We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Perfecto”

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cairns based, Mike Ball Dive Expedition’s Spoilsport is Australia’s most awarded liveaboard dive vessel. Her combination of space, stability, and diver conveniences is unmatched. Dives are exclusively conducted at the sites of best biodiversity north of Cooktown. Swim with diver size fish, witness sharks up close, dive plummeting walls in gin clear water. Fly Dive itineraries include a 250km scenic reef flight that provides stunning views of the Great Barrier Reef.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

I would have happily given MikeBall and the Spoilsport team 10 stars if it was possible. This team is simply perfect in all ways.
The treatment and hospitality is extremely personal and staff clearly love and enjoy their work. Food was divine. Rooms were always tidy and comfy, diving equipment all in excellent working order and well maintained. Dry towel was provided, labled for each individual after each and every dive, on top of the clean towels daily in the rooms. Advanced OW course instruction was delivered by Olly very professionally and enjoyably. Jella's dive briefing were so much fun to listen to, and were accompanied by funny paintings of fish and "things". Gemma's beautiful photos and the fun photography competition just completed this set with sweet memories to take home.
Overall, I cannot think of anything that this team could possibly improve (which is all too rare). Spoilsport team is simply "Perfecto"!

1  Thank Reza P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MikeBallDive, Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hi Reza,

Impressive that you remember all the names of our crew!! This feedback is great for us and we can pass this on to our crew members, who will surely appreciate your charming words.

We much love that you have taken home the images of this expedition. Please, please show them around!

You are most welcome to follow us on Instagram @mikeballdive for more images taken by our PhotoPros.
PhotoComp winners will be displayed weekly on our website.

And: congratulations on your AOWC !!

Tropical regards,
Stella

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (199)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"minke whale"
in 16 reviews
"coral sea"
in 29 reviews
"shark feeding"
in 9 reviews
"lizard island"
in 17 reviews
"cod roe"
in 21 reviews
"gotham city"
in 5 reviews
"spoil sport"
in 4 reviews
"night trip"
in 9 reviews
"open deck"
in 3 reviews
"great barrier reef"
in 12 reviews
"similar level"
in 2 reviews
"water bottle provided"
in 2 reviews
"keen photographer"
in 2 reviews
"white tips"
in 3 reviews
"trip cost"
in 2 reviews
"cruise director"
in 2 reviews
"great trip"
in 10 reviews
Filter

72 - 76 of 200 reviews

Reviewed April 4, 2018

This was our 4th live aboard for the month and even though we enjoyed the Reef with the other 2 companies our experience with Mike Ball was by far the best. Catering to the needs of passengers while creating a relaxed environment for getting to know fellow divers and the crew. Good dive briefs (we had unusual dive sites that were great but less known). Great food with care to please our Vegan dive buddy. Even the care the captain took to make sure we were safe and secure with the northern winds.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank Patrick B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MikeBallDive, Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hi Patrick,

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear that our service excelled and our crew delivered well for all specials needs. The winds can be a bit tricky at times but lucky our crew is "weatherproof" and ensures the best experience possible. Pleased to hear you had a fabulous time!

Tropical regards,
Stella

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed March 25, 2018

I cannot rate this group highly enough! I did my advanced training with Rens on the 4 day liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Osprey Reef was the most incredible thing I've ever seen. And Rens was top-notched. My skills improved 100-fold during the trip. The food was great and plentiful. The boat was lovely, tidy, and safe. All involved were warm, inviting and knew their stuff. Book a trip with Mike Ball today. You will not regret it!!!

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank sliby
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MikeBallDive, Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Hi Sliby,
Much appreciate your positive feedback on your Advanced Dive Course you completed on SpoilSport. I am with you on Osprey Reef being an absolutely fabulous dive area in the Coral Sea. You could dive it so many times and it will be different and exciting every time.
Thank you also very much for pointing out the excellence of our staff -we are very pleased to hear that.

Best regards,
Stella

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed March 23, 2018

Such a great first liveaboard experience. The crew were super friendly, experienced and helpful. The diving was amazing and we got some fantastic underwater pics of huge potato cod, grey sharks and cuttlefish (personal fave of mine). Would def do this again but longer next time. We (me, hubs, 2 teen kids) all took the nitrox course too and it was great - just slipped right into the natural flow of the dive trip.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank williamswest
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MikeBallDive, Marketing at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Hi William,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you and your family had a fantastic time on SpoilSport and that you enjoyed your Nitrox Course with us. Cuttlefish are definitely one of my favourites too :)
It would be great to see some of your pictures. Should you put them on Instagram, please hashtag #mikeballdive #spoilsportlive

Kind regards,
Stella

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed March 18, 2018

5-star experience, from accommodation, to trip director and crew, to food and of course the dive experience. Can highly recommend for anyone who wants to experience a truly awesome Great Barrier Reef diving experience. You will not be disappointed.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank Nicole T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MikeBallDive, PA, Marketing, Reservations at Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2018

Hi Nicole,
thank you heaps for your crisp positive feedback! We are glad you enjoyed every bit of your expedition. Hopefully it makes for a great story to tell your friends and family.

Kind regards,
Stella Demski

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Mike Ball Dive Expeditions also viewed

Cairns, Cairns Region
Cairns, Cairns Region
 
Cairns, Cairns Region
Cairns, Cairns Region
 

Been to Mike Ball Dive Expeditions? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing