Spirit of Freedom was custom built for the Coral Sea region. It offers liveaboard trips from 3 to 7 nights in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. It can accomendates 26 guests on board.

Chris

12/03/2017

Our trip was blessed with sunny skies and phenomenal dive conditions for our 4 day trip aboard the gorgeous Spirit of Freedom to Ospray and Ribbon Reef no 3 on the GBR. Our trip started with a...

Description

Boat

Spirit of Freedom is a 37 meter long, 7 meter wide steel liveaboard yacht. Custom built in 1992 for long range cruising and to optimise the sea conditions of the Coral Sea region.

The indoor lounge is a great place for chilling out and relaxing, equipped with comfortable couch seating and beanbags. Here you will find a coffee machine, tea selection and hot water, library - including marine reference books, DVD library, Flat Screen TV & DVD. For photographers, there is also a camera work station with power-boards and converters for 110 Volt.

The dining saloon in the centre of the vessel serves as a meals area, briefing area, theatre room and general meeting place. All guests can be comfortably seated in this room. The 42 inch wide screen TV is often the focus of attention for briefings, movies or documentaries, or the trip slide show. This is also an area that many people use to work on their laptops, and with wireless internet available (when in range), this is a great place to send emails home about your day's diving adventures.

The bar contains a good range of quality Australian & New Zealand wines, plus beer, UDL spirits and soft drinks, all at very reasonable prices. Our crew are happy to serve you, or if they are performing other duties, you are most welcome to serve yourself. We use an honour system for all your purchases during the cruise, so there is no need to worry about payment until the last night of your trip. On our scheduled dive trips, the house wine and soft drinks are included during your evening meal.

The top deck is a great place to relax between dives, with undercover and open areas containing timber tables, chairs, comfortable lounge seating and sun-lounges. Here you can relax with a book, take a quick snooze, catch some sun rays, or share stories of the marine life you encountered on the last dive. It is also a great place in the evening, where you can enjoy a quiet drink or get together with fellow divers. During your trip we always plan at least one alfresco BBQ dinner on the top deck.

The dive deck contains individual stations for 26 guests with dry storage above and a storage box under for every 2 divers. Air and Nitrox whips allow tanks to remain in their rack, supplying air and Nitrox at 32%. For photographers there is a camera wash tub, small camera table and air gun. Fresh water showers are located aft of the dive deck, and deck towels are provided after each dive.


Cabin

Spirit of Freedom contains 11 guest cabins, with various different cabin type for choose, it can accommodates max. 26 guests on board:

All cabins are air-conditioned and with private bathroom, equipped with wardrobe and under-bed storage, while some may have additional shelving.

1 Ocean View Deluxe Cabin:
Located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck. It is a spacious 8.5 square metres in area (not including the bathroom, an additional 2 sqm) and contains a double bed, bed side tables, writing desk, wardrobe, and 26" flat screen TV & DVD player.

1 Ocean View Standard Cabin:
Located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck. It is 5.2 square metres in area (not including bathroom, an additional 2 sqm) and contains a double bed, a wardrobe, and 26” flat screen TV & DVD player.

1 Stateroom Cabin:
Located in a private area on the lower deck, close to the dive deck and dining saloon. It is a spacious 9.2 square metres in area (not including bathroom, an additional 2.8 sqm) and contains a queen size bed, extra shelving, wardrobe, bed side tables and 26" flat screen TV & DVD player.

6 Standard Double/Twin Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. They are an average 7.2 square metres in area, (not including bathroom, an additional 1.8 sqm).
Five of these cabins contain a double bed with a single bed over the top, bunk style.
One cabin contains just a double bed.

2 Quad Share Cabins:
Located mid ships on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. They are each 7.2 square metres in area, (not including bathroom, an additional 1.8 sqm). Each containing four single beds, bunk style.


Diving

  • 3 - 4 dives per day, depending on conditions and program.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request, must book in advance
  • Dive insurance:All divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Available, free of charge while in range
  • Payment on board:By cash (AUD ONLY) or credit card (VISA, Mastercard)
  • Crew Number:10

Itineraries

3 DAY COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS

Departs:Cairns > 12:00 noon
Returns:Cairns > 11:00 am
Includes:
3D/3N - 2 and half dive days; 2 days diving Northern Ribbon Reefs;Up to 11 dives; Low level reef flight from Lizard Island Also suitable for snorkellers.
Description:
Dive the world famous Cod Hole and turquoise waters of the Ribbon Reefs, an ecosystem of unsurpassed marine diversity and exquisite natural beauty. You will encounter a family of giant potato cod, clouds of colourful tropical fish, anemones, turtles, olive sea snakes, and pristine coral gardens. End your dive tour with a one hour flight from Lizard Island to Cairns.

4 DAY CORAL SEA

Departs:Cairns > 8:30 am
Returns:Cairns > 7:00 am
Includes:
4D/4N - 3 and half dive days; 2 – 3 days at the Coral Sea; Up to 15 dives; Flight over the reef to Lizard Island.
Description:
Take a reef flight to Lizard Island to begin your diving at the very top of the Ribbon Reefs at sites such as the ‘Cod Hole’ and ‘Dynamite Pass‘. Appealing to the experienced diver, this tour travels 200km offshore to the oceanic wilderness of Australia’s Coral Sea, where volcanic atolls plummet to thousands of metres below. A thrilling shark dive, schools of big fish, manta rays and more await you at Osprey Reef.

7 DAY COD HOLE & CORAL SEA

Departs:Cairns > 12:00 noon
Returns:Cairns > 7:00 am
Includes:
7D/7N - 6 and half dive days; 3 – 4 Days on the northern Ribbons; 2 – 3 Days at the Coral Sea; Up to 26 dives; Time ashore at Lizard Island.
Description:
Experience the amazing diversity of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Dive the ‘Ribbon Reefs’, 120km of picturesque coral reef teaming with marine biodiversity, before heading out to Osprey Reef where 1000 metre walls emerge from the ocean depths. Here you will experience astoundingly clear water, massive red and yellow soft corals, reef sharks, whalers, hammerheads, mantas, and big fish action.

7 DAY FAR NORTH EXPEDITIONS (ONLY FEW TIMES A YEAR)

Spirit of Freedom offering only few trips per year, with flights in and out of the small Cape York town of Lockhart River to maximise time in this amazing region.
Description:
The Far Northern Reefs are known as the isolated reefs north of Lizard Island that extend to the east the tip of Cape York peninsular, around 500 nautical miles north of Cairns. One of the last totally pristine areas of the Great Barrier Reef, these reefs are seldom visited by any boats, and many of the hundreds of reefs in the region, are yet to be fully explored. The Far Northern reefs are famous for their fantastic wall dives, pinnacles alive with fish, massive coral heads, and reef fish and invertebrates of incredible variety and colour. The nesting season for the green sea turtle runs from October through February, and November and December sees thousands upon thousands of turtles descending on the many small coral cays in the region. The Spring is also the best weather season to dive the outer walls, offering a great chance of encounters with sharks, manta rays and massive schools of pelagics. The diving in this region can be challenging, and these tours are only recommended for the experienced diver.


DEPARTURES

Spirit of Freedom offers return courtesy transfers from all Cairns City Hotels. If you are staying outside the central district, or at the Northern Beach suburbs, you will need to arrange your own transfer on the departure/ return day.

Spirit of Freedom recommends arrival into Cairns at least the day prior to your trip, as unforseen flight delays or lost baggage may cause inconvenience or you may even miss the boat. However, if you are flying into Cairns on day of departure, please note that you will need to make your own way to our dive shop or the vessel itself.

Diving Seasons

JANUARY THROUGH APRIL:January through April is a wetter season with tropical monsoonal weather bringing amazing feeding and marine action, plus a great opportunity to see juvenile fish following the breeding season. Manta Rays are also commonly spotted on the Great Barrier Reef at this time. The air temperature will range 23-32°C (74-90°F) and the water temperature will average 29°c /84°F.

MAY THROUGH AUGUST:May through August is mostly sunny and clear of rain, although the south-easterly trade winds can be a bit stronger at this time. Air temperatures range from minimums around 15°C/ 60°F to maximums around 26°C/ 79°F. The water will be at its coolest dropping to around 24°C/ 75°F, but generally offers great visibility. In the months of June and July, Dwarf Minke Whales are commonly sighted on the Ribbon Reefs, having migrated from the Antarctic seas to the relatively warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Growing to a length of around 8 metres, this small, gentle whale has an inquisitive nature that draws them close to boats in the region, often lingering with divers and snorkelers, as close as a few feet away.

SEPTEMBER THROUGH TO DECEMBER:September through to December sees the water warm up, with generally clear sunny days and light winds. Many coral reef species breed at this time, with the coral spawning en-masse in October and/ or November. Manta Rays are commonly spotted in the Coral Sea from April to October. The air temperature will range 20-32°C (68-90°F) and the water temperature usually averages 27°C/ 80°F.

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Destinations Australia
Facilities Internet
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
24/06/2019 to 27/06/2019 3 nights Australia Cairns - Cairns From $1,259.42 Detail
27/06/2019 to 01/07/2019 4 nights Australia Cairns - Cairns From $1,539.30 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Australia 3 nights Quad Share From $1,259.42
Australia 3 nights Standard Double Twin From $1,476.33
Australia 3 nights Ocean View Standard From $1,696.72
Australia 3 nights Ocean View Deluxe From $1,836.66
Australia 4 nights Quad Share From $1,539.30
Australia 4 nights Standard Double Twin From $1,784.18
Australia 4 nights Ocean View Standard From $2,029.07
Australia 4 nights Ocean View Deluxe From $2,186.50

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Australia

Period : Liveaboards run trips year round. For the Great Barrier Reef, diving from late August to early December offers the best conditions. Minke whale season is usually from June to August and is the ideal time to spot and interact with these gentle giants.

Visa's : In most countries Australian visas are available electronically via your airline or travel agent issuing the airline ticket. You will require a current passport, and tickets to an onward destination. please check with the nearby Australian consulate to ensure you have the proper documentations.

Climat : Australian seasons are the reverse of the northern hemisphere. Cairns' summer is December to February, winter is June to August. Rain season from January to April, Dry season from June to Nov. Average daily temperature range is 20 - 30 C/ 68 -86F.

Water : Water temps vary from 24C/ 75F in the winter; and 29C / 84F in the summer months.Tropical storms (cyclones) can occur between December and April. We recommend a 3mm full wetsuit in the warmer months and a 5mm full wetsuit in the cooler months.

Clothing : Depending on seasons. T-shirts, shorts, sweater and sweat pants – light weight pants and tops for the evening are a good idea.

Plugs : Type Australian standard AS/NZS 3112 (Type I), 240V @ 50Hz

Flights : Many international flights arrive directly to Cairns or Sydney.

Currency : Local currency is Australian Dollar. Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners are widely accepted. And international ATM's are availiable everywhere.

Diver's reviews (2)

Chris, 12/03/2017

Our trip was blessed with sunny skies and phenomenal dive conditions for our 4 day trip aboard the gorgeous Spirit of Freedom to Ospray and Ribbon Reef no 3 on the GBR. Our trip started with a stunning small plane flight to Lizard Island where we boarded the boat. The crew were warm, welcoming and knowledgeable and the food was great and most importantly (for a dive trip) very plentiful. The crew were extremely safety conscious, ensuring all passengers were aware of procedures and all divers were vetted for ability and skills (diver experience and qualifications could have been taken onto more consideration here but better to be safe than sorry I suppose). All dives and briefs were carefully planned and executed by the crew to ensure all divers had the absolute best experience possible. Overall a spectacular trip with fantastic people, crew and setting. Couldn't ask for more and will definitely be planning another trip on the Spirit during

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Liu Wei, 22/05/2014

Me and my wife went to Australia during the Chinese New Year 2014, and by lucky we found Dive and Cruise and they gave good advice about the liveaboard in Great Barrier Reef. We booked the 3 Days 3 Nights liveaboard on this boat, and the trip even included a Low-level scenic flight from Lizard Island to Cairns. The diving was very good for us (we are new AOW divers): sharks , sea turtles, manta rays , large mejillon , Napoleon, beautiful corals.. Food was very good and always different, and at some place we even can use the free wifi onboard. We were very happy for the trip, very satisfied for the service!

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