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$500 OFF Coral Sea Safari 7 Nights | $ 3719 | Save $500

Special Expires 11 May 2017

Dive the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on a Mike Ball dive liveaboard trip with these web specials.
The below specials are available on Premium, Standard and Club berths, subject to availability. Please see below for conditions.
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Dive the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea on a Mike Ball dive liveaboard trip with these web specials.
The below specials are available on Premium, Standard and Club berths, subject to availability. Please see below for conditions.
Spoilsport - 7 nights (unlimited dives)
Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef - Experience the best of far north Queensland. Buddy up with diver size fish at the world famous Cod Hole, witness Osprey Reef’s shark population including hammerheads and silvertips and cruise the Ribbon Reefs. Walk in Capt. Cook’s footsteps on Lizard Island. Specials must be confirmed at time of booking.

Web special conditions: Specials available only at time of booking on Premium, Standard and Club berths. Full payment is required at time of booking. Availability and specials change week to week, to ensure you do not miss out on a special - place your booking as soon as possible. Specials are subject to availability and may end at any time.

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Fly Dive Cod Hole | From $ 1827

Expires 31 Mar 2017

3 Nights / 12 Dives. Best Cairns dive expedition for average diver. Includes Ribbon Reef sites of best biodiversity.

Imagine yourself on a spectacular ‘flying start’ to Lizard Island. On the way you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Bar... More
3 Nights / 12 Dives. Best Cairns dive expedition for average diver. Includes Ribbon Reef sites of best biodiversity.

Imagine yourself on a spectacular ‘flying start’ to Lizard Island. On the way you will have a birds-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Half of your 150 mile flight is at a very low 180 metres (600ft) above the sites you will dive along the Great Barrier Reef’s continental shelf. A truly spectacular beginning to your expedition.

Itinerary:
Amazing low-level reef flight along Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island.
(Luggage Allowance)
Explore reefs from Lizard Is. to Cooktown.
All dives 100 miles north of Cairns.
Ribbon Reef sites with best fish & coral biodiversity.
Diver size fish at Cod Hole.
Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle,
Trolly Shoal, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon.
Steve’s Bommie, best fish biodiversity site.

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Minke Whale Dive Expeditions - Unique Opportunity on the Great Barrier Reef | From $ 1827

Expires 31 Mar 2017

10 Dives. Suits: Snorkelers, Novice and Advanced Divers. Liveaboard dive trip within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, dedicated to maximising your in-water interactions at the world’s only known Minke Whale aggregation sites. Appeals to anyon... More
10 Dives. Suits: Snorkelers, Novice and Advanced Divers. Liveaboard dive trip within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, dedicated to maximising your in-water interactions at the world’s only known Minke Whale aggregation sites. Appeals to anyone who loves special encounters with amazing marine creatures.

Dwarf minke whales travel through the Great Barrier Reef each winter. The Great Barrier Reef is the only location where snorkel and dive tours with minke whales are available. Most sightings occur in June and July at Ribbon Reef # 10, where some of our best dive sites are!

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Extra Special Local Discounts on Expeditions Rates
Discount for Friends of... More
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Member receive:

Regular Mike Ball Newsletter with special offers
Extra Special Local Discounts on Expeditions Rates
Discount for Friends of Members
Discounted Non Standby Rates

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$500 OFF Shark Shooter 7 Nights | $ 3204 | Save $500

Special Expires 13 Apr 2017

$500 OFF Shark Shooter 7 night: 6-13 April 2017
$200 OFF Shark Shooter 4 night: 6-10 April 2017
$200 OFF Fly Dive Cod Hole with Macro photography workshops: 10-13 April 2017

Shark Shooter 7 nights – 26 Dives (6-13 April) – Combines 4 nigh... More
$500 OFF Shark Shooter 7 night: 6-13 April 2017
$200 OFF Shark Shooter 4 night: 6-10 April 2017
$200 OFF Fly Dive Cod Hole with Macro photography workshops: 10-13 April 2017

Shark Shooter 7 nights – 26 Dives (6-13 April) – Combines 4 nights in the Coral Sea with a focus on sharks, with 3 nights on the Ribbon Reefs with a focus on capturing the diverse macro opportunities available.
Shark Shooter 4 nights – 14 Dives (6-10 April) – Adventure diving in the Coral Sea. Enjoy excellent visibility, exciting wall diving and shark action.
Macro Shootout 3 nights – 12 Dives (10-13 April) – Discover all creatures great and small along the Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Excellent biodiversity!

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About Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

3 Nights - Fly Dive Cod Hole

3 Nights - Fly Dive Cod Hole

3 Nights - 12 Dives
Novices to Advanced

Liveaboard dive trip within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Appeals to the broadest section of divers from beginners to mad keen photographers and snorkelers.  Showcases the Ribbon Reef diving with incredible marine biodiversity, including Australia's famous Cod Hole. 

Click 'View Website' (above left) for more details on this Liveaboard Trip. 

4 Nights - Fly Dive Coral Sea

4 Nights - Fly Dive Coral Sea

4 Nights - 14 dives
Advanced Divers
 (unsuitable for snorkelers)

Adventure liveaboard diving, 75 miles beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea in Australia's far north. Features exciting shark feed dive. Requires competent divers comfortable in exposed sea conditions on deep walls with some current.

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7 Nights - Coral Sea Safari

7 Nights - Coral Sea Safari

7 nights - unlimited dives
Novices to Advanced

Liveaboard dive itinerary Combining the 'Fly Dive Coral Sea' and 'Fly Dive Cod Hole' expeditions. If not fully confident best to do 'Fly Dive Cod Hole' followed by 'Fly Dive Coral Sea'. The Coral Sea, Australia, is unsuitable for snorkelers. 

Click 'View Website' (above left) for more details on this Liveaboard Trip. 

Minke Whale Expeditions

Minke Whale Expeditions

June and July
3, 4 and 7 Nights
Novices to Advanced

Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia. Appeals to the broadest section of divers from beginners to mad keen photographers and snorkelers.  Dedicated minke whale liveaboard scuba diving expeditions.

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Great White Shark Expedition

Filming, Diving and Research Expeditions with Rodney and Andrew Fox in South Australia. Come with us and experience the world's most famous, most feared and most spectacular shark - the Great White. 

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Special Expeditions

Special Expeditions

7 nights - unlimited dives
Novices to Advanced

As well as his regular trips to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Mike Ball frequently plans some extraordinary expeditions. These trips vary in duration, location and purpose. There is one constant though – you can expect an amazing experience with a professional dive operator. Most trips have at least 12-months advance notice and are promoted through the website.

Upcoming Special Expeditions

1.   Yongala and Coral Sea. 7 Nights. 29 Oct - Cairns to Townsville.  5 Nov - Townsville to Cairns. This 400 mile action packed adventure includes the remote Coral Sea atolls of Holmes & Flinders plus
the amazing Yongala Wreck.

2. Deep Reef Exploratory.  7 Nights. Jan 14, 2016. 5 days in Coral Sea. Caters for recreational and technical divers. Led by Captain Trevor Jackson & Professor Simon Mitchell.

2.   Shark Shooter Coral Sea Safari. 4 or 7 Nights. April 7 2016. Shark & Nautilus photography workshops with renowned shark photographer Damien Siviero and Mike Ball.

3.   Minke Whale & Coral Sea Exploratory. 7 Nights. July 14, 2016 with Mike Ball. Includes: Minke whales; Ribbon Reefs; Cod Hole & Coral Sea.

4.   Turtle Spectacular. 7 Nights. 24 Nov - Cairns. 8 Dec - Horn Island. Explore the best of the northern Great Barrier Reef on a quest that includes diving with the world’s largest green turtle population, on the reefs around Raine Island. 

 

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Hello Divers

Hello Divers

By Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

20 Feb 2017

We’ve got some unique dive expeditions coming up soon, so read on to find out more about shooting sharks, the amazing turtles and corals of Raine Island, plus see who surprised our videographer on a night dive recently!

Every week we head out to the Coral Sea for some exciting shark action but just once a year we do something extra special. Damien Siviero is an award winning underwater photographer and renowned shark shooter, and in April he will be joining us on board Spoilsport. If you’ve always longed to get right amongst the action and capture that perfect shot then this is the expedition for you. Damien will provide presentations, tutorials and workshops on shark and general underwater photography techniques, and he will coach you to help you achieve your dream images.

Expect to get very up close and personal with grey reef sharks and white tips, and often the awesome silvertip. It’s also hammerhead season too so you never know your luck!

This special Shark Shooter expedition is operating from 6-13 April.

*Note: The seven night expedition combines 3 days diving in the Coral Sea with a focus on sharks plus 3 days diving the Ribbon Reefs focussing on macro photography. If you’re pushed for time, just join Damien for either the first half or last half.

*Special rates now apply! $500 discount on the 7 night itinerary, or $200 discount on the 3 or 4 night options.

Turtle Spectacular

If you’re looking for a new area to dive that will blow your mind then look no further than our annual Turtle Spectacular expedition. This week long journey cruises north from Lizard Island all the way to Raine Island, almost level with the top of Cape York. Raine Island is a small coral cay and the world’s biggest green turtle nesting area in the world, with up to 60,000 females laying their eggs here each season. Dive here and you will see tonnes of turtles and they’re BIG, with male shells measuring up to 1.5m long.

It’s not just the turtle action that makes this expedition so spectacular though but the coral. Vast banks of it roll on and on, in dazzling shades of blue, pink, purple, yellow, green and more. It’s the most abundant, diverse and healthy coral we’ve visited yet on the Great Barrier Reef.

In waters this far north we commonly see mega marine fauna such as silvertip sharks, manta rays and giant Queensland Groper. For history buffs, another highlight of this expedition is visiting the site of the wreck of the Pandora. This ship sunk in 1791 with 14 mutineers from the Bounty onboard and you can visit the still intact anchor and stove.

We just ran our last Turtle Spectacular in November will a full boat of happy divers. If you want to take part in this very special opportunity our next expedition will run 20-27 November. Be sure to book early as this will sell out.

Tiger in the night

Our videographer, Jake Parker, had an exciting moment recently when a tiger shark cruised by on a night dive. “I was filming divers dropping into the water and one of them pointed behind me," he said. "I turned around and was like whoa! He was about two and half metres long. Awesome to see though."

In fact a group of guests on a separate expedition recently spent twenty minutes with a tiger shark (also at night!)

You never know what you’re going to find when you jump into the ocean, but that’s exactly what I love so much about diving here.

Until next time…

New Nautilus Interaction Dive Dates

New Nautilus Interaction Dive Dates

By Liveaboard Diving with Mike Ball Expeditions

07 Jan 2016

Nautilus Interaction Expeditions - Coral Sea Research
2016 Departure date: 14 January | 7 April | 5, 12, 19, 26 May | 14 July | 29 September | 6,27 October. 2017 Departure dates: | 4, 11, 18, 25 May | 28 September | 26 October | 30 November | 21 December.
Adventure liveaboard diving on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Australia. Highlights include rare opportunity to observe and divie with the ancient Nautilus, as well as clear water, plummeting walls and amazing shark action. Can be booked as 4 or 7 night trips.

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