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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Cairns,  4870 
Australia
http://www.mikeball.com/
  • Booth: 939


WELCOME TO MIKE BALL DIVE EXPEDITIONS

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is Australia’s leading liveaboard dive company and is synonymous with world class dive sites and exceptional customer service. Our 3, 4 & 7 night expeditions visit a range of sites within the Great Barrier Reef and remote Coral Sea.

Enjoy Spoilsport, Australia’s most awarded liveaboard. Her combination of space, stability, and diver conveniences is unmatched. Large dive deck with photo workstation and on-board Photo/Video pro. Twin or double cabins, most with ocean views and ensuites.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions focuses on providing excellent diving within a highly professional and safe operation.  Our safe diving protocols cater for divers of all abilities, providing guidance underwater for those who need it and allowing greater freedom for those who don’t. We offer nitrox, solo diving and a rebreather service.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is a founding member of Global Shark Diving, an alliance of independent dive operators that provide some of the world’s finest shark diving experiences.

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  • 4 Night Fly Dive Coral Sea Expedition
    4 Nights / 14 Dives. Our best selection of Coral Sea dive sites at Osprey & Bougainville Reef; max out on viz; wall diving, pelagics & sharks....

  • 4 Night Fly Dive Coral Sea featuring:

    • Osprey Reef – Recently proclaimed Shark Sanctuary; 2-3 shark attraction dives; spectacular topography, sheer walls, soft and hard corals; big fish action in 40 metre visibility.
    • Bougainville Reef – Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns, giant potato cod big fish at Crystal Plateau.

    Stunning 250km low level Great Barrier Reef flight from Lizard Is. to Cairns. (Luggage)

    Get Spoilt

    Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard.
    Enjoy sumptuous cuisine and a superb combination of diver conveniences, space & stability.

    Weather
    The most reliable Coral Sea access is September to January. Spoilsport’s favourite dive locations from the Fly Dive Coral Sea Itineraries will be selected should weather force an itinerary change.

    For more details including Maps and Detailed Itinerary goto https://www.mikeball.com/liveaboard-scuba-diving-australia/4-nights-fly-dive-coral-sea/

  • 3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole Expedition
    3 Nights / 12 Dives. Our best selection of Ribbon Reef dive sites north of Cooktown. Suitable for all experience levels....

  • 3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole featuring:

    • Flying Start – Spectacular 250km low-level scenic flight over the reef from Cairns to Lizard Island.
    • Continental Shelf – Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf where nutrient-rich waters attract rich marine life.
    • Ribbon Reefs – a prized region of the Great Barrier Reef, with excellent fish & coral biodiversity.
    • Cod Hole – Swim with diver size potato cod.
    • Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle,
      Trolly Shoal, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point,  Blue Lagoon.
    • Steve’s Bommie – a highlight with incredible marine biodiversity, both large and small.

    For more information including Maps and Detailed itinerary please goto; https://www.mikeball.com/liveaboard-scuba-diving-australia/3-nights-fly-dive-cod-hole/

  • Minke Whale Dive Expeditions
    Minke Whale Dive Expeditions - A unique opportunity on the Great Barrier Reef.

    For more info including detailed itinerary and map goto:
    https://www.mikeball.com/liveaboard-scuba-diving-australia/minke-whale-dive-expeditions/...

  • Minke Whale Dive Expeditions - A unique opportunity on the Great Barrier Reef

    Dwarf minke whales travel through the Great Barrier Reef each winter, with most sightings occurring during June and July.  The Great Barrier Reef is the only location where snorkel and dive tours with minke whales are available and Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is one of a handful of operators licenced to operate them. Most sightings occur at Ribbon Reef # 10, where some of our best dive sites are.

    Swimming with minkes – an incredible experience!

    It is a truly remarkable moment when these big, beautiful whales slowly approach you and glide gracefully past. As you come eye to eye with these amazing marine creatures you’ll realise just how privileged we are to share the ocean with them.

    Minke expeditions are suitable for both snorkelers and scuba divers.  The close-up whale action combined with excellent winter visibility on the Ribbon Reefs makes for great diving.  A code of practice is in place to manage safety for both divers and whales, providing the maximum opportunity to see whales at very close range while ensuring the whales interact on their terms. Most diver and whale interactions occur while snorkelling.

    The itinerary is dictated by the whales, visiting areas of high minke activity and our key dive sites.  The number of scuba dives advertised is the approximate number of dives provided but may vary to enable our whale-focused itinerary.  Since commencing Minke Whale Expeditions in 1996 we have had a 98% success rate. The largest pod seen was 28 whales, the longest encounter was 10 hours. Every day has a high probability of whale encounters.  If we are not able to locate whales at our usual sites, up to two hours at a time is spent searching for whales further afield.  If none are sighted, we will dive as many of the Ribbon Reef sites as possible.

    The Whales

    Dwarf minkes whales grow up to eight metres in length, weigh several tonnes and are very inquisitive. An average interaction consists of 2- 3 whales for approximately 90 minutes. The largest minke pod seen was 28 whales, the longest encounter 10 hours. However, minke whales are wild animals and can be unpredictable; past success does not guarantee future success.

    Research is continuing to define the exact species of the dwarf minke whale that visits the Great Barrier Reef.  There are two known species of minke whales, the North Atlantic minke whale and the slightly larger Antarctic minke whale.  It is thought that the Great Barrier Reef dwarf minke whale is related to the North Atlantic minke, or is an un-named species.

    Research

    2018 will be the 23rd year Mike Ball Dive Expeditions have supported the James Cook University Minke MWP (Minke Whale Project). A James Cook University MWP researcher is present on all our minke expeditions. Mike Ball Dive Expeditions have conducted more swim with minke whale experiences than any other company.  Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has been a proud participant of the James Cook University MWP project since 1996 and was one of the first operators licenced to run Swim with Whales encounters. Minke season quickly became our most exciting dive season for guests and crew!

    It has been an exciting process, from the grass roots level to receiving the “World’s Best Practice Swim-with-Whales Ecotourism Management Model” award. The first year we even hired spotter planes to find the whales however we soon learnt it was unnecessary as generally the inquisitive dwarf minke whales would approach vessels and linger for a long time swimming closer and closer. We had a mutual interest in each other!

    Guests are encouraged to assist the research by using data collection forms to record whale observations and by sharing their photos to the database.

    Minke Whales Tagged & Tracked on the Great Barrier Reef in World First

    Although the Great Barrier Reef is the only place where the annual arrival of dwarf minke whales can be predicted, it was unknown where they depart to. On July 13th & 14th 2013, in a world first, 4 minkes were attached with tracking tags.  A month later a young male called ‘Spot’ had travelled almost 3000km to the continental shelf off Sydney.  The other 3 minkes were being successfully tracked and recorded in various locations behind ‘Spot’.  The final transmission was received from deep in the Subantarctic.

    One on the MWP researchers and tagging team leaders Dr Matt Curnock said that the North Queensland dive tourism industry had collaborated very closely with researchers from the Minke Whale Project. “This new research will help establish some of the risks and threats that the whales face when they leave the Great Barrier Reef”.

  • 7 Night Coral Sea Exploratory
    7 Nights / 26 Dives. Combines adventure diving in the Coral Sea with the best of the Great Barrier Reefs Ribbon Reefs. The initial phase of this expedition focuses on providing an opportunity to encounter swimming with dwarf minke whales....

    • Minkes (Seasonal June-July) – Dedicated time to find and swim with the whales
    • Continental Shelf – Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf, exposed to currents
    • Ribbon Reefs – great fish and coral diversity
    • Cod Hole – Swim with diver size potato cod
    • Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon, Gotham City, Vertical Gardens
    • Steve’s Bommie – a highlight with an incredible array of weird and wonderful creatures.
    • Lizard Island – enjoy an hour or two exploring beautiful Lizard Island – white sand beaches and a short hike to Chinaman’s Ridge
    • Plummeting Coral Sea wall dives in gin clear water
    • Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea


    For more information including detailed itinerary and map goto: https://www.mikeball.com/liveaboard-scuba-diving-australia/special-expeditions/7-night-coral-sea-ribbons-minke-exploratory/

  • Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition
    6 Nights – 27 Dives. This expedition combines adventure diving: SS Yongala Wreck; dramatic vertical walls of Holmes and Flinders Reef. This expedition is booked as a 6 night expedition. Dive back in time and into history....

  • 6 Night Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition featuring:

    • Wheeler Reef – Explore this pristine platform reef with white sands and spectacular coral gardens, schooling fish, sharks, turtles and rays.
    • SS Yongala – Australia’s largest, most intact historic shipwreck which sank in 1911, resting 14-28m below the surface. Claimed to be one of the worlds ‘top ten’ wrecks, the Yongala is renowned for its incredible diversity and abundance of marine life. Giant Queensland groupers, sea snakes, shovel-nosed rays and huge schools of fish abound at the Yongala.
    • SS Gothenburg & Old Reef – Whilst the history of the SS Gothenburg is less famed and regaled much less than the Yongala, it has an equally tragic story of her fate. Strewn across Old Reef, this wreck is a fascinating dive into Australia’s maritime history where she now lies amidst the home of some beautiful corals and their reef inhabitants.
    • Flinders Reef – Spectacular walls with vertical drops in excess of 300m  (1000ft) and 40m (120ft +) visibility. Bommies and reefs are smothered with both soft and hard corals at dive sites ‘Trigger Happy and ‘ Fan Fair’. Huge soft coral trees, fans and sea whips decorate ‘Cod Wall’ where the ancient Gigantus Gorgonia fan spans over 5 meters. Sharks tuna and barracuda patrol the reef slopes drop offs, and fish school around the edges of the reefs where the currents diverge.
    • Holmes Reef’s – Dramatic vertical walls rising from the depths in crystal clear water. Explore, the walls, bommies, caves and a canyon’s of Amazing, Nonki Bommie and the Abyss or Cathedral.  Sharks, turtle’s, soft coral trees and fans will keep the most fastidious of divers satisfied.

    For more information including detailed itinerary and map goto:  https://www.mikeball.com/liveaboard-scuba-diving-australia/special-expeditions/yongala-wreck-coral-sea-expedition/