3 nights –12 dives
Diving Experience: Novices to
Location: Ribbon Reefs and
Great Barrier Reef.
Embarks: Monday 7am - Mike Ball
office (143 Lake St). Transfer to Airport.
Disembarks: Thursday 8am – Trinity Wharf, Cairns. (courtesy city hotel
Dive Cod Hole Map
The Fly Dive Cod Hole showcases
the best of the Great Barrier Reef featuring:
- a spectacular low-flying start to Lizard Island,
- the prime Ribbon Reef sites,
- exciting marine life encounters,
- the world famous Cod Hole,
- outstanding marine life biodiversity,
- all dives sites north of Cooktown,
- guaranteed access to restricted dive sites,
- 50% reduced cruise time and within sheltered waters,
- superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions,
- Minke whales (Jun/Jul).
scenic flight over the Ribbon Reef dive sites
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 Great Barrier Reefs
continental shelf. A truly spectacular beginning to your expedition.
Lizard Island aerial photograph from low-level flight.
See where the famous English navigator James Cook climbed
in 1770 to find a way out of the labyrinth of reefs. Naturalist Joseph
Banks lamented in his log that he had too little time to study the wealth
of strange creatures he saw in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Will
you have space in your log to record the wealth of creatures you find?
The turquoise chain of Ribbon
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 Great Barrier Reefs 1500 fish and
400 coral species than elsewhere. The currents that channel between the
ribbon reefs attract large fish populations.
Exciting Marine Life Encounters.
Marine life encounters range from pygmy seahorses to manta
rays and whales. The Great Barrier Reef has 9 species of anemone fish, 43
species of butterfly fish, 1001 species of nudibranch, and 6 of the worlds
7 turtle species…
the Cod Hole
Diver size fish at the Cod Hole and Cod
One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing
phenomenon's await you at the Cod Hole. Swim with, ‘small diver size’ or
‘giant fish size’ potato cod. Spend the dive amongst shallow sunlit coral
gardens of acropora coral or venture deeper into the parallel gullies
forming the front of the reef where huge Queensland groupers face into the
on the sundeck
Ribbon Reef Highlights
Challenger Bay ’s Baza!
Another highlight is a night dive at Challenger Bay, home of Baza the
barracuda and of many moray eels and clever lionfish, who, are very active
at night and have learnt how to use the light of your torch to find their
coming to surface for air
Lighthouse Bommie &
And your next stop? Lighthouse Bommie is a
pinnacle rising from the sand at 30 metres. In the months, of June to
August you can enjoy more Minke whale sightings and longer encounters than
elsewhere in the world. Acropolis Plateau is the new hot site,
shrouded in spectacular corals and festooned with baitfish, predatory fish
Pixie Pinnacle, Vertical Gardens.
will spend the next morning at Pixie Pinnacle where you may find harlequin
ghost pipefish, leafy scorpion fish and lace scorpion fish. Vertical
Gardens is a natural amphitheatre, and home to a herd of large green bump
head parrotfish. They make an awesome procession crunching their way
through the reef!
and Giant Clam
Clam Beds, Andy’s Postcard.
Clam Beds is a beautiful shallow coral garden where dozens of giant
clams show off their majestic mantles. Andy’s Postcard is an isolated
bommie rising from 80 metres. Fluorescent purple and orange anthias
attract trevally and barracuda to these photogenic sites.
Basslet and Soft Coral
Steve’s Bommie, Flare Point,
At Steve’s Bommie, hiding amongst the coral
you can find lion fish, frog fish and leaf scorpion fish. Fluorescent
anthias amass on the reef edge while lined snapper, big eye trevally and
barracuda circumnavigate the pinnacle. Flare Point has beautiful pristine
coral gardens where cuttle fish are regularly seen.
Dive Site Guarantee!
dives will be north of Cooktown including ‘prime’ Ribbon Reef sites that
have restricted access. If weather forces an itinerary change our surety
of access to the prime Ribbon Reef sites is your guarantee of the best
diving available. Spoilsport’s outstanding stability minimizes disruption
to your itinerary and your diving experience.
at Camera Table
notice there is no rush or limit placed on your dive time. Spoilsport’s
itineraries normally provide 3 dive sites per day with opportunity for
relaxed or unlimited diving. At sites like Challenger Bay some
photographers do 2 hour dives to capture special fish behavior
nudibranch at Steve's Bommie
Most guests prefer to plan and dive
independently with their buddy. Guests who require supervision are offered
a combination of: complimentary orientation dives to enhance skills; a
scheduled morning and afternoon guided dive and dives with our staff on an
ad hoc basis. Our crew will locate species like one of the 1001
nudibranchs. The complimentary Reef Ecology Program will assist you
identify the marine life.
Spoilsport = 5 Star Service!
aim to spoil you! To ensure your needs are met, on arrival the ‘trip
director’ will have a private consultation with you. In between dives you
enjoy Spoilsports luxurious motor yacht atmosphere and attentive crew.
Spoilsport is the Great Barrier Reef’s most awarded live aboard.
was designed to provide divers with a new level of comfort and
convenience. You get less rock’n’roll with more space and comfort. She has
received 11 prestigious Rodale’s Reader Choice awards including Best Live
aboard and Most Environmentally Sensitive.
sumptuous variety of meals that has earned Spoilsport an enviable
reputation for catering excellence. Vegetarian and standard diets are
catered for with Australian and International menus using fresh local
produce. Please advise if you have special dietary needs.
Australian Dive Experience Award
- Spoilsport is Australia ’s most ‘Awarded’ live aboard,
- Length 30m (100ft); Beam 10m (36ft); Speed 15 knots,
- Passenger average 20 (max 28) Crew 11,
- Twin hull’s reduce seasickness and maximises stability, space and
- Twin or double cabins, most with ocean views. Daily cabin
- Spacious: dining room; lounge; alfresco deck and sundeck,
- Sensational chef prepared meals and in-between meal snacks,
- Complimentary soft drinks and Australian wines with
Spoilsport Dive Services:
- Complimentary Reef Ecology Program,
- Low key photo comp on every expedition,
- Huge dive deck with convenient entry/exit platforms,
- Photographer friendly with 3 large camera tables,
- ‘Open dive deck’ allows flexible dive planning,
- 3 dive sites per day is normal,
- Underwater photography and video services,
- Nitrox fills (see prices)
- PADI instruction: Advanced, Nitrox, Naturalist and Photo/Video,
- Dry towel after each dive,
- Solo diving as per Mike Ball Safe Solo System,
- 2 large inflatables for personalised dive service.
Details subject to change.
Geri Murphy and Mike Ball.