Minke Whales and Ribbon Reefs, Cairns

Swim with Minke Whales and explore the Ribbon Reefs, a four day, four night diving adventure!

About this trip - 14th - 18th July 2022

The dive sites

This Minke Whale trip with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is a unique oppurtinuty to swim with these beautiful creatures. The expedition runs from Cairns to Lizard Island, going all the way along the outer Great Barrier Reef. You will spend time exploring the prestine reefs of Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef and explore the wonders of sites like Gotham City, Steves Bommie & Pixies Pinnacle. The trip includes up to 12 dives and multiple interations along the way with a Minke Whales.

Marine life

There are few opportunities in a lifetime where you can experience the thrill of sharing the water with a creature as magnificent as a whale. It’s only during the months of June and July, that divers may have the opportunity to interact with Minke Whales in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef. This is a unique and incredible experience which you will remember for years to come!

What you will see

On this dive trip you will not only see the minke whales, but a huge variety of marine life! From disco clams (named after the pulsing light in their mantle) to diver-sized potato cod, this trip has a little bit of everything. The diverse marine environment on the outer Great Barrier Reef is a divers dream, with interesting corals and beautiful creatures at ever turn.
The trip includes a low level scenic flight cruising 300m over the reef from Lizard Island to Cairns giving you an amazing oppurtunity to experience the reef from above and below!

Minke Whale


  • Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef


  • Twin Bunk with ensuite


  • $2785


  • Cairns City transfers
  • 4 nights aboard Spoilsport
  • Up to 12 in-water sessions
  • Chef prepared gourmet meals – Australian style
  • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals
  • Low scenic flight from Lizard island to Cairns


  • Airfare to/from Cairns
  • Mandatory reef tax $50pp
  • Optional nitrox fills $75pp
  • Gear hire


  • Minimum Open Water Diver

Rental Gear:

  • Full gear rental - $175 for duration of the trip

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