4 Day / 4 Night Coral Sea Reefs - Fly South/Cruise North - up to 15 Quality dives - departs Thursdays (11)

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Great Barrier Reef » 4 Day / 4 Night Coral Sea Reefs - Fly South/Cruise North - up to 15 Quality dives - departs Thursdays (11)

Type: Tours - Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Overnight Trips

Sleek and spacious, the 'Spirit of Freedom' offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs. The 4 Day Coral Sea tour begins Thursday morning at 8.30am, with a low level flight from Cairns along the coastline and over the reef to Lizard Island, to meet the 'Spirit of Freedom'. The first day will see you diving the very top of the Ribbon Reefs, before overnight travel out to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Two days is spent diving the spectacular walls of Osprey Reef, an old volcanic atoll lying 220 km off the coast. Renown for its spectacular 1000 metre walls, Osprey Reef also offers massive soft corals, amazing shark action, and exceptional visibility. 'North Horn' at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate. Here you can also experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. The last day is spent at Ribbon Reef Number 3, or occasionally if the weather permits, Bougainville Reef, to the south of Osprey Reef. Overnight travel on the last night, returns you to Cairns early on the Monday morning.

Departure Dates:

Embarks - Every 8.30am Thursdays

Disembarks - Every Monday 7.30am

How to book:  You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts. A 25% deposit payment is required at time of booking. The balance is payable 90 days before the day of travel  or paid in full if intended travel date is less than 90 days away. Government reef tax, fuel levy & port charges are included in the prices in the rates table below. Once your booking is confirmed and  deposit payment received, a booking confirmation will be emailed to you shortly after.

Extra Charges not included in the rates table below:

  • Full gear hire (including dive computer) - $160
  • PADI Advanced & PADI Nitrox Courses - $265
  • Nitrox - $10 per fill, or $105 for all dives

Itinerary Summary:

3 nights – 15 Superior Quality dives

Location: Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and Coral Sea.

Cabin Types:

4 Share: 4 single beds, bunk style, wardrobe, with bathroom

Double or Twin: Double bed with single over, wardrobe, 1 bedside table, with bathroom

Stateroom: Very spacious cabin with queen bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, 2 bedside tables, TV/DVD, CD, with bathroom

Ocean View: Smaller cabin with double bed, wardrobe, 1 bedside table, TV/VCR, CD stereo, with bathroom

Ocean View Deluxe: Very large cabin, with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, 2 bed side tables, TV/DVD, CD stereo, with bathroom  

Single Occupancy Cabin…Double the twin or double share rates, then deduct $250 if you prefer sole occupancy.

Non-Divers………… Deduct $200 off trip costs unless utilising diving services

Thursday: Around 07:30am 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 of the vessel we depart for Ribbon Reef Number 10. This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives at a choice of sites including the Cod Hole, 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.

Friday & Saturday: Two days will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia's Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging 30 to 100 metres. 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, silvertips, 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 each day, including a night dive on the Friday. See the dive site page for site selection of some of our dive sites at Osprey Reef. On Saturday night we will depart Osprey Reef for overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.

Sunday: 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. On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.

Monday: 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.

Features & Inclusions

  • Transfers to/ from Cairns city accommodation
  • Low level reef flight - Cairns to Lizard Island
  • Opportunity for up to 11 amazing dives
  • En-suite cabin with daily service
  • Chef prepared meals
  • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals

Rates and Tariffs

2017-18 Season
1st Jul 2017 to 30th Jun 2018
Ocean View Deluxe Cabin - includes all levies $3045.00 per person
Ocean View Standard Cabin - includes all levies $2820.00 per person
Stateroom - includes all levies $2820.00 per person
Double/Twin Share Cabin - includes all levies $2470.00 per person
Quad Share Cabin - Includes all levies $2145.00 per person
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

* All prices are inclusive of GST and in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

Booking Information

Non-Divers - Deduct $200 off trip costs unless utilising diving services

Itinerary Summary:
3 nights - 15 Superior Quality dives
Location: Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole and Coral Sea.

Departure Dates: Embarks - Every Thursday includes a transfer to the Airport. Disembarks - Mondays. (courtesy city hotel transfers).

How to book: You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts.. A 25% deposit payment is required at time of booking. The balance is payable 30 days before the day of travel or paid in full if intended travel date is less than 30 days away. Government reef tax, fuel levy & port charges are included in the prices in the rates table above. Once your booking is confirmed and deposit payment received, a booking confirmation will be emailed to you shortly after.

Extra Charges not included in the rates table:

* Full gear hire (including dive computer) - $160
* PADI Advanced & PADI Nitrox Courses - $265
* Nitrox - $10 per fill, or $105 for all dives

Booking Policy

Cancellation fees apply as follows so travel insurance is recommended:
A 20% cancellation fee applies if you cancel your booking with greater than 21 days notice.
A 100% cancellation fee applies with 21 days or Less Notice.

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