Great Barrier Reef – Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard

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Spirit of Freedom is one the most luxurious dive liveaboards in the Cairns region. She is a very elegant liveaboard with spacious cabins, great dive deck and a comfortable lounge. Even with a full boat of 26 guests, everyone can find their own private space. The itineraries offer the opportunity to dive the Ribbon Reefs and some of the fantastic Coral Sea dive sites.

Spirit of Freedom is BACK! Starting early December, Spirit of Freedom will, once again, be running 7-day Coral Sea/Ribbon Reef trips, 4-day Coral Sea and 3-day Ribbon Reef trips. Spirit will run EVERY SECOND WEEK, offering 3-, 4- and 7-day trips.


  • Up to 11 dives
  • Departure 12:00pm Trinity Wharf Cairns
  • Arrival 11:30am Hinterland Aviation, Cairns by low level flight from Lizard Island*
  • For the Ribbon Reef itinerary, the minimum level is Open Water Diver (up to 18m), with a minimum of 10 ocean dives including 5 dives in the last 12 months. Scuba Diver is not accepted.


  • Up to 15 dives
  • Departure 08:30am Hinterland Aviation, by low-level flight from Cairns to Lizard Island*
  • Arrival 07:00am Cairns Trinity Wharf
  • Dive level recommendation For the Coral Sea itinerary, the minimum level is Advanced Diver with minimum of 20 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months due to deep dive sites and environmental conditions.


  • Departure 12:00pm Trinity Wharf Cairns
  • Arrival 07:00am Cairns Trinity Wharf
  • This itinerary is comprised of the three day plus four day itineraries
  • No flights included, departure from and return to Cairns Trinity Wharf onboard of Spirit of Freedom
  • Dive level recommendation For the 7 day Ribbon Reef and Coral Sea itinerary, the minimum level is Advanced Diver with minimum of 20 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months due to deep dive sites and environmental conditions.

Trip Inclusions:

  • Transfers to/ from Cairns City accommodation
  • Scenic low-level flight to/ from Lizard Island (3 and 4 day trips only)
  • Delicious chef prepared meals and one complimentary drink (Australian wine, beer or a soft drink)
  • Tea, coffee and water fountain are always available for self-service
  • Daily cabin service with cabin towels provided
  • Tanks, Airfills, weights and weight belts
  • Marine Park Levy
  • Wifi when in range

Trip Exclusions:

  • Gear Hire
  • Lizard Island porterage fees
  • Nitrox Fills
  • any courses taken on board
  • Bar purchases
  • seasickness tablets
  • souvenirs/ merchandise


The Spirit of Freedom is the perfect vessel for divers who like liveaboard trips in great comfort. The spacious saloon resembles a luxury cruise ship. The saloon is equipped with TV, Video Recorder and Stereo system.

Spirit of Freedom is fully air-conditioned and the partially covered sundeck is a good place to relax between dives. The spacious dive deck has enough room for all your dive gear and for gearing up comfortably. The crew looks after you and provides you with fresh towels after every dive. The only thing you have to do yourself is to dive!


Spirit of Freedom has 11 luxury cabins. All cabins are big in size and feature en suite bathrooms. The nicest cabin on board is the Ocean View Deluxe (Double Bed) Cabin on the upper deck. Ideal for honeymooners! There is also the Standard Ocean View Cabin (Double Bed) which is a little smaller.

All other cabins are below deck. The Stateroom (Queen Bed – cabin 1) is quite big by liveaboard standards. There is one double bed cabin (cabin 4). All other cabins (cabins 3, 7, 8, 9, 10) can be used as double or twins. Those cabins have a single bed over the double bed. Two quad share cabins (cabins 5, 6) are located at the centre of the vessel.

Staying Connected

While on board Spirit of Freedom you can enjoy access to free WiFi when the boat is in range along certain sectors of the Ribbon Reefs. While at the Coral Sea, and also the regions of the Ribbon Reefs that are out of range, the boat can only rely on a satellite phone and fax communications.


Training School Type: PADI Nitrox Fill:
Air Fill
Number of Guides 2
Gear Hire
Number of Boats 1
Gear Sales
Number of Dive Sites 50
Gear Servicing


Spirit of Freedom itineraries depart from Cairns

What to expect

The diving is mostly done from the dive deck, but there are two dive tenders which can be used to dive from as well. Spirit of Freedom also has electronic stabilisers, which makes her very comfortable in high seas. Nitrox is available at extra cost.

A digital camera with housing plus CD-burning service for your results are available. If you bring your own digital camera, you can use the ship’s computer system for downloading and burning of your images (fee applies).

PADI advanced dive courses and PADI Nitrox certification courses are offered on request at an extra charge.


  • Safety is assured with a Nautilus Lifeline for every diver
  • 12 & 15L aluminium tanks
  • INT and DIN (adapters available) & universal tanks
  • SUBGEAR XP-3G dive computers (air and Nitrox)
  • All individual scuba gear items
  • 3mm and 5mm full lengths wetsuits

Dive Itineraries

The Spirit of Freedom runs a regular itinerary of 7 Night / 26 Dives Coral Sea Expedition trips, starting from Cairns on a Monday at noon. But these can also be joined (or left) half-way via a low-level flight to and from Lizard Island, as a 3 Night Cod Hole trip (Monday to Thursday),  or a 4 Night Coral Sea trip (Thursday to Monday). These regular itineraries are interspersed by Special itineraries and expeditions focussed for example on Minke Whales, Sharks or Photography. Check out the itineraries and availabilities below.

We think…

Spirit of Freedom is a beautiful yacht – with excellent diving –and great crew and food. The Ocean View Cabins on the upper deck are our first recommendation. Cabins on lower deck are also comfortable and spacious.

Trip dates & Availability

Spirit of Freedom Cairns Extras Payable Locally

Valid until 30 June 2020
Environmental Management Charge (Reeftax) (3 & 4 Nights)50
Environmental Management Charge (Reeftax) (7 Nights)25
PADI Nitrox course325
PADI Advanced course265
Important Information
Single occupancy: Double the per person rate less AUD 150.00 per day (n/a quad cabin)
Non-divers discount: AUD 200.00 on 3 & 4 night trip, AUD 400.00 on 7 night trip
* Transfers from/to Cairns city accommodation
* Low level scenic reef flight between Lizard Island/Cairns (only on 3 and 4 night excursions!)
* Non-alcoholic beverages (Tea, coffee, water)
* Australian wine & soft drinks with evening meals
* Cabin and dive deck towels, linens
* Four chef prepared meals daily, plus snacks
* 3 day trip: up to 11 dives, 4 day trip: up to 15 dives, 7 day trip: up to 26 dives
* Use of aluminium tanks, weights, weight belts
* Australian Government Goods & Services Tax
Not Included:
* Environmental management charge
* Fuel surcharges
* Diver evacuation insurance is highly recommended (e.g. DAN)
Special payment and cancellation charges apply for this operator

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