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Coral Sea Safari Itinerary

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Coral Sea
Minke Whales at Cod Hole
Lizard Island
Turtle Cod Hole
Osprey Reef

****Note - Mike Ball are running specials into 2017. $200 off selected Cod Hole and Coral Sea trips and $500 off 7 day safari trips. Click here for details


Coral Sea Safari

Duration: 7 Nights

Departing: Every Thursday 7pm, Cairns Trinity Wharf

Returning: Every Thursday 7am, Complimentary transfers to local accommodation


7 nights / 6 dive days – Unlimited diving (approx. 26 dives or 28 dives whole vessel charter)


Thursday: Check-in and Departure

Prior to 4:00pm. Check-in luggage at Mike Ball office - 143 Lake Street, Cairns.

If unable to check-in prior to 4:00pm phone us on 07 4031 5484 for departure details.

6:00pm our crew meet you at the Cairns Corporate Towers entrance and escort you to Spoilsport – Trinity Wharf.

Cruise overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.


Friday: Ribbon Reef #9 - Pixie Gardens, Cod Hole

Buddy up with diver size fish that dive with you at the Cod Hole!

Swim with giant potato cod, napoleon wrasse, moray eels, tuna and barracuda.

Enjoy close encounters with huge Maori wrasse.

Anticipate spectacular coral gardens, spotted rays, reef sharks and green turtle sightings.

Night dive where decorator crabs, egg cowry shells, moray eels and crayfish are just a few of the creatures you can find.


Saturday & Sunday: Coral Sea - Osprey Reef

Cruise 100 miles overnight to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

Enjoy 40 meter (132ft) visibility with spectacular walls disappearing to 1000metres.

Witness the resident shark population including grey whalers, whitetip reef sharks, silvertips and hammerheads.

Search for the commonly seen green and loggerhead turtles.

Find the caves, overhangs and spectacular walls adorned with huge soft coral trees and gorgonian fans.


Monday: Lizard Island & Ribbon Reef #10 & #9 – Cod Wall, Cod Hole, Challenger Bay

Climb “Cook’s Look” at Lizard Island where Captain Cook searched for safe passage through the reef.

Explore the rarely dived Cod Wall at the outer reef edge that disappears into 60 meters (200ft)

Glide back towards the Cod Hole while enjoying the clear water and spectacular coral formations.

Shallow but fantastic, Challenger Bay is extremely rich in biodiversity from spectacular coral gardens and unusual critters through to large schooling fish. Great night dive location… watch out for Baza the Barra!


Tuesday: Ribbon Reef #9, #5, #4 - Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle, Andy’s Postcard, Clam Beds, Vertical Gdns

Circumnavigate Pixie Pinnacle and Lighthouse Bommie shrouded in fusiliers and baitfish. Fluorescent purple and orange anthias attract predatory fish to these photogenic sites. Majestic Minke whales are seen here in June and July.

Rising from 80 meters the pinnacle of Andy’s Postcard is encrusted in hard corals, lion fish, nudibranchs, octopus, schooling trevally and barracuda.

See spectacular giant clams at Clam Beds as well as caves, canyons and coral encrusted bommies awaiting exploration.

Sheer walls covered in whip corals and sea fans brim the natural amphitheatre of Vertical Gardens. Marine life varies from the many colourful nudibranchs to large schooling bump head parrotfish.


Wednesday: Ribbon Reef #3 - Flare Point, Joani’s Joy, Steve’s Bommie

Spiral majestic coral pinnacles teeming with marine life.

See huge schools of baitfish stalked by barracuda, mackerel and trevally.

Anticipate spectacular coral gardens, spotted rays, reef sharks and green turtle sightings.


Thursday: Dock

Early morning docking at Trinity Wharf - Cairns, breakfast, 8:00am courtesy transfers to Cairns city hotels.


Prime dives sites - GUARANTEED!

This itinerary has been designed to include the ‘prime’ Ribbon Reef and Coral Sea dive sites.

If weather forces an itinerary change our surety of access to the prime Ribbon Reef sites is your guarantee of the best possible diving.

Spoilsport’s outstanding stability minimises disruption to your itinerary and your diving experience.





Itinerary subject to change.

Flying After Diving - the surface interval between the last dive completed at 5pm and flying at 9.30am is 16.5 hours, which exceeds the DAN minimum requirement of 12 hours. An additional safety feature is that Hinterland Air fly below 1000ft (weather permitting).



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