MV Spoilsport (Mike Ball Dive Expeditions)

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Destination: Australia

Location: Great Barrier Reef (3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 nights) From $448++/night

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MV Spoilsport Quick Pitch

MV Spoilsport is purpose-built for Mike Ball Dive Expeditions to provide divers with a new level of comfort and convenience. Spoilsport is the most stable and spacious vessel operating in the Coral Sea. Enjoy unmatched space and stability of Australia's most awarded dive liveaboard boat as you discover the amazing biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

Learn about diving the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Why You'll Like MV Spoilsport

  • Custom built for diving
  • 12 attentive crew on every cruise
  • Spacious and luxurious design
  • All-inclusive chef-prepared meals and complimentary soft drinks and wines at dinner
  • Air conditioning throughout 
 

 

Dive Overview

The dive sites in the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea feature healthy reefs, soft corals, mantas, schooling gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles and much more.  

 

Dive Requirements

For the Fly Dive Coral Sea and Coral Sea Safari itineraries, the certification required is Advanced Open Water or 10 ocean dives with at least 5 dives in last 12 months. The Fly Dive Cod Hole is suitable for Novice to Advanced Divers and Snorkelers.

[See: Australia Dive Travel Guide]

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities, and Photos

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MV Spoilsport Accommodation Overview

  • No. of Cabins: 14 cabins for up to 28 guests
  • Cabin Types: 4x Premium, 4x Standard, 4x Club, 2x Budget
  • General Amenities: En-suite bathroom (except for Budget Cabins) and air conditioning
  • Bedding: See each room type for details 

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  • Premium Cabins
  • No. of Cabins: 4 Premium Cabins (Cabins 3, 4, 9, 10)
  • Amenities: En-suite bathroom, ocean view, air conditioning
  • Bedding Size: (in mm) Cabin 9 - queen bed L 2030 x W 1530; Cabin 10 - queen bed L 2030 x W 1530; Cabin 3 - double bed L 1840 x W 1370 Cabin 4 - double bed L 1860 x W 1370
  • Standard Cabins
  • No. of Cabins: 4 Standard Cabins (Cabins 5,6,7,8)
  • Amenities: Twin beds, en-suite bathroom, ocean view, air conditioning
  • Bedding Size (in mm): Cabin 5, 6, 7 & 8: Window - single beds L 2000 x W 890; Wall - single beds L 1960 x W 890

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  • Club Cabins
  • No. of Cabins: 4 Club Cabins (Cabins 11, 12, 13 & 14)
  • Amenities: Bunk beds, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning
  • Bedding Size (in mm): Cabin 11, 12, 13 & 14 - bunk beds L 1900 x W 890
  • Budget Cabins
  • No. of Cabins: 2 Budget Cabins (Cabins 1 &2)
  • Amenities: Bunk beds, air conditioning
  • Bedding Size (in mm): Cabin 1 & 2 - bunk beds L 1960 x W 890

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General Facilities

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MV Spoilsport General Facilities

  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Lounge & bar
  • Large sundeck with optional shade cover
  • Alfresco deck
  • 2x large-screen TV & music and DVD player
  • Daily housekeeping
  • All-inclusive chef-prepared meals and in-between snacks or meals
  • Complimentary soft drinks and Australian wines (with dinner)
  • Large multilevel camera table and dedicated camera rinse tanks 

 

MV Spoilsport Dive Facilities & Services

  • Dive courses & dive gear rental available
  • Solo diving option
  • Camera table
  • Rebreather service
  • Help for novices/freedom for experienced divers
  • Digital photo shoot-out on every expedition
  • Custom designed to provide superb dive and guest facilities.
  • 2 Large inflatables for personalized dive service
  • Nitrox available
  • Huge dive deck with convenient entry/exit platforms 
 

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Food & Drinks

The Spoilsport's award-winning food service caters to all dietary requirements. Your chef prepares all meals fresh. Vegetarians and vegans are catered for with their own menu.

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MV Spoilsport Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

The actual rates are in AUD. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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2020 rates

The prices shown below are per person and in AUD. The pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest AUD/USD exchange rate. Please note that twin share is only available to guests in travel bubble (travelling together). Mandatory sole occupancy surcharge of 20% applies until May 31, 2021. Rates are valid from April 2020 to May 2021. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

Expedition  PremiumStandardClubBudget
TwinSoleTwinSoleTwinSoleTwinSole
5 Night Minke Whale Expedition32443893295835502670320423212785
5 Night Coral Sea & Ribbon Reefs32443893295835502670320423212785
4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon29353522268032162375285020472456
6 Night Yongala & Coral Sea Expedition57406888528063364610553238104572
7 Night Coral Sea Exploratory58897067541064924726567140274832
7 Night Far North Coral Sea Exploratory58897067541064924726567140274832

 

2021 rates

The prices shown below are per person and in AUD. The pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest AUD/USD exchange rate. Please note that twin share is only available to guests in travel bubble (travelling together). Mandatory sole occupancy surcharge of 50% applies until March 31, 2022. Rates are valid from June 2021 to March 2022. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

Special ExpeditionPremiumStandardClubBudget
3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole2935268023752047
4 Night Fly Dive Coral Sea3244295826702321
7 Night Coral Sea Safari5889541047264027
3 Night Fly Dive Minke Whale2935268023752047
4 Night Fly Dive Minke Whale3244295826702321
7 Night Minke Whale5889541047264027
6 Night Yongala & Coral Sea5580512044703810
7 Night Coral Sea Exploratory5889541047264027
7 Night Far North Coral Sea Exploratory5889541047264027
7 Night Turtle Spectacular - Nov '216089561049264227 


2022 RATES

The prices shown below are per person and in AUD. The pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest AUD/USD exchange rate. Please note that twin share is only available to guests in travel bubble (travelling together). Mandatory sole occupancy surcharge of 70% applies until March 31, 2023. Rates are valid from April 2022 to March 2023. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

Special ExpeditionPremiumStandardClubBudget
3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole3023276024462108
4 Night Fly Dive Coral Sea3341304727502391
7 Night Coral Sea Safari6066557248684148
3 Night Fly Dive Minke Whale3023276024462108
4 Night Fly Dive Minke Whale3341304727502391
7 Night Minke Whale6066557248684148
6 Night Yongala & Coral Sea5747527446043924
7 Night Coral Sea Exploratory6066557248684148
7 Night Far North Coral Sea Exploratory6066557248684148
7 Night Turtle Spectacular - Nov '226272577850744354

 

Inclusions

  • Daily serviced, air-conditioned twin/double cabins.
  • Delicious meals & snacks (no dinner on Thursday evenings).
  • Tea & Coffee all day, plus complimentary soft drink and wine with dinner.
  • Tanks, air fills, weight belt and Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS.
  • Reef ecology program.
  • Dive computer workshop.
  • Transfer to either our office, the airport or inner-city hotel after your expedition.
 

Exclusions

  • $7 per day spent at the Great Barrier Reef (EMC) (capped at 3 days). Waived until Dec 2020.
  • Equipment rental.
  • Nitrox fills - $25 per day.
  • Courses.
  • Bar purchases and souvenirs.
  • Fuel Levy of $44 (applies to Far North Coral Sea Exploratory only)
 

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Other Dates & Availability

For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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CORAL SEA & COD HOLE EXPEDITION (5 NIGHTS / 18 DIVES)

  • Spoilsport Itinerary 2020
  • 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).

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COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS EXPEDITION (4 NIGHTS / 13 DIVES) - SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Spoilsport Itinerary 2020
  • 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:  (3 dives + night dive)
  • As per above.
  • Sunday: (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
  • Monday:
  • 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).

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Minke Whale Expedition (5 Nights / 16 Dives) - SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Spoilsport Itinerary 2020
  • Thursday:  
  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8.30am and 4pm.
  • 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:  (3 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 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:  (3 dives + night dive)
  • As per above
  • Sunday:  (3 dives + night dive)
  • As per above
  • Monday:  (4 dives)
  • As per above. Exit last dive 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.
  • Spoilsport cruises back to Cairns overnight.
  • Tuesday:
  • Early morning docking.
  • 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). 

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Fly Dive Coral Sea (4 nights / 14 dives) - sample Itinerary

  • MV Spoilsport
  • Thursday:  
  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8.30am and 4pm.
  • 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.
  • 6:30 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 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 dives + night dive)
  • As per above
  • Sunday: (4 dives)
  • As per above. Exit last dive by 5 pm.
  • 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 Lizard Island.
  • Monday:
  • 7:00 am: Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am: Disembark Spoilsport. Our crew will walk you to the airport on Lizard Island.
  • 9:30 am: Board a light aircraft for a low level flight over the reef back to Cairns (flight time approx. 1 hour).
  • 11:45 am: Land Cairns and courtesy transfer to inner Cairns city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight.

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Fly Dive Cod Hole (3 NIGHTS / 12 DIVES) - sample Itinerary

  • MV Spoilsport
  • Monday:  (2 dives + night dive) 
  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 6:30 and 7am.
  • 7:15 am:  Transfer to Cairns Airport.
  • 8.00 am:  Board a light aircraft for a low level flight over the reef to Lizard Island (flight time approx. 1 hour).
  • Board Spoilsport mid-morning where you will be served drinks and snacks while our Trip Director gives you a welcome briefing.
  • Time to organise any rental equipment and put your dive gear together on the dive deck.
  • 12:45 pm: Dive brief and dive
  • 2:00 pm:  Lunch
  • 3:45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 4:45 pm:  Afternoon tea
  • 6:00 pm:  Dive brief and night dive
  • 8:00 pm:  Dinner
  • Tuesday:  (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
  • Wednesday:  (4 dives)
  • As per above. Exit last dive 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.
  • Spoilsport cruises back to Cairns overnight.
  • Thursday:
  • Early morning docking.
  • 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.

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Coral Sea Safari (7 nights / 26 dives) - sample Itinerary

  • MV Spoilsport
  • Thursday:  
  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • 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: (4 dives)
  • As per above, however all diving is finished by 5pm. Spoilsport moors off Lizard Island for the evening.
  • 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.
  • Monday:  (2 dives + night dive)
  • 7:00 am:  Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am:  Bid farewell to passengers doing the 4 night Fly Dive Coral Sea Expedition who will disembark here.
  • 8:00 am:  Stay onboard or take a tender over to Lizard Island to stretch your legs and explore a little of this beautiful island.
  • 11:00 am:  New passengers join us here.  Drinks and light snacks provided.
  • 12:45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 2:00 pm:  Lunch
  • 3:45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 4:45 pm:  Afternoon tea
  • 6:00 pm:  Dive brief and night dive
  • 8:00 pm:  Dinner
  • Tuesday: (4 dives + night dive)
  • As per Friday, above.
  • Wednesday: (4 dives)
  • As per above. Exit last dive 5pm.
  • As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for a final farewell party!
  • Overnight cruise 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.

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Far North Coral Sea Exploratory (7 Nights / 26 dives) - SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Spoilsport Itinerary 2020
  • 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, Remote Coral Sea
  • Where: Bougainville: Dungeons & Dragons; Crystal Plateau; MV Antonio Tarabocchia.
  • Below is a “typical day” however exact times may vary.
  • 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, Remote Coral Sea
  • Where: Osprey: Admiralty; False Entrance; North Horn.
  • Sunday: 4 dives + night dive, Far Northern Reefs
  • Where: TMO (Three Mile Opening); Creech Reef.
  • Monday: 3 dives + night dive, plus Stanley Island indigenous artwork excursion.  Far Northern Reefs
  • Where: Stanley Island, Aladins Cave; Pirates Cove.
  • Tuesday: 4 dives + night dive, Ribbon Reefs
  • Where: Cod Hole; Pixie Pinnacle; Gotham City.
  • Wednesday: 4 dives, Ribbon Reefs
  • Where: Cracker Jack; Clam Beds; Steve’s Bommie.
  • As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for a final farewell party!
  • Overnight cruise 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.
  • Important:
  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Wednesday).

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Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition (6 Nights / 27 Dives) - SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Spoilsport Itinerary 2020
  • 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 dives + night dive)
  • This is a sample of a ‘typical day’, however exact times may vary to optimise the prevailing 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
  • Sunday, SS Yongala & SS Gothenburg: (4 dives + night dive)
  • As above.
  • 7am to 2pm ‘Open Deck’ at SS Yongala (3 Dives)
  • Afternoon and night spent at ‘Old Reef’ & SS Gothenburg
  • Monday – Tuesday Flinders Reef (4dives + night dive)
  • Cod Wall, Geronimo’s, Watanabe, Rock Arch, Fan Fair, Trigger Happy
  • As above
  • Wednesday, Coral sea Holmes Reef: (4dives)
  • 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
  • Important:
  • We recommend that you allow 24 hours between your last dive and your onward flight (all diving is finished by 5pm Wednesday) 

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Minke Whale dive Expedition (3 nights / 10 dives) - sample itinerary

  • MV Spoilsport
  • Monday:  (3 dives)
  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 6.30 and 7am.
  • 7. 15 am:  Transfer to Cairns Airport
  • 8.00 am:  Board a light aircraft for a low level flight over the reef to Lizard Island (flight time approx. 1 hour).
  • Board Spoilsport mid-morning where you will be served drinks and snacks while our Trip Director gives you a welcome briefing.
  • Time to organise any rental equipment and put your dive gear together on the dive deck.
  • 12.45 pm: Dive brief and dive
  • 2.00 pm:  Lunch
  • 3.45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 4.45 pm:  Afternoon tea
  • 6.00 pm:  Dive brief and night dive
  • 8:00 pm:  Dinner
  • Tuesday:  (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
  • Wednesday:  (4 dives)
  • As per above. Exit last dive 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.
  • Spoilsport cruises back to Cairns overnight.
  • Thursday:
  • Early morning docking.
  • 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.

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MINKE WHALE DIVE EXPEDITION (4 NIGHTS / 12 DIVES) - SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • MV Spoilsport
  • Thursday:  
  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8.30am and 4pm.
  • 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 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 dives + night dive)
  • As per above
  • Sunday: (4 dives)
  • As per above. Exit last dive by 5 pm.
  • 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.
  • Moor off Lizard Island.
  • Monday:
  • 7.00 am: Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am: Disembark Spoilsport. Our crew will walk you to the airport on Lizard Island.
  • 9.30 am: Board a light aircraft for a low level flight over the reef back to Cairns (flight time approx. 1 hour).
  • 11:45 am: Land Cairns and courtesy transfer to inner Cairns city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight.

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MINKE WHALE DIVE EXPEDITION (7 NIGHTS / 22 DIVES) - SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • MV Spoilsport
  • 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: (4 dives)
  • As per above, however all diving is finished by 5pm. Spoilsport moors off Lizard Island for the evening.
  • 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.
  • Monday:  (2 dives + night dive)
  • 7.00 am:  Light breakfast
  • 8:00 am:  Bid farewell to passengers doing the 4 night expedition who will disembark here.
  • 8.00 am:  Stay onboard or take a tender over to Lizard Island to stretch your legs and explore a little of this beautiful island.
  • 11.00 am:  New passengers join us here.  Champagne and light snacks provided.
  • 12.45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 2.00 pm:  Lunch
  • 3.45 pm:  Dive brief and dive
  • 4.45 pm:  Afternoon tea
  • 6.00 pm:  Dive brief and night dive
  • 8:00 pm:  Dinner
  • Tuesday: (4 dives + night dive)
  • 6.30 am: Wake up call, light breakfast available in dining room
  • 7:00 am: Dive brief & diving commences
  • 9.00 am: Cooked breakfast
  • 10.30am: Dive briefing & 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
  • Wednesday: (4 dives)
  • As per above. Exit last dive 5pm.
  • As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for a final farewell party!
  • Overnight cruise 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.

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Boat Specifications

  • Year Built: 1989
  • Structure: Catamaran
  • Length: 100 ft (30m)
  • Beam: 35 ft (10.5m)
  • Cruising Speed: 13 knots
  • Passengers: avg. 22 max. 28
  • Number of Cabins: 10 with A/C
  • Number of Bathrooms: 10
  • Number of crew: 12
  • Tenders: 2 Large Inflatables

 

Practical Information

  • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (AUD) and/or Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard or Amex. 3% surcharge applies on Amex payment)
  • Crew Gratuities: While not mandatory, exceptional service tips of about 10% are common. 
  • Power Outlets: 220 V 
 

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Reviews (5)

4
4
5
5

This was my first time in Australia, and first time diving in the Pacific. Overall, it was an excellent experience. The staff was off the charts incredible, from top to bottom. The marine life was also absolutely amazing - I couldn’t have hoped for more. The one thing I didn’t love is that they don’t necessarily have a guide in the water on each dive. As an Assistant Instructor with close to 800 dives at the time I was perfectly comfortable navigating by myself, but having never been diving in the Pacific I had no idea what creatures to look for or where to find them. After the first day there was sometimes, but not always, a guide in the water.
I would definitely go back and dive with them again. It was a great experience and some of the best diving I’ve ever done!

Visited on 03/2020 - Submitted on 03/11/2021
5
5
5
5

We have been on 4 other liveaboards before, and this was clearly the best. The service was always exceptional, from help getting in an out of the water to yummy treats and warm towels on the dive deck after each dive. My wife has problems with her knees and they were always happy to take her tank and BC from her at the ladder so that she didn't have to climb aboard with that extra weight.

The rooms are about average for an upper level liveaboard - small, but clean. The beds were comfortable enough, not great, but not a problem. The galley/lounge area was always clean and well lit. There was plenty of space to work on photos on my laptop without feeling like I am blocking someone else, as happens sometimes on other boats.

I was a little concerned about the condition of the reef, having read some other reports, but we found it to be in very good condition. All of the dive locations were very healthy. We never had silted out or algaed reefs and always had abundant life. I was a little surprised that there were very few clown fish. Although a few sites had false clownfish, only the last site on the last day had true clownfish, with the bright orange and white stripes. I spent 80 minutes at the top of this bommie photographing the only two true clownfish, just to be sure I got the iconic Great Barrier Reef shot.

All in all, I would highly recommend this trip and liveaboard to anyone who hasn't experienced this great dive location. The flight from the USA is very long, but it's worth it at least once in your life. Also, if you are going to come all that way, be sure to do the 7-day cruise, not the 4 or 3-day variants.

Visited on 03/2012 - Submitted on 10/29/2014
Amsterdam,
Netherlands
5
5
4
5

Mike Ball Deep Reef liveaboard was fantastic. Mike Ball has a variety of trips available. I ended up on the Deep Reef which to be honest when I booked I didn't exactly know what that meant, the trip just fit my time period so I signed up. In hindsight I'm really glad I ended up on that one as we went far out on the reef to the reefs not accessible on a day trip. As a result we ran into no other dive boats while out on the reef and reefs were in decent shape.

There were a number of room options to choose from depending on budget, I chose shared room with bathroom inside it. The room was comfortable and clean. The variety of food served was impressive, there were always snacks available between dives, as well as coffee, tea, and water. The meals had vegetarian and meat options, and we even had a BBQ on the last night. Dive deck was well laid out, and the boat overall had lots of open space, some inside areas you could hang out as well as outside.

The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Passenger safety was of the utmost importance. All divers had a GPS unit put in their BCD, there were spotters on the top deck every time divers were in the water, the dingy could be signaled to come and get you if you were too far away to swim back. I tested the dingy service on two occasions and it was perfect. All divers had to check in and out for each dive to ensure all divers were accounted for and if you weren't diving during a non-open deck time you had to tell the Dive Coordinator. I felt completely safe during the trip. We did a shark feed at the beginning of one dive. The Dive Coordinator made the instructions 100% clear as to what the expectations of divers were and if anyone deviated from that they would abort the dive. All dive sites had a dive brief that clearly indicated what was expected in terms of conditions, and potential wildlife to be seen. There was only one occasion that the information was a little off and that was in terms of the strength of a current running through a site. Otherwise information was appropriate.

I liked the set up of the diving, two dives in morning, open deck in afternoon where you could do up to two dives and then a night dive. Dive masters were available but not required to go with you. We were allowed to go out with our dive buddies or in groups. They tried to match divers of relatively equal skill for buddies. All the dive sites except one which happened to have a lot of current at the time we were there were very easy dives, nearly no current or very mild.

The animal life was varied some sites were really good, and others middle of the road. My favourite site I believe was called Pixie Pinnacle, loads of small animal life, we just went round and round the pinnacle finding more cool stuff every time. Steve's Bommie was also very cool.

Some of the animal life I saw was as follows: humphead wrasse, angel fish, gray reef share, white tip reef shark, unicorn fish, trigger fish, eels, grouper, scalloped hammerhead shark, parrot fish, potato grouper, lobster, crab, brittle star fish, tile fish, lion fish, garden eels, pipe fish, butterfly fish, hermit crab, scorpion fish, stone fish, wobbegong, walking fans, anemones, clown fish and leafy scorpion fish.

This was my first live-aboard experience but I loved it! I liked the get up gear up and jump in, no lengthy transport getting from land to dive site. I don't think that I could have chosen a better company to go with. The staff couldn't have been better and there was a really great group of divers on board. I've since done one other live-aboard and Mike Ball is still hands down better.

Visited on 11/2012 - Submitted on 02/13/2014
5
4
5
4

I absolutely love, love, loved my week on the Spoilsport! I was not ready to depart when the time came.

The crew was amazing- with the exception of one of their "volunteer" crew members, they were all attentive and friendly. (perhaps they could screen those volunteers better) The Captain, "Pirate Pete" was quite the entertainer and played the guitar and sang! Our Divemasters, Ash, Shona, Kirin (also our cruise director)... I'm sorry I can't remember all of their names but they were all wonderful and fun.

My cabin was clean and compact with plenty of storage space. The AC was a bit though to control and kept hedging a bit toward Arctic but after a word to the crew it was quickly fixed. We always had plenty of hot water for our showers which is not always the case on a liveaboard.

The food was very good, they catered to all the funky habits and needs of the divers without so much as a raised eyebrow. There was plenty of variety, I loved the soups that were served with most of the lunches. And there was always something to nibble on.

Now, about that diving...
The dive deck is well run. The dive deck towels could have been a bit bigger. I'm a small person and thought they were itty bitty but they were always clean and dry and waiting for us. The briefs were thorough with maps drawn and full explanations of currents and possible dangers. After the brief we were allowed to dive when we wanted, with or without a guide, divers choice. I particularly loved that because I have a camera and would prefer not to be with a crowd or moving too fast. My buddy and I were first in and last out on most of the dives. On the first day when we came back way later than everyone else we apologized only to be told that the crew was there to cater to us and it was fine! Sweet.
We saw so much... The Giant Potato Cod were so much fun, gentile giants, they swam right up to check us out and just stayed around to have their portraits taken. We saw Giant Clams, beautiful corals and tons of little stuff as well, nudies, sea squirts, anemones, christmas tree worms... I enjoyed the game of, Stump the PhotoPro, in which we were to take photos of things we thought he couldn't identify. He actually did very well.
For me the hardest thing about the diving was deciding weather to take the fish eye or the macro lens. We did a fantastic drift dive that I think was called, Vertical Gardens. The drift dive was followed up with a shark dive. Living in Hawaii, I get to see lots of sharks and expected the shark dive to be tacky but it was a ton of fun! A great time was had by all I think even the sharks enjoyed it. And the photo ops on that dive were stellar.
Of note to some- The 100 mile overnight to Osprey Reef was quite rough and a number of people were sick, although most came around in a day or so, I would be sure to bring your patches if you have a tendency toward seasickness.

Would I do this trip again? Yes, in a heartbeat.

Visited on 10/2013 - Submitted on 02/12/2014
Venice, CA
United States
5
5
5
5

Mike Ball is a fantastic operation to dive the Outer Great Barrier reef with, the level of service was just fantastic, and even though it is more expensive than some of the other operations the additional cost is made of for by the great dive masters, food, and accommodations.

The common area is comfortable, with many rows of tables to eat at, and couches to lounge on. On the dive deck, each diver has their own personal cubby with space on top for your camera gear (one of my favorite things is that they have compressed air hoses on top so you can quickly dry your camera gear if you need to do a lens or port swap). Before each dive they have someone to help you get all your gear on, during the dive you can optionally have a divemaster show you and your group around the site, and after the dive you'll be greeted with a warm towel to dry off with.

We did the three night Ribbon reef trip and stayed in a cabin with an ensuite bathroom. Perfect level of comfort considering that you don't really spend all that much time in the room.

The diving was absolutely fantastic, hitting places like Cod Hole, Steve's Bommie, and Acropolis. All had extensive and healthy coral reefs with amazing hard coral, loads of reef fish and macro life like mantis shrimp. The variety and colors of the hard corals were better than anywhere I've been besides Kosrae.

On Steve's Bommie there were some beautiful "nemo" clownfish. We didn't see a lot of sharks, nowhere near what I've seen in Tahiti and Palau, but we did see some.

I can't imagine diving with any other operation and I'm looking forward to going back to do the full 7 day trip that also takes you out to Osprey Reef where you get to see much more large pelagic life!

Visited on 04/2010 - Submitted on 01/23/2014

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