Spirit of Freedom will take you out aboard their sleek and spacious custom-built vessel for a 7-night and 8-day trip to the northern Great Barrier Reef. Your trip begins midday on Monday from Cairns, and travels 240km along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the Cod Hole. Along the ‘Ribbons’ you will 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. Within your 7 days, you will also spend 2 days at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. An old volcanic atoll lying 220km off the coast, Osprey Reef is renown for its spectacular walls to 1000m, its massive soft corals, shark action, and exceptional visibility. ‘North Horn’ at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, Silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate. Here you can also experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. This trip also includes an overnight stay in secluded Watson’s Bay and a couple of hours ashore at Lizard Island. Exceptional diving, tropical island visit along with great food and service will provide you an unforgettable way to experience the Great Barrier Reef!
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
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.
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.
Coffee, teas and filtered water are available all day, local wine and soft drink with evening meals only. Alcoholic beverages at extra cost.
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.
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.
Marine Park Entry Fee - $20 AUD per person. Payable onboard.
Any airport taxes on arrival or departure
04/03/2019 - 11/03/2019
7 nights, 8 days
Cod Hole, The Ribbon Reefs, and the Coral Sea: Osprey Reef - The Great Barrier Reef
Choose your own dive buddy or the crew will allocate one for you. Prior to every dive, a comprehensive briefing will be given by the dive supervisor to assist with your navigation and direct you to areas of interest at each site. You may dive with your buddy to your pace and interests with no set limits on depth or style of diving outside of normal safe diving practices. An orientation dive is offered on the first dive, and a safety instructor will be in the water on most or all dives. Guests are welcome to dive with our divemasters and instructors, should they feel more comfortable with this option. 12l ( 80cf) tanks, weights, and weight belts included. Up to two dives on day 1 (including a check-out dive) and 4-5 dives on other trip days, excluding day 8 when you will return to Cairns early in the morning. Most dives will be from the main boat, with the reef either below or a short swim away. On a drift dive, you may dive from the dive tender and drift back to the boat. Re-entry via dive ladder: assistance provided. Dive sites will be decided on weather and diving conditions to make the safest environment for the diver. Diver experience recommendation: Advanced Diver certification with minimum 20 ocean dives including 5 dives in the last 12 months. All diving onboard should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you. All dives should be planned no-decompression dives.
The northern sector of the Great Barrier is a tropical zone with relatively warm temperate winters and high humidity in the summers. Water temperatures range 24C/ 75F in the winter to 29C/ 85F in the summer. Lycra skin to 3mm in the summer (Oct – March) and 5mm in the winter (Apr – Sept).
Advanced Open Water & higher