Coral Sea & Ribbon Reef Trip - 7 Nights

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

DEPARTS: Cairns 12:00 noon Thursday RETURNS: Cairns 08:00 am Thursday

DIVES: 26 (including two night dives)

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Coral Sea 7 Day Liveaboard Dive Trip Overview

For the diver who wants to see it all, our 7-night dive liveaboard trip begins every Thursday from Cairns and combines the 3 Night Cod Hole/Ribbon Reef arrowright and 4 Night Coral Sea arrowright trips into one of the world"s most epic liveaboard dive boat adventures.

Stepping aboard the sleek and spacious Spirit of Freedom, your Great Barrier Reef dive liveaboard expedition begins with a 240km journey through the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the famous Cod Hole dive site.

Along the Ribbons you will the opportunity for up to 11 dives as you encounter clouds of colourful tropical fish, an incredible variety of vibrant healthy corals, giant clams, anemones, and huge schools of cruising pelagic fish, and a family of giant potato cod.

On Saturday, 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.

In the morning, you will have time to explore Lizard Island as our 3-night guests depart for their flight back to Cairns and the 4-night guests arrive to join the trip as we move to more advanced diving conditions.

As you share tales of the past 3 days with your new dive companions, we make our way to the top of the Ribbon Reefs dive sites like Challenger Bay and Lighthouse Bommie, before an overnight crossing to the famous Osprey Reef (weather permitting) in the Coral Sea.

An old volcanic atoll lying 220km off the coast, Osprey Reef is renowned for its spectacular walls of 1,000m, its massive soft corals, shark action, and exceptional visibility. We will spend two days here exploring different locations.

North Horn, at the tip of the Osprey Reef, is a site where grey reef sharks and Silvertips congregate and your chance for a close encounter shark dive where you yo will typically see up to 30-40 sharks on this incredible dive.

Your final day is spent at Ribbon Reef Number 3, or occasionally if the weather permits, Bougainville Reef, to the south of Osprey Reef. Overnight travel on the last night returns you to Cairns early on Thursday morning where you will enjoy breakfast before departing the vessel with up to 26 amazing dives to add to your logbook, and many fond memories of your liveaboard dive trip aboard Spirit of Freedom.

See the full itinerary below for more details.

This trip includes daily cabin service and chef-prepared gourmet meals . Australian wines & soft drinks are served with evening meals.

Special Expeditions: In June/July this trip offers the chance to swim with Minke Whales as they congregate in the Ribbon Reefs.

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Inclusions

Liveaboard Dive Trip Prices are AUD$ per person and include:

  • Chef prepared meals & snacks, wine and soft drink are included with the evening meal.
  • Tanks, air fills, Nautilus Lifeline and weight belt. Full equipment rental available. arrowright
  • Daily cabin service.
  • Cairns hotel or Airport transfers.
  • GST and all reef levies and fees.

Cabin Accommodation

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 boasts a 10.5 square metre 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 inch flat screen TV. The cabin is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Double or Sole occupancy only.

Low season - May to August
High Season - September to April
A full Coral Sea Rates schedule can be downloaded here ....

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The 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 7.2 square metre cabin, which contains a double bed, private bathroom, a wardrobe and 26 inch flat screen TV. Double or Sole Occupancy only.

Low season - May to August
High Season - September to April
A full Coral Sea Rates schedule can be downloaded here ....


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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 12 square metre cabin contains a queen size bed, a private bathroom, extra shelving, wardrobe, bedside tables and 26 inch flat screen TV. Double or Sole Occupancy only: no twin share option available.

Low season - May to August
High Season - September to April
A full Coral Sea Rates schedule can be downloaded here ....


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double-twin

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 10 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.

Low season - May to August
High Season - September to April
A full Coral Sea Rates schedule can be downloaded here ....

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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 9 square metre 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.

Low season - May to August
High Season - September to April
A full Coral Sea Rates schedule can be downloaded here ....

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Ribbon Reef/Codhole Diver Safety

  • Suitable for snorkellers and competent divers with a good level of physical fitness.
  • 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.
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