【Cruise/Fly】Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard Trip 3 Night Cod Hole & Ribbon Reef Trip | Certified Divers Only

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  • Dorm
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  • Single
  • Pre-Booked Extras
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Quad Share (per person)
Standard Double or Twin Share (per person)
The Stateroom (per person)
Ocean view Standard (per person)
Ocean view Deluxe (per person)
Sole use Standard Double (per person)
Sole use The Stateroom (per person)
Sole use Ocean view Standard (per person)
Full Equipment Rental
Nitrox Package
PADI Advanced Course
PADI Nitrox Course

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.

DIVE LEVEL: We recommend this Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive trip for Open Water to Experienced divers, or divers with minimum 10 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months.

DEPARTS: Cairns 12:00 noon Thursday RETURNS: Cairns 12:00 noon Sunday

DIVES: 11 (including one night dive) 


  • Return city accommodation transfers
  • One Way Cruise to Northern End of Great Barrier Reef
  • One Way Scenic Flight back to Cairns
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals
  • WiFi
  • Tea, Coffee and Water
  • Tanks, air fills, weights and weigh belts

Stepping aboard the sleek and spacious ‘Spirit of Freedom’, our 3-night liveaboard dive trip departs every Thursday from Cairns, and travels along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, finishing 240 km to the north at the world-famous Cod Hole.

Along the ‘Ribbons’ you will have the opportunity to complete up to 11 dives as you 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.

On Saturday, we will make our way to the remote Lizard Island (Jiigurru), some 90km off the Queensland coast, for an overnight stay in the secluded Watson’s Bay where you will enjoy an evening BBQ dinner on the top deck.

Sunday morning, you will have time to explore Lizard Island before boarding a one-hour scenic flight back to Cairns.

This trip includes daily cabin service and chef-prepared gourmet meals (see our sample menu for details). Complimentary Australian wine or soft drinks are served with evening meals.

Special Expeditions: In June/July, this liveaboard dive trip regularly encounters Dwarf Minke Whales.

For longer duration trips, check out our 7-night liveaboard dive expedition, which adds an extra 4 days on the Coral Sea to this trip.



The Spirit of Freedom courtesy bus will pick you up from your Cairns hotel around 11:00 am to transfer you to Trinity Wharf. There you will be greeted by the Spirit of Freedom crew, who will give you an orientation of the vessel before on you depart on your 3-night liveaboard dive trip at 12 noon.

Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon check-out dive and a twilight dive.

After dinner we cruise north to dive the Ribbon Reefs.

Friday & Saturday

These two days are spent diving along the Ribbon Reefs, from Number 3 to Number 10 Ribbon Reefs.

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, Challenger Bay, Two Towers, Lighthouse Bommie, 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 know as a channel for sharks to pass through. See the Ribbon Reef page for site selection of some of our dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs. 4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on Friday. On Saturday evening we overnight at Watson’s Bay, Lizard Island, and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.


This morning after breakfast you will disembark and say farewell to Spirit of Freedom.

On shore, at 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 air-strip.

Following a picnic of a Breakfast Roll and drinks you will board a light aircraft for your flight back to Cairns. The one-hour flight arrives at Hinterland Aviation, Cairns General Aviation Airport around 11.15 to 11:45 am, where the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel at the end of your liveaboard dive trip.

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 Inclusive

  • Return city accommodation transfers
  • Cruise to Northern End of Great Barrier Reef : Cole Hole , Ribbons Reef & Lizard Island
  • 1-hour scenic flight one way fly back
  • 3 nights accommodation on board vessel – cabin of choice
  • Delicious chef-prepared meals for whole period onboard
  • Complimentary drink with evening meal
  • Tea, Coffee and Water (Self-Service)
  • Tanks, air fills, weights and weigh belts
  • Marine park levy
  • WiFi when in range
  • Lizard Porterage fees
  • 11 deep diving experiences, including one night dive"

Tour Exclusive

  • Flights to and from Cairns
  • Accommodation in Cairns
  • Cost of Dive Medical (if required)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gear Hire - can be hired at extra cost or you can bring your own ( Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) ,Mask ,Fins  & Wetsuit )
  • Nitrox - can be upgraded
  • Bar purchases


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


  • 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.
  • The cruise only for Certified Diver - Open Water or Above , Diver experience recommendation: Open Water certification with minimum 10 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months.
  • 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.
  • Suitable for snorkellers and competent divers with a good level of physical fitness.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • More than 60 days before departure: no charge (full refund applies).
  • Between 30-60 days before departure: 30% of your tour cost.
  • Within 30 days of departure: 100% of your tour cost (no refund applies).

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 ).
If the prodduct can be cancelled within a period of time, please email us at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation date to cancel the product, based on the tour local time zone.
If cancellation is successful, refund would be conducted within 7-28 days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.
Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 14 business days. With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.


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