Spirit of Freedom

  • Nitrox
  • Internet
  • PADI
  • Camera Station
  • Charging Station

Spirit of Freedom offers unique scuba diving experiences along the remote far northern coast of Queensland, and into the oceanic wilderness of Australia’s Coral Sea. Liveaboard expeditions travel to iconic dive destinations for encounters with sharks, Dwarf Minke whales, and diverse marine life amongst isolated and abundant coral reefs.
Regarded as Australia’s largest and most comfortably appointed dive vessel, the 37-meter cruiser offers spacious accommodations for up to 26 guests in 11 generous cabins with private bathroom. The three deck steel monohull boasts electronic stabilizers, the latest navigation and scuba technology, and spacious dive deck and communal areas. The onboard experience includes chef prepared meals, Australian wine with dinner, and personalized service provided by 10 experienced crew.
Year round, three, four, and seven-day expeditions visit the world renown diving destinations of the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs, and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Special expeditions are also available on an ad hoc basis, and custom whole boat charters can be reserved.

Accommodation

  • 1 Ocean View Deluxe Cabin

    This 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. The cabin contains a double bed, bedside tables, writing desk, wardrobe, 26" flat screen TV & DVD player, air-condition and has its own private bathroom.

  • 2 Ocean View Standard Cabin

    This 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. The cabin contains a double bed, bedside tables, writing desk, wardrobe, 26" flat screen TV & DVD player, air-condition and has its own private bathroom.

  • 3 Stateroom

    This cabin is located in a private area on the lower deck, close to the dive deck and dining saloon. The cabin contains a queen size bed, extra shelving, wardrobe, bedside tables and 26" flat screen TV & DVD player, air-condition and has its own private bathroom.

  • 4 Standard Cabin

    Spirit of Freedom has six standard double or twin share cabins. Five of these cabins contain a double bed with a single bed over the top, bunk style and one cabin contain just a double bed. These cabins are located on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. The Cabins are fully air-conditioned and also contain a wardrobe, bedside table and private bathroom.

  • 5 Quad Share Cabin

    Spirit of Freedom has two quad share cabins, each containing four single beds, bunk style. These cabins are located on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. They are fully air-conditioned and also contain a wardrobe and private bathroom.

Dining

The cuisine is varied with Australian and International selections, to suit every taste. No effort will be spared in assuring your pallet is completely satisfied. Additionally, soft drinks and Australian wines are available during dinner. Beer, cocktails, spirits, wines and champagne are available on a bar tab basis.
Vegetarian and Special dietary menu available on request.

Diving

As guest on board Spirit of Freedom, you are free to enjoy your own diving style, within the boundaries of safe and responsible diving. The diving is generally in buddy pairs, at your own pace and interests. you are welcome to dive with one of the dive crew, who will be in the water on every dive primarily as a Safety Diver.
Up to 5 dives a day, including a shark attraction dive.

  • Nitrox Packages 3 Days 58$
  • Nitrox Packages 4 Days 80$
  • Nitrox Packages 7 Days 140$

Dive Courses

Spirit of Freedom offers PADI Advanced Open Water and Nitrox Courses onboard.

  • PADI Advanced Open Water 202$
  • PADI NItrox Course 225$

Equipment Rental

  • Full Set 3 Days 92$
  • Full Set 4 Days 122$
  • Full Set 7 Days 186$

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Shaded Deck Area
  • Dive Deck
  • Camera Station
  • Charging Station
  • Camera Rinse Tank

Services

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • Hotel Pick-Up
  • Hotel Drop-Off
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Audio & Video Entertainment

Activities

The Spirit of Freedom offers 3,4 and 7 days liveaboard dive cruises to Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea departing from Cairns.

Boat Features & Safety Equipment

Build 1992
Renovated Annually
Length 37m
Beam 7.1m
Draft 2.2m
Cruising Speed 11 knots
Engine 2 x Rolls Royce C8M 410 249.8 kW
Maximum guests 26
Cabins 11
Crew 10
Satellite Phone Yes
Safety Equipment life rafts, lifejackets, lifebuoys, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, search lights, oxygen, EPIRB
Communication Ship’s phone, satellite phone and email, Icom HF Radio, Icom VHF radio, Wireless internet access when in range
Navigation JRC 72 mile radar, Transas Plotter, Tsunami GPS System
Tenders 2 x Naiad RIB tender boats

Cruise Price Includes

Accommodation
All Meals
Tanks, Weights, Belts
Divemaster Services
Hotel Transfer

Cruise Price Excludes

Dive Equipment Rental 
Nitrox
Dive Courses
Marine Park Levy & Port fee
One way flight Lockhart River to Cairns $360 for Far Northern Cruise

  • 3 Day Cod Hole And Ribbon Reef Dive Adventure

    Duration: 3 Nights, up to 11 Dives
    Departs Cairns: Monday 12 noon Returns Cairns: 11:30 am Thursday
    Suitability: Novice to Experienced Divers, as well as snorkelers.
    Highlights: Encounter a family of giant potato cod at the world famous Cod Hole, and dive the Ribbon Reefs, an ecosystem of unsurpassed marine diversity with clouds of colorful tropical fish, anemones, turtles, olive sea snakes, and untouched coral gardens.
    Itinerary:
    Day 1: Cairns hotel transfer to Trinity Wharf, to board Spirit of Freedom. Enjoy lunch on board, before an afternoon check dive on the outer reefs from Cairns. Overnight travel to the top of the Ribbon Reefs.
    Day 2 and Day 3: Two days of diving at the Ribbon Reefs including Cod Hole.
    Day 4: Disembark on Lizard Island and enjoy a guided island walk before a scenic low-level flight back to Cairns.

  • 4 Day Coral Sea And Ribbon Reef Dive Adventure

    Duration: 4 Nights, up to 15 Dives
    Departs Cairns: Thursday 8:30 am Returns Cairns: 7:30 am Monday
    Suitability: Advanced level Divers
    Highlights: Osprey Reef is an old volcanic atoll 220km offshore in the remote Coral Sea, where divers experience 1000m walls, massive soft coral and gin clear waters, while diving amongst sharks and pelagic.
    Itinerary:
    Day 1: Cairns Hotel transfer to Hinterland Aviation to board a light aircraft for a one-hour flight to Lizard Island to board the vessel. Cruise to Ribbon Reef # 10, for two dives, before overnight steam to OspreyReef.
    Day 2: and Day 3: Up to 5 dives a day will be on offer including a shark attraction dive.
    Day 4: Further dives at Ribbon Reef #5 at sites such as world famous Steve’s Bommie, before overnight cruising back to Cairns.
    Day 5: Light breakfast on board and transfer to Cairns hotel.

  • 7 Day Code Hole, Ribbon Reefs And Coral Sea Adventure

    Duration: 7 Nights, up to 26 Dives
    Departs Cairns: Monday 12 noon Returns Cairns: Monday 7:30 am
    Suitability: Advanced level Divers
    Highlights: The Ribbon Reefs offers the best of the Great Barrier Reef with clouds of tropical fish and pristine coral gardens. Osprey Reef lies 220km offshore in the remote Coral Sea. Here divers experience 1000m walls, massive soc coral and gin clear waters, while diving amongst sharks, mantas and pelagic.
    Itinerary:
    Day 1: Cairns hotel transfer to Trinity Wharf, to board Spirit of Freedom. Enjoy lunch on board, before an afternoon check dive on the outer reefs from Cairns. Overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.
    Day 2 and Day 3: Two days of diving at the Ribbon Reefs, including Cod Hole.
    Day 4: Acer overnight in the bay at Lizard Island, enjoy a morning guided island walk, before afternoon diving and a night crossing to Osprey Reef.
    Day 5 and 6: Up to 5 dives a day, including a shark attraction dive.
    Day 7: Diving Ribbon Reef #5 including Steve’s Bommie, before an overnight cruise back to Cairns.
    Day 8: Light breakfast on board and transfer to Cairns hotel.