Sleek and spacious, the 'Spirit of Freedom' offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. This tour begins every Monday from Cairns, and travels along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, finishing 240 km to the north at the world famous Cod Hole.
Number of Dives: Up to 11 dives, including up to 3 night dives
Number of passengers: 26 maximum
Vessel: 37m monohull, 3 spacious decks, fully air-conditioned, electronic stabilisers
What to bring:
- Dive Certification Card
- Hat & Sunscreen
- Warm clothing for evenings
- Money for bar and other on-board purchases
- Soft luggage (max 20kg)
- Accommodation Transfer from Cairns City accommodation
- Quality, chef-prepared meals Australian wine with evening meals
- All linen and towels
- Tanks & weights
- 2 dives on the outer Great Barrier Reef
- 2 dives at the world famous Cod Hole home to a family of giant potato cod
- 6 dives on the remarkable chain of Ribbon Reefs with varied topography featuring coves with expansive beds of plate corals to isolated pinnacles, home to clouds of colourful tropical fish.
PADI Advanced Course
PADI Nitrox Course
Special Note: Due to light aircraft weight restrictions, your total luggage weight is limited to 20kg/45lb per person. All bags must be soft sided.
Spirit of Freedom Details
At 37 metres, Spirit is one of Australias largest liveaboard dive vessels, with on board facilities to satisfy the most discerning dive traveller.
Electronic stabilisers ensure the smoothest cruising, while the comfortable furnishings and polished timber interior, give you the feeling of being on a luxury private yacht.
Passenger entertainment areas include sun deck, lounge/ bar and huge dining saloon with wide screen TV/DVD system.
Theres also a large fully equipped dive deck with Nitrox and photo facilities.
11 roomy cabins all feature private bathrooms and are serviced daily.
The Spirit of Freedom courtesy bus will pick you up from your Cairns hotel around 11:00am to transfer you to Trinity Wharf, where you will board the vessel. You will be greeted by the Spirit of Freedom crew, who will give you an orientation of the vessel before a 12 noon departure. Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon check-out dive and a twilight or night dive. After dinner we cruise north to the Ribbon Reefs.
Tuesday & Wednesday:
These two days are spent diving at the most northern of the Ribbon Reefs, Number 9 & 10 Ribbon Reefs. Dive sites and sequence may vary depending on the weather conditions, but will always include at least one dive at the Cod Hole, where you encounter a family of massive and very friendly Potato Cod. Other sites may include Wonder-wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Two Towers, Lighthouse Bommie, and the Snake Pit, just to name a few. If the current is right, you may also take a drift dive at Dynamite Pass, well know as a channel for sharks to pass through. See the dive site page for site selection of some of our dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs. 4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Tuesday. On Wednesday evening we overnight at Watson's Bay on Lizard Island and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.
This morning after breakfast you will disembark and say farewell to Spirit of Freedom. On shore at Lizard Island you can take the guided walk from Watson's Beach to Mary Watson's cottage over Chinaman's Ridge and back to the air-strip. Here you will board a twin-engine light aircraft for your low level flight over the reef and / or along the coast back to Cairns. The one hour flight arrives at Hinterland Aviation, Cairns General Aviation Airport around 11.15 to 11:30am, where the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.
Departs: 12pm, Mondays from Cairns
Returns: Approx 11.30am Thursday to Cairns, by 250km Low Level Scenic Flight from Lizard Island
AU$20 EMC (Marine Park Entry fee)
AU$30 Fuel Levy
Other Dive Equipment (if required)