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SPIRIT OF FREEDOM I 3 NIGHTS I MAR - AGO 2021 I COD HOLE - RIBBON REEF I GREAT BARRIER REEF

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM I 3 NIGHTS I MAR - AGO 2021 I COD HOLE - RIBBON REEF I GREAT BARRIER REEF
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The classy vessel has 6 styles of en-suite, A/C cabins. Healthy, delicious meals with alcohol at evening meal. Bar available at other times. Dives are from the mother ship, with ladder entry. Nitrox available.



VALID FOR TRIPS BOOKED BEFORE 31 DECEMBER 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 Nights, 10 - 11 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English. Other.
  • Stunning expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, Cod Hole or the Coral Sea
  • Dive and/or snorkel with minke whales between June and July
  • All dives are taken from the mothership
  • Non divers, snorkellers and children from age 10 years welcome
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Wine and soft drinks included with evening meal.
  • Complimentary 24-hour coffee, tea and water.
  • 3 night trips include a spectacular low level flight to/or from Lizard Island
  • Land Excursions

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dive from platform with zodiac support.
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck.
  • Din/Int Adapters. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($). Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. Movies.
  • Snorkelling
  • Buffet - 4 meals each day
  • Alcohol - Australian and New Zealand wines, Spirits, Beers and soft drinks available to purchase on board.
  • Bar service, pay at the end of your trip.
  • Payments on board - Visa. Mastercard. Amex. Cash.
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher.
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts.
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. First Aid Kits. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed).
  • Vhf Radio. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon.
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OUR BOAT

The Spirit of Freedom liveaboard is one of Australia’s finest and best-equipped dive operations. With a range of 6,000 nautical miles, the liveaboard Spirit of Freedom's diving cruises are able to reach the most remote regions of the Coral Sea and the Northern Great Barrier Reef. Divers will experience the most spectacular, uncrowded and unspoiled liveaboard diving conditions with one of the greatest marine biodiversities on the planet.

The Spirit of Freedom liveaboard is 121 feet (37m) long and 23 feet (7.1m) wide. The Spirit of Freedom was established in 1992 and refurbished in 2008 and has 10 English speaking crew members. Detailed attention has gone into the design of the liveaboard Spirit of Freedom. The Spirit of Freedom liveaboard was built to venture the high seas and to transport Divers in style to the best treasures of the Great Barrier Reef. Compared to other liveaboards, this boat is honed to perfection in providing quality and personalized service as well as some of the best diving in Australia.

OUR CABINS

Spirit of Freedom has 11 guest cabins, all with private bathroom. There are various different cabin styles and 4 price points to best suit your requirements. All cabins are air-conditioned and are serviced each day. All cabins contain a wardrobe and under-bed storage, while some may have additional shelving. Dive bags can be stowed down the aft lazarette. If you have additional luggage that you wish to have stored whilst you are on tour with Spirit of Freedom, we have storage facilities at our office. Please label your luggage to be stored, and give to our driver when he picks you up. He will return your luggage to you on the day you return to Cairns.

AMENITIES

For the time between dives, liveaboard guests can relax in their rooms or the posh, air conditioned Saloon. The forward Lounge has comfortable couch seating and beanbags. Here you will find a coffee machine, tea selection and hot water, library - including marine reference books, DVD library, Flat Screen TV & DVD. For Photographers, there is also a camera work station with power-boards and converters for 110 Volt.

The Spirit of Freedom provides several options for entertainment: movies, audio-video entertainment, a library, shore excursions and snorkeling. Sun bathers can relax on the lounge chairs on the shaded sun deck. Perhaps a chat with buddies around the Bar about the day’s diving is the ideal way to end the perfect day of diving.

FOOD ON BOARD

Part of its philosophy is that even when sailing around remote islands, there's no reason to have great food. The menu was designed by Divers and includes three meals a day with choices from a buffet. House wine and soft drinks are included with your evening meal. Snacks are provided during the day to make sure each Diver is properly fueled for the energy intense diving. The Ship's Bar contains a good range of quality Australian & New Zealand wines, plus beer, UDL spirits and soft drinks, all at very reasonable prices. Our crew are happy to serve you, or if they are performing other duties, you are most welcome to serve yourself. We use an honour system for all your purchases on Spirit of Freedom, so there is no need to worry about payment until the last night of your trip.

Lunch and dinner are provided on the day of departure, with 4 meals a day on ensuing days, and breakfast on the day of return to Cairns. The 4 meals include continental breakfast followed by a cooked breakfast after the first dive of the day. Most special dietary requirements can be catered to with prior notice. Tea, coffee and fountain water are always available for self service. Our Chefs serve a variety of fine quality healthy meals. You will find a mix of international influences in the meal selection that cater to most every taste. If you have a special dietary request, please be sure to note this on your 'Diver Information' form, so that our Chefs can be prepared in the event you require a unique meal.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DIVE HERE?

The Coral Sea is in the North East of Australia, off the coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is located in the Coral Sea.

The Great Barrier Reef is a year round scuba diving holiday destination, with steady water temperatures (24 to 29°C) and a wonderful tropical climate. December to February are the warmest and wettest months. September to December have the calmest seas. Routes are most likely to require changes during monsoon season, especially January and February.

There are also some seasonal patterns for marine life - Minke whales are most commonly seen between June and August. Humpback whales are mostly likely between August and October.

OCEAN VIEW STANDARD

This cabin is located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck. It is 5.2 square metres in area (not including bathroom, an additional 2 sq mtrs) and contains a double bed, a wardrobe, and 26” flat screen TV & DVD player. It is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Double Occupancy only: no twin share option available. Please enquire for sole occupancy rates.

  • Size: 5 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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QUAD CABIN

Spirit of Freedom has two quad share cabins, each containing four single beds, bunk style. These cabins are located mid ships on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. They are each 7.2 square metres in area, (not including bathroom, an additional 1.8 sq mtrs), are fully air-conditioned and also contain a wardrobe and private bathroom.

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 2 Bunk
  • Max occupancy: 4
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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OCEAN VIEW DELUXE

This cabin is located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck. It is a spacious 8.5 square metres in area (not including the bathroom, an additional 2 sq mtrs) and contains a double bed, bed side tables, writing desk, wardrobe, and 26" flat screen TV & DVD player. It is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Double occupancy only: no twin share option available. Please enquire for Sole Occupancy rates.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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STANDARD DOUBLE OR TWIN CABIN

Spirit of Freedom has six standard double or twin share cabins. Five of these cabins contain a double bed with a single bed over the top, bunk style, however one cabin contains just a double bed, so be sure to advise your preference for double or twin share when placing your booking. These cabins are located on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. They are an average 7.2 square metres in area, (not including bathroom, an additional 1.8 sq mtrs), are fully air-conditioned and also contain a wardrobe, bed side table and private bathroom.

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: Double or Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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STATEROOM

This cabin is located in a private area on the lower deck, close to the dive deck and dining saloon. It is a spacious 9.2 square metres in area (not including bathroom, an additional 2.8 sq mtrs) and contains a queen size bed, extra shelving, wardrobe, bed side tables and 26" flat screen TV & DVD player. It is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Double Occupancy only: no twin share option available. Please enquire for Sole Occupancy rates.

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Trinity Wharf Cairns and ends in Cairns
  • The closest airport is Cairns Intl (CNS)
  • You can check in on the boat as of 11:30
  • Hotel pickup time is around 11:00 from Cairns City hotels only

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE 

  • The vessel is located at Trinity Wharf at the end of Lake Street and which is usually berthed under the clock
  • The boat departs Trinity Wharf Cairns at around 12:00 on the same day
  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
  • Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise for an afternoon check-out dive and a twilight or night dive.
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the afternoon
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 07:30 on the last day.
  • Hotel drop-off time is around 08:00
  • Your way back to Cairns will be on board a twin-engine light aircraft for the low level flight over the reef and / or along the coast back to Cairns.
  • Your flight back arrives at Hinterland Aviation, Cairns General Aviation Airport around 11.15 to 11:30am, where the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • 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
  • Spirit of Freedom offers return courtesy transfers from all Cairns City hotels.
  • If you are staying outside the central district, or at the Northern Beaches suburbs, you will need to arrange your own transfers.
  • Airport pick-ups are not offered as well, but the operator can drop you to the airport after your Spirit of Freedom trip.
  • Should you wish to use electrical appliances in your cabins that are not 240V you will need to bring your own power converter and adaptor
  • Snorkelling on Spirit of Freedom is in waters which are exposed and not ‘calm sheltered waters’.
  • The 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 floatation equipment. You will be safe under the watchful eye of the 'look-out' crew.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Diver experience recommendation: Advanced Diver certification with minimum 20 ocean dives including 5 dives in the last 12 months.
  • Less experience may result in limited diving due to environmental conditions and remote isolation of dive site. 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.

DIVE ROUTE 3 NIGHTS ITINERARY

  • Explore the Great Barrier stunning reefs from Cairns and the surrounding area.
  • Beautiful unspoilt coral and a wide variety of stunning marine life ‘The Ribbon Reefs’, provide some of the most stunning tropical reef scuba diving in the world. Lying within the protected green zones of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, sites such as Steve’s Bommie offer rich marine biodiversity, and endless macro photography opportunities.
  • Hundreds of kilometers beyond the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s Coral Sea harbours the undersea remnants of ancient volcanoes. Sheer walls laced with massive soft corals and gorgonian fans, that plummet 1000 metres to the ocean floor. These isolated reefs, including Osprey and Bougainville Reefs are home for huge schools of pelagic fish, manta rays and sharks, and are renown for their crystal clear.
  • Join Spirit of Freedom and witness the massive Potato Cod being fed at the Cod Hole, experience the thrilling shark dive at North Horn, Osprey Reef, and in the winter months you may even encounter the inquisitive Minke Whale on the Ribbon Reefs.
  • Experienced dive guides who know the area well so will know where and when to see the best of the marine life.

CORAL SEA IMPORTANT INFO

  • SNORKELERS. The (at times) deeper reefs tops and swift currents of the Coral Sea make the Coral Sea reefs only suitable for very experienced snorkelers and strong swimmers with a high level of fitness. You may not be able to snorkel at every site. Please note that while you may be safe under the watchful eye of the 'look-out' crew, a snorkel buddy may not always be available and you may be required to snorkel alone and to wear our floatation equipment.
  • Due to light aircraft restrictions, the total weight of your luggage is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person, including your dive gear and carry on luggage.
  • This itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change. Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is tide and weather conditional.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks & wine with dinner
  • Fins, mask, snorkel (ABC)
  • Cairns City hotel transfer
  • Snorkellers/non-divers receive a discount of 200 USD per person. (If you are a non-diver pls let us know in the comment section of your booking or contact our team)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Reef Levy: 20 AUD (per trip)
  • Marine Park Levy, Lizard Island Porterage, and Port fee (starting on July 2019): 25 AUD (per trip) Dive computer
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Nitrox 75 AUD (per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Full equipment rental (NOT including dive computer) 130 AUD (per trip)

CANCELLATION POLICY

What happens if I need to cancel my reservation?

Your reservation request is free and you can cancel it at any time within the first 72 hours. During this time, you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservation team for any other questions you may have. Once you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

In case of cancellation, the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or PayPal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc.
  • The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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