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7 Day/7 Night Spirit of Freedom Scuba and Snorkel Tour from Cairns

Adults from $4015

Travel along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs for some spectacular dive and snorkelling sites.

​Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs. This tour begins every Monday from Cairns, and travels 240km along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the Cod Hole.

Along the ‘Ribbons’ you will encounter clouds of colourful tropical fish, an incredible variety of vibrant healthy corals, giant clams, anemones, huge schools of cruising pelagic fish, and a family of giant potato cod. Within your 7 days, you will also spend 2 days at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

An old volcanic atoll lying 220km off the coast, Osprey Reef is renown for its spectacular walls to 1000m, its massive soft corals, 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.

This tour also includes an overnight stay in secluded Watson’s Bay and a couple of hours ashore at Lizard Island. Return to Cairns 7 days later on the Monday morning.

Recommended Dive Experience Level: PADI Advanced or equivalent and above. Adventure Level: Mid range to high level, depending on the winds, swells and currents.

Snorkellers: The reefs of the Ribbon Reefs are relatively close to the surface, and with little current, offer excellent snorkelling at most sites. However, at times, the deeper reef tops and currents of the Coral Sea make the Coral Seal reefs only suitable for experienced snorkellers and strong swimmers and you may not be able to snorkel at every site. Please not that while you will be safe under the watchful eye of the look-out crew, a snorkel buddy may not always be available.

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Schedule

Departures: Departs Monday.

  Start Finish Duration
7 Day/7 Night Spirit of Freedom Scuba and Snorkel Tour 12:00pm 7:30am 7 Days

Pricing

Ticket Room Type Details Price
Adults Private Room
(Min booking: 1, Sleeps: 2)
Ocean View Standard $4645
Private Room
(Min booking: 1, Sleeps: 2)
Ocean View Deluxe $5095
Quad Share
(Min booking: 1, Sleeps: 4)
$4015
Twin Share
(Min booking: 1, Sleeps: 2)
Double/Twin $4015
Twin Share
(Min booking: 1, Sleeps: 2)
Stateroom $4645

Extras

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Gear Hire 7 Day Full Equipment Rental $245
Gear Hire 7 Day Nitrox Package (includes all dives on nitrox) $180
Gear Hire PADI Advanced Course (to be completed on board) $265
Gear Hire PADI Nitrox Course (includes course & all subsequent dives on nitrox) $295

Transport

Boat

Group Size: 20ppl max

  • Spacious Boat

Inclusions

  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation
  • En-suite cabin with daily service
  • Australian wines and soft drinks with evening meals
  • Chef prepared gourmet meals
  • Opportunity for up to 26 dives

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Itinerary

The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Cairns Accommodation

12:00pm

Pick up from your Cairns accommodation.

Great Barrier Reef

We cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon check out dive and a twilight or night dive.

Day 2

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Ribbon Reef

Days Tuesday and Wednesday are spent diving at Ribbon Reef. Dive sites and sequence may vary, however will always include at least one dive at Cod Hole. Other sites may include Wonder Wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Two Towers, Challenger Bay and others.

Day 3

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Ribbon Reef

Days Tuesday and Wednesday are spent diving at Ribbon Reef. Dive sites and sequence may vary, however will always include at least one dive at Cod Hole. Other sites may include Wonder Wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Two Towers, Challenger Bay and others.

Lizard Island

We spend the night at Lizard Island and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.

Day 4

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Lizard Island

Today you have the opportunity to go ashore on Lizard Island, you can take the guided walk from Watson’s Beach to Mary Watson’s cottage over Chinaman’s Ridge and back to the beach.

Ribbon Reef

We then cruise back to Ribbon Reef for two dives at a choice of sites including Snake Pit, Lighthouse Bommie and Pixie Wall.

Day 5

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Osprey Reef

Friday and Saturday will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting).

Day 6

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Osprey Reef

Friday and Saturday will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting).

Day 7

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Ribbon Reef

Saturday we dive sites such as Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom and Flare Point.

Day 8

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Cairns

7:30am

We then cruise back into Cairns on Monday.


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