Mike Ball Dive Expeditions provides a superlative variety of diving to suit the most avid of divers. Activities range from bizarre macro creatures in the warm waters of Papua New Guinea to action packed shark feeds at Scuba Zoo in the Coral Sea and exhilarating minke whale dives on the Great Barrier Reef. Itineraries also offer diving with huge potato cod at Australia's most famous dive site, the Cod Hole, as well as superb wrecks such as the Yongala, Black Jack, Der Yang, Taisho Maru and a Japanese minisub.
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions' many prestigious awards include Best Live-aboard Crew, Favorite Pacific Live-aboard, Live-aboard with the Best Cuisine, Most Environmentally Sensitive Live-aboard and Best Value for Diving Dollar.
Custom-designed catamarans ensure abundant space, comfort and greater stability. Special services include chef-prepared meals, photo and video facilities, unlimited diving that includes nitrox, solo diving and the Reef Ecology Program.
Choose Supersport Great Barrier Reef for diverse marine life, and dive with huge potato cod at the famous Cod Hole in the turquoise waters of the Ribbon Reefs. Scenic wonder!
Choose Spoilsport Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef for sheer walls, magnificent coral gardens, towering pinnacles and 30-plus Sharks at Scuba Zoo. It also includes the spectacular Yongala wreck reef and wreck diving!
Choose Paradise Sport Milne Bay for a superb variety of diving and exotic creatures. Macro heaven!
Choose Paradise Sport Kavieng for spectacular marine life and big schooling-fish action. Pelagic diving!
Choose Paradise Sport Kimbe Bay for its vibrant corals, abundant marine life and pristine dive sites. Untouched wilderness!
Wake of the Navigators Wreck Expedition 2005
In the "Wake of the Navigators" has been organized in association with the Museum of Tropical North Queensland's Maritime Heritage Section. Archaeologists from the museum will be co-hosting this expedition, which will include various seminars in the evenings on the great explorers, surveyors, navigators and mutineers. These include Capt. James Cook, William Bligh, Matthew Flinders, Edward Edwards and Capts. Blackwood and Yule. Further seminars focusing on wrecks such as the HMAV Bounty, HMS Pandora, SS Mecca, Volga and HMAS Warrnambool will also be included. There will be opportunities to assist with archaeological surveys and monitoring work. Shore excursions and land tours are planned for Lizard Island, Thursday Island and the Sir Charles Hardy Group, which is under survey for traces of as yet unlocated shipwreck survivor camps. This is a once-in-a-lifetime expedition some of these wrecks, because of protection by the Historic Shipwreck Act, are closed to the public. However, we have the opportunity to share with you these historic, and sometimes, tragic accounts of Australia's maritime history.
Vessel: Spoilsport Australia
Duration: nine nights/eight dive days
Expedition Dates: May 3-12 and 13-22, 2005