【Fly/Cruise】Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard Trip 4 Night Ribbon Reef & Osprey Reef Trip | Certified Divers Only

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  • Liveaboard Trip
  • Pre-Booked Extras
  • Course
Quad Share (per person)
AUD$2,772.00$2,800.00
Standard Double or Twin Share (per person)
AUD$3,218.00$3,250.00
Sole use Standard Double (per person)
AUD$5,841.00$5,900.00
The Stateroom (per person)
AUD$3,663.00$3,700.00
Sole use The Stateroom (per person)
AUD$6,800.00
Ocean view Standard (per person)
AUD$3,663.00$3,700.00
Sole use Ocean view Standard (per person)
AUD$6,800.00
Ocean view Deluxe (per person)
AUD$4,109.00$4,150.00
Full Equipment Rental(BCD, MASK ,FIN & Wetsuit)
AUD$184.00$185.00
Nitrox Package
AUD$159.00$160.00
PADI Advanced Course
AUD$375.00
PADI Nitrox Course
AUD$295.00

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

TOUR NOTICES
DIVE LEVEL:  We recommend this Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive trip for Advanced divers, or divers with a minimum of 20 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months.

DEPARTS: Cairns 8:30 am Sunday  RETURNS: Cairns 8:00 am Thursday

DIVES: Up to 15 (including 1 night dive) 

Highlights

  • Return city accommodation transfers
  • Scenic Flight
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • WiFi
  • Tea, Coffee and Water
  • Tanks, air fills, weights and weigh belts

The Ribbon Reefs are a string of 10 coral ramparts of the GREAT BARRIER REEF stretching southward from the Cod Hole. Coral formations vary from beds of huge plate corals to isolated pinnacles sustaining an amazing display of fish life. You will visit walls and channels for the perfect drift dives as well as caves, canyons and shallow coral gardens. The Cod Hole is located 200 km to the north of Cairns and has become famous for it's family of resident Potato Cod (Groper). Each of these huge fish can weigh up to 100 kg and are well accustomed to posing for diver's cameras. Shark dives, Potato Cod feeding, sheer walls laced with massive soft corals, manta-rays, minke whales, and abundant healthy tropical reefs, rich with marine biodiversity are just some of the high-lights you'll experience with Spirit of Freedom diving tours.

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 starting with a flight to Lizard Island and finishing back in Cairns, all included in the trip cost. As it is a low-level flight you will have a great Scenic Flight to Lizard Island. 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 with Spirit of Freedom, we have storage facilities at our office.

Itinerary

Sunday

Around 07:30am this morning the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will transfer you from your Cairns city hotel to Hinterland Aviation at Cairns General Aviation Airport. Here you will board a light aircraft for your scenic flight up the coast to Lizard Island. The Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival and escort you via tender to the vessel. After an orientation of the vessel we depart for Ribbon Reef Number 10. This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives at a choice of sites including Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Gardens, and Pixie Pinnacle. We depart in the evening for a 10 hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

Monday & Tuesday

Two days will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia’s Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging 30 to 100 metres. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals, rising from the ocean floor thousands of feet below. ‘North Horn’ is a dive site at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate, and you can experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. Four to five dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Monday. View our Osprey Reef dive sites. On Tuesday night we will depart Osprey Reef for overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.

Wednesday

At Ribbon Reef Number 3 we will dive such sites as the sensational Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point. A second option for this day, in special weather conditions, is to head south from Opsrey to Bougainville Reef, known for its unusual underwater landscape or caverns, and its partially submerged wreck. On Wednesday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.

Thursday

We arrive back into Cairns at 06:30am. Enjoy a light breakfast on board and a group photo opportunity, before being dropped back to your Cairns hotel around 08:00am.

##Please note that above itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change in accordance to the weather and the accessibility.##

Room Type

Quad Share

Located midships on the lower deck, the quad share cabin containing four single beds, bunk style and is a great options for groups or families as you explore the Great Barrier Reef on your epic dive adventure.

This 9m² cabin has easy access to the main deck and includes a private ensuite bathroom and personal reading lights for each bed.

The cabin is fully air-conditioned and also contains a wardrobe, as well as storage under the bottom two bunks.

Standard Double or Twin Share

Spirit of Freedom has seven standard double or twin share cabins. Five of these cabins contain a double bed with a single bed over the top, bunk style. One cabin contains just a double bed and one cabin has two single beds.

These cabins are all located on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck and have an average area of 10m² square metres in area.

Fully air-conditioned, the cabins have an ensuite bathroom and also contain a wardrobe, personal reading light and a bedside table.

Please advise your preference for double or twin share when placing your booking. Sole occupancy also available.

The Stateroom

The largest of all cabins onboard the vessel, The Stateroom cabin is located in a private area on the lower deck, close to the dive deck and dining saloon.

Fully air-conditioned, this spacious 12m² cabin contains a queen size bed, a private bathroom, extra shelving, wardrobe, bedside tables and 26″ flat screen TV.

Double or Sole Occupancy only: no twin share option available.

Ocean view Standard

Our Ocean View 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.

As the name suggests, you will enjoy stunning views from this air conditioned 7.2m² cabin, which contains a double bed, private bathroom, a wardrobe and 26” flat screen TV.

Double or Sole Occupancy only.

Ocean view Deluxe

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, the Ocean View Deluxe Cabin boats a 10.5m² area with 3 large windows overlooking the starboard side of the vessel.

A comfy double bed will ensure you are well rest for a full day of diving. The room features bedside tables, wardrobe and 26″ flat screen TV.

The cabin is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom.

Double or Sole occupancy only.

Trip Map

Tour Inclusions

  • Accommodation transfers Cairns City only
  • 1-hour scenic flight one way over the Ribbon Reef and Osprey Reef
  • One-way overnight cruise back to Cairns
  • 4 nights accommodation on board vessel – cabin of choice
  • 15 Dives- weather dependent
  • Tanks, weight belt and weights, air fills
  • All meals while on board- chef prepared
  • Wine and soft drinks with evening meals
  • Hotel Amenities- Bed Linen, Bath and Deck Towels
  • Excess Luggage storage in Cairns
  • Free Wireless Internet on board when in range.

Tour Exclusions

  • You will need to book your own flights to and from Cairns. The best airfares are available online
  • Accomodation in Cairns
  • EMC , Port & Administration fee and fuel levy - To be paid onboard
  • Gear Hire : BCD, MASK ,FIN & Wetsuit Please add-on by extra cost , or you can bring your own (air, tank, belt and weights are included in trip price)
  • Nitrox Air Fills all dives
  • Cost of Dive Medical - if required.
  • Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. For example: heart disease asthma, epilepsy or diabetes.
  • Please inform us prior to reservation if you suffer from any medical condition that may affect your diving.
  • Australian medical standards are different to those overseas. A medical obtained in another country will most likely NOT be valid in Australia.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption Insurance
  • Travel Insurance covering for diving medical emergencies.
  • Personal Toiletries

Transportation

  • Free Return Transfer from your accommodation to the Terminal (within CBD).

Notices

  • All Rates are in Australian Dollars, include GST & Levy which are Valid until 31st March 2024.
  • Guests need to be a minimum of 16 years of age at the time of departure.
  • Spirit of Freedom can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests during a liveaboard dive trip, and operates with a minimum of 12 crew members.
  • As our guest, you are free to enjoy your own diving style, within the boundaries of safe and responsible diving. As such we set no limits on time, depth or style of diving outside of normal safe diving practices. You and your buddy are in charge, planning your own dive and diving your own plan. Buddy teams may follow one of our inexperienced groups, led by a Safety Diver, and come and go as you please.
  • Every dive begins with a detailed dive briefing. The dive staff are on deck providing surface support including a safety lookout. When available, dive staff may be in-water offering support with photography and critter spotting. Spirit of Freedom does not offer a full guided dive service. Our Safety Divers are assigned to those divers who are at risk or to assist students.
  • This liveaboard dive trip is not suitable for snorkellers.
  • Diver experience recommendation: Advanced Diver certification with a minimum of 20 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months.
  • Guests must be a minium of 16 years of age at the time of departure.
  • Guests over the age of 65 are required to supply a valid dive medical.
  • Diver experience recommendation: Open Water certification with minimum 10 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months.
  • Buddy teams are responsible for planning and conducting their own dives as we do not offer a full guided dive service. For guided dives we recommend a Great Barrier Reef Day Trip. Ocean diving is a fun but strenuous activity - reduced physical fitness or limited scuba diving experience may limit your ability to participate fully. Safety is our number one priority. If in doubt, we recommend a Scuba Diver Refresher course prior to your trip.
  • Diver Health: If you are over 65 years of age, have a medical condition or are currently taking prescription medication, you will need medical clearance before starting a liveaboard dive trip. Please contact us for guidance.

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.

Luggage Restrictions
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.

Alcohol Policy
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.

Please note that the PADI Advanced and PADI Nitrox Courses are available in conjunction with this trip.  They can be requested at time of booking and are only payable on board.

Cancellation Policy

Please refer to: Terms and Conditions

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.

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