4-Night Cod Hole/Minke Whale Fly/Dive Trip
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
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This trip is aboard Spoilsport, a 100 foot Catamaran with a maximum of 28 divers. It is for 5 days, 4 nights, and allows 7 dives, plus 2 night dives.
Departure is from Mike Ball Dive offices, 2/3 Abbott St, Cairns, Cairns at 4:00 PM Thursdays, return time 11:00 AM.
This 4-night trip not only offers access to some of the best diving the Barrier Reef has to offer, but also provides the opportunity to spend a remarkable day interacting with Minke Whales.
Dive sites visited include the Ribbon Reefs, Harrier Reef and Cod Hole. These sites are well known for their diversity of corals, reef fish and pelagic species. In addition, due to their location farther from Cairns and Port Douglas, these reefs see less diving traffic and boast better visibility than closer sites.
Once on the Rbbon Reefs there is an opportunity to spend time seeking and interacting with Minke whales.
Minke Whales are commonly seen along the Ribbon Reefs north of Cairns between May & September. June and July provide the months when these whales are most abundant on the Ribbon Reefs. . Adults are generally up to 8 metres in length, and are occasionally accompanied by calves of 3 - 4 months they also have behavior similar to humpbacks, such as breaching, tail slapping and spy hopping, though not to the same extend as their larger cousins. Minkes are renowned for their curiosity and approachability, especially to calm snorkelers at the surface.
With 13 years experience diving with the Minkes in this area, the company has learned a lot about the habits of these whales and where to find them. Over that time they have had a 95% success rate in finding whales. The smallest number of whales encountered on any trip was 2, and the most was several pods of up to 22 whales, with encounters lasting up to 10 hours.
When not spending time with the Dwarf Minke Whales, you will make up to 9 outstanding dives on the Ribbon Reefs, including sites such as Cod Hole, Challenger Bay, and Pixie's Pinnacle.
The trip North to Cod Hole begins aboard the Spoilsport, and culminates with a low altitude plane flight that cruises over the reef and along the spectacular coastline.
For a detailed trip itinerary, click here.
Spoilsport is an extremely well furnished stable boat that makes for comfortable living and easy diving. At 100 feet in length with a 36-foot beam, this powerful twin hull boat makes for a stable and fast dive platform. There is plenty of space for 28 guests, including both air conditioned lounges, open air sun and shade decks, and well-appointed cabins. All rooms and cabins are air-conditioned. Twelve crewmembers supervise the dive, and care for the cabins daily.
For more info about this boat, see the floorplan.
transfer to your hotel or airport at trip's return
tanks, weight belt, dive computer (with Dive price only)
scenic flight between Lizard Island and Cairns
2 guided dives per day (if you wish to be guided) (with Dive price only)
celicious meals and snacks
1st Intro. Scuba dive (with Snorkel price only)
mask, Snorkel, Fins
reef ecology talk
caily cabin service
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||All prices are in
|| 1 Apr 17 -
31 Mar 18*
|| 1 Apr 18 -
|Budget Twin Cabin, per person
|Twin Cabin, per person
|Ocean View Twin Cabin w/bathroom, per person
|Ocean View Double Cabin w/bathroom, per person
| Extras: || |
|beer, wine, soda, on sale at bar
|NITROX fills for NITROX certified divers per dive
|dive computer per day
|pony bottle per day
|Environmental Management Charge per trip
|subsequent Intro. Scuba dives
|NITROX dive package (for all your dives) per trip
|full dive gear hire (inc. computer) per trip
|referral dives, (for certification course)
|PADI advanced open water dive course
|NITROX certification course
About Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is one of the very few premier liveaboard operators on the Great Barrier Reef. This owner-operated company has been taking divers onto the reef since 1969. They are well-known on the international dive scene, and have won numerous awards for their environmental stewardship, food, and for their overall operations.