Mike Ball Dive - 4 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs
Prices from $2,047 AUD


This 4 night scuba dive expedition will show you the best diving that Australia has to offer. As well as the world famous 'Cod Hole', this trip vists the northern 'ribbon reefs' and 'Lizard island'. Suitable for all experience levels.




  • Up to 13 dives
  • Prime Ribbon Reef sites
  • The world famous Cod Hole
  • All dives sites north of Cooktown
  • Guaranteed access to restricted dive sites

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From 1/04/2020 to 31/03/2021 twin sharesolo
Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs - 4 nights - budget includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - share bathroon $2,047.00$2,456.00
Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs - 4 nights - club includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - share bathroon $2,375.00$2,850.00
Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs - 4 nights - standard includes all meals and diving - Twin Beds - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $2,680.00$3,216.00
Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs - 4 nights - premium includes all meals and diving - Double Bed - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $2,935.00$3,522.00
Additional Costs: EMC (reef tax) of $7 per person, per day is payable directly

2020 Departure dates: 8 October | 5 November | 10 December

2021 Departure dates: 7 January

All diving is conducted north of Cooktown at the sites most likely to encounter big fish action, grey reef sharks, silvertip sharks and hammerheads and manta rays. You begin by swimming with diver size fish at the world famous Cod Hole. Overnight you venture out to the crystal clear waters and plummeting walls in the Coral Sea. Witness the exciting shark feed, you can photograph these sleek high order predators at close-range or not so close! The second half of this expedition is within the sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Includes the amazing Acropolis. Here, you see the best concentrations of pristine corals, colourful tropical fish and rare critters.


Some of the well known dive sites you will visit include.

Ribbon Reefs

This chain of Reefs stretches for 55 miles from Lizard Island to Cooktown. You will see more of the Great Barrier Reef's 1500 fish and 400 coral species than anywhere else. The channels between the Ribbon Reefs also attract very large populations of fish.

Cod Hole 

Diver sized Potato Cod await you at the World Famous Cod Hole. These gentle giants are in no way afraid of divers. This dive is the highlight of many scuba divers whole trip. Also see large Queensland Groupers in the reef gullies.

Iconic Dive Sites 

Lighthouse Bommie, Gotham City, Pixie's Pinnacle,Coral Kingdom, Cracker Jack, Flare Point, Summer Bay.

Steve's Bommie

a highlight with incredible marine biodiversity, both large and small

Continental Shelf

Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf where nutrient rich waters attract rich marine life.

Pixies Pinnacle

Pixies is the home of the rare Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Leafy Scorpion Fish and Lace Scorpion Fish. All are frequently encountered.

Lizard & North Direction Island 

Choose to dive, snorkel, kayak or set foot on these beautiful and rarely visited remote islands. These fringing reefs offer a different diving experience to the ribbon reefs with fabulous biodiversity of soft and hard corals, critters and schooling fish. Kayak to deserted beaches or snorkel above the shallow coral gardens. Step back in time at the ruins of Mrs Watsons Cottage; stroll along the Pandanis palms boardwalk up to Chinaman’s Ridge for magnificent views of the island and reefs below.

Thursday:  Departure  

  • Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • From 4:30 pm: Make your own way to Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf (200m from MBDE office) to meet your fellow passengers. Please note that dinner is not provided on the first evening so you may wish to eat before boarding.
  • 5:50 pm: Our crew will lead you from Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns Wharf to board Spoilsport. Enjoy a glass of champagne and light snacks while your Trip Director provides a full briefing.
  • 6:00 pm: Spoilsport departs Cairns.
  • Time to organise any rental equipment and put your dive gear together on the dive deck. 

Friday: 3 day dives, 1 night dive


  • 7:30 am: Wake up and breakfast served in dining room
  • 8:00 am: Dive & activity briefs
  • 9:00 am: Dive & Island activities commence
  • 12:00 am: Dive & Island activities continue
  • 2:00 pm: Lunch & move to outer reef
  • 3:30 pm: Dive brief & diving
  • 5:00 pm: Afternoon Tea
  • 6:30 pm: Night dive brief & dive
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner 




Saturday: 4 dives, 1 night dive


  • 6:30 am: Wake up call, light breakfast available in dining room
  • 7:00 am: Dive brief & diving commences
  • 9:00 am: Full cooked Breakfast
  • 10:30 am: Dive brief & diving. “Open decks” accommodate 1-2 dives either am or pm
  • 2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 3:30 pm: Dive brief & diving
  • 5:00 pm: Afternoon Tea
  • 6:30 pm: Night dive brief & dive
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner




 Sunday:  4 dives 

  • As per above, however all diving is finished by 5pm.

    As the sun sets we pour the champagne, lay out the nibbles and get ready for an Aussie BBQ party night. Don’t forget to wear your loudest tropical shirt or dress and sing along to music played by our talented crew.

  • Overnight cruise to Cairns


Monday: Return to Cairns

  • 7:00 am: Light Breakfast
  • 8:00 am: Disembark and courtesy transfer to Cairns inner city hotels, the airport or our office where we can store your luggage until 5pm if you have a later flight.


 Equipment Rental

New (1 year old) BCD's and regulators are supplied to guests in Premium and Standard cabins who rent equipment.

  • Reg, Ocy, Gauges $15/day
  • BCD $10/day
  • Computer $12/day
  • Snorkel Gear $5/day
  • Light/Torch/Cyalume $10/day
  • Wetsuit $10/day
  • Safety Sausage (SMB) $10/trip
  • All of the above  $44/day
  • 6cf Pony Bottle + Reg $15/day
  • 12L Steel Bottle $25/day
  • 15L Steel Bottle $30/day
  • Cyalume Light Stick $2/each


Contact Details

07 4057 4312
+61 7 4057 4312

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