Australia is the smallest continent and yet one of the largest countries in the world. This nation consists of many diverse landscapes such as low plateaus with deserts, fertile plains, mountain ranges and of course the famous Great Barrier Reef. The city of Cairns is the perfect place to jump onto a liveaboard and sail off into the sunset. Just north of Cairns lies a string of 10 individual coral reefs called The Ribbon Reefs, because they are well beyond the reach of the day boats and the Green ‘No Take’ zoning, it is some of the best diving on the Great Barrier Reef. One of the more famous dive sites at the northern tip of these reefs is called Cod Hole, where a family of potato cod reside and are like large docile dogs, easily approachable and not afraid of divers. Some of the other dive sites you visit on your liveaboard include, Challenger Bay where you might see barracuda and lionfish or Lighthouse Bommie which is one of the best places to see minke whales and possibly Pixies Pinnacle where harlequin ghost pipefish, leafy scorpionfish and lace scorpion fish are frequently encountered. The warm, sheltered waters and vast array of marine life make diving here a blast for anyone.
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Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has been Leading the way in the Australian dive industry since 1969. They operate exciting 3, 4 and 7 night liveaboard scuba diving expeditions departing from Cairns to some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Enjoy spectacular biodiversity on the northern Great Barrier Reef including the world famous Cod Hole, or venture out into the remote Coral Sea for exciting big fish action, shark encounters and excellent visibility. Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded dive liveaboard, custom built for diving and with a twin-hull design that maximises space, stability, and comfort. Plus our procedures allow greater freedom for divers with an ‘open dive deck’ policy resulting in no restrictions on bottom time. Great diving, just as you like it.
Spirit of Freedom
The Spirit of Freedom offers unsurpassed liveaboard cruising. Take your lifetime dream of diving the Great Barrier Reef a step further, and join Spirit of Freedom to. dive some of the world’s most famous, remote andspectacular sites. Three to seven day expeditions promise amazing diversity from the picturesque coral gardens of the Ribbon Reefs, to the enormous Potato Cod at The Cod Hole, to the incredible shark dive and 1000 metre walls of the Coral Sea reefs. The Spirit of Freedom features the elegant shape of a classic motor yacht, and offers superior comfort with electronic stabilizers, 3 decks of living space, and spacious cabins. Your liveaboard experience is taken to the highest level, with gourmet Australian style meals and an outstanding level of service.