SPIRIT OF FREEDOM live-aboard dive cruising to North Queensland’s Ribbon Reefs, Coral Sea and beyond..
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Reefs harbour an ecosystem rich in marine diversity and exquisite natural beauty. Join Spirit of Freedom to dive the world renown diving destinations of the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs, and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.
Spirit of Freedom is a 37 metre steel bottomed monohull, equipped with electronic stabilisers and the latest navigation equipment. The vessel is comfortably appointed throughout, with three decks of living space, generous cabins with private bathroom, a large dive deck, and all the amenities of a hotel, complimented by first class meals. Services on board include nitrox fills, complimentary Nautilus Lifelines for every diver, guest use laptops, and free WIFI (when in range).
Spirit of Freedom Itineraries
Departing out of Cairns every Monday, the 7 day expeditions offer a combination of the best sites on the Ribbon Reefs and also Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Shorter 3 or 4 day itineraries are also available, including a flight into or out of Lizard Island to start or end your tour.
|3 DAY/3 NIGHT - COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS||3 Day/3 Night||1200 noon Mon||11:30 am Thu||» more|
|4 DAY/4 NIGHT - CORAL SEA & RIBBONS REEFS||4 Day/4 Night||08:30am Thu||07:00am Mon||» more|
|7 DAY/7 NIGHT - COD HOLE, RIBBON REEFS & CORAL SEA||7 Day/7 Night||12:00 noon Mod||07:00 am Mon||» more|
Visit Extended Expeditions for information on the unique annual expeditions to the remote Far Northern Reefs.
The Spirit of Freedom team enjoy the camaraderie and fun of having a dive group on board. Check with your Dive Shop for dates on the next Spirit of Freedom group trip.
Unique Diving Experiences
Dive with Spirit of Freedom and enjoy such unique experiences as the Potato Cod feed at the Cod Hole, the shark dive at Osprey Reef, and in June and July you have the opportunity to encounter the inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales.
Starting to the north of Cairns, and finishing to the east of Lizard Island, the Ribbon Reefs are a stunning turquoise chain of 10 individual reefs. Relatively isolated, these reefs support a huge range of biodiversity from the giant clam with it's violet fluorescent interior, to the vividly red flame file shell, along with a plethora of tropical reef fish. Reef formations include beds of huge plate corals, isolated pinnacles crowned in delicate corals and anemones, walls, channels, caves, canyons and shallow coral gardens.
150 km off the north east coast of Queensland lies Osprey Reef, one of the most famous of the Coral Sea reefs. Here you will find the sheer walls, incredible visibility and schools of pelagics. At the tip of this 25 km long reef is 'North Horn', renowned for its thriving shark population. At this site you can dive with legions of grey whalers and white tips plus the occasional silvertips and hammerheads. Osprey Reef also boasts some of the world's largest and most spectacularly coloured soft corals.
Spirit of Freedom has been awarded an Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation by Ecotourism Australia. The program is endorsed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and identifies and monitors high standard marine tourism operators who follow best practices that are ecologically sustainable and help to protect and preserve the Marine Park to a high standard. Spirit of Freedom is committed to our responsibility to contribute to the protection of our environment and to pass on this rich heritage to future generations.