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Spirit of Freedom

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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.

Length: 37 metres / 121 foot
Beam: 7.1 metres / 23 foot
Cruise: 11 knots
Divers: 26
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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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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October 2014
Dep: 27 Oct Ret: 30 Oct Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
November 2014
Dep: 3 Nov Ret: 6 Nov Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 3 Nov Ret: 10 Nov Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 6 Nov Ret: 10 Nov Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 10 Nov Ret: 13 Nov Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 10 Nov Ret: 17 Nov Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 13 Nov Ret: 17 Nov Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 17 Nov Ret: 20 Nov Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 17 Nov Ret: 24 Nov Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 20 Nov Ret: 24 Nov Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 24 Nov Ret: 1 Dec Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
December 2014
Dep: 1 Dec Ret: 8 Dec Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 8 Dec Ret: 11 Dec Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 8 Dec Ret: 15 Dec Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 11 Dec Ret: 15 Dec Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 15 Dec Ret: 18 Dec Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 15 Dec Ret: 22 Dec Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 18 Dec Ret: 22 Dec Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 22 Dec Ret: 25 Dec Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 22 Dec Ret: 29 Dec Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 29 Dec Ret: 1 Jan Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 29 Dec Ret: 5 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
January 2015
Dep: 1 Jan Ret: 5 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 5 Jan Ret: 12 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 5 Jan Ret: 8 Jan Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 8 Jan Ret: 12 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 12 Jan Ret: 19 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 12 Jan Ret: 15 Jan Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 15 Jan Ret: 19 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 19 Jan Ret: 26 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 19 Jan Ret: 22 Jan Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 22 Jan Ret: 26 Jan Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 26 Jan Ret: 2 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 26 Jan Ret: 29 Jan Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 29 Jan Ret: 2 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
February 2015
Dep: 2 Feb Ret: 9 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 2 Feb Ret: 5 Feb Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 5 Feb Ret: 9 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 9 Feb Ret: 16 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 9 Feb Ret: 12 Feb Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 12 Feb Ret: 16 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 16 Feb Ret: 23 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 16 Feb Ret: 19 Feb Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 19 Feb Ret: 23 Feb Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 23 Feb Ret: 26 Feb Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 23 Feb Ret: 2 Mar Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 26 Feb Ret: 2 Mar Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
March 2015
Dep: 2 Mar Ret: 5 Mar Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352
Dep: 2 Mar Ret: 9 Mar Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 2,814
Dep: 5 Mar Ret: 9 Mar Ribbon Reefs-Osprey Reef US$ 1,680
Dep: 9 Mar Ret: 12 Mar Ribbon Reefs US$ 1,352

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More Trip Details....

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): Scuba equipment (3 night US$ 130, 4 night US$ 170, 7 night US$ 260), dive insurance, environmental management charge of (US$ 17) per person to be paid on arrival, fuel surcharge (US$ 9) per person per day payable on arrival. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks (wine with evening meals is complimentary), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (3 night US$ 80, 4 night US$ 112, 7 night US$ 190), 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.

Non-diver rate: Deduct US$ 87 off the 3 & 4 night trip price, or US$ 175 off the 7 night price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single traveller may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement on the published price.Approximately equal to twice the normal diver price less US$ 103 per day.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Season 2014-15: whole boat charter packages are available (see prices below, but contact us for a customized quote). Season 2015-16: from Feb till May: book 8 divers and receive 1 free extra space in a 4 share cabin. From June till Jan: book 10 divers and receive 1 free extra space in 4 share cabin.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2014 3 Night US$ 12,856, 4 Night US$ 11,277, 7 Night US$ 11,206. These whole boat charter prices are for indication only. Upon application we will be able to quote you lower prices. 2015-2016 - 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.

Spirit of Freedom's spacious and bright Ocean View cabin 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...
Get ready to dive the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, onboard the Spirit of Freedom The crew comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • 3 Instructors
  • Divemaster
  • Captain
  • Chef
  • Engineer
  • Stewardess
  • Deck hand
Enriched air nitrox - 50m dive deck with 2 hot freshwater showers - Motorised dive dinghy - Separate rinse tank and table for cameras - Air-conditioned lounge & bar - Open-air dining area - 2 Plasma TVs, DVD, music centre - Movie Library - Computer & CD burner - Satellite Phone - Books, magazines, games, fish ID books - Sun deck with shaded area - 24-hour Electricity supply

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Menu, cuisine type...
The Spirit of Freedom is renowned for the Australian and international cuisine that its talented chef prepares. In fact, guests enjoy it so much that many often leave a little heavier than when they arrived!

With 2 breakfasts (1 before and 1 after the first dive of the day), lunch and dinner, as well as snacks such as freshly baked cakes, you certainly won't go hungry onboard the Spirit of Freedom.

Additionally, soft drinks and Australian wines are available during the evening meal or are otherwise available for purchase from the bar.

    The dining area on the Spirit of Freedom
  • Expertly prepared Australian and international cuisine of which the only complaints is picking up weight.
  • The reason is possibly the scrumptious 4 meals per day: breakfast, another breakfast after the first dive of the day, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Not to mention the snacks to connect the meal dots, including freshly baked cake
  • Vegetarians and other special diets are catered for with advanced notice
  • Buffet-style meals service in the air-conditioned lounge or open-air dining area
  • Complimentary Australian wine and softdrinks during evening meals
  • First meal upon boarding is lunch.


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technical specifications...
  • Australia's Spirit of Freedom - another viewBuilt in year 1992, and refitted annually
  • Size - 37m x 7.1m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 11 knots
  • 2 Rolls Royce C8M 410 HP diesel engines
  • 2 Cummings 6BTs generators
  • 2 Bauer 21 CFM dive tank compressors
  • 10.5 & 12 litre aluminium scuba tanks with INT valve fittings
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • Electricity - 240V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 10,000+ litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 3,000 litres

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navigation, safety features...
  • Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef on the Spirit of Freedom3 x Life rafts
  • 2 x 4.8m Naiad tender boats
  • Radar
  • Email
  • HF & VHF radios
  • CDMA Mobile telephone
  • Satellite telephone
  • Electronic stabalisers
  • First aid box
  • Oxygen - 9-13,000 litres
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Search lights
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Emergency lighting
  • Fire detectors and extinguishers throughout
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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layout plans...
Spirit of Freedom deck plans
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Customer reviews: 

"Excellent! Would recommend it to any avid diver. " - Benjamin Fallon, USA ...

"Professional. Well Organised. Friendly. Top quality." - Chris James, UK ...

"Crew was excellent, friendly, professional without being offputting; organization on the boat was the key. Normally 26 divers seems more crowded/hectic, especially for a small dive deck area, but the crew and their system was seamless. Food was excellent and plentiful. " - Tila Duhaime, USA ...

"Great ship, very comfortable, excellent food, fun staff, good safety procedures. Overall very good, would love to go again. " - Kenneth Jorgensen, Denmark ...

"The system for safe diving is the best. Food is also very good." - Jae-Yeon Jang, South Korea ...

"My wife and I were very pleased with the dive operator's equipment, staff and facilities of the Spirit of Freedom liveaboard. The staff was friendly and competent and the equipment seems well cared for. I had difficulty with some personal equipment and they were helpful in trying to fix my equipment and to provide me with substitute equipment when their efforts were unsuccessful.
I would like to know why the boat ran aground. I have some experience with boats and it was a surprise when a well instrumented boat with an experienced captain made this sort of mistake.
I was also surprised that some of the dives were not more closely supervised by divers from the Spirit of Freedom, particularly the night dives. I am accustomed to diving in the Caribbean and normally the dive masters make sure the divers are following the dive plan. Perhaps this is not the case with Australian operations. I was never in danger or concerned for my safety but I was concerned for some of the less experienced divers." - Dale Strickland, USA ...

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