Spirit of Freedom Coral Sea & Ribbon Reef 4 Day / 4 Night LiveAboard
Departs Every Thursday at 8.30am and includes 15 Dives
PADI Advanced OpenWater and Nitrox Courses available on this trip
Can be prebooked and they are payable on board (POB)
5% Discount if you Book this Trip Online - Promotion Code 'cairns05
|Departs||Every Thursday||No. of Divers||26|
|Duration||4 Days / 4 Nights||Cabin Types||Quad, Double/Twin, Stateroom, Ocean View, Deluxe|
|No. Dives||15 Dives||Ensuites||All cabins have ensuites|
|Check in||8.00am Cairns||Nitrox||Available|
|Disembark||7.30am Cairns||Star Rating||4 Star|
|Min Cert||Advanced OpenWater Cert||Diving Experience||Suitable for experienced diver|
|Itinerary||Pre book an Accommodation Pick Up if not doing Self Check at the Hinterland Airport|
|Day 1||8.0am check for 8.30am departure from Hinterland commuter airport for Scenic Flight to Lizard Island - 2 dives today|
|Day 2||Full Day at sea. Wake up in the Coral sea. Divers will have up to 5 dives today including a night dive|
|Day 3||Full Day at sea. Up to 4 dives today on your last day in the Coral Sea|
|Day 4||Full Day at sea. Up to 4 dives today along the Ribbon Reef|
|Day 5||Disembark 7.30am in Cairns- transfers back to your hotel|
About the Cruise
This exclusive cruise showcases the best that the Coral Sea has to offer whether it be diving Osprey Reef, Bougainville Reef or the world famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. Potato Cod, masses of colourful tropical fish, turtles, anemones, sea snakes and magnificent coral gardens are just some of the highlights. The first day will see you diving the very top of the Ribbon Reefs, before overnight travel out to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Two days is spent diving the spectacular walls of Osprey Reef, an old volcanic atoll lying 220 km off the coast. Renown for its spectacular 1000 meter walls, Osprey Reef also offers massive soft corals, amazing 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. The last day is spent at Ribbon Reef Number 3, or occasionally if the weather permits, Bougainville Reef, to the south of Osprey Reef.
Spirit of Freedom is a purpose built ocean going LiveAboard dive boat. Built for passenger comfort which means stabilisers, large cabins all with ensuites, spacious saloon area for dining and relaxing and covered top side deck. Added to this is the level of onboard services offering all the amenities of a hotel - chef prepared meals, cabins serviced daily, hot towels after each dive, dive tender in the water on all dives and an inwater dive supervisor available most dives. You can choose between bringing your own equipment or full gear hire. All meals and snacks are provided in the package and accommodation ranges from Quad Share to Double, Twin, Stateroom and Ocean View Deluxe. Spirit of Freedom is air-conditioned inside with a spacious sun deck and dive deck.
This is a Fly and Dive Trip with the cruise starting in Lizard Island and disembarking in Cairns, the scenic flight is included in the trip cost. Due to light aircraft weight restrictions, your total luggage weight is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person. All bags must be soft sided. If you have additional luggage that you wish to have stored whilst you are on tour, Spirit of Freedom have storage facilities at our office for excess luggage.
CORAL SEA, & RIBBON REEFS
4 DAY ITINERARY, THURSDAY DEPARTURE
Departing: Cairns 08:30am Thursday
Returning: Cairns 07:30am Monday
Planning your travel arrangements
You will need to be in Cairns the night before departure. 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.
Check In & Hotel Transfers
Email firstname.lastname@example.org up to 48hrs prior to departure to advise your Hotel Accomodation, we will then organise a transfer for you. Pick ups from Cairns City locations only.
Making your own way -You will need to check in at Hinterland Aviation by 08.00am, for an 8.30am departure. You will fly to meet the Spirit of Freedom at Lizard Island. Hinterland Aviation is located on Bush Pilots Road at the General Aviation side of the Cairns Airport, just off Captain Cook Highway.
Fit to Dive
We recommend you complete a dive medical -if required - before you arrive in Cairns
Web address for Doctors registered to do Dive Medicals Australia Wide- www.spums.org.au
Web address for Cairns 24hr Medical Center - Can provide Dive Medicals until 8pm - www.thedoctors.com.au
Don’t forget to bring your Dive Certification which must be presented at check- in.
Thursday- Courtesy coach transfer from Cairns City Hotels to the Hinterland Terminal Cairns airport will commence at 07:30am. If you have not been able reconfirmed an accommodation stay, you will need to make your own way to the Hinterland Terminal, Cairns no later than 8.00am for check in. You are confirmed for the one way low level flight from Cairns to Lizard Island. Please note you have a total per person 20 kilo baggage allowance. Departing at 08:30am this is a scenic flight along the coast with views over the Great Barrier Reef. Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival at Lizard Island and transfer you to the vessel, where we will depart for the reef. This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives before departing in the late evening for Osprey Reef, in the Coral Sea. The dives may be at sites such as the Cod Hole and Dynamite Pass.
Friday & Saturday- Osprey Reef. Australia's Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with an average visibility in excess of 100 feet. Two days can be spent diving at Osprey Reef, including North Horn, well known for its shark action. You can expect to see grey whalers, silvertips, reef sharks, occasional hammerheads, schooling barracuda, trevally, and other pelagics are common. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals rising from thousands of feet below.
Sunday- Today we return to the Ribbon Reefs # 3 to 5 to dive the sensational Steve's Bommie, Temple of Doom, Flare Point, and other sites. In the months of June & July is a great opportunity for further interaction with Minke Whales. After dinner on Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns
Monday- Arrive Cairns approximately 06:30am. Breakfast will be served on board and hotel transfers will be arranged for approx 07:30am.
Please note that above itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change. Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is weather conditional and while every attempt will be made to keep to the advertised itinerary.
What to bring on board
Personal items and toiletries, swimwear, hat, and sweatshirt in the winter (May - September). Casual attire during the day and smart casual for evening wear. For safety and comfort we encourage no shoes to be worn on board. If you are not sure of your sea legs, we strongly recommend that you take motion sickness tablets on the trip. Kwells and Travel Calm are suitable to use when diving.
Due to light aircraft weight restrictions, your total luggage weight is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person, plus maximum carry-on of 3kg (6.5lbs) or 10kg (22lbs) allowance for professional photo/video housed systems. Excess baggage storage is available in Cairns.
Flying After Diving
We recommend you give yourself a 24 hour surface interval after your last dive before flying.
Reef Taxes and Levies
There is an additional fee which includes Government Management Charge, as well as a Port Departure Tax and administration costs. Payable direct at the end of the trip.
Australian wines and soft drinks are served complimentary with the evening meal. Outside of this time we operate a ships bar with beer, mixed drinks, wine selection. Drinks can be placed on a tab for payment at the end of your trip.