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Spirit of Freedom

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!

Length: 37 metres / 121 foot
Beam: 7.1 metres / 23 foot
Cruise: 11 knots
Divers: 26
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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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December 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
8 Dec 12 Dec 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
12 Dec 19 Dec 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
12 Dec 15 Dec 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
15 Dec 19 Dec 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
19 Dec 22 Dec 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
January 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Jan 9 Jan 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
9 Jan 12 Jan 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
12 Jan 16 Jan 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
16 Jan 19 Jan 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
16 Jan 23 Jan 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
19 Jan 23 Jan 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
23 Jan 26 Jan 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
23 Jan 30 Jan 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
26 Jan 30 Jan 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
30 Jan 2 Feb 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
30 Jan 6 Feb 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
February 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Feb 6 Feb 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
6 Feb 9 Feb 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
6 Feb 13 Feb 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
9 Feb 13 Feb 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
13 Feb 16 Feb 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
13 Feb 20 Feb 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
16 Feb 20 Feb 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
20 Feb 23 Feb 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
20 Feb 27 Feb 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
23 Feb 27 Feb 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
27 Feb 2 Mar 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
27 Feb 6 Mar 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
March 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Mar 6 Mar 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
6 Mar 9 Mar 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
6 Mar 13 Mar 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
9 Mar 13 Mar 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
13 Mar 16 Mar 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
13 Mar 20 Mar 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
16 Mar 20 Mar 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
20 Mar 23 Mar 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
20 Mar 27 Mar 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
23 Mar 27 Mar 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
27 Mar 30 Mar 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
27 Mar 3 Apr 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
30 Mar 3 Apr 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Apr 6 Apr 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
3 Apr 10 Apr 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
6 Apr 10 Apr 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
10 Apr 13 Apr 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
10 Apr 17 Apr 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
13 Apr 17 Apr 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
17 Apr 20 Apr 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292
17 Apr 24 Apr 7 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 26 US$ 2,661
20 Apr 24 Apr 4 Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Osprey Reef 15 US$ 1,559
24 Apr 27 Apr 3 Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs 11 US$ 1,292

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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, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (3 night US$91, 4 night US$122, 7 night US$186), dive insurance, environmental management charge of (US$ 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$122, 7 night US$137), 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 3 pm 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$ 152 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 2016-17: from Feb till May: book 8 divers and 1 extra person can join in a 4 share cabin. From June till Jan: book 10 divers and 1 extra person can join in 4 share cabin.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2016-2017 - 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 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.

  • 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...
  • Built 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...
  • 3 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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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"The vessel, crew and service were great with no place for improvement! Special thanks to the cook, who created incredible dishes." - , Germany, 18 October 2015 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Excellent! Would recommend it to any avid diver." - , USA, 12 September 2014 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Professional. Well Organised. Friendly. Top quality." - , UK, 12 July 2014 ...

Customer rating - Good
"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.
" - , USA, 14 October 2010 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The system for safe diving is the best. Food is also very good." - , South Korea, 5 July 2010 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"Great ship, very comfortable, excellent food, fun staff, good safety procedures. Overall very good, would love to go again. " - , Denmark, 3 October 2009 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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. " - , USA, 13 March 2009 ...



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