Spoil Sport

Great liveaboard

Spoilsport has received a best liveaboard award, the most environmentally sensitive liveaboard along with award-winning food! An Australian treasure diving around Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service in Australia. Their attention to detail sets them apart and will give you the opportunity to experience world class liveaboard adventures.

Spoilsport was designed to provide divers with a new level of comfort and convenience. You get less rock’n’roll with more space and comfort. She has received 11 prestigious Rodale’s Reader Choice awards including best live aboard and most environmentally sensitive.

Standard Twin Stateroom

Air Conditioned twin room with an ensuite bathroom and an ocean view. Suitable for two people. Separate beds.

  • Twin Beds
  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Ocean View

Premium Cabin

Double air conditioned en-suite cabin for two people with ocean view.

  • Double Bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ocean View
  • En-suite

Budget Cabin

Budget bunk cabin suitable for two people sharing. Air conditioning and a shared bathroom.

  • Bunk beds
  • Air Conditioning
  • Shared Bathroom

Club Cabin

Bunk beds with an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. Suite for 2 people sharing.

  • Bunk beds
  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite

Route Options

Adventure Diving!



This itinerary will guarantee access to the Cod Hole and prime Ribbon Reef sites north of Cooktown, plus remote Coral Sea reefs, and a spectacular low-level flight. Divers will enjoy Osprey Reef’s 40 metre visibility and glide along plummeting walls and witness exciting shark action.

Trips embark every Thursday at 7pm from Trinity Warf in Cairns and disembark every Monday at 11am. A spectacular 250km scenic flight over the dive sites from Lizard Island on the return journey. Guests will be transferred to a city hotel.

Thursday:

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.

Friday:

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.

Monday :

“ Like the astronauts witness the Great Barrier Reef as the eighth wonder of the world!”

Breakfast will be served on board and transfer to Lizard Island. This is a spectacular low level Great Barrier Reef flight to Cairns at 150 miles, altitude of 600-1000ft saving 12 hours travel time.
Return at approximately 11:00am for courtesy transfer to city hotels.

Note:

This is a sample itinerary only and is subject to change.

Ultimate Diving can cater for a 7 day package that includes 2 additional nights accommodation at the Cairns Colonial Club plus a full day extreme team rafting.

Please call us for prices and more information about the package

Best Biodiversity in Cairns!



This itinerary will guarantee exclusively dives at the best Ribbon Reef sites north of Cooktown. This 55 mile reef chain is the most prized dive region of the Great Barrier Reef. Marine life encounters range from pygmy seahorses to manta rays. One of diving’s most amazing phenomena awaits you at the Cod Hole.

This trip embarks every Monday at 8am from Cairns Colonial Club and disembarks Thursday at 8am from Trinity Warf in Cairns.

Monday:

Guests will depart from the Cairns Colonial Club at 8:00am and will be transferred to Cairns airport for the spectacular low level 150 mile reef flight to Lizard Island to board Spoilsport.
Diving will commence at approximately 12:30pm. 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!

Tuesday:

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.

Wednesday:

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.

Thursday:

Early morning docking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns, breakfast on board and a courtesy transfers to Cairns city hotels at around 8:00am.

Note:

This is a sample Itinerary only and is subject to change.

Ultimate Diving can cater for a 7 day package that includes 3 additional nights accommodation at the Cairns Colonial Club plus an exhilarating Skyrail/Kuranda rainforest experience.

Please call us for prices and more information about the package

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.

Thursday:

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.

Friday:

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.

Monday:

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!

Tuesday:

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.

Wednesday:

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.

Thursday:

Early morning docking at Trinity Wharf in Cairns, breakfast on board and a courtesy transfers to Cairns city hotels at around 8:00am.

Note: This is a sample Itinerary only and is subject to change.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 1990 - 2014
Length & Width 30m x 10.5m
Speed 15 knots
Speed 10 knots
Engines 2 x 354 KW Detroit 60 series
Disalination & Water Capacitity 8000 liters
Diesel Capacity 12000
Cylinders 15L Tank: AUD 30 per day
Equipment Rental U/W Photo Camera: AUD 60 per day
Equipment Rental Tanks, weights and belts
Full Equipment AUD 44 per day
Regulator AUD 15 per day
BCD AUD 10 per day
Dive Computer AUD 12 per day
Mask, Fins & Snorkel AUD 5 per day
Wetsuits AUD 10 per day

Available Experiences

ITINERARIES AVAILABLE IN THIS DESTINATION

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What Our Customers Have To Say

Reviews from our Clients, Journalists, Photo Pro's and our own Experts

Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate of the holiday is exactley what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

Clam Gardens

Queensland, Australia

This dive site is located on Ribbon number five and it offers guests the opportunity to see giant clams in abundance.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Flare Point

Queensland, Australia

The Flare Point has beautiful pristine coral gardens where cattle fish are regularly seen.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Lighthouse Bommie

Queensland, Australia

The Lighthouse Bommie is a pinnacle rising from the sand at 30 metres. In the months, of June to August you can enjoy whale sightings and longer encounters than elsewhere in the world. This site is also famous for its olive green sea snakes, turtles, schools of bream and large colonies of anemones.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 16m

Challenger Bay

Queensland, Australia

The Challenger Bay is the home of barracudas and many moray eels and clever lionfish, who, are very active at night and have learnt how to use the light of your torch to find their supper.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Pixie Wall

Queensland, Australia

The pixie wall has huge coral formations and neat canyons and caves. This site offers many huge giant clams in a variety of colours, big table coral and schools of goatfish. Other marine life included more batfish, the usual butterflies, angels, clownfish, spotted wrasse in the coral, and lots of triggerfish swimming in pairs.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Osprey Reef

Queensland, Australia

Osprey reef in the Coral Sea is one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world located nearly 350 km away from Cairns. The reef is roughly an oval shape and consists of a lagoon area at around 30 metres but within 1km the reef drops to 1000m making it ideal for huge amounts of pelagic action including Australia's famous shark feed dive at North Horn.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Bougainville Reef

Queensland, Australia

This dive site is located on Ribbon number five and it offers guests the opportunity to see giant clams in abundance. Huge gorgonians and large soft coral species are to be seen here and lots of sharks. Bougainville Reef is very different; it evolved from a volcano that rises up from several thousand metres almost to the surface. It offers some fantastic labyrinths with caves, tunnels, canyons, overhangs and some spectacular drop offs. Bougainville Reef is much smaller, than Holmes reef.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Pixie pinnacle

Queensland, Australia

Pixie Pinnacle is a coral bommie on the Southern end of Ribbon Reef No. 10 and boasts a spectacular species of pelagic fish, sheer wall diving with many corals and is great for night diving. 32 metres

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 32m

Cod Hole

Queensland, Australia

The Cod Hole is famous for its huge potato cods; they grow up to 3 meters. Here you can enjoy watching your dive master feeding the cods with fresh pilchards in front of your face! If feeding fish is not your favourite activity watch the whole spectacle from some distance. Here divers can also see how some big fish like barracudas are standing by in the back to wait for left over of the feeding. There are also beautiful coral and large schools of the beautiful yellow sweet lip fish.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 17m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
18 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Premium Cabin £1581
18 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Standard Twin Stateroom £1478
18 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Club Cabin £1334
18 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Budget Cabin £1160
18 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
7 Nights Coral Sea Safari Budget Cabin £2012
18 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
7 Nights Coral Sea Safari Club Cabin £2360
18 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
7 Nights Coral Sea Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £2702
18 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
7 Nights Coral Sea Safari Premium Cabin £2941
22 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Standard Twin Stateroom £1339
22 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Premium Cabin £1466
22 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Club Cabin £1186
22 Jul 2019
25 Jul 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Budget Cabin £1022
25 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Budget Cabin £1160
25 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Club Cabin £1334
25 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Standard Twin Stateroom £1478
25 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019
4 Nights Fly Dive Coral Sea Premium Cabin £1621
29 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Budget Cabin £1022
29 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Club Cabin £1186
29 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Standard Twin Stateroom £1339
29 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
3 Nights Fly Dive Cod Hole Premium Cabin £1466