Spoilsport The Great Barrier Reef has to be one of the World’s premier diving spots, suited to those seeking pelagic; deep walls; wreck diving or shark action. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, long established leaders in Australia’s dive scene, offer unsurpassed standards onboard their dive vessels.
The superb Spoilsport is Australia’s leading Liveaboard vessel, boasting exceptional comfort. 100ft long, it has 15 cabins of which there are four gradings – budget; economy; standard and premium. Budget and economy cabins have over and under bunks beds and share a bathroom between two cabins. Standard cabins have twin beds and share a bathroom between two and premium cabins have double beds with private en-suite facilities.
Papua New Guinea
5* Spirit of Nuigini Our guests will find complete facilities for the serious and discerning divers ranging from roomy dive decks to an easily accessible dive-platform.
Amenitiesde fresh towels daily, coffee/tea making station, individually controlled air-conditioning in each stateroom.
The vessel is crewed by experienced local and international staff and her operations managed by people with extensive experience in cruise ship and hotel mana and facilities inclugement who are dedicated divers themselves.
Spirit of Niugini has accommodations for 16 passengers in 8 staterooms. Two double and two twin cabins on the main deck, 2 twin cabins on the forward lower deck and 2 more twin cabins on the aft lower deck. All have private head and shower. Each room is fitted with standard queen or twin sized beds, carpeted and tastefully furnished. Facilities include piped-in music, reading lights, wardrobe, hair-dryer and plenty of storage space. Our guests will find complete facilities for the serious and discerning divers ranging from roomy dive decks to an easily accessible dive-platform.
MV Chartan The world’s most exotic diving destination has a new attraction. She is the M.V. Chertan, a purpose-built dive boat which has begun operations out of Alotau in Milne Bay and is equipped with a full complement of crew which includes your host and divemaster Rob van der Loos. The Chertan introduces a term many intrepid divers are unfamiliar with – luxury. The vessel is the culmination of a dream for Rob who’s had 30 years exploring the blue, clear waters of Milne Bay and beyond: it has given him a unique insight into the wonders of the area.
On board Chertan the living is easy. One of the most memorable “post diving” experiences is the food, where freshness is the key to describing the rich offerings of the region. A cruise on Chertan offers unlimited diving for the enthusiast as well as an introduction to the local culture. Our itineraries are all about adventure, challenge and discovery in conditions that few have experienced. From dugouts to dugongs, from plunging coral drop-offs to towering volcanic mountains, skull caves and thermal springs, from hammerhead sharks to manta rays, the region is truly unique.
MV FeBrina was purchased by her current owners, Max Benjamin and Alan Raabe, in 1991. At the time, FeBrina was a fishing and diving charter vessel operating out of Gladstone, Australia. Prior to delivering the boat from Australia to Papua New Guinea, the boat was totally refurbished to cater especially for divers and underwater photographers.
One giant stride and you are immediately enveloped in yet another extraordinary diving experience! MV Sepik Spirit The “MV SEPIK SPIRIT”, constructed in 1989, is built to the specifications to suit the demands of a shallow draft expeditionary vessel for navigating inland waterways. Its shallow draft allows passage into remote corners of the Sepik Region and areas not otherwise accessible to larger vessels.
The “SEPIK SPIRIT” complies with the most rigid of safety standards including both the American Bureau of Shipping and Papua New Guinea safety regulations. Refurbished in early-2006 to ensure that the SEPIK SPIRIT meets the expectations of the modern traveller. The refurbishment includes new interior and improved noise insulation. The SEPIK SPIRIT accommodates 18 passengers in 9 twin bedrooms each with private bathroom. Onboard facilities include a dining room, lounge, bar, video and covered upper observatory deck. The entire vessel is air-conditioned. Because the SEPIK SPIRIT is custom designed for the rigors of operating in this unique environment, she is the ideal size for exploration. This, combined with small passenger numbers allows the traveller an intimate experience to little visited areas.
Truk Siren The 40 metre S/Y Truk Siren luxury diving liveaboard built in 2009 will be refitted in 2014 to offer our guests Tec-diving facilities. She offers ample room for 16 guests in 8 cabins which are either fixed double or twin bed, however we wish to offer flexibility therefore 2 cabins have the option to be converted from twin to double. There are also 2 triple bed cabins which may be used for full charter trips to suit the needs of our guests.
The outdoor dining area offers a superb setting for all your meals and the dive deck is spacious with individual set up stations, storage drawers for all your personal items and large rinse tanks for camera gear and torches. Since her launch in 2009 we have also improved facilities for underwater photographers and videographers, providing both indoor and outdoor designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment. Built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, she is a traditional “gaft-rigged Phinisi” handcrafted from ironwood and teak.
Built by divers for divers the S/Y Truk Siren is a modern and spacious diving liveaboard. Aboard the S/Y Truk Siren we shall welcome up to a maximum of 16 divers on each trip. This ensures abundant space for all guests. SS Thorfinn Sailing out of Guam, the SS Thorfinn offers comfortable liveaboard accommodation and excellent diving, and is operated by a crew with an intimate knowledge of the dive sites that are visited.
Onboard, the vessel caters for 22 guests with 11 double cabins, most ensuite. There is a lounge, bar, dining room, spa, entertainment centre, TV/video, sundeck, boutique and photo lab. As well as the wrecks there are over 800 species of marine life including sharks, jellyfish, clownfish and rays. The diving season is also year round with water temperature from 29C/85F; visibility is between 20-30 metres/60-100 feet guaranteed.
Ocean Hunter 1 The Ocean Hunter I has been specifically designed by divers, for divers. Unlimited diving is conducted off a spacious diving platform at the stern of the boat and hardly ever off a chase boat (so you can climb right back onto the boat when you’re done and take a warm freshwater shower!). Ocean Hunter I has three cabins with private bath and a/c, and accommodates up to 6 guests, which means un crowded reefs, ease of entry into the water, personal attention and maximized bottom time.
Furthermore, the vessel is designed for professional underwater photography, with a big working area and more than 60 electrical outlets (110 and 220 volt), extra storage space, and E-6 processing available overnight. NITROX tanks and certification are available onboard. Our chef serves fresh low-fat gourmet cuisine. Built by the pioneer divers of Palau for others to explore Palau’s waters, reefs, caves and wrecks for themselves in comfort and intimate luxury, Ocean Hunter I provides a high-class, unrivalled liveaboard experience for diving the true Palau. Please note that since we take only 6 divers, we are very flexible and customize the itinerary for each diver. We’ve had guests that have had 6 dives a day and some that were interested in 3 dives a day only.
Ocean Hunter 3 Welcome to Ocean Hunter III, the latest addition to the Ocean Hunter Fleet in Palau. The boat will represent 25 years of knowledge in the liveaboard industry and like all of our liveaboards was designed by divers, for divers. Ocean Hunter III will be diving the reefs of Palau, plus special trips to places such as Yap. Ocean Hunter III has 6 standard cabins and 2 master staterooms all with private bath and a/c, and accommodates up to 16 guests with personal attention and plenty of space. There is a large dining room and a comfortable salon with sofas and an entertainment system.
Furthermore, the vessel is designed for professional underwater photography, TV and Film production, with a sizeable working area, 110, 220 and 415 volt electrical outlets, extra storage space, and E-6 processing available overnight. Ocean Hunter III offers powerful PC’s for movie and video editing. Palau Aggressor The Palau Aggressor is a 106ft yacht built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. The boat sleeps up to 18 guests in privacy and comfort.
Accommodations include 9 spacious cabins each with private bathroom and individual climate control. The Palau Aggressor has a beautiful spacious salon, sun deck, hot tub, grill and a complete photo centre and photo/video centre. The menu on board is varied and plentiful, with a range of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. Wake up to fresh fruits, hot entrées, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salad and sandwiches. Dinners are diverse, including seafood, beef or chicken. Each evening enjoy fresh homemade desserts. Soft drinks, beer and wine are complimentary.
With their unique combination of talents the crew of the Palau Aggressor offers the ultimate service. There is a variety of nightly entertainment, including fish identification slide shows, films, games and more. Palau Siren The 40 metre S/Y Palau Siren luxury liveaboard launched in July 2012 to offer year-round diving trips in Palau. Built with the same specifications as her sister yachts, the S/Y Philippine Siren and the S/Y Indo Siren, the cabins are either fixed double or twin bed, however we offer flexibility with 2 cabins which can be converted from twin to double to suit the needs of our guests. The dining area is very spacious offering a great setting for all your meals.
The dive deck is perhaps the most spacious and comfortable you would have experienced. Designated areas for charging and preparation of your camera and video equipment, the S/Y Palau Siren, as all Siren Fleet liveaboard yachts, truly sets out to be the pros choice for underwater photography and videography. Built on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, she is a traditional “gaft rigged Phinisi” handcrafted from ironwood and teak. You will find no other dive liveaboard as beautiful in the waters of Micronesia, and being that she was built by divers for divers you can rest assured every need has been thought of for the modern diver.
Aboard the S/Y Palau Siren we welcome up to 16 guests ensuring abundant space for all divers. Our crew of 12 is on hand throughout the trip to ensure you are well looked after.