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$500 OFF Coral Sea Safari 7 Nights | $ 3719 | Save $500

Special Expires 11 May 2017

Dive the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on a Mike Ball dive liveaboard trip with these web specials.
The below specials are available on Premium, Standard and Club berths, subject to availability. Please see below for conditions.
Spoilsport... More
Dive the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on a Mike Ball dive liveaboard trip with these web specials.
The below specials are available on Premium, Standard and Club berths, subject to availability. Please see below for conditions.
Spoilsport - 7 nights (unlimited dives)
Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef - Experience the best of far north Queensland. Buddy up with diver size fish at the world famous Cod Hole, witness Osprey Reef’s shark population including hammerheads and silvertips and cruise the Ribbon Reefs. Walk in Capt. Cook’s footsteps on Lizard Island. Specials must be confirmed at time of booking.

Web special conditions: Specials available only at time of booking on Premium, Standard and Club berths. Full payment is required at time of booking. Availability and specials change week to week, to ensure you do not miss out on a special - place your booking as soon as possible. Specials are subject to availability and may end at any time.

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Fly Dive Cod Hole | From $ 1827

Expires 31 Mar 2017

3 Nights / 12 Dives. Best Cairns dive expedition for average diver. Includes Ribbon Reef sites of best biodiversity.

Imagine yourself on a spectacular ‘flying start’ to Lizard Island. On the way you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Bar... More
3 Nights / 12 Dives. Best Cairns dive expedition for average diver. Includes Ribbon Reef sites of best biodiversity.

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 Reef’s continental shelf. A truly spectacular beginning to your expedition.

Itinerary:
Amazing low-level reef flight along Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island.
(Luggage Allowance)
Explore reefs from Lizard Is. to Cooktown.
All dives 100 miles north of Cairns.
Ribbon Reef sites with best fish & coral biodiversity.
Diver size fish at Cod Hole.
Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle,
Trolly Shoal, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon.
Steve’s Bommie, best fish biodiversity site.

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Fly Dive Coral Sea | From $ 2073

Expires 31 Oct 2016

4 Nights / 14 Dives. Australia’s best adventure diving for advanced divers.

As the sun sets over the coastal port city of Cairns, you’ll board Mike Ball’s Spoilsport to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and s... More
4 Nights / 14 Dives. Australia’s best adventure diving for advanced divers.

As the sun sets over the coastal port city of Cairns, you’ll board Mike Ball’s Spoilsport to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise overnight to your first dive.

A: Standard Itinerary:

All dives 150 miles north of Cairns.
Cod Hole, Goggle Gardens & Snake Pit.
Coral Sea walls with huge soft corals.
Big fish action in 40 metre viz. at Osprey.
2-3 shark attraction dives, 100’s of sharks.
False Entrance, deep wall pelagic action.

Or B: Fair Weather Itinerary (except during May nautilus dates. We recommend the Fair Weather Itinerary as the best diving):

Weather permitting, our best selection of Coral Sea dives at Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey.
September to January, most reliable Coral Sea access.
Holmes – Large caverns decorated with colourful soft corals.
Dozens of grey & silvertips at the ‘Amazing’ shark attraction.
Descend the spectacular Nonki Bommie thrusting up from 35m.
Bougainville – Plummeting clear blue waters, giant potato cod.
Spectacular big fish action at Crystal Plateau.
Explore the Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns.
Dive the scattered remains of MV Antonio Tarabocchia
Osprey – Big fish action in 40 meter visibility.
Shark attraction dives. 100’s of sharks.
Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
Witness the amazing Amphitheatre shark frenzy.
Stunning 250km low-level Great Barrier Reef flight from Lizard Is. to Cairns.
Great Barrier Reef not included in Fair Weather Itinerary.

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Coral Sea Safari | From $ 3596

Expires 31 Oct 2016

7 Nights / 26 Dives. This fabulous 450-mile expedition combines adventure diving in the Coral Sea with superb Great Barrier Reef marine biodiversity.

Standard Itinerary:

Cod Hole – Buddy up with diver size cod.
Osprey – Big fish action in... More
7 Nights / 26 Dives. This fabulous 450-mile expedition combines adventure diving in the Coral Sea with superb Great Barrier Reef marine biodiversity.

Standard Itinerary:

Cod Hole – Buddy up with diver size cod.
Osprey – Big fish action in 40 meter visibility.
2-3 shark attraction dives, 100’s of sharks.
Witness the amazing Amphitheatre shark frenzy.
Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
Halfway at Lizard Island, Fly Dive Guests join you for the last 3 days.
Explore Lizard Island in the morning prior to diving the Cod Hole.
Ribbon Reef’s – Best fish & coral biodiversity.
Cod Hole, Snake Pit, Lighthouse Bommie & Pixie Pinnacle.
Goggle Gardens, Blue Lagoon, Flare Point & Trolly Shoals.
Steve’s Bommie, best fish biodiversity.

Fair Weather Itinerary (except during May nautilus dates):

Weather permitting, our best selection of Coral Sea dives at
Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey plus the best Ribbon Reefs.
September to January, most reliable Coral Sea access.
Holmes – Large caverns decorated with colourful soft corals.
Dozens of grey & silvertips at the ‘Amazing’ shark attraction.
Descend the spectacular Nonki Bommie thrusting up from 35m.
Bougainville – Plummeting clear blue waters, giant potato cod.
Spectacular big fish action at Crystal Plateau.
Explore the Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns.
Dive the scattered remains of MV Antonio Tarabocchia
Osprey – Big fish action in 40 meter visibility.
Shark attraction dives. 100’s of sharks.
Spectacular topography, visibility & pelagics at False Entrance.
Witness the amazing Amphitheatre shark frenzy.
Halfway at Lizard Island, Fly Dive Guests join you for the last 3 days.
Explore Lizard Island in the morning prior to diving the Cod Hole.
Ribbon Reef’s – Best fish & coral biodiversity.
Cod Hole, Snake Pit, Lighthouse Bommie & Pixie Pinnacle.
Goggle Gardens, Blue Lagoon, Flare Point & Trolly Shoals.
Steve’s Bommie, best fish biodiversity.

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Minke Whale Dive Expeditions - Unique Opportunity on the Great Barrier Reef | From $ 1827

Expires 31 Mar 2017

10 Dives. Suits: Snorkelers, Novice and Advanced Divers. Liveaboard dive trip within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, dedicated to maximising your in-water interactions at the world’s only known Minke Whale aggregation sites. Appeals to anyon... More
10 Dives. Suits: Snorkelers, Novice and Advanced Divers. Liveaboard dive trip within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, dedicated to maximising your in-water interactions at the world’s only known Minke Whale aggregation sites. Appeals to anyone who loves special encounters with amazing marine creatures.

Dwarf minke whales travel through the Great Barrier Reef each winter. The Great Barrier Reef is the only location where snorkel and dive tours with minke whales are available. Most sightings occur in June and July at Ribbon Reef # 10, where some of our best dive sites are!

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About Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

3 Nights - Fly Dive Cod Hole

3 Nights - Fly Dive Cod Hole

3 Nights - 12 Dives
Novices to Advanced

Liveaboard dive trip within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Appeals to the broadest section of divers from beginners to mad keen photographers and snorkelers.  Showcases the Ribbon Reef diving with incredible marine biodiversity, including Australia's famous Cod Hole. 

Click 'View Website' (above left) for more details on this Liveaboard Trip. 

4 Nights - Fly Dive Coral Sea

4 Nights - Fly Dive Coral Sea

4 Nights - 14 dives
Advanced Divers
 (unsuitable for snorkelers)

Adventure liveaboard diving, 75 miles beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea in Australia's far north. Features exciting shark feed dive. Requires competent divers comfortable in exposed sea conditions on deep walls with some current.

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7 Nights - Coral Sea Safari

7 Nights - Coral Sea Safari

7 nights - unlimited dives
Novices to Advanced

Liveaboard dive itinerary Combining the 'Fly Dive Coral Sea' and 'Fly Dive Cod Hole' expeditions. If not fully confident best to do 'Fly Dive Cod Hole' followed by 'Fly Dive Coral Sea'. The Coral Sea, Australia, is unsuitable for snorkelers. 

Click 'View Website' (above left) for more details on this Liveaboard Trip. 

Minke Whale Expeditions

Minke Whale Expeditions

June and July
3, 4 and 7 Nights
Novices to Advanced

Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia. Appeals to the broadest section of divers from beginners to mad keen photographers and snorkelers.  Dedicated minke whale liveaboard scuba diving expeditions.

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Great White Shark Expedition

Filming, Diving and Research Expeditions with Rodney and Andrew Fox in South Australia. Come with us and experience the world's most famous, most feared and most spectacular shark - the Great White. 

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Special Expeditions

Special Expeditions

7 nights - unlimited dives
Novices to Advanced

As well as his regular trips to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Mike Ball frequently plans some extraordinary expeditions. These trips vary in duration, location and purpose. There is one constant though – you can expect an amazing experience with a professional dive operator. Most trips have at least 12-months advance notice and are promoted through the website.

Upcoming Special Expeditions

1.   Yongala and Coral Sea. 7 Nights. 29 Oct - Cairns to Townsville.  5 Nov - Townsville to Cairns. This 400 mile action packed adventure includes the remote Coral Sea atolls of Holmes & Flinders plus
the amazing Yongala Wreck.

2. Deep Reef Exploratory.  7 Nights. Jan 14, 2016. 5 days in Coral Sea. Caters for recreational and technical divers. Led by Captain Trevor Jackson & Professor Simon Mitchell.

2.   Shark Shooter Coral Sea Safari. 4 or 7 Nights. April 7 2016. Shark & Nautilus photography workshops with renowned shark photographer Damien Siviero and Mike Ball.

3.   Minke Whale & Coral Sea Exploratory. 7 Nights. July 14, 2016 with Mike Ball. Includes: Minke whales; Ribbon Reefs; Cod Hole & Coral Sea.

4.   Turtle Spectacular. 7 Nights. 24 Nov - Cairns. 8 Dec - Horn Island. Explore the best of the northern Great Barrier Reef on a quest that includes diving with the world’s largest green turtle population, on the reefs around Raine Island. 

 

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News By Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

New Nautilus Interaction Dive Dates

New Nautilus Interaction Dive Dates

By Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

07 Jan 2016

Nautilus Interaction Expeditions - Coral Sea Research
2016 Departure date: 14 January | 7 April | 5, 12, 19, 26 May | 14 July | 29 September | 6,27 October. 2017 Departure dates: | 4, 11, 18, 25 May | 28 September | 26 October | 30 November | 21 December.
Adventure liveaboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Australia. Highlights include rare opportunity to observe and divie with the ancient Nautilus, as well as clear water, plummeting walls and amazing shark action. Can be booked as 4 or 7 night trips.

Deep Reef Expedition

By Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

14 Nov 2015

Deep Reefs Exploratory Expedition - The Untapped Depths
Departing 14 January 2016
An exploratory expedition into the untapped depths of the Coral Sea, diving the plummeting walls of Holmes, Bougainville and Osprey Reefs. Included is a rare Nautilus catch and release dive.
This trip is suitable for experienced and robust recreational divers and technical divers alike. Diving support includes nitrox, solo diving pony bottle rigs and rebreather service and consumables. The Mike Ball crew will ensure that each day’s itinerary will be suitable for all levels of diver.


Your Hosts: Professor Simon Mitchell & Captain Trevor Jackson of the ‘Centaur’ fame. In 2002 Trevor & Simon rewrote history books when they dove to 178m for 5 hours to discover the truth about this famed hospital ship. This historic dive is still unparalleled in Australia. They host several seminars on hyperbaric medicine and deep diving adventures.

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