Australia’s northeastern town of Cairns is the tropical gateway to two of the world’s greatest scuba diving destinations, the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.
It is to these destinations that the liveaboard Spirit of Freedom will take you to discover what diving dreams are made of. With 3, 4 and 7 days itineraries and twice-weekly departures from Cairns , you can enjoy some of the worlds best scuba diving almost from your arrival at Cairns International airport. A couple of exploratory dives will always be included in this itinerary. Sites will vary from 3,000 ft walls to magical coral gardens to lone seamounts emerging from the ocean depths.
Roomy double or twin share cabins, all with private en-suite and individual temperature control, make a comfortable retreat at the end of your day`s scuba diving. Delicious chef prepared meals can be enjoyed throughout the day and complimentary Australian wines are offered with dinner. There is also a comprehensive marine library, VCR/DVD movies, and a fully stocked bar for relaxation after diving. Nitrox fills, camera hire, and CD downloading are also available on board.
At 120 feet, the Spirit of Freedom is Australia`s largest live-aboard dive vessel. She features three decks of spacious comfort including sun deck, lounge and bar, dining saloon, and huge dive deck. Equipped with electronic stabilizers, silent generators, and fully air-conditioned throughout, the Spirit offers smooth and comfortable cruising.
The vessel has 12 spacious, fully air-conditioned cabins with options for double, twin share, three share and four share rooms. All cabins are luxuriously outfitted and feature private en-suites, wardrobes and cupboards.
Sites will vary from 3,000 ft walls to magical coral gardens to lone seamounts emerging from the ocean depths. The water is astoundingly clear and the fish life will include whaler sharks, barracuda, big eye trevally and rays as well as the exotic cuttlefish, sea hares and starry morays.
Among the prolific coral formations encounters with pelagic fish populations abound including grey whalers and white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, tuna, barracuda, big eye trevally, mackerel and manta rays. Rare sea creatures such as the Nautilus and Lacey Scorpionfish inhabit these waters.
In addition to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Cairns is a destination into itself with a wide range of accommodations to choose from and many wonderful nature-based and cultural experiences including White Water Rafting, Hot Air Ballooning, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Rail, Tjapukai Aboriginal Park, Lava Tubes at Undara National Park, Crocodile spotting on the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, to name just a few.
The 3 Day and 7 Day itineraries you meet the vessel which is located at Trinity Wharf at the end of Lake Street. Taxis can drive up to the wharf to locate the vessel, which is usually berthed under the clock tower. The 4 Day Coral Sea tour begins Thursday morning at 8.30am, with a low level flight from Cairns along the coastline and over the reef to Lizard Island, to meet the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ and returns on early Monday morning.
The 3 day/ 3 night dive adventure on board Spirit of Freedom will take you to the famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. The Ribbon Reefs are a string of 10 coral reefs stretching over 100 miles to the north of Cairns . Awaiting you are picturesque coral gardens and isolated `bommies` crowned in delicate corals, anemones, and colorful reef fish. The Cod Hole lies at the top of the Ribbon Reefs, and is home to a family of resident Potato Cod (Groper). These diver friendly fish will amaze you with their sheer size and seeming eagerness to pose for cameras.