Tour ID: 10001838
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. Also dive the Coral Sea. 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.
7 DAY ITINERARY, MONDAY DEPARTURE
Departing: Cairns 12:00 noon Monday
Returning: Cairns 07:00 am Monday
Monday: The Spirit of Freedom courtesy bus will pick you up from your Cairns hotel around 11:00am to transfer you to Trinity Wharf, where you will board the vessel. You will be greeted by the Spirit of Freedom crew, who will give you an orientation of the vessel before a 12 noon departure. Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon check-out dive and a twilight or night dive. After dinner we cruise north to the Ribbon Reefs.
Tuesday & Wednesday: These two days are spent diving at the most northern of the Ribbon Reefs, Number 9 & 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 dive site 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 the Tuesday. On Wednesday evening we overnight at Watson's Bay, Lizard Island, and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.
Thursday: This morning after breakfast you will have the opportunity to go ashore at Lizard Island. A good chance to stretch you legs on land at this half way point, you can take the guided walk from Watson's Beach to Mary Watson's cottage over Chinaman's Ridge and back to the beach. Around 11.00am we will cruise back to Ribbon Reef Number 10 for two dives at a choice of sites including the Snake Pit, Cod Hole, Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, and Pixie Pinnacle. If the tide permits we may repeat a dive at the Cod Hole or visit new sites. We depart in the evening for a 10 hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.
Friday & Saturday: Two days will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia's Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging 30 to 100 metres. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals, rising from the ocean floor thousands of feet below. 'North Horn' is a dive site at the tip of Osprey where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate, and you can experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. 4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Friday. See the dive site page for site selection of some of our dive sites at Osprey Reef. On Saturday night we will depart Osprey Reef for overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.
Sunday: At Ribbon Reefs Number 3 we will dive such sites as the sensational Steve's Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point. A second option for this day, in special weather conditions, is to head south from Opsrey to Bougainville Reef, known for its unusual underwater landscape or caverns, and its partially submerged wreck. On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.
Monday: We arrive back into Cairns at 06:30am. Enjoy a light breakfast on board and a group photo opportunity before being dropped back to your Cairns hotel around 08.00am.
We request that bags be soft sided.
SNORKELERS. The reefs of the Ribbon Reefs are relatively close to the surface, and with little current, offer excellent snorkelling at most sites. However. the (at times) deeper reefs tops and currents of the Coral Sea, make the Coral Sea reefs only suitable for experienced snorkelers and strong swimmers and you may not be able to snorkel at every site. Please note that while you be safe under the watchful eye of the 'look-out' crew, a snorkel buddy may not always be available.
This itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change. Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is tide and weather conditional.
Opportunity for up to 27 dives, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared meals, Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals, Time ashore at Lizard Island. 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 advanced course, PADI EANx Nitrox Course.
7 Days/7 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 12.
MONDAY DEPARTURE Special note: The 7 day itinerary, Monday departure does not return to Cairns for the full 7 days. 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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