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Basic 8D/7N - Cod Hole and Coral Sea informations

Cruise length: 7 days / 7 nights / about 26 dives

Preference guest structure: dive cruise is designed for divers only

Min. Experience: Beginner divers

Minimum dives: 20 logged dives

Depart Liveaboard port: Cairns

Return Liveaboard port: Cairns

Nitrox: available (surcharge 70 USD)

Group discounts for 4 or more guests: Available

Liveaboard operator: Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard



By Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard recommended accommodations:

44
Waters Edge Apartment Cairns

Waters Edge Apartment Cairns


153 - 223 USD/night

Distance to port: 1.1km

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Important: It is not safe to take flight back home within first 18-24 hours after diving! We also suggest to arrive one day earlier (in case of connected flight delays or baggage lost).

Basic 8D/7N - Cod Hole and Coral Sea informations

Cruise length: 7 days / 7 nights / about 26 dives

Preference guest structure: dive cruise is designed for divers only

Min. Experience: Beginner divers

Minimum dives: 20 logged dives

Depart Liveaboard port: Cairns

Return Liveaboard port: Cairns

Nitrox: available (surcharge 70 USD)

Group discounts for 4 or more guests: Available

Liveaboard operator: Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard

Dive tour description

8D/7N - Cod Hole and Coral Sea description

8D/7N - Cod Hole and Coral Sea basic informations

Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs. This tour begins every Monday from Cairns, and travels 240km along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the Cod Hole. Along the ‘Ribbons’ you will encounter clouds of colourful tropical fish, an incredible variety of vibrant healthy corals, giant clams, anemones, huge schools of cruising pelagic fish, and a family of giant potato cod. Within your 7 days, you will also spend 2 days at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. An old volcanic atoll lying 220km off the coast, Osprey Reef is renown for its spectacular walls to 1000m, its massive soft corals, 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. This tour also includes an overnight stay in secluded Watson’s Bay and

Languages spoken: Dutch, English, French and Japanese

Facilities and services: Nitrox: paid




Images from featured dive sites included in 8D/7N - Cod Hole and Coral Sea dive cruise

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  • Dive depth: 10 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Dwarf-hawkfish (Coral-hawkfish, falco hawkfish)

    Max. length: 7cmFound at depth: 4 - 46m, usually 10 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 20m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Great barracuda (Barracuda)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 60 - 140cm, max. reported length: 200cmWeight: 23kg, max. reported weight: 50kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 3 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Big-eye trevally (Banded cavalla, big-eye kingfish, big-eye trevally, big-eye kingfish, dusk jack, giant trevally, horse mackerel, horse mackerel trevally, horse-eye jack, six-banded trevally, six-band trevally, tille jack, turrum, yellow jack)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    Medium groups

    Length: 60 - 120cmMax. weight: 18kgFound at depth: 1 - 146m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Big-eye trevally (Banded cavalla, big-eye kingfish, big-eye trevally, big-eye kingfish, dusk jack, giant trevally, horse mackerel, horse mackerel trevally, horse-eye jack, six-banded trevally, six-band trevally, tille jack, turrum, yellow jack)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    Medium groups

    Length: 60 - 120cmMax. weight: 18kgFound at depth: 1 - 146m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Drift and Wall


    Great barracuda (Barracuda)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 60 - 140cm, max. reported length: 200cmWeight: 23kg, max. reported weight: 50kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 3 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Drift and Wall


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Drift and Wall


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Reef and Wall


    Big-eye trevally (Banded cavalla, big-eye kingfish, big-eye trevally, big-eye kingfish, dusk jack, giant trevally, horse mackerel, horse mackerel trevally, horse-eye jack, six-banded trevally, six-band trevally, tille jack, turrum, yellow jack)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    Medium groups

    Length: 60 - 120cmMax. weight: 18kgFound at depth: 1 - 146m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Yellow-banded sweetlips (Goldman‘s sweetlips, diagonal-banded sweetlips, lined blubber-lips, lined sweetlips, many-lined sweetlips, oblique-banded sweetlips, silver-banded sweetlips)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Max. length: 72cmFound at depth: 1 - 35m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Camouflage grouper (Blue-tailed cod, camouflage cod, camouflage rock-cod, flowery grouper, marble grouper, marbled cod, small-toothed cod, small-toothed rock-cod, small-tooth grouper, smooth-flowery rock-cod, snout-spot grouper, snout-spot rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    41-80%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 80 - 90cmFound at depth: 1 - 46m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    4-9

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Yellow-banded sweetlips (Goldman‘s sweetlips, diagonal-banded sweetlips, lined blubber-lips, lined sweetlips, many-lined sweetlips, oblique-banded sweetlips, silver-banded sweetlips)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Max. length: 72cmFound at depth: 1 - 35m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Spotted eagle ray (Bonnet skate, duckbill ray, leopard ray, mottled eagle ray, spotted bonnetray, spotted duckbill ray, spotted stingray, spotted whipray, white-spotted eagle ray)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    4-9

    Length: 110 - 180cm, max. reported length: 330cmMax. weight: 230kgFound at depth: 1 - 80m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Occurrence:

    41-80%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Occurrence:

    41-80%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 15 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Exploratory, Reef and Wall


    Lacy scorpionfish (Merlet‘s scorpionfish, weedy scorpionfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 25cmFound at depth: 5 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Whale shark

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    4-9

    Length: 9.7 - 12m, max. reported length: 12.65mWeight: 9800kg, max. reported weight: 21000kgFound at depth: 0 - 700m, usually 0 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Drift and Wall


    Great hammerhead

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.3 - 3.5m, max. reported length: 6.1mWeight: 230kg, max. reported weight: 580kgFound at depth: 0 - 300m, usually 1 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: none - slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Exploratory and Reef


    Zebra turkeyfish (Zebra lionfish, zebra butterfly-cod, many-spotted butterfly-cod, dwarf-lionfish)

    Occurrence:

    41-80%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 25cmFound at depth: 3 - 80m, usually 3 - 60m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Drift and Wall


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    White-tip reef shark

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 110 - 160cm, max. reported length: 213cmFound at depth: 1 - 330m, max. reported depth: 330m, usually 8 - 40m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    White-tip reef shark

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 110 - 160cm, max. reported length: 213cmFound at depth: 1 - 330m, max. reported depth: 330m, usually 8 - 40m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Yellow-tail barracuda (Short-jawed sea-pike)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    10+

    Length: 40 - 60cmFound at depth: 2 - 25m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Night dive and Reef


    Red lionfish (Common lionfish, lionfish, butterfly-cod, ornate butterfly-cod, scorpion volitans, scorpion-cod, scorpionfish, zebrafish, turkeyfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 38cmFound at depth: 2 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Wall


    Clown anemonefish (Ocellaris clownfish, false percula clownfish, anemone demoiselle, anemone fish, clownfish, common clownfish, false clown anemonefish, false clownfish, puller, western clown anemonefish, western clownfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    4-9

    Max. length: 11cmFound at depth: 1 - 15m, usually 3 - 15m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall


  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall


  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall


  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall


  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall


  • Dive depth: 20 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef


    Dash-and-dot goatfish (Dash-dot goatfish, spotted golden-goatfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 30 - 60cmFound at depth: 1 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 3 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Exploratory, Reef and Wall


    Map puffer (Map blaasop, scribbled pufferfish, scribbled toadfish)

    Occurrence:

    41-80%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 65cmFound at depth: 1 - 30m, usually 4 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Reef and Wall


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Wall


    Clown triggerfish

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 50cmFound at depth: 1 - 75m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Humphead wrasse (Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, giant maori wrasse, giant wrasse, mameng, merer, double-headed Maori wrasse, double-headed parrot-fish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 0.6 - 2.29mMax. weight: 191kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 2 - 60m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Wall


    Pygmy seahorse (Bargibant‘s seahorse, gorgonian seahorse)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 1 - 2cmFound at depth: 10 - 40m, usually 16 - 40m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Blue-spotted stingray (Kuhl‘s stingray, spotted stingray)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 50 - 70cmFound at depth: 1 - 170m, usually 3 - 90m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Black-cheek moray eel (Masked moray)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 100cmFound at depth: 4 - 40m, usually 8 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Ornate wobbegong (Banded wobbegong, banded carpet-shark, gulf wobbegong)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 90 - 120cmFound at depth: 0 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 15 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Exploratory, Reef and Wall


    Lacy scorpionfish (Merlet‘s scorpionfish, weedy scorpionfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 25cmFound at depth: 5 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Lacy scorpionfish (Merlet‘s scorpionfish, weedy scorpionfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 25cmFound at depth: 5 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Lacy scorpionfish (Merlet‘s scorpionfish, weedy scorpionfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 25cmFound at depth: 5 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Reef and Wall


    Barrier reef anemonefish (Clown fish, brown anemonefish, guarded anemone fish, two-banded anemonefish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    4-9

    Max. length: 9cmWeight: 0.027kgFound at depth: 25m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Australian black-tip shark (Black-tip shark, black-tip whaler, Tilston’s whaler shark, Whitley’s black-tip shark)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 150 - 180cm, max. reported length: 200cmMax. weight: 52kgFound at depth: 3 - 150m, max. reported depth: 150m, usually 3 - 50m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: none - slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Exploratory and Reef


    Black-cheek moray eel (Masked moray)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 100cmFound at depth: 4 - 40m, usually 8 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Wall


    Semicircle angelfish (Koran angelfish, blue angelfish, half-circled angelfish, zebra angelfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 35 - 40cmFound at depth: 1 - 40m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: none - slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Exploratory and Reef


    Valentinni‘s sharpnose puffer (Saddled puffer fish, black-saddled toby)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 4 - 5cmFound at depth: 1 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Cave, Reef and Wall


    Longnose butterflyfish (Big-longnose butterflyfish, long-beaked butterfly fish, long-snouted coralfish, pipe-snouted butterfly-fish, rare long-nose butterflyfish)

    Max. length: 22cmFound at depth: 3 - 200m, usually 60 - 180m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Night dive and Reef


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Reef, Shark and Wall


    Whale shark

    Length: 9.7 - 12m, max. reported length: 12.65mWeight: 9800kg, max. reported weight: 21000kgFound at depth: 0 - 700m, usually 0 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Reef, Shark and Wall


    Humphead wrasse (Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, giant maori wrasse, giant wrasse, mameng, merer, double-headed Maori wrasse, double-headed parrot-fish)

    Length: 0.6 - 2.29mMax. weight: 191kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 2 - 60m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃  Dive type: Big fish, Night dive and Reef


    White-tip reef shark

    Length: 110 - 160cm, max. reported length: 213cmFound at depth: 1 - 330m, max. reported depth: 330m, usually 8 - 40m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 22m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: slightKnots  Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃  Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall


    Yellow-banded sweetlips (Goldman‘s sweetlips, diagonal-banded sweetlips, lined blubber-lips, lined sweetlips, many-lined sweetlips, oblique-banded sweetlips, silver-banded sweetlips)

    Max. length: 72cmFound at depth: 1 - 35m

Cabins

Select dive cruise and dive cruise depart date, to get listing of available cabins!

Deluxe Double Cabin

Deluxe Double Cabin

Deluxe Double Cabin

8.5m2
Air conditioning with control in cabin
Ensuite bathroom
FREE WiFi

You can stay in cabin by yourself (surcharge 0%)

Cabin facilities/amenties: Non-smoking cabin, Desk, Wardrobe/closet and Sea view.

Double or Twin Cabin

Double or Twin Cabin

Double or Twin Cabin

7.2m2
Air conditioning with control in cabin
Ensuite bathroom
FREE WiFi

You can share cabin with other divers, or stay by yourself (surcharge 65%)

Cabin facilities/amenties: Non-smoking cabin, Wardrobe/closet.

Master Double Cabin

Master Double Cabin

Master Double Cabin

9.2m2
Air conditioning with control in cabin
Ensuite bathroom
FREE WiFi

You can stay in cabin by yourself (surcharge 72%)

Cabin facilities/amenties: Non-smoking cabin, Wardrobe/closet.

Ocean view Standard

Ocean view Standard

Ocean view Standard

3.9m2
Air conditioning with control in cabin
Ensuite bathroom with shower
FREE WiFi

You can stay in cabin by yourself (surcharge 0%)

Cabin facilities/amenties: Non-smoking cabin, Bathroom with shower, Slippers and Sea view.

Quadruple Cabin

Quadruple Cabin

Quadruple Cabin

7.2m2
Air conditioning with control in cabin
Heating
FREE WiFi

You can share cabin with other divers

Cabin facilities/amenties: Non-smoking cabin, Shared bathroom, Bathroom with shower, Hair dryer, Free toiletries, Heating, Desk, Radio/CD/Hifi and Sea view.

Boat

boat technical data
Material: Aluminium
Build: 1992
Lenght: 37 m
Width: 7.1 m
Cruising speed: 8 knots
Freshwater maker: 9000 lt/day
Water capacity: 22000 litter
Cabins: 18
Gusest: 48

Boat features and services

  • Air conditioned cabins
  • Air conditioned saloon
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Custom built for diving
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free internet
  • Indoor saloon
  • Library
  • Non-diver (snorkeler) friendly
  • Outdoor dining
  • Photography station
  • 240V/110V recharge facilities
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Shaded dive deck
  • Sun deck
  • TV in cabins
  • Warm water showers
  • Wi-Fi (paid)
  • Food & Drinks

  • Beer
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Local food
  • Vegetarian options
  • Western food
  • Boat navigation and safety

  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Depth sounder
  • E.P.I.R.B. distress system
  • Emergency rafts
  • Fire alarm
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kit
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Fishfinder
  • GPS
  • Life vests
  • Oxygen
  • Radar
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light

  • Equipment rental


    ItemDayWeek4 daysExtra day

    Snorkel gear (mask and fins)

    7USD

    21USD

    17USD

    7USD

    Computer

    21USD

    70USD

    42USD

    7USD

    Dive light

    7USD

    21USD

    14USD

    6USD

    Included \ NOT Included \ Extra Charge

    No dive equipment included in the price!

    Full dive equipment for the whole dive-cruise duration: 279 USD

    NITROX for the whole dive-cruise duration: 70 USD



    Included

    Included:

    • Airport transfer
    • Soft drinks
    • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals

    Extra Charge

    Extra Charge:

      A $50 per person Marine Park Levy, Lizard Island Porterage, & Port fee applies.

    Small print

    SNORKELERS. Snorkeling on Spirit of Freedom is in waters which are exposed and not ‘calm sheltered waters’. Our itinerary is to suit Scuba Diving and you may not be able to snorkel at every site. There are opportunities to snorkel as the reef top of the Ribbon Reefs are relatively close to the surface. Most of our guests are scuba divers, however experienced snorkelers with a good level of fitness are welcome to join this tour. Please note that a snorkel buddy may not always be available, you may be required to snorkel alone and to wear our flotation equipment. You will be safe under the watchful eye of the 'look-out' crew.

    LUGGAGE: Due to light aircraft restrictions, your total weight of your luggage is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person, including your dive gear and carry on luggage.

    Ribbon Reef Diver Safety:

    Suitable for Snorkellers to Advanced Divers

    Diver experience recommendation: Open Water certification with minimum 10 ocean dives including 5 dives in the last 12 months

    Less experience may result in limited diving due to environmental conditions. We recommend a Scuba Diver Refresher course prior to your trip.

    Diver Health: If you have a medical condition or are currently taking prescription medication, you will need a medical clearance. For further details refer to our Diver Information form or contact our Reservations team.

    Itinerary

    This itinerary is a sample only and featured dive sites may vary or the sequence may change.

    Day 1

    The Spirit of Freedom courtesy bus will pick you up from your Cairns hotel around 11:00am to transfer you to Trinity Wharf, where you will board the vessel. You will be greeted by the Spirit of Freedom crew, who will give you an orientation of the vessel before a 12 noon departure. Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon check-out dive and a twilight or night dive. After dinner we cruise north to the Ribbon Reefs.

    Featured dive site we are going to visit Day 1

    Challenger Bay – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Challenger Bay – Ribbon Reefs

    Challenger Bay – Ribbon Reefs

    Challenger Bay – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Dive depth: 5 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Night dive and Reef
    Challenger Bay has an amazing variety of marine life and is a great dive – day or night. The site has a sandy bottom, scattered with bommies, sloping up from thirty metres to meet the reef platform at about five metres. Huge schools of Batfish and Sweetlips are commonly seen, along with pelagic fish like Mackeral, Tuna and Barracuda. Night dives at this sight also provide divers with the opportunity to see some of the reefs nocturnal inhabitants as the octopus come out of hiding and moray eels swim freely throughout the reef. The Giant Trevally come out to hunt and steal the show at night, accompanying divers for the duration of the dive.

    Challenger Bay – Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Red lionfish

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Ambience, Exploratory and Reef
    Flare Point offers a relaxing site at which to conclude your trip aboard the ‘Spirit of Freedom’. A beautiful sloping reef wall to explore, and scattered with deeper outlying bommies to discover. Flare Point offers classic images of unspoiled coral reef abundant with marine life and covered in a diverse range of brightly coloured tropical fish.

    Admiralty - Osprey Reef dive site

    Admiralty - Osprey Reef

    Admiralty - Osprey Reef

    Admiralty - Osprey Reef

    Experienced/advance divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 30 - 35m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Reef, Shark and Wall
    Situated at the Southern End of Osprey Reef’s lagoon entrance, Admiralty is a popular afternoon and night diving spot. There is a reef maze amongst which a large variety of marine life make their home. From around thirty metres the reef drops off to depth in excess of a thousand metres. The area has many large caves and swim-throughs and an amazing series of sand bottom gullies leading up into the shallow lagoon area. Admiralty is so-named as it is the resting place of an old marine anchor, which can be seen in one of the many swim-throughs.

    Admiralty - Osprey Reef marine life

    Fish: Red lionfish, Shrimp scad

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Dive depth: 5 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Big fish and Reef
    An isolated pinnacle in deep water, Lighthouse Bommie rises from about thirty metres at the base ascending to five metres – the perfect location for an impressive safety stop. The Lighthouse Bommie attracts schools of Trevally, Barracuda, and Fusilliers. A resident turtle is home on most dives and baths in the attention of photographers. This pinnacle abounds with hidden macro treasures for those with a keen eye. During June and July Lighthouse Bommie becomes a popular playground for the very inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales as they pass through the area on their southward migration.

    Day 2

    These two days are spent diving at the most northern of the Ribbon Reefs, Number 9 & 10 Ribbon Reefs. Dive sites and sequence may vary depending on the weather conditions, but will always include at least one dive at the Cod Hole, where you encounter a family of massive and very friendly Potato Cod. Other sites may include Wonder-wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Two Towers, Lighthouse Bommie, and the Snake Pit, just to name a few. If the current is right, you may also take a drift dive at Dynamite Pass, well know as a channel for sharks to pass through. See the dive site page for site selection of some of our dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs. 4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Tuesday. On Wednesday evening we overnight at Watson’s Bay, Lizard Island, and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.

    Featured dive site we are going to visit Day 2

    Rapid Horn - Osprey Reef dive site

    Rapid Horn - Osprey Reef

    Rapid Horn -  Osprey Reef

    Rapid Horn - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 22m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall
    Situated at the Southern Tip of Osprey Reef, Rapid Horn can only be dived in the summer months when northerly winds prevail. It consists of a 1000 metre vertical wall which the diver drifts along, eventually leading to a plateau on the Southern Tip, which is home to an amazing array of dense fish schools both large and small.

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef dive site

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef

    Experienced/advance divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 35m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Cave, Drift and Wall
    An amazing Drift dive along a 1000 metre vertical wall starting along Osprey Reef’s Western Wall and finishing at North Horn. A diverse dive consisting of shallow caves, drop off’s, deeper overhangs with colourful soft corals, and a large variety of fish life both large and small.

    Steve's Bommie – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Steve's Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Steve's Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Steve's Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 5 - 35m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: none - slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Exploratory and Reef
    Steve’s Bommie never fails to impress even the most discerning diver. There is not a better way to spend a Sunday morning. Rising up from thirty-five metres to its apex at around five metres. All you need to do is open your eyes to be astounded by the sheer quantity of schooling fish and the pristine condition of the corals. Look a little closer and you will find more of the reef’s masters of camoflage including Stonefish, Leafy Scorpionfish and Wobbegong Sharks. Located at twenty-two metres is a marble plaque commemorating the site’s namesake – ‘Steve’.

    Around The Bend - Osprey Reef dive site

    Around The Bend - Osprey Reef

    Around The Bend -  Osprey Reef

    Around The Bend - Osprey Reef

    Experienced/advance divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 20 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef
    This dive has it all. Normally a drift dive it starts on a 1000 metre wall enabling you to drift “around the bend” and back to the mooring line. For the experienced diver there is a isolated bommie at 32 metres off the wall which is a manta ray cleaning station and attracts some big fish life. Towards the end of the dive you can explore the shallow grotto near the mooring line, a trench which is carved into the reef, making it a fantastic place for the safety stop and to find a myriad of little critters.

    Around The Bend - Osprey Reef marine life

    Fish: Yellow-banded sweetlips, Giant manta, Dash-and-dot goatfish

    Dynamite Pass - Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Dynamite Pass - Ribbon Reefs

    Dynamite Pass - Ribbon Reefs

    Dynamite Pass - Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 9 - 19m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall
    Get the tides right and you are in for a thrilling drift dive along the reef wall of Cormorant Reef. Sit back, enjoy the ride and let Dynamite Pass blow your mind as a plethora of marine life passes right in front of your eyes.

    Dynamite Pass - Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Blue-spotted stingray, Australian black-tip shark
    Mamals: Green sea turtle

    Two Towers – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Two Towers – Ribbon Reefs

    Two Towers – Ribbon Reefs

    Two Towers – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 5 - 20m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Exploratory and Reef
    Two bommies rise in tandem from the sandy seabed at twenty-five metres up to approximately five metres. A deeper coral ridge running down one side serves as a cleaning station at various times of the year. Weave your way between these impressive pinnacles and you are likely to be approached by the inquisitive sea snakes that are this site’s local residents. The isolation of these bommies has led to many critters establishing homes amongst the patches of rumble on the weatherside. Whilst conversely, come around to the other side and you will be amazed by the quantity of life sheltering behind these two structures.

    Half Way Wall - Osprey Reef dive site

    Half Way Wall - Osprey Reef

    Half Way Wall - Osprey Reef

    Half Way Wall - Osprey Reef

    Experienced/advance divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 20 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Reef, Shark and Wall
    As the name suggests, Half Way Wall is midway between North Horn and False Entrance. The mooring is on the edge of the wall, with a number of bommies rising from around twenty metres. The main wall drops away under the boat to over a thousand metres.

    Day 3

    Featured dive site we are going to visit Day 3

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs dive site

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 9 - 19m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef
    The world famous Cod Hole is home to numerous Potato Cod. These huge fish are quite used to divers, offering the chance to get up close and personal, and are quite willing to pose for a photo whilst visiting one of the many cleaning stations.

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Potato cod, Camouflage grouper

    False Entrance - Osprey Reef dive site

    False Entrance - Osprey Reef

    False Entrance -  Osprey Reef

    False Entrance - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark
    A large divide in the reef gives the dive site the name “False Entrance”. A large U-shaped gully starting in the reef lagoon area gradually descends deeper to around 30 metres. A large selection of bommies rising up off the gully floor make this an architecturally spectacular dive. This is a popular destination in the summer months, when the prevailing winds are from the north-west.

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef dive site

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef

    Secret Caves -  Osprey Reef

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Dive depth: 9 - 19m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall
    Situated at the Northern End of Osprey Reef’s lagoon entrance, Secret Caves is a great afternoon and night diving spot, when summer’s north east winds prevail. It consists of a vertical wall that extends to the North along the outside of the reef and also a sloping wall that continues up the channel and into the shallow lagoon area.

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef marine life

    Fish: Grey reef shark, White-tip reef shark
    Mamals: Green sea turtle

    Castles - Osprey Reef featured dive site

    Castles - Osprey Reef

    Castles -  Osprey Reef

    Castles - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Wall
    Situated along the Western Wall Between “Admiralty” and “North Horn” this dive has an unusual profile as it consists of a large numbers of gullies and trenches weaving between the “Turrets and Towers” of the reef. The shallow lagoon area gradually descends to 30 metres where it meets the edge of the 1000 metre wall. It is known for a combination of interesting terrain and diverse marine life. The area is abundant with caves both large and small and home to an amazing overhang filled with gorgonian fans.

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 40m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Reef and Wall
    When the winds shift from the prevailing South-east around to the North-west for a short window around October/November, we are lucky enough to visit this gem. A reef wall descending to forty metres comes in to form as sheltered recess for divers to explore. The picturesque wall is covered with undulating soft corals swaying with the movement of the water. Nudibranch enthusiasts will be blown away.

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Lacy scorpionfish, Barrier reef anemonefish, Humphead wrasse

    Monolith – Ribbon Reefs featured dive site

    Monolith – Ribbon Reefs

    Monolith – Ribbon Reefs

    Monolith – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 20m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Reef and Wall
    The lesser-known neighbour of Challenger Bay, Monolith is a remarkable wall dive not to be overlooked. With an impressive field of fist coral cascading down the reef and a vast array of marine life calling this site home, you will not be disappointed. A lucky few may also glimpse the resident Hammerhead known to patrol the blue water off the wall.

    Monolith – Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Great barracuda, Pink skunk clownfish

    Pixie Gardens – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Pixie Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Pixie Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Pixie Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 25m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Exploratory, Reef and Wall
    This dive site begins as a gentle reef slope with scattered coral outcrops progressing into an impressive wall as you proceed north. This site is home to a widely varied cross-section of marine inhabitants. Whether exploring the sandy fields of garden eels, looking amongst the coral outcrops, or gliding along the reef wall, there is something for everyone.

    Day 4

    This morning after breakfast you will have the opportunity to go ashore at Lizard Island. A good chance to stretch you legs on land at this half way point, you can take the guided walk from Watson’s Beach to Mary Watson’s cottage over Chinaman’s Ridge and back to the beach. Around 11.00am we will cruise back to Ribbon Reef Number 10 for two dives at a choice of sites including the Snake Pit, Cod Hole, Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, and Pixie Pinnacle. If the tide permits we may repeat a dive at the Cod Hole or visit new sites. We depart in the evening for a 10 hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

    Featured dive site we are going to visit Day 4

    Silver City - Osprey Reef dive site

    Silver City - Osprey Reef

    Silver City -  Osprey Reef

    Silver City - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Dive depth: 10 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Cave, Reef and Wall
    Only a few hundred metres from the “Castles” mooring lies this popular afternoon dive site. A 45 degree sloping wall, that decends down into the depths towards the 1000 metre wall. There are a series of volcano-style bommies rising just before the drop off, that extend along the length of the dive site. Some fantastic caves can be found along the sloping wall and there are regular breaks in the reef, allowing you to swin up into the shallow, sandy lagoon area.

    Silver City - Osprey Reef marine life

    Fish: Big-eye trevally, Grey reef shark

    North Horn - Osprey Reef dive site

    North Horn - Osprey Reef

    North Horn - Osprey Reef

    North Horn - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 25 - 40m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark
    An awesome dive for anyone wanting a close encounter with a variety and great number of sharks. Consequently this site is being used to monitor shark behaviour as part of a university research project. North Horn has a natural amphitheatre on the edge of the main reef, with a wall that steps down from near the surface to over a thousand metres deep. There is an abundance of huge soft corals at 25 to 40 metres. There is a commemorative plaque located at 32 metres in honour of a well-loved local Marine enthusiast. Our famous “Shark Feeding” dive is conducted here as well.

    Pixie Pinnacle – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Pixie Pinnacle – Ribbon Reefs

    Pixie Pinnacle – Ribbon Reefs

    Pixie Pinnacle – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 25m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Reef and Wall
    Pixie Pinnacle is a small isolated bommie rising from thirty metres to just below the surface allowing divers to view a cross-section of reef environments. An abundance of schooling fish allows divers the awe-inspiring experience of being in amongst them. This bommie is also littered with many hidden creatures waiting to be discovered by those with the patience to look – a macro photographer’s dream. This pinnacle can get strong currents on certain tides.

    Day 5

    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 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.

    Featured dive site we are going to visit Day 5

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs dive site

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 9 - 19m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Drift and Reef
    The world famous Cod Hole is home to numerous Potato Cod. These huge fish are quite used to divers, offering the chance to get up close and personal, and are quite willing to pose for a photo whilst visiting one of the many cleaning stations.

    The Cod Hole - Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Potato cod, Camouflage grouper

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef dive site

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef

    Secret Caves -  Osprey Reef

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Dive depth: 9 - 19m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Lagoon, Reef and Wall
    Situated at the Northern End of Osprey Reef’s lagoon entrance, Secret Caves is a great afternoon and night diving spot, when summer’s north east winds prevail. It consists of a vertical wall that extends to the North along the outside of the reef and also a sloping wall that continues up the channel and into the shallow lagoon area.

    Secret Caves - Osprey Reef marine life

    Fish: Grey reef shark, White-tip reef shark
    Mamals: Green sea turtle

    Wonderland – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Wonderland – Ribbon Reefs

    Wonderland – Ribbon Reefs

    Wonderland – Ribbon Reefs

    Experienced/advance divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 15 - 40m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Exploratory, Reef and Wall
    A large coral mound growing out of depths approaching forty metres, ridges and channels leading off into the blue surrounding Wonderland. Exploring the wall or gardens that form this structure will lead to divers being met by pristine coral growth on all sides and a widely varied range of marine life.

    Wonderland – Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Leaf scorpionfish, Lacy scorpionfish

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 40m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Reef and Wall
    When the winds shift from the prevailing South-east around to the North-west for a short window around October/November, we are lucky enough to visit this gem. A reef wall descending to forty metres comes in to form as sheltered recess for divers to explore. The picturesque wall is covered with undulating soft corals swaying with the movement of the water. Nudibranch enthusiasts will be blown away.

    Vertical Gardens – Ribbon Reefs marine life

    Fish: Lacy scorpionfish, Barrier reef anemonefish, Humphead wrasse

    The Snake Pit – Ribbon Reefs featured dive site

    The Snake Pit – Ribbon Reefs

    The Snake Pit – Ribbon Reefs

    The Snake Pit – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Big fish, Reef and Shark
    An isolated reef between Lizard Island and #10 Ribbon Reef. Living up to its name, this site is famous for the Olive Sea Snakes found here. These snakes tend to be curious of divers entering their domain and have been known to be fascinated with their reflection in a camera lens. As such it is not uncommon to encounter more than one in a single dive. This site ranges from 10 to 30 metres and a range of invertebrates can be found including clams, sea stars, nudibranchs, and sea cucumbers. The isolation of this patch of reef brings many larger fish to the area including trevally, barracuda, sharks and eagle rays. A little exposed, this reef is only accessible in reasonably good conditions.

    Day 6

    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.

    Featured dive site we are going to visit Day 6

    Rapid Horn - Osprey Reef dive site

    Rapid Horn - Osprey Reef

    Rapid Horn -  Osprey Reef

    Rapid Horn - Osprey Reef

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 22m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Drift, Reef and Wall
    Situated at the Southern Tip of Osprey Reef, Rapid Horn can only be dived in the summer months when northerly winds prevail. It consists of a 1000 metre vertical wall which the diver drifts along, eventually leading to a plateau on the Southern Tip, which is home to an amazing array of dense fish schools both large and small.

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef dive site

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef

    North Horn Wall - Osprey Reef

    Experienced/advance divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 35m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 22.6 - 29.1℃
    Dive type: Cave, Drift and Wall
    An amazing Drift dive along a 1000 metre vertical wall starting along Osprey Reef’s Western Wall and finishing at North Horn. A diverse dive consisting of shallow caves, drop off’s, deeper overhangs with colourful soft corals, and a large variety of fish life both large and small.

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs

    Flare Point – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Boat dive
    Dive depth: 10 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Ambience, Exploratory and Reef
    Flare Point offers a relaxing site at which to conclude your trip aboard the ‘Spirit of Freedom’. A beautiful sloping reef wall to explore, and scattered with deeper outlying bommies to discover. Flare Point offers classic images of unspoiled coral reef abundant with marine life and covered in a diverse range of brightly coloured tropical fish.

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs dive site

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Lighthouse Bommie – Ribbon Reefs

    Beginner divers
    Dive depth: 5 - 30m
    Visibility: 10 - 30m
    Current: slight
    Water temperature: 23.8 - 29.4℃
    Dive type: Big fish and Reef
    An isolated pinnacle in deep water, Lighthouse Bommie rises from about thirty metres at the base ascending to five metres – the perfect location for an impressive safety stop. The Lighthouse Bommie attracts schools of Trevally, Barracuda, and Fusilliers. A resident turtle is home on most dives and baths in the attention of photographers. This pinnacle abounds with hidden macro treasures for those with a keen eye. During June and July Lighthouse Bommie becomes a popular playground for the very inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales as they pass through the area on their southward migration.

    Day 7

    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.


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    Important: It is not safe to take flight back home within first 18-24 hours after diving! We also suggest to arrive one day earlier (in case of connected flight delays or baggage lost).