Best of the best!!
The fabulous 7 nights, 450 miles Coral Sea Safari includes some of the best dive sites on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. This trip combines the 4 and 3 night itinerary, without repeating any dive site experiences.
Guests will be checking in at around 4:00pm. Check-in luggage at 143 Lake Street, Cairns. If guests are unable to check-in prior to 4:00pm they need to phone Mike Ball Dive Expeditions team on 4031 5484 for departure details. At 7:00pm the crew will meet you at the Palm Court entrance and escort you to Spoilsport in Trinity Wharf, Cairns.
Cruise overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.
On Friday guests will have the opportunity to dive the Ribbon Reef, Pixie Gardens and the 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 and anticipate spectacular coral gardens, spotted rays, reef sharks and green turtle sightings.
A night dive with decorator crabs, egg cowry shells, moray eels and crayfish. These are just a few of the creatures you can find.
Saturday & Sunday:
Cruise 100 miles overnight to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Here guests will have the opportunity to enjoy 40 meter (132ft) visibility with spectacular walls disappearing to 1000metres. Witnessing the resident shark population including grey whalers, white tip reef sharks, silvertips and hammerheads is the highlight of this dive.
Here you can 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.
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. The 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 where you can watch out for Baza the Barra!
Circumnavigate Pixie Pinnacle and Lighthouse Bommie shrouded in fusilier 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 had corals, lion fish, nudibranchs, octopus, schooling trevally and barracuda.
Guests will have the opportunity to 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.
The day will end with a magnificent night dive.
Guests will experience the 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 in some of the Ribbon reef dive sites, Flare Point, Joani’s Joy and Steve’s Bommie.
Early morning docking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns, breakfast on board and a courtesy transfers to Cairns city hotels at around 8:00am.
This is a sample Itinerary only and is subject to change.