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Mike Ball is synonymous with lavish Australia diving safaris, seen by many as the most luxurious operator in the region and one of the few with minke whale watching permits. Indeed Spoilsport has earned more awards than any other liveaboard operating on the Great Barrier Reef and currently boasts 11 prestigious 'Rodale Readers Choice' awards including 'Best Liveaboard'.

Length: 30 metres / 98.4 feet
Beam: 10 metres / 32.8 feet
Cruise: 16 knots
Divers: 28
Enriched air nitrox is available here Read our customer reviews for this liveaboardCustomer Reviews
The Spoilsport on the Great Barrier Reef - photo courtesy of Mike Ball Dive
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There are several accommodation categories available on Spoilsport, depending on your requirements and wallet size, most of which have en-suite bathrooms.

A spacious 3-deck layout offers you a roomy dive deck with individual storage spaces for each diver. In-situ nitrox fills are available to help you maximise your unlimited dives aboard Spoilsport - most guests do 4 day dives and 1 night dive each day on these Great Barrier Reef liveaboard trips.

For the photographers amongst you, it's reassuring to note that Mike Ball himself is an avid underwater photographer, so you can rest assured that the setup for photographers is second to none. The dive deck has 3 dedicated camera tables as well as rinse tanks for your valuable equipment. On most trips, an informal photo competition is held, so you can enter your best shot of the trip and see how it fairs against your fellow divers.

Spoilsport operates an "open dive deck" policy, which allows guests to plan and dive independently with their buddies. This means that if you want 2 hours in the water getting that "cover shot" of a particularly elusive fish then there is no problem in doing so. However, if you like having the dive sites' best marine life pointed out to you, the experienced Spoilsport crew leads scheduled dives twice daily. Additional guided dives can be arranged with the Spoilsport staff on an ad-hoc basis.

When not enjoying the delights of world famous dive sites or sampling the delicious meals prepared by the chef, you can top up your tan on the ample sundeck or simply relax in the comfortable lounge, perhaps taking in a movie or 2.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

July 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Jul 6 Jul 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
10 Jul 13 Jul 3 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Minke Whales 12 US$ 1,400
20 Jul 24 Jul 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
24 Jul 27 Jul 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
27 Jul 31 Jul 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
27 Jul 3 Aug 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,384
31 Jul 3 Aug 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
August 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Aug 7 Aug 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
3 Aug 10 Aug 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
7 Aug 10 Aug 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
10 Aug 14 Aug 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
10 Aug 17 Aug 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
14 Aug 17 Aug 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
17 Aug 24 Aug 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
24 Aug 28 Aug 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
24 Aug 31 Aug 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
28 Aug 31 Aug 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
31 Aug 4 Sep 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
31 Aug 7 Sep 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
September 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Sep 7 Sep 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
7 Sep 11 Sep 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
7 Sep 14 Sep 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
11 Sep 14 Sep 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
14 Sep 18 Sep 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
14 Sep 21 Sep 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
18 Sep 21 Sep 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
21 Sep 25 Sep 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
25 Sep 28 Sep 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
October 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Oct 9 Oct 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
5 Oct 12 Oct 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
9 Oct 12 Oct 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
12 Oct 16 Oct 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
12 Oct 19 Oct 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
16 Oct 19 Oct 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
19 Oct 23 Oct 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
19 Oct 26 Oct 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
23 Oct 26 Oct 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
26 Oct 2 Nov 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Nov 6 Nov 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
2 Nov 9 Nov 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
9 Nov 13 Nov 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
9 Nov 16 Nov 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
13 Nov 16 Nov 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
16 Nov 20 Nov 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
27 Nov 30 Nov 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
30 Nov 4 Dec 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
30 Nov 7 Dec 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Dec 7 Dec 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400
7 Dec 11 Dec 4 Holmes, Bougainville & Osprey Reef 14 US$ 1,588
7 Dec 14 Dec 7 Holmes, Bougainville, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,756
11 Dec 14 Dec 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 12 US$ 1,400

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: Take advantage of another fantastic offer: Premium double bed cabins now offered at Standard twin bed cabin prices. Subject to availability. Spoilsport's annual trip to Raine Island in 2017: Read more about our Turtle Spectacular Special Expedition trip. Offer closes: 19 Nov 2017

Notes: Osprey Reef trips are best for advanced divers due to wall dives that are sometimes exposed to strong currents.

Cruise price per person includes: Low-level scenic flight to or from Lizard Island (for 3 and 4 night trips), cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), in-water observation divers, tanks, weights and weight belts, Nautilus Lifeline GPS.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (US$ 33 per day), dive insurance, reef tax (US$ 13) per person per trip. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers from Cairns City hotels, soft drinks (soft drinks with evening meals are complimentary), alcoholic drinks (wine with evening meal is complimentary), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 7 per fill), torches (US$ 7 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Spoilsport departs from either Trinity Wharf in Cairns or Lizard Island, depending on the itinerary. 3 night trips begin with a flight to Lizard Island and end on the boat in Cairns. 4 night trips begin on the boat in Cairns and end with a flight back from Lizard island. 7 Night trips begin and end on the boat in Cairns.

For Cairns departures, check in at the Mike Ball office at 3 Abbott Street between 8:30 and 16:00 hrs on the day of departure. For Lizard Island departures, check in at 7 am at the Mike Ball office for transfer to the airport for the charter flight to Lizard Island.

For more information on getting to Cairns see our How to get there section.

Minke Whale Expeditions: Certain trips in June and July include efforts to dive and/or snorkel with minke whales. Prices remain the same but expect fewer overall dives on these trips. Check out this excellent video of a Minke Whale trip .The last dive of the trip will be at around 15:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price, non-diving child (8-15 years) 25% off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin (No guarantee of same gender sharing) or pay a supplement of 70% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: None

Whole boat charter rate (per night): There is none available for this boat. Please contact us to enquire for a full charter.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Spoilsport can accommodate up to 28 divers in 14 air-conditioned cabins across 4 categories. All located on the middle deck, the cabin categories comprise 4 Premium cabins, 4 Standard cabins, 4 Club cabins and 2 Budget cabins.

The 4 Premium cabins are fitted with a double bed or queen sized bed. The Standard cabins all feature twin single beds, whilst the Budget and Club cabins provide twin bunk beds.

The Premium and Standard cabins feature large windows that allow natural light in. Club and Budget cabins, located in the centre of the vessel, feature cabin lights and reading lamps.

All cabin categories have private en-suite facilities, except for the Budget cabins, which have shared bathroom facilities.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Private bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin (except Budget cabins)
  • Daily cabin service
  • Reading lamps
  • Cabinet and shelves
  • Mirror
  • Bedding
  • 110/240v 24 hours per day
  • Fire alarm
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 13 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Video / photo pro
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • 1st Mate
  • Stewardess
  • 2 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - 3 Camera tables - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Video/photo editing facilities - Air-conditioned lounge with bar, TV, DVD and music centre - Movie library - Open-air dining area - Computer & CD burner - Satellite phone and fax - Books, magazines, games, fish ID books - Sun deck with sun chairs and shaded areas - Water dispenser

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
Spoilsport's culinary reputation precedes it with devine international and Australian dishes. Complimentary wine and soft drinks are served with evening meals.

  • All meals are served in the air-conditioned dining room, however, the open-air rear sundeck can also facilitate meals if you choose.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
  • Vegetarians are catered for with delights such as oven roasted eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin and capsicum served with warm couscous and wild rice on a well thought-out menu.
  • Complimentary 24-hour coffee, tea, soft drinks and water.
  • A well-stocked bar for a daily diving analysis with favourite tipple in hand.
  • Guests are always welcomed aboard Spoilsport with fruit juice and light refreshments, but the first full meal onboard will be breakfast or lunch, depending on cruise departure time.
  • Fixed menu.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 1989
  • Size - 30m x 10m
  • Top speed - 17 knots
  • Cruising speed - 16 knots
  • 2 x 354 KW Detroit 60 series engines
  • 2 x 95 KVA Cummins 6BT generators
  • 2 x Bauer K180 compressors
  • 10.5 litre aluminium scuba tanks
  • 1 x Nitrox membrane filling system - 3 x 50 litre nitrox banks & 6 x 50 litre air banks
  • Electricity - 240V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 8,000 litres
  • Fresh water maker - 10,000+ per day
  • Fuel capacity - 12,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 x Life rafts
  • 2 x Inflatable dhingies
  • Global positioning system
  • Radar
  • Echo sounders
  • UHF handheld and UHF/HF radios
  • Mobile telephone
  • Satellite telephone
  • First aid box
  • Oxygen - approx. 20,000 litres
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Fire alarms / detectors
  • Fire extinguishers on deck
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • EPIRB
  • Search & emergency lights
  • Loudhailer
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"Spoilsport was excellent. Facilities on the boat were just about perfect and the service provided was definitely 5 star.. from the excellent food, to general cleanliness and little extras like warm dry towels after every dive. The diving itself was superb and I particularly liked the way it was organised, with thorough briefings and maps available for each site and the option to dive with a guide or as a buddy team.
This approach gives flexibility for more experienced divers to really enjoy the diving with enough information to find the "good stuff" and navigate sites but the freedom to really enjoy the dive. The shark feed dive was spectacular and the condition of the sites in general was pretty good - we got lucky and saw a Hammerhead on our penultimate dive which was a first for me...I'm already recommending this trip to others!
" - , UAE, 16 August 2015 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The Mike Ball group was professional and safety conscious first and foremost. They made the trip comfortable, fun, relaxed, attending to our every need. The dives were set up well from the equipment (would have like full wetsuit but shorties were ok), to the procedure for entering and exiting. The boat was full with 29 divers but spacious enough to spread out. The food was quite plentiful and tasty for hungry divers. We did the 3 night trip and 12 dives and felt we saw the best coral and fish possible. Next time we may include the Osprey Reef on the longer trip." - , USA, 13 November 2013 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"We had an awesome dive adventure on the Spoilsport. The dives on the Great Barrier Reef were incredible and the liveaboard crew staff exceeded our expectations....the meals, service, etc. was flawless. The trip was an A+!!!" - , USA, 1 July 2012 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The live aboard boat was just great. The cabins were roomy and there was lots of room to spread out. Food was very good.
Diving was really good. Visibility was generally about 50-60 feet at most sites. The marine life was amazing. Saw sharks, moray eels, stone fish, nudibranches, clown fish, potato cod (huge!), lion fish, lots of little fish, etc. Met a number of interesting people on the boat. The staff were great, very accommodating and really friendly.
This was a fabulous experience that I would recommend to anybody. Really good value for the money and superior service. You get to know the crew personally. They all pitch in to help and make the live aboard experience wonderful.
" - , Canada, 13 February 2012 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Fantastic set-up. Knowledgeable instructors, great crew, tons of fun, great dive sites. Food was stunningly good." - , USA, 21 December 2011 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Staff was very helpful, ship was very clean, everyone was very friendly and enthusiastic. We had a wonderful time on the cruise, thanks!" - , USA, 6 September 2010 ...


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