full cooked breakfast is served
You will then have the next dive brief and dives
Lunch will be served before your afternoon dive briefing and dives
You will stop for afternoon tea, followed by the night dive brief and dive
After your adventurous night dive, it’s time to sit back and relax with some dinner before turning in for the night.

Day 3

Today involves four daytime dives and one night dive
You will follow the same daytime structure as the previous day.
Spoilsport will moor off Lizard Island for the evening, as you enjoy champagne, nibbles, and an Aussie BBQ party night.
You will enjoy a bit of evening fun, so wear your loudest tropical shirt, or dress and sing along to music played by the crew on board.

Day 4

This day involves two daytime dives and one night dive
A light breakfast is served first thing in the morning
After breakfast, those doing the four night Fly Dive Coral Sea Expedition will disembark.
You now have some free time where you can either stay onboard or take a stroll over to Lizard Island to stretch your legs and explore.
In the late morning, some new passengers join the trip.
Get to know your new dive mates over drinks and light snacks.
Around noon you will have a dive brief and your first dive of the day
After your first dive, lunch is served.
Following lunch, another dive brief and dive
Afternoon tea will be served mid afternoon, followed by the next dive brief and night dive
The crew will then serve dinner and you can unwind from the day’s excitement.

Day 5

Today involves four daytime dives and one night dive with everything unfolding as per day two’s itinerary.

Day 6

Today involves four dives
The day follows the same layout as the previous day with the last dive out of the water by 5pm.
The crew will serve champagne, nibbles, and you will prepare for a final farewell party!
Overnight you will be under power as you cruise back to Cairns

Day 7

A light breakfast is served before you disembark and take a courtesy transfer to Cairns’ inner city, hotels, the airport, or the Mike Ball office.

Inclusions & Extras


  • Accommodation In Twin Or Double Cabins
  • All Meals Minus Dinner On The First Night
  • Wine And Snacks Included In Moderation

Not Included

  • Swimmers
  • Dinner On The First Night
  • Lunch & Dinner Upon Return

What to bring

  • Small Backpack of Suitable Clothing
  • Sunscreen, Hat, & Sunglasses
  • Personal Medications & Prescription Dive Goggles
  • Warm Gear For The Evenings
  • Printed Trip Voucher
  • Your Dive Log Book And Dive Certification Card

Pick Ups & Departures

Pickups available from Cairns $28pp and Northern Beaches $34pp

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Terms & Conditions

Check-in is done at the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions office: 3 Abbott St, Cairns between 8:30AM – 4:00AM
You will board the vessel at 6:00PM
The vessel returns at 8:00am on the final day at Trinity Wharf with inner city & airport transfers available.

Guest needs to meet minimum requirements: Advanced Dive Certification OR 10 ocean dives completed, with 5 in the last 12 months.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should I do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can help you.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

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