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.