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Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs Liveaboard Expedition

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,792

Explore the Coral Sea and the Ribbons Reefs on this liveaboard diving cruise on the Spirit of Freedom. This four-day expedition explores the bright colours, underwater caves, and fascinating sea life of the Great Barrier Reef with several dives each day at Osprey Reef and the Ribbon Reefs.


This 5-day Australian vacation takes you on a liveaboard adventure aboard a diving vessel on the Great Barrier Reef. It features moderate accommodations aboard the vessel, small group diving tours, and is a great add-on to a longer stay in Australia. 

Your journey to the Great Barrier Reef begins in Cairns, the gateway city in northeastern Queensland. You’ll board a scenic flight to Lizard Island and meet your expedition crew, who’ll shepherd you to the Spirit of Freedom, your home for the next few nights. The Spirit of Freedom is a 3-star diving vessel built for long-range cruising. It was voted Australia’s best liveaboard vessel and has 11 comfortable guest cabins for those travellers who want to experience life atop of the reef. After some introductory dives at Ribbon Reef Number 10, you’ll cross into the Coral Sea. 

During your three days on the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll travel through the Ribbons Reefs and Coral Sea to well-known dive sites that take you beneath the waves to experience the bright colours and magnificent sea life of this underwater world. On your first two days, you’ll dive around Osprey Reef, which is known for its clear waters and high underwater visibility. Spot grey reef sharks and bright yellow coral during your adventures beneath the waves. You may even be able to do a night dive to see the underwater world in moonlight. On your third day, head to Ribbons Reef Number 3 to explore underwater caverns and partially-submerged wrecks. 

At the end of your diving adventure, you’ll travel overnight back to Cairns and disembark in the morning. 


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,792

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Day 1

Cairns

Around 07:30 am this morning the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will transfer you from your Cairns city hotel to Hinterland Aviation at Cairns General Aviation Airport. Here you will board a twin-engine light aircraft for your scenic flight up the coast to Lizard Island. The Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival and escort you via tender to the vessel. After an orientation, we depart for Ribbon Reef Number 10. This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives at a choice of sites including Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Gardens, and Pixie Pinnacle. We depart in the evening for a 10-hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Spirit of Freedom

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    Spirit of Freedom


    The Spirit of Freedom was custom built for long range cruising and to optimise the sea conditions of the Coral Sea region. Design features such as the specific length of the vessel, combined with electronic stabilizers ensure maximum sea keeping capability for greatest passenger comfort. …

    The Spirit of Freedom was custom built for long range cruising and to optimise the sea conditions of the Coral Sea region. Design features such as the specific length of the vessel, combined with electronic stabilizers ensure maximum sea keeping capability for greatest passenger comfort. Heavy duty medium rev marine diesel engines provide fuel efficiency, reliability, and low vibration and sound emission.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Diving
    • Lounge
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Great Barrier Reef

Today will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia's Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging from 30 to 100 meters. 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 is a site where grey reef sharks, silver tips, 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 today, including a night dive.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Great Barrier Reef

Today will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia's Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging from 30 to 100 meters. 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 is a site where grey reef sharks, silver tips, 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 today. Tonight we will depart Osprey Reef for overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Highlight Dinner
Day 4

Great Barrier Reef

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. This evening, cruise overnight back to Cairns.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Highlight Dinner
Day 5

Cairns

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Thursday's

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers to/from your Cairns city hotel
  • Low-level scenic flight - Cairns to Lizard Island
  • Opportunity for up to 15 dives
  • En-suite cabin with daily service
  • Chef prepared gourmet meals - Australian style
  • 2 Drinks - Australian wine, beers, and soft drinks with evening meals.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

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18 Mar 2021
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