Tour ID: 10001823
Cod Hole, one of the best diving sites in the world is only 96 miles north of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. It is the home of the friendly “Potato Cod”, every diver falls in love with them. Cod Reef is part of the Ribbon Reefs ( chain of 10 individual reefs). This part of the Great Barrier Reef is known for it amazing coral & colourful tropical fish. To join this dive trip will be one of the best decisions you will ever make!
Spirit of Freedom is Australia’s most comfortable live aboard diving vessel offering the best dive cruising to the Great Barrier Reef and remote Coral Sea reefs out of Cairns in tropical north Queensland. During your dive trip you will be treated to first class chef prepared meals and complimentary wine with your evening meal after an amazing day of diving or snorkelling. There are three decks on Spirit of Freedom with a separate lounge, dining and under cover top deck providing plenty of space for up to 26 guests. The 11 generous air-conditioned cabins all containing private bathrooms make for a very comfortable live aboard diving adventure to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Double/ Twin share cabin rate can be for a double bed or single bunks. Please check with Spirit of Freedom if you have a preference.
3 DAY ITINERARY, MONDAY DEPARTURE
Departing: Cairns 12:00 noon Monday
Returning: Cairns 11:30 am Thursday
Monday: Boarding Spirit of Freedom at 11:15am at Trinity Wharf in Cairns (complimentary transfers from Cairns city hotels are available) for a 12 noon departure. Lunch will be served on board while we cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to the north of Cairns, for an afternoon orientation dive and a twilight or night dive.
Tuesday: Today we dive Steve’s Bommie, on Ribbon Reef # 3. This is an isolated pinnacle that rises from 100 feet at its base to around 15 feet from the surface. Colourful antheas and a vast array of fish cover this bommie, while big eye trevally and barracuda hang out in the blue. Look for nudibranch and stonefish. Today we may also dive the Clam Gardens, where giant clams up to three feet across will amaze you. Some of our other favourite sites in this area of the Ribbons include Flare Point and the beautiful Gorgonia Wall.
Wednesday: This morning we will dive the Cod Hole. This is a popular dive site famous for its resident family of large Potato Cod, (Groper). Good opportunity for photographers. We may also dive Dynamite Pass, possibly as a drift dive, well known as a channel for sharks cruising from the Coral Sea to the Barrier Reef. This afternoon we may dive Lighthouse Bommie, where Golden sea snakes are frequently sighted. In the spring months this site is also a Manta Ray cleaning station. Other sites we may visit today include Challenger Bay and Pixie Wall. This evening we cruise into Watson’s Bay on Lizard Island where we will overnight in the lea of the island.
Thursday: This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you have the opportunity to go ashore and explore Lizard Island. At 10:00am you will board a twin-engine light aircraft at Lizard Island for your low level flight over the Great Barrier Reef back to Cairns. Arriving back at Cairns airport at approximately 12:00 noon, the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.
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.
Transfers to/from Cairns city accommodation, Low level reef flight – Lizard Island to Cairns, Opportunity for up to 11 dives, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared meals Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals. An awe inspiring Great Barrier Reef dive trip on Spirit of Freedom!
Full gear rental and dive computer hire, Nitrox fills, PADI Advanced & Nitroc courses. Please see optional extras at the bottom of the page and on the booking form.
3 Days/3 Nights
12:00 PM Mon
Transfers to/from your Cairns city accommodation. Please state your accommodation in the space provided on the booking form.
Boarding of Spirit of Freedom is from 11.15 -11.30am Monday morning, for a 12.00 noon departure.
The vessel is located at Trinity Wharf at the end of Lake Street. Taxis and coaches can drive up onto the wharf to locate the vessel, which is usually berthed under the clock tower.
Personal items and toiletries, swimwear, hat, and sweatshirt in the winter (May - September), Certification card.
Minimum age for children is 10.
Due to light aircraft weight restrictions, your total luggage weight is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person. A Marine Park Levy & Port fee is payable on board.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef and Cod Hole
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