Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
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Scuba & SnorkellingShark DivingBoat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Leading the way in the Australian dive industry since 1969. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions operates exciting liveaboard scuba diving expeditions departing from Cairns to some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Enjoy spectacular biodiversity on the northern Great Barrier Reef including the world famous Cod Hole, or venture out into the remote Coral Sea for exciting big fish action, shark encounters and excellent visibility. Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded dive liveaboard, custom built for diving and with a twin-hull design that maximises space, stability, and comfort. Plus our 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.
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Cathie
7 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I would like to share how good these trips are on Mike Ball. Im a returning customer, because of the outstanding service from the staff. The professionalism, friendliness and outstanding dive sites this vessel visit will truly give you a terrific experience of this GREAT Barrier Reef.
Written January 29, 2024
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Music Guy
5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
From the moment I checked in at the office to the moment I departed Spoilsport, everything was top notch! The staff is great, the boat is built for liveaboard diving and the whole Coral Sea and Cod Hole experience was exactly the SCUBA escape I was looking for. Everyone was professional, friendly and they know their stuff. The boat is very comfortable and became my home away from home for the week. You are given the freedom to dive at your own pace, whether with your buddy or with a guide, anything you need is just an ask away and you will definitely not suffer from lack of food. Such a great place to get away from it all with no contact with the outside world and no one else in sight. Exactly how I wanted to spend my New Years. The only bad part of the trip was leaving after it was all over. I miss the boat!

Thank you so much Trevor, Russel, Kristy, Kerrin, June, Annabelle, Marita, Rodrigo, Carly, Guido, Jack, Jamie and Maddy!
Written January 9, 2024
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noh
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
My daughter and I had a fabulous trip on Spoilsport (five night liveaboard to the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef). The boat facilities were perfect, the staff were all friendly & professional and it was great that they have an onboard marine biologist/photographer - Check out the videos and photos on their web site. The other divers were also very friendly and whether it was fortune or typical, there was a great range of ages and skills, so there were other teen divers my daughter could chat to. All round, highly recommended. (I've started saving)
Written January 6, 2024
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Andreas B
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Solo
Absolutely amazing great vessel great crew great food and great diving amazing service and experience highly recommended 😀 👌 👍
Written October 27, 2023
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kierantakesphotos
Australia31 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I absolutely loved my Liveaboard experience with Mike Ball on Spoilsport. I did the 4 day/3 night cod hole and ribbon reefs fly/dive experience. The diving was fantastic, the crew was super friendly and excellent, the accommodation was comfortable and the food was amazing. I was solo and I had a great time. Highly recommended. I will definitely dive with them again.
Written October 21, 2023
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Claire P
Biel, Switzerland125 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Amazing week on the coral sea and barrer reef!! The crew is fantastic, very dedicated! A lot of fun, incredible dives with reef shark at every dive and all in a safe manner. Great evening under the stars in the middle of the sea. And a very good cook which is super important when you dive 4 to 5 time a day !!
Written October 18, 2023
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Michael S
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Friends
Although we didn't go to Osprey (weather conditions) it was an extraordinary trip! Best combination of safety, organisation and fun. Super catering!
Many thanks to the crew for all the service, we enjoyed every minute!
Written October 2, 2023
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Melinda
6 contributions
Aug 2023
So many unforgettable moments packed into three days & nights---gorgeous corals, massive bumphead parrotfish, a curious minke whale, rainbow runners, turtles, giant clams, and scores of gorgeous reef fish! Every dive site was different. And what a terrific team! So friendly, helpful, and well organized (cheers Kirsty)! Great food (thanks June)! Wonderful marine ecology talk from Pablo and amazing his photographs and videography---gifted to us by Mike Ball Expeditions so we never forget this fantastic trip. Captain Pete insured excellent safety procedures, smooth sailing, and well placed anchorages. We were snorkelers in a sea of scuba divers, but every dive site was well suited for both. Amazing experience, impeccable operation, superb team!
Written August 27, 2023
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Juliane S
Faringdon, UK20 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Good organisation in preparation for a 7 day expedition to the Coral Sea and Osprey Reef. Our premium cabin was lovely and the staff were quick to fix the air conditioning. Food was great and organisation on the boat was very efficient. We were unlucky to hit a weather pattern of continuous 25 knot winds and quite rainy for the entire 7 days which meant we could not get to Osprey. - and we had some fairly ‘bumpy’ nights, although I think the captain did a great job minimising these 👍. Alternative dive sites were selected - some better than others (Pixie Pinnacle was not great) We had a super time getting to know the staff and other guests on the boat and evening meals were very sociable.
Written August 21, 2023
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Giant_Stride_SCUBA
Sykesville, MD206 contributions
Jul 2023
I returned for a 3rd Time to Mike Ball (that tells you something) with my lovely bride for the 7-day Coral Sea Exploration. The entire operation, top to bottom values safety first and the enjoyment of the divers second. This is an operation finely tuned to maximize the SCUBA experience. They know how to do it and do it well. That’s why I went back for a 3rd time. Quoting another review, because this remains true: The food again was very good. Fresh, tasty, plenty and tailored to our dietary needs “They do this well, others don’t. Meals are fun to share stories, it’s not like a high school cafeteria. The staff are genuinely nice people who understand how to run a boat. They work all day and night and are the heroes that bring it together. Pirate Pete is a lovely guy, you see the crew enjoy working together, they love the reef.” We had an exception final night BBQ including plenty of fun sing along and the highlight of us all signing Bohemian Rhapsody together. A fun night that capstoned a great week. They understand SCUBA and in particular diving on ‘their’ reef. They offer guided tours, self-reliant diving, and let you et your max depth (not digging allowed) and bottom time. The offer nitrox which was always between 30 and 33%. All 80tf2 tanks were topped off after each time to 3000 psi (or more). Plenty of space to wash, rinse and hang gear. The rooms are perfectly for a SCUBA live aboard. We opted for the largest cabin, which had the right amount of space. Sadly, the weather wasn’t the greatest, including some high winds which made for rougher seas, but that didn’t hinder the diving or their operations. We did take Dramamine a few nights to help and they offer it. Take it before you need to take it. My wife took her OWA course and the staff was great! It was a remarkable place to learn some new skills, take lots of photographs and just relax and enjoy the expedition! Well done to the entire Mike Ball team. Also, their pre-adventure communication was exceptional.
Written August 15, 2023
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