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Spirit of Freedom

AULSF
Pelagic Fish Macro/ Muck Diving Soft Coral

ABOUT THIS LIVEABOARD

Spirit of Freedom will take you out aboard their sleek and spacious custom-built vessel for a 3-night and 4-day trip to the northern Great Barrier Reef. Departing from Cairns midday on day one you will make your way to the outer reef for an afternoon check-out dive and a twilight or night dive. After dinner, you will cruise north to the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, finishing 240 km to the north at the world famous Cod Hole. Over two and half days you will have the opportunity for up to 11 dives and encounter clouds of colorful tropical fish, an incredible variety of vibrant healthy corals, giant clams, anemones, huge schools of cruising pelagic fish, and a family of giant potato cod. Your last night is spent on board the ‘Spirit’ 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, low-level scenic flight back will arrive in Cairns around 11:30 am on Thursday. World-famous dive sites, return flight overlooking the reef, visit a tropical island combined with great food and service will ensure your trip will be one to remember!

BOAT FEATURES

Boat Specifications
  • Beam: 7.1m (24ft)
  • Length: 37m (122ft)
  • Cruising speed: 11 knots
Boat Fixtures
  • Full-service galley, freezer, and refrigerator storage
  • 2 x Yanmar 500hp 368 kw diesel engines
  • 2 x Cummings 6BTs generators, 90 KVA each
  • Electronic stabilizers ensuring maximum sea keeping capability for greatest passenger comfort
Other Features
  • 20,000 liters fresh water plus Desalinators (generating up to 9,000 liters per day).
Dive Facilities
  • Spacious Dive Deck
  • 2 x 4.8m Naiad Tender boats
  • Weights, weight belts, 10.5L (65cf) and 12L(80cf) aluminum tanks with K valve/ DIN universal fittings. (Bring a DIN converter for your DIN regulators just in case).
  • Freshwater showers are located aft of the dive deck, and deck towels are provided after each dive.
  • 2 x Bauer 21 CFM Compressors
  • DNAx Nitrox Membrane System
  • Dive deck contains individual stations for guests with dry storage above and a storage box underneath.
  • Nitrox 32% tanks and fills available - for Nitrox certified divers at an extra cost.
  • Camera wash tub, camera table, and air gun.
Boat Amenties
  • Dining saloon serving as a meals area, briefing area, theatre room and general meeting place. 42-inch wide screen TV is used for briefings, movies, documentaries, or the trip slideshow.
  • Forward lounge – with a marine reference book and DVD library, Flat Screen TV & DVD. Including a camera workstation with 240V power-boards and converters for 110 Volt.
  • Partially covered top deck with timber tables, chairs, comfortable lounge seating and sun-lounges.

BOAT SAFETY

  • EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
  • Flares (8 x Red Rocket Parachute; 4 x Orange hand held; 2 x Red Smoke hand held)
  • Fire Suppression System (fitted to engine rooms)
  • Fire Extinguishers (bridge, galley, saloon, all passenger & crew accommodation areas, engine rooms)
  • Fire Blanket (galley)
  • Life Jackets (38 x SOLAS PFD Type 1)
  • Life Rafts (2 x 16 man; 1 x 6 man)
  • Tenders (2 x 4.8m NIAD + 30HP outboard)
  • HF Marine Radio
  • VHF Marine Radio
  • AIS Vessel Tracking system
  • Hand held VHF x 4
  • General First Aid Kit (Saloon/Dive Deck)
  • AMSA Scale D - vessel First Aid kit (includes prescription medications)
  • AED - defibrillator
  • DAN - Oxygen Resuscitation Delivery System
  • Oxygen Cylinders (2 x D Size; 2 x E Size)
  • Stretcher

BOAT INCLUSIONS

General Inclusions

12L or 10.5L aluminum dive tank (yoke valves), weights and weight belt. (Please bring a DIN conversion kit for you DIN regulators).

Transfer to and from your Cairns City hotel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation to the vessel departure marina.

Low-level scenic flight – Lizard Island to Cairns/Cairns to Lizard Island (3 & 4-day trips only!) Total luggage weight is limited to 20kg.

Free WiFi (when in range)

Accommodation based on two or more sharing (quad, twin or double) depending on your cabin choice (single use extra).

Deck and cabin towels are provided on board.

En-suite cabin with daily service and air-conditioning.

Local tax - GST (on booking cost only)

All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks

Our Exclusive Inclusions

Return transfers from Cairns International airport to your Cairns City hotel. Seat in coach (shuttle bus) transfer on your day of arrival and departure into and out of Cairns.

Complimentary Reef Teach Evening - learn about the Great Barrier Reef and how the reef is a living breathing organism.

Type of Meals

Spirit of Freedom provides their guests four plentiful meals each day, including a continental and cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between dive snacks. Using the freshest ingredients, the chefs create healthy gourmet meals - Australian style - to delight the eye, tastebuds, and stomach. Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals. The vessel can cater to special dietary requirements (within reason), please inform on booking about your requirements, well in advance.

Drinks

Coffee, teas and filtered water are available all day, local wine and soft drink with evening meals only. Alcoholic beverages at extra cost.

BOAT EXCLUSIONS

General Exclusions

Rates and taxes, subject to change - A Fuel Levy may apply at the time of travel

No International or domestic flights are included

No Visas ( responsibility of traveller)

Conditions of Travel and Diver Information form must be completed and returned 30 days before departure. Any medical costs associated are to be covered by the traveller. To participate in scuba diving, passengers must be certified divers and are required to sign a discharge of liability and a medical statement, stating they are fit to dive.

Spirit of Freedom requires non-English speaking passengers to travel with an interpreter. The interpreter must have a good understanding of English and scuba diving, and be able to accurately translate the safety and dive briefings. The interpreter may be a family member, friend or colleague, or a paid professional translator. In all instances, regular rates apply to the translators fare.

Crew gratuities

Any Optional Activities which may include but not limited to: Dive Courses, nitrox fills, any purchases from the Ship Shop

Gear Hire - available for hire as a complete package or individually

Alcohol, soft drinks, clothing, souvenirs, and personal toiletry items are available for an extra cost. The vessels Ship Shop is open for guests on Wednesdays and Sundays. Spirit of Freedom is a fully licensed vessel and bringing your own alcohol on board is not permitted.

Travel and Diving Insurance is for the traveler to organize before travel - Your diving insurance is mandatory, and must cover all of your scuba diving and snorkeling activities, including the costs for recompression chamber treatment and emergency air evacuation. A travel insurance covering you against any unforeseen eventuality is highly recommended.

Taxes and Surcharges

Marine Park Entry Fee - $20 AUD per person. Payable onboard.

Any airport taxes on arrival or departure

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