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Spirit of Freedom
From USD 321 per day
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122 ft
Max 26
At a glance...
  • Visits Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs, Osprey Reef
  • Dive The World's 2015 Operator of the Year
  • All cabins have ensuite bathrooms
  • Ocean view cabins have TV, DVD, window
  • Complimentary wine
  • Large stable boat with steel hull

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Experience the boundless pleasure of Australia's Great Barrier Reef liveaboard, the luxurious Spirit of Freedom. This is one of the largest and best-equipped dive charters in Australia, ensuring your comfort on the Great Barrier Reef's most relaxing diving holiday vessel. No wonder it is the winner of Dive The World's 2015 Operator of the Year award!

At 37 metres long, the Spirit of Freedom allows you dive intervals with the benefit of space and superbly equipped facilities. The comfortable lounge bar is a popular part of the ship, as is the saloon, doubling as an enclosed dining area, with a flat-panel TV, DVD player and a movie library. An excellent onboard wine cellar with complimentary wine completes meal times, which you can also enjoy in the al fresco dining area on the upper deck.

The en-suite cabins onboard the Spirit of Freedom are very spacious, modern and well-fitted. There are various accommodation standards available, including Ocean View cabins that feature seaview windows as well as TV and DVD players.

With a 6,000 nautical mile range, the steel-hulled Spirit of Freedom's Australia diving cruises easily reach the more remote regions of the Coral Sea and the Northern Great Barrier Reef, allowing you access to the most pristine dive sites. Electronic stabilisers provide a smoother ride, confining green gills to the colourful fish on the reef. It is also 1 of the few liveaboards with minke whale permits.

The dive deck is designed with space and convenience in mind. An onboard nitrox membrane system allows qualified divers to benefit from extended bottom times on the fabulous reefs. Digital photo facilities enable you to manage those 'Kodak' moments captured during your dives.

For 3-4 day liveaboard guests, there is an opportunity to experience a fantastic low level flight between Cairns and Lizard Island. It's an awesome way to start or finish your Great Barrier Reef holiday and the views are simply stunning. Remember to keep your camera with you for some amazing reef shots from 200 metres above! Of course, this also saves you valuable time allowing you to spend more time diving and less time travelling.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Notes: We strongly recommend that you have at least PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent and have minimum of 20 Oceanic dives logged prior to joining the Osprey Reef trips and have dived at least 5 dives within 12 months to date of departure.

Cruise price per person includes: Low-level scenic flight to or from Lizard Island (for 3 and 4 night trips), cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from Cairns City hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), in-water observation divers, tanks, weights and weight belts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (3 night US$ 91, 4 night US$ 121, 7 night US$ 185), dive insurance, environmental management charge of (US$ 15) per person. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks (wine with evening meals is complimentary), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (3 night US$ 57, 4 night US$ 121, 7 night US$ 136), torches and cyalume sticks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The Spirit of Freedom departs from either Trinity Wharf in Cairns or Lizard Island depending on the itinerary.
3 night trips start in Cairns and involve a flight from Lizard Island to Cairns, 4 night trips start in Lizard Island and involve a flight from Cairns to Lizard Island, 7 night trips (departing Mondays) start and end on the boat in Cairns with no need for flights. For more information on getting to Cairns see our How to get there section.

Minke Whale Expeditions: Certain trips in June and July include efforts to dive and/or snorkel with minke whales. Prices remain the same but expect fewer overall dives on these trips. The last dive of the trip will be at around 15:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: Deduct US$ 76 off the 3 & 4 night trip price, or US$ 151 off the 7 night price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin (No guarantee of same gender sharing) or pay a supplement on the published price. Approximately equals to twice the normal diver price less US$ 103 per day.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Season 2017-18: from Feb till May: Pay for 8 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a 4-bed cabin free of charge (total 9 guests). From June till Jan: Pay for 10 guests and 1 extra person can join in a 4-bed cabin free of charge (total 11 guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2017-2018 - Whole boat charter rates are available on application - we can give you prices for particular trips.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Spirit of Freedom has 11 large, en-suite cabins across 4 cruise price brackets. All cabins are on the lower deck except 2 on the upper deck: the Deluxe cabin (ocean view) and 1 Standard cabin (ocean view).

The lower deck has 1 Standard cabin ('Stateroom'), 6 Double/Twin share and 2 Quad share.

Deluxe and Standard cabins are equipped with double beds and CD Players (the Standard cabins also feature a TV and DVD player). The Double / Twin cabins are equipped with single and/or double beds, and the Quad cabins have bunk-style single beds.

These ocean view cabins have windows, allowing in natural light, while the other cabins feature cabin lighting.

All the liveaboard cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • 24-hour electricity (Aus 3 pin 240v)
  • Private en-suite bathroom with hot water shower, toilet and hand basin
  • Wardrobe
  • Bedding
  • Fire warning system
  • Life jackets
Additionally, ocean view cabins feature:
  • TV, DVD & CD Player
  • Windows
  • Writing desk & bedside table (Deluxe cabin only)
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 11 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • 3 Instructors
  • Divemaster
  • Captain
  • Chef
  • Engineer
  • Stewardess
  • Deck hand
Enriched air nitrox - 50m² dive deck with 2 hot freshwater showers - Motorised dive dinghy - Separate rinse tank and table for cam