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From USD 309 per day
Customer rating
Very good!
99 ft
Max 28
At a glance...
  • Visits Cod Hole, Ribbon & Osprey reefs, Bougainville, Holmes, special Minke whale trips
  • 'Rodale Readers Choice' award
  • Most cabins have ensuite bathrooms
  • Free Nautilus Lifelines, 'open' dive deck

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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'.

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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More Trip Details...

Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.

Notes: Osprey Reef trips are best for advanced divers due to wall dives that are sometimes exposed to strong currents. Please note: Spoilsport is out of the water for refit from 1st February through to the 1st March 2018.

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$ 35 per day), dive insurance, reef tax (US$ 14) 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$ 8 per fill), torches (US$ 8 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
    • Fire alarms / detectors
    • Satellite telephone
    • First aid box
    • Oxygen - approx. 20,000 litres
    • Life jackets throughout
    • 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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