AUSTRALIA - Mike Ball Liveaboards
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.
Coral Sea & The Great Barrier Reef
7 nights + Unlimited Diving
This is an amazing 450 mile expedition that combines adventure diving in the Coral Sea and highlights the superb marine biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Begin by swimming with diver-size fish at the world famous Cod Hole. Overnight, you venture out to the crystal clear waters and plummeting walls in the Coral Sea. Witness the exciting shark feed - you can photograph these sleek, high order predators at close-range! Halfway, at Lizard Island, some guests may join or depart the expedition.
The second half of this expedition explores the best Ribbon Reef sites between the Cod Hole and Cooktown including the Acropolis; Steve's Bommie; Lighthouse Bommie; the Cod Wall and Flare Point. Here, you see the best concentrations of pristine corals; colourful tropical fish and rare critters. Macro fauna include the lacy scorpionfish; leaf scorpionfish; pygmy seahorses; nudibranchs and ghost pipefish. While larger marine life include schools of trevally; barracuda; sea snakes; sharks and resident turtles.
Diving Experience: Novice to advanced divers. It is best suited for the adventurous diver. We can accommodate one or two less experienced divers, though this may mean sitting out on the odd dive if conditions are beyond your ability.
Fly/Dive Coral Sea
4 nights + 14 Dives
A special bonus with your 'Fly/Dive Cod Hole' participation is experiencing one of the World's most spectacular, low-level reefs and witnessing stunning views of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef's most remarkable marine life encounter awaits you at the Cod Hole; imagine diver-size fish that swim with you!
All your dives will be on the superior reefs between Cooktown and the Cod Hole, beginning at Ribbon Reef. This 55 mile turquoise chain of ribbon reefs is the most prized dive region in the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef. You will see spectacular concentrations of pristine coral and a myriad of brightly coloured tropical fish. The currents that channel between the ribbon reefs attract bigger fish populations than elsewhere. You will enjoy exciting nights and drift dives with excellent visibility. Their knowledgeable dive crews are often able to show you very rare species, like the beautiful leaf scorpion fish and ghost pipefish. The 'Fly/Dive Cod Hole' is a photographer's paradise for both macro and wide-angle shots.
Diving Experience: Advanced Divers
Fly/Dive Cod Hole
3 nights + 12 Dives
This is the very best of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Dive Ribbon Reef sites with the best marine life biodiversity and the Cod Hole; Ribbon Reefs and Great Barrier Reef.
Imagine yourself on a spectacular 'flying start' to Lizard Island. On the way you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Half of your 150 mile flight is at a very low 180 metres (600ft) above the sites you will dive along the Reef's continental shelf. A truly spectacular beginning to your expedition!
This 55 mile chain of reefs from Lizard Island to Cooktown is the most prized dive region of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. This is where you can see more of the Reef's 1500 fish and 400 coral species than elsewhere. The currents that channel between the ribbon reefs attract large fish populations.
Diving Experience: Novices to Advanced scuba divers Mondays - Thursdays
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