Mike Ball Dive - Fly Dive Cod Hole
Prices from $2,143 AUD


This expedition will show you the best diving that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. All diving is done on the northern Ribbon Reefs 100-150 miles north of Cairns. The Ribbon Reefs have the best marine life biodiversity in Australia. A highlight of this dive trip is a visit to the world famous Cod Hole.




  • Low level scenic flight Cairns to Lizard Island.
  • Prime Ribbon Reef sites
  • The world famous Cod Hole
  • All dives sites north of Cooktown
  • Guaranteed access to restricted dive sites
  • Minke whales (Jun/Jul)
  • 3 nights / 3 dive days
  • 12 dives - Includes 2 night dives

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From 1/04/2023 to 31/03/2024 per person
Fly Dive Cod Hole - 3 nights - Budget includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - share bathroon $2,143.00
Fly Dive Cod Hole - 3 nights - Club includes all meals and diving - Twin Bunks - ensuite bathroom $2,481.00
Fly Dive Cod Hole - 3 nights - Standard includes all meals and diving - Twin Beds - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $2,795.00
Fly Dive Cod Hole - 3 nights - Premium includes all meals and diving - Double Bed - ensuite bathroom - ocean views $3,058.00
Additional Costs:EMC (reef tax) of $7 per person, per day is payable directly

2023 Departure dates: 29 May | 14, 21, 28 August | 11, 18 September | 2, 16, 30 October | 13, 20 November |  18 December 

2024 Departure dates: 8, 15, 22, 29 January

The 3 Night Fly/Dive Cod Hole expeditions begin with an incredible 250 kilometer low level reef flight. You glide over your dive sites along the outer Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island. Soon you are swimming with diver size fish at the Cod Hole before exploring the exquisite Ribbon Reef sites north of Cooktown. Here you see the best concentrations of pristine corals, colourful tropical fish and fantastic Minke whale encounters (June/July). Includes the amazing Acropolis (the best coral reef site we have ever dived). Enjoy comfortable cruising within sheltered waters aboard Spoilsport where space, comfort and stability are unmatched.



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.

Challenger Bay 

Experience the Barracuda, Morey Eels and Lionfish using the lights from your torch to hunt their dinner on this exciting Night Dive.

Lighthouse Bommie

A pinnacle rising 30 metres from the sand. In June/July/August this is one of the best places in the world to sight Minke Whales.

Acropolis Plateau

Acropolis Plateau, our hot new site, is covered in spectacular corals and surrounded by both bait and predatory fish.

Pixies Pinnacle

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

Vertical Gardens

This site is a natural amplitheatre and home to a school of very large Bump Head Parrotfish. Sometimes their crunching can be almost deafening.

Clam Beds

Clam Beds, a shallow coral garden, is home to dozens of spectacular Giant Clams, as well beautiful coral gardens.

Andy's Postcard

An isolated bommie rising from 80 metres, it's well known for the flourescent Orange and Purple Anthias - which attract huge Giant Trevally and Barracudas.

Steve's Bommie

You will regularly see Lion Fish, Frog Fish and Leaf Scorpion Fish, as well as large schools of snapper, Trevally and Barracuda.



 Monday: (2 dives + night dive)


  • 6:30 to 7am: Check in at our office (3 Abbott St, Cairns) 
  • 7:15 am: Transfer to Cairns Airport.
  • 8.00 am: Board a light aircraft for a low level flight over the reef to Lizard Island (flight time approx. 1 hour).
  • Board Spoilsport mid-morning where you will be served drinks and snacks while our Trip Director gives you a welcome briefing.
  • Time to organise any rental equipment and put your dive gear together on the dive deck.
  • 12:45 pm: Dive brief and dive
  • 2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 3:45 pm: Dive brief and dive
  • 4:45 pm: Afternoon tea
  • 6:00 pm: Dive brief and night dive
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner 


Tuesday:   (4 dives + night dive)

This is a sample of a ‘typical day’, however exact times may vary to optimise the prevailing weather conditions on the day. 

  • 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
  • 4:30 pm: Afternoon tea
  • 6:30 pm: Night dive brief & dive
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner



Wednesday: 4 Dives 

  • 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
  • Exit last dive 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.
  • Spoilsport cruises back to Cairns overnight.

Thursday:  Return to Cairns

  • Early morning docking at Trinity Wharf - Cairns,
  • Breakfast, 8:00am courtesy transfers to Cairns city hotels.


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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