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Far East & Australia - Liveaboards


Australia & the Far East is home to some of the world’s most exciting and sought after scuba diving and perfect diving holiday locations. Visit sites that haven’t changed since the dawn of diving to glide along some of the most picturesque and impressive walls and distant coral seas - dive holidays dreams are made of.

Visit one of the seven wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef which runs some 2000 miles along the north western coast of Australia.

Manado and Wakatobi off the north and south east of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Manado's Bunaken Marine park is within 30 minutes of the authentic and unassuming accomodation. Wakatobi offers the best of luxury accommodation & liveaboards. Both are world class diving locations. Photographers will enjoy diving in Lembehwhere there are specialist led diving weeks and camera rooms.

Layang, Layang off the coast of Saba is largely unexplored with 50m visibility and famous for hammerheads. This reclaimed 50 acre island offers spectacular wall diving plus giant mantas and morays.

Offering excellent value in the Far East is in the Philippines with some of the best diving in all asia. dive sites. It has the widest choice of dive sites from deep dives, drift dives, wreck sites and many more. Our latest edition to the programme is our choice of liveaboard to Sipadan, Borneo on the north east coast of Malaysia. See 1000s of schooling pelagics, visit world class muck, reef and wall dive sites - some of the best in the world. And finally, Thailand, ideal for leisurely diving, stunning beaches and perfect for non-divers too.


Mike Ball Australia Liveaboard - Australia, Far East & Australia

For your Australia Liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef the Mike Ball Spoilsport,offers a 30m luxury catamaran purpose built and powered for comfort, safety and stability.

Accommodation 
A maximum of 28 divers in 14 comfortable twin or double cabins each with air-conditioning and ensuite shower & wc (except budget cabins which share). Budget and Club are inside cabins. Standard and Premium are outside cabins with oceanviews.

Facilities Spacious air-conditioned lounge and saloon, alfresco deck and sundeck. Spoilsport has earned the reputation for sumptuous meals and excellent service. Complimentary soft drinks and Australian wine with dinner.

Diving Huge dive deck with large camera tables and unique entry/exit platforms. Nitrox and Advanced PADI training onboard.

Tue Depart UK for Cairns via Singapore and Brisbane.

Wed
Fly

Thu
Arrive Cairns. Met and transferred to Spoilsport. At 18:00 hrs embark on a fabulous seven night 450 mile Coral Sea Safari including some of the best dive sites on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.

Fri – Wed
Enjoy six days of unlimited diving with guaranteed access to the Cod Hole and prime Ribbon Reef sites north of Cooktown, plus remote Coral Sea reefs. Experience Osprey Reef’s 40m visibility, encounter a variety of marine life from pygmy seahorses to manta rays, glide along plummeting walls and witness exciting shark action, and swim with big pelagics at North Horn.

Thu
Disembark at 08:00hrs. Transfer to the airport for return flight to UK.

Itinerary may vary due to weather conditions and vessel location.

Note: Environmental Management Charge of approx AUS$ 16 per trip payable locally.

A non-refundable deposit of 35% is required at the time of booking. Final balance due 15 weeks prior to departure.

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Diving Conditions

Liveaboard Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: August-September but good diving all year.

Average Air temps: 24°C (July - Winter) 30°C (Dec/Jan - Summer)

Average Water temps: 22°C (June - Winter) 26°C (March - Summer)

Visibility: Best April-December.

Top Dive Sites: Specific itineraries on the Great Barrier Reef variable by dates.
Cod Hole - 3/4 night liveaboard,
Coral Sea Safari - 7 night liveaboard. Challenger Bay, Cod Wall & Hole, Ribbon Reef, Lizard Island, Cooktown

Great Reasons to Dive in Austrailia

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Join research expeditions
  • Minke Whales (June/July)
  • Mantas (Dec-Mar)
  • Specialist courses onboard.
  • Onboard photogaphic services & courses.
  • Specialist Rebreather facilities.
  • Great White Shark Expeditions.
  • Minke Whale Expeditions
  • Extension tour of Australia.

     

 

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.