Spirit of Freedom - Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure
Prices from $3,500 AUD

 

The Spirit of Freedom offers the best in liveaboard dive cruising to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and remote Coral Sea reefs. Scuba Dive Tours of 34 and 7 day duration depart our of Cairns to iconic dive sites such as the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and North Horn, Osprey Reef. Shark dives, Potato Cod feeding, sheer walls laced with massive soft corals, manta-rays, minke whales, and abundant healthy tropical reefs, rich with marine biodiversity are just some of the high-lights you'll experience with Spirit of Freedom diving tours.

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Features

  • Departs Mondays
  • Opportunity for up to 26 dives
  • En-suite cabin with daily service
  • Chef prepared gourmet meals
  • Wines & Soft Drinks with Meals

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Prices

From 1/07/2016 to 30/06/2017 twin sharesole use  
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure
- Quad Share
All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $3,500.00 
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Double All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $4,125.00$7,200.00
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Stateroom All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $4,750.00$8,450.00
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Oceanview Std All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $4,750.00$8,450.00
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Oceanview Deluxe All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $5,200.00$9,350.00
+ Full Gear Hire full scuba gear hire for your dive trip $245.00$245.00
+ Nitrox package nitrox qualified divers only $180.00$180.00
+ PADI Advanced Course theory component and 5 practical dives $265.00$265.00
+ Non Diving Discount discount for any non scuba diving passengers -$400.00-$400.00
Additional Costs: $20 per person Marine Park Levy, a fuel levy may be applicable at time of booking
From 1/07/2017 to 30/06/2018 share  
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure
- Quad Share
All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $3,625.00
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Double/Twin All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $4,250.00
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Stateroom All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $4,900.00
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Oceanview Std All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $4,900.00
7 Day Cod Hole, Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea Adventure - Oceanview Deluxe All Meals & Scuba Diving (up to 26 dives) $5,325.00
+ Full Gear Hire full scuba gear hire for your dive trip $245.00
+ Nitrox package nitrox qualified divers only $180.00
+ PADI Advanced Course theory component and 5 practical dives $265.00
+ Non Diving Discount discount for any non scuba diving passengers -$400.00
Additional Costs: $20 per person Marine Park Levy, a fuel levy may be applicable at time of booking

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Monday Departure

  • No Scenic Flights.
  • No Cairns Stop.

Thursday Departure

  • Return Flights Cairns/Lizard Island.
  • Short stop in Cairns part way through trip.

We highly recommend doing the Monday departure if possible

Sleek and spacious, the 'Spirit of Freedom' offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs. This tour begins every Monday from Cairns, and travels 240km along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the Cod Hole. Along the 'Ribbons' you will encounter clouds of colourful 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 tour also includes an overnight stay in secluded Watson's Bay and a couple of hours ashore at Lizard Island. Return to Cairns 7 days later on the Monday morning.

 
 
 

Monday: 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, Lizard Island, and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck. 

 

Thursday: This morning after breakfast you will have the opportunity to go ashore at Lizard Island. A good chance to stretch you legs on land at this half way point, you can take the guided walk from Watson's Beach to Mary Watson's cottage over Chinaman's Ridge and back to the beach. Around 11.00am we will cruise back to Ribbon Reef Number 10 for two dives at a choice of sites including the Snake Pit, Cod Hole, Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, and Pixie Pinnacle. If the tide permits we may repeat a dive at the Cod Hole or visit new sites. We depart in the evening for a 10 hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Passengers starting their 7 day trip on a thursday join the boat at Lizard Island.

 

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.

 

 

 

Sunday: 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.

 

 

Monday: 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. passengers who started their cruise on Thursday now complete Monday, tuesday and Wednesdays itinerary as above, with their return flight to Cairns departing Lizard Island on Thursday Morning.

 

 

 

 Spirit of Freedom is one of Australia’s most comfortable and well appointed live-aboard dive vessels. At 37 metres in length, with three decks of living space, generous cabins with private bathroom, the Spirit of Freedom offers all the amenities of a hotel, complimented by first class meals and outstanding service. A large dive deck with nitrox and photo facilities, houses every convenience to ensure comfort, safety and freedom in your diving.


 

Join a Spirit of Freedom dive trip to the Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea and witness the massive Potato Cod being fed at the Cod Hole, experience the thrilling shark dive at North Horn, Osprey Reef, and in the winter months you may even encounter the inquisitive Minke Whale on the Ribbon Reefs. Spirit of Freedom live-aboard dive tours depart from Cairns in the tropical north of Australia and offer 34 and 7 night dive expeditions.

 

 

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