Tour ID: 10001835
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. Dive Ribbon Reefs ( chain of 10 individual reefs) & Osprey Reef. This part of the Great Barrier Reef is known for it amazing coral & colourful tropical fish. To join this dive trip to the Coral Sea, it 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 Ocean View Cabin contains double bed only.
Includes one way flight to Lizard Island over the reef
Departing Cairns 08:30am Thursday
Returning Cairns 07:00am Monday
Thursday: Courtesy coach transfer from Cairns city hotels to Cairns airport will commence at 07:30am. Your twin-engine light aircraft will depart at 08:30am for your scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef to Lizard Island. Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival and transfer you to the dive vessel, where we will depart for the reef.
This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives before departing in the late evening for Osprey Reef, in the Coral Sea. The dives may be at sites such as the Cod Hole and Dynamite Pass.
Friday & Saturday: Osprey Reef. Australia’s Coral Sea reefs are renowned for crystal clear water with an average visibility in excess of 100 feet. Two days can be spent diving at Osprey Reef, including North Horn, well known for its shark action. You can expect to see grey whalers, silvertips, reef sharks, occasional hammerheads, schooling barracuda, trevally, and other pelagics are common. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals rising from thousands of feet below.
Option 1: Still in the Coral Sea, weather depending we will dive Bougainville Reef.
Option 2: Today we return to the Ribbon Reefs # 3 to 5 to dive the sensational Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom, Flare Point, and other sites. In the months of June & July is a great opportunity for further interaction with Minke Whales. After dinner on Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.
Monday: Arrive Cairns approximately 06:30am. Breakfast will be served on board and hotel transfer will be arranged for approx 07:30am.
Please note that above itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change. Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is weather conditional and while every attempt will be made to keep to the advertised itinerary, the Coral Sea and specific sites on the Great Barrier Reef are not guaranteed
Transfers to/ from Cairns city accommodation, One way reef flight – Cairns to Lizard Island, Opportunity for 16 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 for Nitrox certified divers, PADI Referral and Advanced courses.
4 Days/4 Nights
8:30 AM Thu
Transfers to/from your Cairns city accommodation. Please state your accommodation in the space provided on the booking form. Courtesy coach transfer from Cairns city hotels to Cairns airport will commence at 07:30am. Your twin-engine light aircraft will depart at 08:30am for your scenic flight over the reef to Lizard Island. Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival and transfer you to the vessel, where we will depart for the reef.
Personal items and toiletries, swimwear, hat, and sweatshirt in the winter (May - September), Certification card.
Minimum age for children is 12.
Ocean View Standard is a double bed only, suitable for 2 passengers, singles are required to pay sole occupancy. 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. A Marine Park entry fee and Port Fee is payable on board.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Cod Hole and Osprey Reef
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