Spirit of Freedom is big on luxury, dive service and dive experience. Based in Cairns, this specialised liveaboard dive boat provides trips to the Ribbon Reefs, with its world-famous Cod Hole, and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Your 4 night trip departs Cairns at 8.30am on Thursdays and are remote expeditions to the Coral Sea, with epic shark diving and amazing underwater visibility. The boat itself is all about luxury. It has 11 guest cabins with various styles, configurations and prices. There’s lots of comfortable, spacious common areas and the dive deck is open plan and well maintained. These trips are suitable for certified scuba divers only. The Ribbon Reefs are accessible for those with Open Water certification, while Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea is for divers with Advanced certification. The boat visits several sites during all trips, providing outstanding dive experience. Diving equipment is included in the tour price, as are all meals during your stay, tea, coffee and fresh chilled water.
Spirit of Freedom will impress with its dive crew, service and locations. This trip to the Coral Sea is suitable for certified divers only. There’s the option to extend your diving qualifications with an on-board course (i.e. Advanced / Nitrox Course). Coral Sea dive depth is limited only by your air consumption and experience levels. The ocean floor drops away to 1,000m and some dive sites don’t start until 20m below the surface. Dive conditions can sometimes be challenging in the Coral Sea, with strong currents. Visibility is amazing, often over 50m. Certified divers must dive in buddy pairs. Bring your own or have one allocated to you. There is no solo diving. You will need to bring your dive certification card.
Mandatory On Board Fees
A $50 per person Marine Park Levy, Lizard Island Porterage, & Port fee applies
4 Day Full Equipment rental $170
4 Day Nitrox package – includes all dives on nitrox $105
PADI Advanced Course $295
PADI Nitrox Course – includes Course and all subsequent dives on nitrox $325
This itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change. Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is tide and weather conditional.
4 Night Coral Sea Itinerary
Departs – Cairns 08:30am Thursday
Returns – Cairns 07:30am Monday
Includes – Low-level scenic flight – Cairns to Lizard Island, Opportunity for up to 15 dives
Dive Level Recommendation – Advanced type diving
Around 07:30am this morning the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will transfer you from your Cairns city hotel to Hinterland Aviation at Cairns General Aviation Airport. Here you will board a twin-engine light aircraft for your scenic flight up the coast to Lizard Island. The Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival and escort you via tender to the vessel. After an orientation of the vessel we depart for Ribbon Reef Number 10. This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives at a choice of sites including the Cod Hole, Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Gardens, and Pixie Pinnacle. We depart in the evening for a 10 hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.
Friday & Saturday
Two days will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia’s Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging 30 to 100 metres. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals, rising from the ocean floor thousands of feet below. ‘North Horn’ is a dive site at the tip of Osprey where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate, and you can experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. 4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Friday. See the dive site page for site selection of some of our dive sites at Osprey Reef. On Saturday night we will depart Osprey Reef for overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.
At Ribbon Reefs Number 3 we will dive such sites as the sensational Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point. A second option for this day, in special weather conditions, is to head south from Opsrey to Bougainville Reef, known for its unusual underwater landscape or caverns, and its partially submerged wreck. On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.
We arrive back into Cairns at 06:30am. Enjoy a light breakfast on board and a group photo opportunity before being dropped back to your Cairns hotel around 08.00am.
A fee of 20% applies with 60 days or less notice
100% fee applies with 21 days or less notice
An administrative fee of AU$100 per person will apply for your cancellation of more than 60 days.
Rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, or four share for quad.
The Marine Park levy includes the Environmental Management Charge at $19.50.
For Sole Occupancy rates, please double the per person rate and deduct $150 per day. (N/A for Quad share)
For Non Diving Passengers, please deduct $200 off the 3 & 4 day trip rates and $400 off the 7 day trip rates.
Triple Share in Double/Twin: 2 people pay twin share rate, 1 person pays quad share rate.
Ocean View cabins and Stateroom contain double beds only and rates are based on double occupancy.
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