Spoilsport Liveaboard, Australia



  • Australia’s most awarded liveaboard dive boat
  • Twin hull design to increase stability and reduce motion onboard
  • Swim with dwarf minke whales in June & July

The MV Spoilsport liveaboard is an award winning vessel which was custom built to explore the uncrowded dive sites of the Coral Sea. The twin hull design of the boat increases stability making for smooth sailing year-round. On board there are 4 cabin standards to cater to differing budgets, from the budget cabins with twin bunk beds to the premium cabins with double beds and ocean views.

The on board dining experience includes chef prepared meals with freshly sourced produce from sustainable resources from both land and sea. A wide variety of dietary requirements can be catered to, including vegetarian and vegan, which are served at the indoor salon and dining room. There is a large sun deck on the upper deck with a partially shaded area and comfortable loungers.

Guests can enjoy world-class diving on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Coral Sea with the Spoilsport Australia. Itineraries include the 5-night Coral Sea & Cod Hole trip, the 6-night Yongala & Coral Sea trip for adventure diving the SS Yongala Wreck; Wheeler, Holmes & Flinders Reef, 3, 4 & 7 night fly dive expeditions as well as the limited minke whale trips.

Call us or book online today to start planning your Coral Sea dive liveaboard aboard the Spoilsport yacht.

Please note that the 3 and 4 night itineraries can be extended to 7 night trips.

The Spoilsport yacht has implemented their Covid-19 Safe Travel Practices which have been endorsed by the Queensland Health Government to ensure additional safety measures have been put in place for the safety of all guests on board.

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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Local Flights, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (7 AUD per day).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (25 AUD per day), Nitrox Course (300 AUD per item), Private Dive Guide (1,050-2,100 AUD per trip), Rental Gear (44 AUD per day), Scuba Diving Courses (250-275 AUD per item), Snorkel Gear.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Tech diving
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1990
  • Year renovated 2014
  • Length 30 meters
  • Beam 10.5 meters
  • Top speed 15 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2 x 354 KW Detroit 60 series
  • Max guests 28
  • Number of cabins 14
  • Number of bathrooms 14
  • Tenders 2 inflatables
  • Water capacity 8000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 12'000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 10'00 liters per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Spoilsport Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 153 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Randall L
  • Singapore Singapore
Amazing dive crew that created a very lively atmosphere.

Shark feed at North Horn was mind-blowing! The dive crew were also helpful and friendly.

Recommended for
Dive crew, food and diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Katelyn H
  • United States United States
Amazing experience, lived up to the name "SPOILsport"

The entire trip was great, I can't pick out any similar event. The dives were all delightful and the staff was really on point.

Recommended for
The crew was phenomenal; they were very friendly and always working hard. The food was spectacular and we were never hungry. The diving on this boat was unreal.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • jozef S
  • United States United States
Awesome experience diving and snorkeling on barrier reef and with minke whales.

Minke whales COD hole Barrier Reef

Recommended for
Minke whales cod hole barrier reef
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Micahel E
  • United States United States

Shark feeding dive

Recommended for
The diving , food , people
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Bruno P
  • Portugal Portugal
A burst of colour

The boat was moored always near the dive site with a line set to it. we always had the option to go alone or with a guide. The timing of the meals and dives was well set. The crew was always availlable and alert and paying attention to the guest needs. Was my 1st liveaboard and loved it!

Recommended for
Diacovering the diversity, shapes and colours of corals; the relaxed way the dive guides dealt with my little experience;the organization of the liveaboard
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tobias R
  • Germany Germany
Great Vessel, Crew, and Dive Sites

Mike Ball Diving Expeditions puts great focus on keeping everybody safe and happy. The briefings before every dive were excellent and eased navigation during unguided dives a lot. The Crew is both highly qualified (in their particular field of expertise) and entertaining. The food was exceptionally good, the cabins and the vessels in general are clean and spacious, and the dive sites were just amazing. Certainly recommended!

Recommended for
Food, Briefings, Dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Felix G
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Best Dive trip ever

Best Dive trip ever

Recommended for
Crew, Food, Professionalism
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Philippe A
  • France France

Ready for the next one.

Recommended for
diving, crew, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Keryn A
  • Australia Australia
Overwhelmingly beautiful, fun and relaxing - a must do experience.

A goal reached and just what I needed. Two weeks after I got my Advanced diving certificate I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. I made getting back under the water my goal that I focused on. I have three close family members currently having treatment for cancer, two are terminal and living day to day. This last year has been very overwhelming for me, finally I got down under the water and two good dives and then out of the blue, the next two dives I had panic attacks and struggled with confidence to dive. The crew on board were fantastic - especially Ollie. I can not thank him enough for helping to build my confidence back up to the stage of having some wonderful dive experiences that were exactly what I had been dreaming of. He was very patient, calm, kind and reassuring, he held my hand for two dives and then on the final dive I was confident enough for him to just stay beside me - A HUGE THANK YOU. I wish I had had the confidence the whole way through, as the other divers all raved about the other dive sites that I missed.

Recommended for
Dive sites, People (crew & guests), Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Walt B
  • United States United States
Mike Ball Liveaboard is the BEST!

The room was spacious and comfortable, the service was excellent, the food superb, and the diving was great. The Mike a Ball Staff worked tirelessly to ensure we had a memorable trip. They are the best!

Recommended for
Supreme Service from a Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff! Great diving! Great Food!