AUSTRALIA - ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE BARRIER REEF AND CORAL SEA
Spirit of Freedom - Liveaboard - Out of Cairns
The Spirit of Freedom is a 120 foot liveaboard (Australia's largest) that will take you to discover what diving dreams are made of while traveling throughout the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. The vessel is fully air-conditioned and features three decks of spacious comfort including a sun deck, lounge and bar (fully stocked), dining saloon, huge dive deck, (2) Naiad Tender boats, (2) Bauer 21 CFM compressors, DNAx Nitrox system, as well as eleven private cabins equipped with individual temperature control and bathroom facilities.
There are 7 cabin types available:
Ocean View Deluxe - cabin 13 - Large cabin, one double bed, wardrobe, writing desk, bedside
tables, TV and DVD Player.
Ocean View - cabin 12 - One double bed, waredrobe, TV and DVD player.
Stateroom - cabin 1 - Spacious cabin with one queen bed, waredrobe, chest of drawers, bedside
tables, TV and DVD player.
Double or Twin - cabins 3, 7, 8, and 9 - Double bed and single over, wardrobe, bedside table.
Double - cabin 4 - Double bed only, wardrobe, bedside table.
Twin Share - cabin 2 - Bunk style single beds, wardrobe.
Quad Share - cabins 5 and 6 - Bunk style single beds, wardrobe.
The boat is equipped with silent generators, and electronic stabilizers that provide a smooth and comfortable ride. While staying on the Spirit of Freedom, your appetite will be satisfied throughout the day, while enjoying the delicious chef prepared meals, coupled with complimentary Australian wines at dinner. If you have specific dietary requirements, make sure to let the chef know. After dinner sit back and relax in the comfortable lounge and watch a movie from a large selection of DVDs.
There are three itineraries to choose from on the Sprit of Freedom departing from Cairns:
3 day - Up to 11 dives - Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs (departing 12:00 noon on Monday, returning 11:00 a.m. Thursday - includes a low level reef flight from Lizard Island to Cairns)
4 day - Up to 16 dives - Cod Hole and Coral Sea (departing 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, returning 7:00 a.m. Monday - includes a low level reef flight from Cairns to Lizard Island)
7 day - Up to 27 dives - Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef and Coral Sea (departing 12:00 noon on Monday, returning 7:00 a.m. Monday)
for a map of the Spirit of Freedom Itineraries
Got great bottom time, well you will love the Spirit of Freedom, as you may dive with your buddy at your own pace, with no limits on time, depth or style of diving outside of normal safe diving practices. There is an orientation dive offered as the first dive, and on remaining dives there is usually a safety instructor in the water; guided dives will be offer on at least one dive a day. While diving in the Great Barrier Reef or the Coral Sea, you will enjoy colorful walls and magical coral gardens in crystal blue waters. You will be surrounded by a plenitude of fish including whaler sharks, barracuda, rays, moray eels, and cuttlefish.
The 'Ribbons' are a string of 10 coral reefs stretching over 100 miles to the north of Cairns, where you will enjoy beautiful coral gardens teaming with brightly colored fish.
The Cod Hole lies at the top of the Ribbon Reefs, and is home to a family of resident Potato Cod (Groper). Don't forget your camera, cause these friendly giants love the photo op.
Australia's Coral Sea reefs are located east/southeast/northeast of Cairns and about 62 miles offshore from the Great Barrier Reef, and can include the following dive locations: South Flinders, Flinders, Dart, East Holmes, West Holmes, Flora, Bouganville, Shark, and Osprey Reefs.