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SSMB- 7 Night Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole & Coral Sea

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
Budget Cabin $3,704.00 N/A N/A N/A $6.50
Club Cabin $4,345.00 N/A N/A N/A $6.50
Standard Cabin $5,024.00 N/A N/A N/A $6.50
Premium Cabins $5,523.00 N/A N/A N/A $6.50

Extras: $6.50 per person per day whilst on the Great Barrier Reef is paybale direct for EMC levy - this is capped at $19.50pp.

Optional Extras: Full dive gear hire - $44 per person per day.  Advenaced Course - $215pp (exc. gear).  Nitrox Course - $275pp (inc Nitrox for trip).  Nitrox fills - $25 per day.  Underwater Photography - $250pp (exc camera use - starting from $40 per day).  SDI Solo Diver - $220pp (inc pony bottle hire).

Rates are valid until 31st March 2018.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Contact us to enquire if any STANDBY Rates are available

Join this dive expedition to dive the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and the Coral Sea. The vessel is a custom built 30 metre twin hulled vessell and provides superb dive and guest facilities. This tour suits novice to advanced divers and guests can partake in up to 26 dives.

This tour visits the Ribbon Reefs with incredible marine biodiversity, including Australia's famous Cod Hole.  Then travelling out into the Coral sea you will visit Osprey Reef and North Horn to experience the amazing amphitheatre shark dive, drift dive along sheer 1000m coral walls and fantastic 40 metre visibility.  Our dedicated crew are friendly, professional and provide attentive service.

We have everything you need for a comfortable, enjoyable liveaboard dive expedition. Guest cabins are a combination of double and twin share cabins. All are air-conditioned and are serviced daily. Relax in the spacious lounge / bar inside, or head up to the sun deck and enjoy the view over the Coral Sea. Our award-winning food and service caters to all dietary requirements which are freshly prepared by our onboard chef.

Departs: Thursday 6.00pm

Returns: Thursday 8.00am

Includes:

  • Ribbon Reefs - Snake Pit, Steve's Bommie, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Pinnacle
  • Drift dive with reef sharks at North Horn,
  • The world famous Cod Hole,
  • Big fish action in 40 meter visibility,
  • Coral sea walls with 1,000m drop offs and huge soft corals,
  • The amazing Amphitheatre shark dive,
  • Exploration of Lizard Island,
  • Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions,
  • Meals and cabin accommodation whilst onboard


Sample Itinerary/Dive Sites:

As the sun sets over the coastal port city of Cairns, you will board to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise northward overnight to the magnificent Ribbon Reefs, the first stop on your 700km dive odyssey.

Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

One of the Great Barrier Reefs most amazing phenomenons awaits you at the Cod Hole, where you'll swim with incredibly inquisitive ‘small diver size' potato cod. Also a great site to check out white tip reef sharks sleeping in the sand, the occasional grey reef shark and if you're lucky, sometimes a hammerhead.

Snake Pit - Ribbon Reefs

Spectacular coral gardens and snakes await at this amazing Ribbon Reefs dive site. Eight (8) coral bommies are roughly aligned in two parallel rows to create a haven for a multitude of marine life. Expect to see reef sharks, green turtles, nudibranchs and of course olive sea snakes.

Fairy Grotto - Coral Sea

Traveling overnight Friday, we venture northeast 75 miles beyond the Great Barrier Reef to the remote Coral Sea. Here we find plummeting walls in gin clear water. Fairy Grotto is a great introduction to Osprey Reef with lots of small caverns and swim throughs, and a wall that plummets away to 1,000 meters.

Admiralty Anchor - Coral Sea

Fantastic colors, corals and pelagics. Glide past huge black coral trees, giant feathery (yellow, white, pink) soft corals, golden fans and red whips housed along the plummeting walls. Swim amongst schools of giant trevally, dog-tooth tuna, blue spot trevally, barracuda or bumphead parrotfish. A great site.

North Horn - Coral Sea

Exciting shark action in the Coral Sea! Your Osprey Reef adventure builds to a climax with a spectacular shark dive at North Horn. You will see 10-30 grey reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks as well as other species. You can photograph these sleek high order predators at close- range, or not so close, you choose!

False Entrance - Coral Sea

Schooling trevally & barracuda in the Coral Sea! The dive at False Entrance is not to be missed. Colorful gorgonian fans, whips and soft corals flourish beneath the reef undercuts, while the tops are encrusted with hard corals. The resident schooling big eye trevally and barracudas make for a great photo opportunity.

Lizard Island

Cruise to Lizard Island on Sunday night. This is the halfway point on your safari, guests from the Fly Dive options join or leave the boat. 7 Night guests can off-gas and take some unique photographs on Lizard Island during a walk along Watson's Bay and climbing the hill to Chinaman's Ridge.

Challenger Bay - Ribbon Reefs

Challenger Bay is both shallow and fantastic, for day and night diving. It's a sloping reef with large sandy patches, home to an amazing diversity of marine life. Watch out for schools of diagonal-banded sweetlips, ghost pipefish, garden eels, leaf scorpionfish and more.

Lighthouse Bommie - Ribbon Reefs

During minke whale season (June to August) this is one of the best spots to see these magnificent creatures. At any other time, watch out for the resident Green Turtle, usually seen resting on a shelf at around 12m and the big schools of brightly coloured yellow and blue snapper.

Acropolis - Ribbon Reefs

Voted 30th in the Planet's Best Dives, Acropolis is a hard coral wonderland with rolling hills of staghorn and plate corals dotted about with large giant clams and anemones. The site is prolific with small fish life such as chromis and fusiliers which are predated upon by many large mackerel and tuna.

Pixie Reef: Pixie Gardens & Vertical Gardens

Spend the next morning at Pixie Reef, exploring Pixie Gardens and in very good weather, Vertical Gardens. Some of the highlights of this pretty dive site include seeing harlequin ghost pipefish, leafy scorpion fish and lace scorpion fish. Vertical Gardens is home to a herd of large green bump head parrotfish.

Steve's Bommie

On the final day, you will find yourself at one of the Great Barrier Reef's most popular sites, Steve's Bommie. Schooling trevally, barracuda and large mackerel hang in the current, reef sharks patrol in the depths, fantastic coral and a huge diversity of reef fish surround the top of the site. A photographer's dream!

Returning to Cairns

Disembark Thursday 8:00am at Trinity Wharf, Cairns.

Courtesy transfers are provided from the vessel to the main office, inner city hotel locations and the Cairns Domestic and International Airports.

** WEATHER PERMITTING WE WILL VISIT OUR BEST SELECTION OF CORAL SEA DIVE SITES AT HOLMES REEF, BOUGAINVILLE REEF AND OSPREY REEF.

Itinerary is subject to change dependant on weather conditions.

 

Cabin Accommodation:

Budget Cabin: Twin share/bunk beds - share bathroom

Club Cabin: Twin share/bunk beds - private bathroom

Standard Cabin: Twin share/Single beds - private bathroom and ocean view

Premium Cabin: Twin share/Double bed - private bathroom and ocean view

 

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CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations must be advised in writing.  If a passenger wishes to cancel a reservation the cancellation terms are as per the booking form. Less than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of trip fee per person. Less than 30 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of trip fee per person.

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