Spirit of Freedom – Cod Hole & Coral Sea Trip (7-NIGHT)

Scuba Diving with Grey Whaler Sharks in the Coral Sea

Dive the Famous Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs! Enjoy the Shark Dive at Osprey Reef 1000m Wall Diving! Spectacular Coral, Marine Life & Chef Prepared Meals

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$3,900.00

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Spirit of Freedom – Cod Hole & Coral Sea Trip (7-NIGHT)

Tour Type: 7 Day / 7 Night Trips | Operates: Weekly | Departs: Monday 12pm | Returns: Monday 7.30am | Transfers: Yes, Cairns city included

HIGHLIGHTS:

Dive the Famous Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs! Enjoy the Shark Dive at Osprey Reef 1000m Wall Diving! Spectacular Coral, Marine Life & Chef Prepared Meals

AVAILABLE:
Certified Scuba Diving:  Yes, Advanced Dive Certification Required All Snorkel Gear: Yes, Snorkel, Fins, Mask and Life Jackets
Meals: Yes, Hot & Cold Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner! Guided Dives: No, But there will be instructors in the water on every dive. The crew give fantastic dive briefings!
Hot Showers and Toilets:  All Cabins Have Private Bathrooms with Hot Showers Full Dive Gear: Yes, Extra Cost See Price List
Underwater Photographer Friendly: Yes, Camera Bucket and Camera Area Available Outer Reef: Yes Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole & Osprey Reef Shark Dive

The ultimate liveaboard dive trip from Cairns! This 7 day / 7 night adventure delivers the very best of the Great Barrier Reef, before taking you way out to the 1,000m wall drop-offs in the Coral Sea and bringing you back again. Up to 26 certified dives available on this Spirit of Freedom trip, which departs Cairns every Monday. We are now accepting bookings for the 2018 dive season.

The first part of your adventure is completed within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, exploring various sites in its pristine northern Ribbon Reefs. These reefs are 120km north of Cairns and home to an amazing, vibrant collection of Great Barrier Reef marine life. The second half of the week takes you out to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea, which is home to North Horn, rated in the world’s top ten shark feed dive sites.

Your boat is the 37m monohull Spirit of Freedom, which offers five star trips with chef prepared meals daily. Each of its 11 fully serviced, air-conditioned cabins have their own ensuite and come in a range of configurations (quad share, double/twin, stateroom and ocean view deluxe), allowing you to tailor your trip to suit your needs and budget.

The crew to guest ratio is 10:26 and customer service is brilliant, they’ll help you with everything from putting on and taking off you fins, to defogging your mask before each dive. When you’re not in the water, relax across the three-levels of air-conditioned interior, including saloon and lounge, or on the upstairs sun deck.

This exciting liveaboard tour is suitable for snorkelers and divers (for more information on these activities, please see tabs below) but recommended for certified scuba divers. The tour price includes: Cairns city hotel transfers and all accommodation, meals and linen aboard Spirit of Freedom. Diving equipment hire is extra.

Prices:

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CHOOSE OPTIONINCLUDESDIVESPRICE+ TAXESTOTAL
ROOM TYPE:
Adult Ocean View DeluxeCertified Diver26$5,720.00$50.00$5,770.00
Adult Ocean View StandardCertified Diver26$5,290.00$50.00$5,340.00
Adult StateroomCertified Diver26$5,290.00$50.00$5,340.00
Adult Double/TwinCertified Diver26$4,600.00$50.00$4,650.00
Adult Quad ShareCertified Diver26$3,900.00$50.00$3,950.00
PADI DIVE COURSES:
PADI Advanced CourseDive Course-$265.00-$265.00
PADI Nitrox CourseDive Course-$325.00-$325.00
EXTRAS:
Nitrox Tank FillsNitrox Fills-$180.00-$180.00
Full Dive Gear HireDive Gear-$270.00-$270.00

Itinerary:

Detailed below is a basic itinerary, based on a standard trip. Please note, the itinerary may vary, pending weather and conditions. We have included highlights, as well as detailed trip information, for ease of reading. Please contact us for more information.

MONDAY. Highlights: Boarding Spirit of Freedom, departing Cairns, two (2) certified dives on the Great Barrier Reef and going to sleep on the Coral Sea.

MORE DETAIL: Your 7 Day Adventure begins around 11am on Monday morning, with complimentary coach pick-ups from Cairns city hotels. Transfers are provided to the near-by Trinity Inlet, where Spirit of Freedom is moored awaiting your arrival. The crew welcomes you aboard, providing an orientation of the boat and showing everyone to their cabins. Afterwards, guests gather for introductions and to receive a quick briefing on the day ahead.

As the boat fires up its Rolls Royce engines for a 12pm departure, a delicious buffet lunch of cold meats and salads is served in the downstairs saloon. As Spirit of Freedom makes its way to the Great Barrier Reef, your trip director provides a comprehensive introduction, safety, boat, trip and dive briefing to all passengers.

Certified divers are issued with dive equipment and allocated places on the dive deck, before meeting with the dive master individually to discuss their diving experience and certification levels. Any divers travelling on their own will be paired up with a buddy of similar experience / skill levels at this time.

The first two dives of the trip are completed on the reefs off Cairns. These are considered introductory / refresher dives, allowing divers to become familiar with the equipment and familiarise themselves with diving, if they have not been scuba diving for a while. There is the option of guided or unguided dives this afternoon.

After a quick shower, it’s time for dinner, which is served ala carte style in the saloon by the crew. It’s always a hot meal, which is served with complimentary house wine (red or white), followed by dessert.

As the guests turn in for the evening, Spirit of Freedom commences its overnight motor to the far northern Ribbon Reefs.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY. Highlights: Some amazing scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs, including at least one visit to the Cod Hole. Certified scuba divers can enjoy up to nine (9) dives, including early morning and night dives. Chef prepared meals, cruising the Ribbon Reefs and sun rise and sun set over the Great Barrier Reef.

MORE DETAIL: The next two days of the trip are spent exploring the Great Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs. Reef site sequence and dive / snorkel times may vary, pending weather and conditions, but you will have at least one visit to the world famous Cod Hole.

The Spirit of Freedom trip director does an excellent job of keeping everyone informed of the daily plans, dive times and boat movements. The trip director is in constant communication with the Spirit of Freedom captain and in addition to briefings, there is a notice board in the saloon which is kept up to date with the latest news and plans for your easy reference.

There are two things of which you can be assured: the Ribbon Reef sites will be excellent, with a mind blowing amount of colourful marine life and corals, and the meals and snacks will be constant, delicious and plentiful. A ‘basic’ daily plan aboard Spirit of Freedom is as follows.

Wake up and have “first breakfast” which consists of cereals, yoghurt and tropical fruit. Then have a scuba dive / snorkel, before coming back to the boat for “second breakfast”, which is always a selection of hot items, including bacon, eggs, toast and more. Then it’s back into the water for more fun and exploration before a hot / cold lunch is served buffet style in the saloon. After lunch, there’s more time in the water and when you emerge, help yourself to a selection of snacks, which varies from day to day (cakes and slices, to tropical fruits and nuts). More time in the water in the afternoon, before dinner is served around 6pm. There is always the option of taking a night dive and dessert will be served after this is completed.

The reef sites you will visit vary depending on the conditions during your trip, but may include: Two Towers, Challenger Bay, Pixie Pinnacle, Rod’s Rock, the Snake Pit and more.

On Wednesday afternoon, Spirit of Freedom makes its way to Watson’s Bay, just off Lizard Island. It moors here for the evening and that night, there is an excellent BBQ dinner which weather permitting, is cooked and served on the top deck. The crew will also feed sharks off the back deck and you can expect to see several reef sharks, giant groupers and tawny nurse sharks.

THURSDAY. Highlights: Exploring Lizard Island and meeting new guests who come aboard, two (2) more certified dives on the Ribbon Reefs and departing for the Coral Sea overnight.

MORE DETAIL: Today is a bit of a changeover day on Spirit of Freedom. Those guests who booked a 3 Day Cod Hole trip will be departing, while those who have booked a 4 Day Coral Sea trip will be arriving. For those on a 7 Day Adventure, today offers the chance to stretch your legs on dry land.

A light breakfast is served in the morning (cereals, fruit and yoghurt) before the crew provides a briefing on the day ahead. Everyone assembles for farewells and group photos on the sundeck, before tender transferring to nearby Lizard Island for some land exploration.

There’s time to enjoy a quick guided tour of the island and its historical points (Mrs Watson’s Cottage) before climbing the hill to enjoy views over the ocean. Cod Hole guests depart and Coral Sea guests arrive. Lunch is served aboard Spirit of Freedom and then in the afternoon, there’s time for two scuba dives on the Ribbon Reefs (site determined pending weather).

That night is somewhat of an introductory dinner, when you will get to meet and mingle with the new guests properly. Overnight, Spirit of Freedom will complete its 10 hour motor to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY. Highlights: Some amazing scuba diving in the Coral Sea! 1,000m wall drop offs, excellent visibility, lots of sharks, colourful sea fans, giant schools of pelagic fish, sea turtles, groupers, cod and much, much more.

MORE DETAIL: The next two days of the trip are spent exploring Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Reef sites and dive times will vary, pending weather and conditions, but a highlight will be visiting the famous North Horn site for a shark feed dive.

There are two things you can be assured of: diving in the Coral Sea will be amazing, with its 1,000m wall drop offs and astounding visibility, and the meals and snacks will continue to be constant, delicious and plentiful. The ‘basic’ daily plan aboard Spirit of Freedom continues as per the first two days in the Ribbon Reefs.

The reef sites you may visit include: Admiralty, North Horn, False Entrance, Around the Bend, Secret Caves and Rapid Horn.

Saturday is your last day exploring Osprey Reef on the Coral Sea: tonight, as you sleep, Spirit of Freedom returns to the Ribbon Reefs.

SUNDAY. Highlights: Returning to the Great Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs for more diving and a fantastic BBQ final feast.

MORE DETAIL: Wake up this morning back in the “shallower” waters of the Great Barrier Reef’s Ribbon Reefs. This is your last day diving and it’s much the same schedule as previous days. The reef sites you visit will vary pending conditions, but may include Steve’s Bommie (an amazing dive site!), Flare Point, Temple of Doom and more.

On your last night it’s party time, with the Spirit of Freedom crew preparing and serving a most excellent BBQ dinner feast including lamb cutlets, marinated chicken, kangaroo steaks, sausages, steamed vegetables, corn on the cob and fresh salads. This is a great time to unwind with the complimentary red and white wine, sharing stories with your fellow guests. As you sleep, Spirit of Freedom will make its way back to Cairns.

MONDAY. Highlights: Returning to Cairns.

More Detail: There is no water action today. When you wake up at 6.30am, Spirit of Freedom will already be moored in Cairns’ Trinity Inlet. There is a light breakfast (fruit, cereals and yoghurt) served on board before a final group picture and crew farewell. Guests disembark at 7.30am and coach transfers are provided back to your Cairns city accommodation.

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Diving:

This trip is recommended to experienced, certified divers. Open Water certification is a minimum requirement, but Advanced certification is highly recommended, with some deeper reef sites in the Coral Sea not even starting until 18m beneath the surface.

There is no solo diving on Spirit of Freedom. Any guests travelling on their own will be paired up with someone else on board of similar experience / skill levels. Most of the diving is unguided, however, Spirit of Freedom dive crew are in the water on every dive and can provide assistance if required.

Diving equipment is not included in the tour price. You are welcome to bring your own (some weight restrictions apply, ask us for more information) or hire it on the boat ($245 for 7 day full equipment rental). Other extras include Nitrox and the choice to participate in some dive courses (PADI Advanced or Nitrox).

Certified divers can enjoy up to 26 dives on this trip: you do not have to do all of the dives, do as many or as few as you like (there are no discounts if you do less dives).

Dive safety is considered paramount, especially given your distance from the mainland during this trip. This is stressed at every point along the trip. Divers must follow safe diving practises at all times. There is no reverse profiling.

Comprehensive dive site briefings are provided before every dive. In regards to depth, divers should dive to their experience levels or certification. There are no set limits on dive time: although divers must return to the boat with a minimum of 50 bar of air left in their tanks.

The dive service aboard Spirit of Freedom is excellent. The crew will help you to take on and off your fins for each dive, as well as defogging your mask. There are cold / hot freshwater showers on the dive deck and hot, fresh towels available after every dive.

Certified divers will be required to show evidence of their certification: through current dive licenses and log books. All divers will be required to sign a Waiver Release and Indemnity Deed on board the boat. You will also be required to complete dive medical paperwork on board.

Snorkeling:

Spirit of Freedom is really a dive boat and the Coral Sea is not really a snorkelers destination, however, snorkelers and non-diving partners are more than welcome to join their diving partners on this trip. Please be aware that snorkelling will not be available at all reef sites and any snorkelling completed, will be on open water sites. This means the sites are subject to waves and current: water depth will vary.

There are lots of activities for non-divers to enjoy aboard Spirit of Freedom, including an extensive selection of on-board books and DVDs, sun lounges on the sun deck and the air-conditioned lounge. Discounts apply for snorkelers: contact us for more information on prices.

Customer Reviews:

Customer Tour Reviews & Feedback

Customer reviews are written by our customers using our 1 x FREE Digital Underwater Camer Hire Service.

Wonderfully Exhilarating

By: Rina
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 4 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 5 out of 5
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5

Travelled on: 06/05/2013

I can heartily recommend Spirit of freedom live aboard dive trip. The ship is very comfortable with Wi-Fi as well. The crew are so friendly and helpful, our even putting on your fins on for you. The food is incredibly good. I was amazed at what the chef produced out of that tiny kitchen. All and all a great experience.


Fabulous Aventure

By: Geoff Bradd
Staff Service - 5 out of 5
Reef Quality - 5 out of 5
Vaue For Money - 5 out of 5
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5

Travelled on: 26/08/2013

4-5 dives each day on the Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef. The dive sites on Ribbon Reefs are well populated with fish and interesting coral. At the cod hole the cod feeding was excellent, with cod swimming very close to divers. At Osprey Reef the shark feeding was awesome. The diving staff are excellent. The dives are well planned, safety protocols are excellent, the dive…


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Spirit of Freedom – Coral Sea Review

The Coral Sea delivers adventure diving by the bucket load with its reef sharks and 1,000m wall drop-offs. We were extremely lucky with the weather, enjoying flat seas, blue water and unbelievable visibility for the entire trip. For those who had booked a 7-day trip, they had also seen (snorkeled and dived) with a Whale...

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Spirit of Freedom – 3 Day Diving Review

Spirit of Freedom is a professional operator committed to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef and delivering their guests a luxurious, first class experience in paradise. The boat is spacious and comfortable. The dive deck, equipment, briefings and crew are modern, friendly and informative. They even help you put on and take off your...

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Tour Notes:

Rates Valid to the 30th JUNE 2020

Maintenance Note: Spirit of Freedom will be out of the water on boat maintenance starting – 27/04/2020 and Finishing – 31/05/2020

Schedule: Departs Cairns on Mondays | Returns to Cairns on Mondays.

Inclusions: Cairns accommodation, transfers (Cairns City), All chef-prepared meals, All Dives.

Reef Tax: $50.00 per person Marine Park Fee is payable direct to Spirit of Freedom. This is included in the price table above.

Guided Dives: All dives are unguided, this gives you the freedom to dive and explore the ribbon reefs and coral sea in your own buddy pairs. Dive crew will be in the water on all dives and if you are a little nervous talk to the crew about tagging along with them.

Recommendations: It is recommended that you already have your Advanced dive course or higher. If not you can choose to complete your advanced course while out on the boat.

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Underwater Camera Hire FREE Upgrade: Find out more about our latest offer – Olympus TG5 Underwater Camera + YS110 Strobe Package.

When you use our underwater camera with the Stobe you can take photos like the one below. The art of beautiful underwater photography is managing light. The YS110 Stobes push out a large amount of light especially if you get up close to the subject and allow as much light onto the subject as you can. See the photo example below:

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Example of an underwater photo taken with the YS110 Strobe Lights

Another underwater photo tip is to shoot up towards the surface. Using the sun as an element in your underwater photography you capture beautiful blue to white sun rays in the background of your photo. It is also a good idea to have a diver in the photo to add another element in your picture. Practicing your underwater photography and thinking about the type of photo you would like to take before you start the dive will help you even more.

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You need to come into our shop located on the Cairns Esplanade the day before departure to pick up the camera before 5:30 pm. You also need to supply your own SD Camera Card and drop the camera off back at our shop before 6:00pm.