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Ribbon Reefs



Mike Ball 3nt Cod Hole 2024/25

3 Night Package

Departs from Cairns

independent Trip

3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole Expedition
REF: MB 2024-25

3 Night Package

Departs from Cairns

independent Trip

REF: MB 2024-25

3 Night Package

Departs from Cairns


Package Details

3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole Expedition
Dive the best selection of Ribbon Reef dive sites north of Cooktown. Suitable for all experience levels from novice to advanced divers and snorkellers. Start with a spectacular scenic flight over the reef from Cairns to Lizard Island. Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf where nutrient rich waters attract rich marine life. Dive and snorkel the fringing reefs of Lizard Island and North Direction Island. Dive the Ribbon Reefs and Cod Hole. Dwarf Minke Whales cruise the Ribbon Reefs during June and July.

Departure Period

2024 Departure dates: 6, 13, 20, 27 May | 5 August | 16, 30 September | 7 October | 4 November |16 December
2025 Departure dates: 6, 13, 20, 27 January


Low level scenic flight transfer from Cairns to Lizard Island.
3 Nights twin share accommodation ( Budget Cabin- bunk beds - shared bathroom, no ocean view ) with daily cabin service aboard Spoilsport - Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Up to 12 dives including 2 night dives with tanks, and weights. Reef ecology programme. Dive computer workshop.
Delicious meals & snacks, soft drink or wine with evening meal
Courtesy transfer from the vessel to the Mike Ball office, inner city hotel locations and the Cairns Domestic and International Airports on disembrkation.


  • ● The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority requires all visitors to pay an Environmental Management Charge of $7.00 per day
  • ● Domestic airfares to and from Cairns
  • ● Any pre/post accommodation required in Cairns
  • ● Scuba Gear rental
  • ● Nitrox
  • ● Soft drinks & alcoholic drinks & other personal expenses
  • ● Travel and dive insurance
  • Upgrades

  • ● Upgrade to Club Cabin : Twin Share (bunk beds with private facilities, no ocean views) $355 pp
  • ● Upgrade to Standard Cabin : Twin Share (twin beds with private facilities, ocean views) $685 pp
  • ● Upgrade to Premium Cabin : Double share (double or queen bed, private facilities, ocean views) $961 pp
  • ● Sole Occupancy surcharge of 70% applies
  • Proposed Itinerary

    Day 1 Check in at the Mike Ball office before 7am. Transfer to Cairns Airport for a low level scenic flight to Lizard Island (approx. 1 hour). Welcome aboard Spoilsport - Mike Ball Dive Expeditions. 2 dives + night dive.
    Day 2 4 dives + night dive. Expedition Highlights : Lizard & North Direction Islands - Explore these remote islands by diving, snorkelling, kayaking or walking | Ribbon Reefs – Explore the Ribbons best fish & coral sites - Buddy up with diver size fish at the Cod Hole, Night dive with moray eels, giant trevally & sharks at Gotham City, Marvel at the vast coral beds and giant clams at Coral Kingdom, Diverse critters & pelagics at Lighthouse, Pixie Pinnacle & Steve’s Bommie.
    Day 3 4 Dives - All diving is finished by 5pm on Day 3.
    Day 4 8 am disembarkation : Courtesy transfers from the vessel to the Mike Ball office, inner city hotel locations and the Cairns Domestic and International Airports

    Terms and Conditions

    A luggage allowance applies to the flight from Cairns to Lizard Island: - 25kg / 55lb per person plus 3kg / 6.5lb – carry on | - An additional 7kg/15.5lb is allowed for professional photo/video housed systems. You cannot purchase extra weight. ALL luggage main and hand, will be weighed; strict conditions apply. Bags must be soft sided, duffle style or mesh; hard/rigid cases not permitted (Not applicable for camera gear). Prices correct as at 11Aug23 and subject to change due to supplier rate changes.
    Valid for travel from May 6, 2024.
    Valid for travel until January 31, 2025.
    Only available for sale until January 26, 2025.

    Subject to availability and COVID-19 conditions – please contact your Dive Adventures travel specialist.

    Destination Information


    Queensland is full of exciting areas to explore, where you can have new adventures and make lasting memories. Bask in the sun along the seemingly endless coastline, go trekking through the vast expanse of the outback, and go for a hike through the luscious rainforest that sweeps along the coast.

    Dive and snorkel along the biggest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, and take time out to explore the tropical islands that dot this natural wonder. You won’t be short of things to do in this glorious state.

    Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

    Experience world-class scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea on Australia’s most awarded liveaboard, Spoilsport.

    Leading the way in the Australian dive industry since 1969 Mike Ball Dive Expeditions operates exciting 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7-night liveaboard scuba diving expeditions. Departing from Cairns, explore some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef , the Coral Sea and the renowned Yongala Wreck. Enjoy spectacular biodiversity on the northern Great Barrier Reef including the world-famous Cod Hole. You can also venture out into the remote Coral Sea for exciting big fish action, shark encounters and excellent visibility.

    As well as regular expeditions to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions frequently operates some extraordinary experiences.

    If it whale action that you are seeking, then make sure you join one of our Minke Whale expeditions.  Dwarf minke whales travel through the Great Barrier Reef each winter, with most sightings occurring during June and July.  The Great Barrier Reef is the only location where snorkel and dive tours with minke whales are available and Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is one of a handful of operators licenced to operate them. It is a truly remarkable moment when these big, beautiful whales slowly approach you and glide gracefully past.

    Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded dive liveaboard, custom-built for diving and with a twin-hull design that maximises space, stability, and comfort. Their procedures allow greater freedom for divers with an ‘open dive deck’ policy resulting in no restrictions on bottom time.

    Great diving, just as you like it.


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