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Detailed Trip Itinerary for Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, 4-night Coral Sea/Cod Hole Dive/Fly Trip

Thursday: Check-in and Departure

·Prior to 4:00pm. Check-in luggage at 2/3 Abbot St, Cairns.

·7:00pm board Spoilsport at the Marlin Jetty - Berth 16, Cairns.

·Cruise overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.

Friday: Ribbon Reefs: Challenger Bay and Cod Hole

-Challenger Bay is an ideal and spectacular introduction to the Great Barrier Reef, lots of fish, pristine coral gardens.

·Buddy up with diver-sized fish that dive with you at the Cod Hole!

·Swim with giant potato cod, napoleon wrasse and moray eels. © Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

·Enjoy close encounters with huge Maori wrasse.

·Anticipate spectacular coral gardens, spotted rays, reef sharks and green turtle sightings.

·Night dive where decorator crabs, egg cowry shells, moray eels and crayfish are just a few of the creatures you can find.

Saturday & Sunday: Coral Sea - Osprey Reef

·Cruise 100 miles overnight to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

·Enjoy 40-meter (132ft) visibility with spectacular walls disappearing to 1000metres.

·At North Horn swim with giant potato cod, napoleon wrasse, moray eels, tuna and barracuda.

·Witness the resident shark population including grey whalers, whitetip reef sharks, silvertips and hammerheads.

·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.

Day 5 (Monday): Today marks the return to Cairns. After breakfast divers transfer to Lizard Island, and make the short flight back to Cairns. This is a very scenic flight, with great views of the reef, the rainforest covered mountains, and the coastline. The 12 ½-hour surface interval since last night’s dive exceeds the DAN minimum limit for flying, and the low altitude (700ft) normally taken by this flight adds to the safety margin.

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