Spirit of Freedom – 3 Night Swim with Dwarf Minke Whale & Ribbon Reefs (Premium Vessel)

from $2200 AUD

About your Minke Whale Adventure

Trips Available only during Minke Whale Season (June/July 2024)

June 2024 Available spots still on trips departing – 6th June 2024, 13th June, 27th June

July 2024 Available spots still on trips departing – 4th July, 11th July, 18th July, 25th July

During the months of June and July, divers and snorkellers may have the opportunity to interact with dwarf minke whales in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef.  This is a unique and remarkable encounter takes place on the Great Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs

Dive Level: This Cairns Minke Whale trip is suitable for snorkellers. No dive experience or certification is required.

Departs: Cairns 11.30 am Thursday

Returns: Cairns 12:00 noon Sunday Trip back to Cairns is a one-hour low flying flight

Certified Divers: Up to 11 dives, with focus on in-water swim time with Minke Whales when located.


  • Liveaboard adventure combining both Minke Whale experience and diving at the Ribbon Reefs
  • In water interaction with Minke Whales
  • Deep dives up to 30 metres
  • Amazing visibility, coral formations & marine life
  • Amazing dive crew and dive service

Diving Details

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.  Spirit of Freedom will impress with its dive crew, service and dive locations.


  • Transfers to/from your Cairns city hotel
  • Lizard Island to Cairns scenic flight
  • Opportunity for up to 11 dives and as much in-water swim time with the whales as we can manage.
  • En suite cabin with daily service
  • Chef-prepared gourmet meals
  • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals


  • 4 Day Full Equipment rental $180
  • 4 Day Nitrox package – includes all (15) dives on nitrox $150
  • PADI Advanced Course $285
  • PADI Nitrox Course – includes course and all subsequent dives on nitrox $280


Option Price
Ocean View Delux - Min 2 people (price per person) $3250
Ocean View Standard - Min 2 people (price per person) $3250
Stateroom - Min 2 people (price per person) $2900
Twin/Double (Price per person) $2550
Quad Share (Price per person) $2200

Full Itinerary

When operating, these tours begin on a Thursday, departing from Cairns and heading north to the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs. Over two and half days you will have the opportunity for up to 11 dives. The number of dives is dependent on how much in-water swim time swimming with Dwarf Minke Whales as the whales allow. Your last night is spent on board the Spirit of Freedom in the bay at Lizard Island. Enjoy time ashore at Lizard Island the next morning, before boarding your return flight to Cairns. The one-hour flight back will bring you back to Cairns around 11.15 -11.45 am on Sunday.

Special Expedition: These tours are strictly seasonal, to coincide with the whales’ migration. Swimming with Minke Whales is a strictly controlled activity. Guests must follow crew instructions at all times.


In the event you cancel your booking with us, the following charges will apply: More than 60 days before departure: no charge (full refund applies). Between 60 days and 30 days before departure: 20% of your tour cost. Within 30 days of departure: 100% of your tour cost (no refund applies).
If you are participating in scuba diving on any of our tours, you are required to complete a Medical Statement at least 30 days prior to your departure date. The Medical Statement is included within the Diver Information Form. A link with instructions will be sent to you or your Agent at the time of your booking. All divers over the age of 65 must supply a valid dive medical certificate.
For the Thursday trip, boarding is from 11.15 am -11.30 am Thursday morning, for a 12 pm (noon) departure. The vessel is located at Trinity Wharf at the end of Lake Street. Taxis and coaches can drive up onto the wharf to locate the vessel, which is usually berthed under the clock tower.

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