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Great Barrier Reef

Year round


UD Rating – 3 Star

Spirit of Freedom

The best way to reach the Coral Sea and Osprey Reef.

Enjoy some of the best diving the Great Barrier Reef has to offer on this luxury liveaboard. Dive the famous Cod Hole where you will see huge Cod Fish up close and personal. Trips depart weekly from Cairns.

The Spirit of Freedom was custom built for long range cruising and is one of Australia’s largest Liveaboards that offers 3,4 and 7 night itineraries to Northern Australia and the remote coral sea reefs. The length of the vessel combined with its electronic stabilizers ensures maximum sea keeping capability enabling for greater passenger comfort. The dining saloon in the centre of the vessel serves as an eating area, briefing area, theatre room and general meeting place for all guests. The lounge is a great place for chilling and relaxing as it has comfortable couches and beanbags along with coffee and tea machines, library, flat screens TV & DVD and a camera work station for photographers. The top deck has open and undercover areas containing tables, chairs, comfortable lounge seating and sun lounges where you can relax, snooze and sunbathe. The ships bar contains a good range of Australian and New Zealand wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks all at reasonable prices. The chefs deliver 3 meals each day including a continental and cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks between dives.

The Spirit of Freedom provides 11 air conditioned guest cabins all with a private bathroom, wardrobe and under bed storage. There are 5 different cabin styles that come with different prices to best suit your requirements. The one ocean view deluxe and one ocean view standard cabins are located on the top deck with internal access to the main deck and external access to the dive deck which both cabins having the same amenities with the size of the cabin being the only difference. The one stateroom is located in a private area on the lower deck close to the dining saloon and dive deck. The six standard double or twin share cabins contain a double bed with a single bed above it in bunk bed style, however one the cabins contain just a double bed. These cabins are located on the lower deck with easy access to the main deck. The two quad share cabins contain four single beds in bunk bed style and are located mid ship on the lower deck with easy access to the main deck.

The dive deck contains individual stations for 26 guests with dry storage above and a storage box under every two divers. Air and Nitrox whips allow tanks to remain in their rack whilst supplying air and Nitrox at 32%. There is a camera wash tub, camera table and air gun for photographers as well as fresh water showers and deck towels which are provided after each dive. The dive deck holds 2 Bauer 21 CFM compressors, DNA Nitrox membrane system, 65 cf & 88 of alloy tanks, uwaterc aladin prime dive computers, individual scuba gear and 3mm &5mm full length wetsuits. All diving activities are overseen by the trip director which is supported by 3 other instructors and a divemaster who make up the dive team on board the Spirit of Freedom.

Passengers should be advised that:

Ocean View cabins and the Stateroom contain double beds only and rates are based on double occupancy
Same gender cabin share is not guaranteed in twin and quad share cabins
Certified divers must present a valid Certification Card and be equipped with a safety sausage, whistle and alternate air source (included in Hire Equipment package)
Passengers will be required to sign a discharge of liability and a medical statement, stating they are physically and mentally fit to dive/ snorkel
For all itineraries that include flights each passengers total luggage weight is limited to 20 kilograms (45 lb) and all bags must be soft sided. Secure storage is available at the Spirit of Freedom office for excess luggage Spirit of Freedom recommends a period of 24 hours before flying after diving
Child Policy

A minimum age of 12 and full fare applies. All children must be accompanied by a parent at all times, including when diving or snorkelling. Spirit of Freedom does not supply child sized scuba equipment or wetsuits. Should gear be required, then the child must provide their own equipment. Diving in ill-fitting equipment is not allowed

Spirit of Freedom Terms

Spirit of Freedom will endeavor to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but does not accept financial responsibility for cancellation or adjustment of advertised itinerary due to weather conditions or medical emergency. Trip itineraries are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Master of the Vessel. Spirit of Freedom does not accept responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged property. Trip fees will not be refunded should passengers be unable to board in time for the scheduled departure or be unable to complete all available dives.


Spirit of Freedom has 2 quad share cabins, each containing four single beds, bunk style as well as a wardrobe. These cabins are located mid ship on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck.

  • Four single beds bunk style
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning

Double with En-Suite

The Ocean View Standard Cabin is located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck. It contains a double bed and a wardrobe. Double Occupancy only.

  • Double bed
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • 26" flat screen TV

Route Options

Encounter a fantastic variety of fish, colourful corals and sharks on this awesome Australian trip!

Over the 3 days of this trip you will have the opportunity for up to 11 dives and 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. Dive sites and sequence may vary depending on the weather conditions, but will always include at least one dive at the Cod Hole, where you encounter a family of massive and very friendly Potato Cod. Other sites may include Wonder-wall, Pixie Pinnacle, and the Snake Pit, just to name a few. If the current is right, you may also take a drift dive at Dynamite Pass, well known as a channel for sharks to pass through.

The Spirit of Freedom offers the best in liveaboard dive cruising to the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. She has 11 guest cabins, in four different styles to best suit each guest's requirements. The cabins are all ensuite and airconditioned. The chef prepares gourmet meals Australian style, accompanied by Australian wines & soft drinks in the evenings. The top deck is a great place to relax between dives or with fellow divers in the evenings, with an undercover and open area complete with tables, chairs and sun-loungers.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 1992
Guest Numbers 26
Length & Width 37 meters long and 7.1 meter beam
Engines 2 x Rolls Royce C8M 410 249.8 KW diesel engines
Generators 2 x Cummings 6BTs, 90KVA each
Number of Cabins 11 cabins
Communication & Navigation Systems JRC 72 mile radar/ Transas plotter/ CDMA phone/ Satellite phone & email/ Icom HF radio/ Icom VHF radio, Sea wave satellite communications and Tsunami GPS system
Salon & Dining Area Air conditioned Salon and Dining area
Entertainment Wide screen TV, projector unit and DVD movie library
Emergency Equipment Oxygen system /Medic First Aid Kit
Air Compressors 2 x CFM Bauer air compressors
Equipment Rental Scuba diving equipment rentals available on board
Dive Deck Dive deck equipped with diving gear
Full Set of Equipment USD120 (3 Days)
Full Set of Equipment USD160 (4 Day)
Full Set of Equipment USD245 (7 Day)
Full Set of Equipment USD75 (3 Days)

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Clam Gardens

Queensland, Australia

This dive site is located on Ribbon number five and it offers guests the opportunity to see giant clams in abundance.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Lighthouse Bommie

Queensland, Australia

The Lighthouse Bommie is a pinnacle rising from the sand at 30 metres. In the months, of June to August you can enjoy whale sightings and longer encounters than elsewhere in the world. This site is also famous for its olive green sea snakes, turtles, schools of bream and large colonies of anemones.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 16m

Pixie pinnacle

Queensland, Australia

Pixie Pinnacle is a coral bommie on the Southern end of Ribbon Reef No. 10 and boasts a spectacular species of pelagic fish, sheer wall diving with many corals and is great for night diving. 32 metres

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 32m

Cod Hole

Queensland, Australia

The Cod Hole is famous for its huge potato cods; they grow up to 3 meters. Here you can enjoy watching your dive master feeding the cods with fresh pilchards in front of your face! If feeding fish is not your favourite activity watch the whole spectacle from some distance. Here divers can also see how some big fish like barracudas are standing by in the back to wait for left over of the feeding. There are also beautiful coral and large schools of the beautiful yellow sweet lip fish.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 17m
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