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“Top notch dive top”

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cairns based, Mike Ball Dive Expedition’s Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard dive vessel. Her combination of space, stability, and diver conveniences is unmatched. Dives are exclusively conducted at the sites of best biodiversity north of Cooktown. Swim with diver size fish, witness sharks up close, dive plummeting walls in gin clear water. Fly Dive itineraries include a 250km scenic reef flight that provides stunning views of the Great Barrier Reef.
Reviewed 17 May 2018

My wife and I dove Cod Hole with Mike Ball and had a wonderful time. Wonderful staff, great food, very organized and amazing diving. If you’re booking a live aboard in Cairns look no further.

Date of experience: April 2018
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1  Thank Justin H
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MikeBallDive, Marketing & PA at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Hi Justin,

Thank you for the flattery :) We much appreciate to hear your positive feedback.

We hope to welcome you back on board anytime soon!

Kind regards,

Stella

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Had the most amazing time on board spoilsport. I did the 4 night trip to Osprey reef and it is worth every penny!

The crew were amazing, friendly and kind people. When we weren't under the water I had some wonderful chats and giant belly laughs with these guys! As soon as I stepped on the boat, I really felt like I was looked after. Even the little things, like having your own water bottle provided for you with your name on, was a beautiful touch. The food was absolutely 5-star restaurant quality and all dietary requirements are catered for. At the end of the trip you can really let your hair down and party with the crew and guests as a storm is cooked up on the deck BBQ and a surprise guest performs some live entertainment.

The dive sites are beautiful, and its amazing to be able to dive at locations that aren't overcrowded by numerous other dive boats. You can dive as much or as little as you want. The are sooooooo many fish and sharks, and amazing displays of gregorian fan corals! Highly recommend hiring an underwater camera, or bring your own if you've got one.

The boat felt very spacious - the beds are comfy and the sun deck provides a great space to nap or do some yoga stretching after a day of diving. But the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down...once its dark its time for night diving! Definitely do it - its when all the bigger fish come out to play, and if you're lucky you may get to see some flashlight fish. Plus, the low level flight back to Cairns provides an amazing bird's eye view of the reef!

If you're solo, don't worry. You get paired up with other divers on the boat of a similar level. I ended up getting paired with a girl, and we became friends, with us catching up later in our travels.

So all in all, I highly recommend these guys to anyone who loves diving. You're face will hurt from smiling so much.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank hannh001
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MikeBallDive, PA and Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Hi hannh001,

thank you kindly for your detailed and positive review about your expedition and our facilities and services.
We much share your opinion about the spectacular marine life and with us being one of only a few operators visiting the remote coral sea it definitely feels exclusive.
It's great to hear that you felt comfortable at all times as a solo traveller and made friends beyond your expedition. It sounds like you had a fabulous experience and made great memories to look back upon.

We hopefully see you travelling onboard Spoilsport again soon!

Kind regards,
Stella

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Amazing dive sites,Rediculous amount of food and quality of food,professional but fun crew,great work space for photography equipment with knowledgeable and helpful staff with s huge dive deck.
I’ve done the 4 night which was amazing with the shark dive,3 night dive sites amazing with the best night dive I’ve done,tons of giant Travelly and sharks.

Date of experience: May 2018
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1  Thank Colinmc2018
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MikeBallDive, Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Hi Colin,

Thanks for travelling again. Much appreciate your loyalty and happy to hear that we are able to top your last great experience.
Hope to see some of the pictures. If you use Instagram, please ensure you hashtag #mikeballdive #spoilsportlive

Tropical regards,

Stella

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Absolutely amazing, great crew, very friendly and ready to help. My cabin was Club. Luckily, I didn't have to share with anyone, otherwise it would have been rather small. And the rest on the trip was top. Special thanks to the chef Katie, the food was fantastic!

Date of experience: April 2018
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1  Thank Frenchkiss_vlad
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MikeBallDive, PA and Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Vlad,

Merci beaucoup for your positive review. It is the occasional luxury when travelling at this time of year that you can spread out on the boat even more. Though, don't we all spend hardly any time in our cabins? I hope so!

J'espère te revoir à bord!

Tropical regards,
Stella

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of trip that I hope to do again one of these days. The crew was amazing, the boat was great and the diving was other-worldly. I did my advanced diving course on the trip and only regret not having done this years ago. If this trip isn't already on your bucket list, it most certainly should be.

Date of experience: March 2018
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MikeBallDive, PA and Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Shari,

thank you for your review. I love your description "other-worldly". I think it nails it! The Coral Sea just offers such a different experience.

Tropical regards,
Stella

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