Mike Ball Dive Expeditions: Spoilsport

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Mike Ball – the loudest name in Australian Diving!

Spoilsport offers exciting 3, 4 and 7 night expeditions to the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea from their base in Cairns. The short itineraries include a scenic flight between Cairns and Lizard Island which give you unforgettable views of the Great Barrier Reef. Spoilsport is certainly one the most comfortable luxury dive vessels in Australia.

Spoilsport cruises to the Ribbon Reefs and the Osprey Reef and includes the best dive sites in Australia on their schedules. Sharks at Osprey and the fantastic diversity of the marine life on the Ribbon Reefs will not fail to excite you.


The Spoilsport has an excellent reputation among Australian dive cruises and she has earned it. Food, accommodation and dive deck organisation satisfies even the most demanding divers. Spoilsport takes a maximum of 29 divers on board. There is plenty of space for everybody on this spacious three-story luxury catamaran.

Staying Connected

Due to the remoteness of the trips, WiFi is not available on board. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has made an informed decision to give you the time of your life. No distractions; no work emails; no Facebook. Just enjoy the deep blue of the ocean.

We think…

For getting the best dive adventures in Australia, Spoilsport is the ship to choose. Spoilsport offers all the comforts one can wish for and the crew and service are outstanding.

The dives are in the Coral Sea and on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland, Australia. Spoilsport’s home port is Cairns and you can see the full 7 day itinerary on the map below. If you are doing a 3 or 4 trip, you fly out to Lizard Island (or back from Lizard) where you connect with the liveaboard.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Spoilsport: an acknowledged leader in scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea aboard luxury liveaboard Spoilsport

Spoilsport has cabins in different price categories in either twin or double configuration.

The best cabins are the “Premium” cabins with double bed and private en suites. There are large “Standard” twin cabins with big windows and their own private bathrooms, and “Club” twin cabins (over and under bunk beds) with private bathrooms and the “Budget” cabin with shared bathroom facilities.

PREMIUM CABIN: 4 cabins with double bed, private bathroom and a window. They are the nicest and most spacious cabins on board. They are the only cabins with double beds.

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STANDARD CABIN: 4 twin bedded cabins (one bed on each wall, L-shaped set up) with private bathroom and large windows.

Mike ball dive expeditions spoilsport cairns

CLUB CABIN: 4 twin cabins (with over and under bunk beds) and no window. Each cabin has its own private bathroom.

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BUDGET CABIN: 2 twin cabins (with over and under bunk beds), no window and shared bathroom facilities.

Dive Services

On a full day on board you will be offered 4 to 5 dives per day (including 1 night dive after dinner). The full dive services include:

  • PADI Instructor on board, no beginner courses (Open Water referral courses on the 3 night Fly Dive Cod Hole Expedition possible)
  • PADI Advanced courses are offered for an extra charge
  • Safe Solo Diving program
  • Daily Marine biology presentation
  • Digital underwater cameras are available for hire
  • Photography courses offered by on-board photo-pro
  • Excursion DVD and Photo CD available for purchase at the end of the trip
  • Spoilsport offers Nitrox diving. Nitrox EAN 32 is available at extra cost.
  • SDI Easy Nitrox and PADI Nitrox courses are offered on board at extra cost.
  • Non-divers/Snorkelers are welcome on board and receive a 10% discount on excursion fee.

Equipment available on board:

  • Nautilus Lifeline – All divers are required to use a Nautilus Lifeline GPS.
  • Dive Tanks – There are 42 tanks on-board 50% Air and 50% Nitrox; two thirds average 10.3L (80 cuft) and one third average 11.3L (88 cuft).
  • Four 15L steel tanks are available for hire.
  • Tank Valves – Air and Nitrox cylinder valves are compatible with US yoke regulators (UK A clamp).
  • DIN Fitting Regulators – There are 16 cylinder valves with a removable plug which will accommodate European DIN style regulators.

Dive Itineraries

The Spoilsport runs a regular itinerary of 7 Night / 26 Dives Coral Sea Safari trips, starting from Cairns on a Thursday evening. But these can also be joined (or left) half-way via a low-level flight to and from Lizard Island, as a 4 Night Coral Sea trip (Thursday to Monday), and a 3 Night Cod Hole trip (Monday the Thursday).
The Spoilsport offers more than just regular diving. You can booked your own private shark shoot, as below.

And the regular itineraries are interspersed by Special itineraries and expeditions such as the Minke Whale Expeditions. Here’s one from 8-11 July 2019.

Check out the different itineraries and special expeditions in the Live Availability panel on the Pricing Tab.

Trip dates & Availability

Spoilsport Cairns Extras Payable Locally

Valid until 31 March 2021
Environmental Management Charge (Reeftax) 20
Full set of hire gear (per day) 44
Nitrox fills 3 or 4 night excursion75
Nitrox fills 7 night excursion150
15L steel tank (per day)25
Special 7 night Far Northern Expeditions may attract a fuel surcharge44
Important Information
Single occupancy: 70% surcharge
Non-divers receive 10% discount on expedition prices
* All meals and snacks on board
* Water, Coffee, Tea, Softdrinks
* Australian Wine with Dinner
* Cabin and dive deck towels, linens
* Tanks, weights, air fills
* 3 nights 12 dives, 4 nights 14 dives, 7 nights 26 dives
(Minke Whale trips: 3 nights 10 dives, 4 nights 12 dives, 7 nights 22 dives + plenty of snorkelling with whales)
* low-level scenic flight between Cairns and Lizard Island (3 & 4 night trips only)
Not Included:
* Environmental management charge
* Fuel surcharges
* Diver evacuation insurance is highly recommended (e.g. DAN )
Special payment and cancellation charges apply for this operator
From AUD 3,050
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions Spoilsport: an acknowledged leader in scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea aboard luxury liveaboard Spoilsport

Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest

Choose from 3, 4 and 7 day liveaboard trips aboard Mike Ball’s Spoilsport and add on a a Tropical North Queensland Rainforest experience. 

Travel between: 01 Jun 24 and 31 Mar 25

Dive destination: Australia

Add an extra night & a Babinda Cassowary, Waterfalls & Dreamtime tour for AUD 370 pp!

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