Dive the Great Barrier Reef's World Famous Cod Hole
Spirit of Freedom
37 Metre Luxury Motor Cruiser
Experience the world famous Cod Hole and the pristine waters of the Ribbon Reefs diving in an ecosystem of unparalled diversity and pristine natural beauty. You will interact with a family of giant potato cod, millions of colourful tropical fish, sea anemones, sea turtles, olive sea snakes and fantastic coral gardens. Return to Cairns via a low level 250 kilometre scenic flight.
Spirit of Freedom offers the best in cruising comfort, one of the largest live aboard dive vessels in Australia Spirit of Freedom is sleek, stylish and spacious. Built for cruising the far north Great Barrier Reef and remote Coral Sea reefs, the vessel features electronic stabilizers, wide screen TV and DVD, comfortable lounge areas, sun decks and luxury accommodation. You will feel you are on your own private luxury motor yacht whilst experiencing gourmet meals and an outstanding level of service.
Departs Cairns 12.00 noon Monday
Returns Cairns 11.30am Thursday
Duration 3 Days & 3 Nights
Age Group Open
Cabins Stateroom - Double/Twin & Quad Share
Scuba Diving Opportunity for up to 11 Dives
Cabin Type & Cost click cabin link to view photo
$2520.00 per person (based on two people)
$2320.00 per person (based on two people)
$2320.00 per person (based on two people)
$2020.00 per person (based on two people)
$1720.00 per person
Prices valid until 30th June 2017 ask about our discounts
Full Scuba Gear Hire: $120.00
Includes wetsuit, dive computer & torch
Padi Advanced Course: $265.00
Padi Nitrox Course includes all subsequent dives on nitrox: $295.00
Nitrox package (all dives): $75.00
Non diving passengers are given $100.00 off the trip price
On Board Fees included in above pricing
Local fees $20.00 per person
Fuel levy $30.00 per person
Transfers to and from Cairns City accommodation
Meals prepared by onboard Chef with Australian wines and soft
drinks with evening meals
Scenic Reef Flight (low level) between Lizard Island and Cairns
Cabins serviced daily
Your trip will include a low level flight from Lizard Island. The luggage limit per person is 20 kilograms or 45 pounds per person and bags must be soft sided. Excess baggage can be stored at the Spirit of Freedom office in Cairns
A 20% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment of the balance amount must be received at least 30 days prior to travel.
Monday - You will be picked up at your Cairns accommodation by the courtesy bus around 11.00am and transported to Trinity Wharf in Cairns to board the Spirit of Freedom vessel. The friendly crew will show you around the vessel before a mid day departure. You will enjoy lunch while cruising to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon check out dive and a twilight or night dive. This evening Spirit of Freedom will cruise overnight to the Ribbon Reefs.
Tuesday and Wednesday - We spend two days diving on the most northern of the Ribbon Reefs number 9 and 10. Dive sites and sequence of dives might vary according to weather conditions but you will alway do at least one dive on the Cod Hole, home to a family of very friendly Giant Potato Cod. Other dive sites may include the Snake Pit, Lighthouse Bommie, the Wonder Wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay and Two Towers. In special conditions there might also be a drift dive at Dynamite Pass which is a well known route for sharks to navigate through. Four to Five dives will be available every day which will include a night dive. On Wednesday evening the Spirit of Freedom will stay overnight at Watson's Bay at Lizard Island where you will enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.
Thursday - After breakfast you will say goodbye to the Spirit of Freedome and go ashore on Lizard Island. There is time to take a guided walk to Mary Watson's cottage hiking over Chinaman's Ridge before boarding a twin engine plane for a low level flight over the Great Barrier Reef back to Cairns. This one hour flight will arrive at the Cairns General Aviation airport around 11.30am where you will be transferred back to your Cairns accommodation venue.
Snorkellers Notes - The Ribbon Reefs are relatively close to the surface and with little current there is excellent snorkelling at most locations however, at times deeper reef tops and currents of the Coral Sea make the Coral Sea reefs on suitable for very experienced snorkellers and strong swimmers and you might not be able to snorkel at every site. Please note that while you will be safe under the watchful eye of the look out crew, a snorkel buddy might not always be available.
Flight Notes - Because of light aircraft restrictions the total weight of your luggage is limited to 20 kilograms/45 pounds per person, including your dive gear and carry on luggage.