Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
3 Day Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Liveaboard tour

3 Day Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Liveaboard

Pro Dive Cairns
4.7 . Excellent
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
3 days
From: $ 1,303 $ 434 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dive the Cod Hole
  • We may visit today include Challenger Bay and Pixie Wall
  • Opportunity to go ashore and explore Lizard Island

Short Description

The 3 day / 3 night dive adventure on board Spirit of Freedom will take you to the famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs of the GBR. Includes return flight from Lizard Island over the reef

The days of 'roughing' it on a dive boat are long gone and these days divers can enjoy the best in top side comfort on board dive-cruise vessels like the luxurious Spirit of Freedom. At 37 metres the Spirit is one of Australia's largest live aboard dive vessels, and features electronic stabilisers, wide screen TV/ DVD, comfortable lounge areas, sun decks, and spacious cabins with en-suite bathrooms. With classic lines, white exterior, polished timber & chrome, gourmet meals and an outstanding level of service, the atmosphere is more like a private motor yacht than a dive boat.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cairns
End City Cairns

Trip Includes

  • Transfers to/ from Cairns city accommodation
  • Low level reef flight - Lizard Island to Cairns
  • Opportunity for up to 11 dives
  • En-suite cabin with daily service
  • Chef prepared meals
  • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals
  • Special Note: Due to light aircraft weight restrictions, your total luggage weight is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person. We request that bags be soft sided.

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Boarding Spirit of Freedom at 11:15am at Trinity Wharf (complimentary transfers from Cairns city hotels are available) for a 12 noon departure. Lunch will be served on board while we cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to the north of Cairns, for an afternoon orientation dive and a twilight or night dive.

Day 2:

Today we dive Steve's Bommie, on Ribbon Reef # 3. This is an isolated pinnacle that rises from 100 feet at its base to around 15 feet from the surface. Colourful antheas and a vast array of fish cover this bommie, while big eye trevally and barracuda hang out in the blue. Look for nudibranch and stonefish. Today we may also dive the Clam Gardens, where giant clams up to three feet across will amaze you. Some of our other favourite sites in this area of the Ribbons include Flare Point and the beautiful Gorgonia Wall.

Day 3:

This morning we will dive the Cod Hole. This is a popular dive site famous for it's resident family of large Potato Cod, (Groper). Good opportunity for photographers. We may also dive Dynamite Pass, possibly as a drift dive, well known as a channel for sharks cruising from the Coral Sea to the Barrier Reef. This afternoon we may dive Lighthouse Bommie, where Golden sea snakes are frequently sighted. In the spring months this site is also a Manta Ray cleaning station. Other sites we may visit today include Challenger Bay and Pixie Wall. This evening we cruise into Watson's Bay on Lizard Island where we will overnight in the lea of the island.

Day 4:

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you have the opportunity to go ashore and explore Lizard Island. At 10:00am you will board a twin-engine light aircraft at Lizard Island for your low level flight over the reef back to Cairns. Arriving back at Cairns airport at approximately 11:00am, the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.

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3 Day Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Liveaboard

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Very good and professional dive shop

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Very good and professional dive shop. The staff and crew on board our live-aboard were wonderful and friendly. The food was OK and just enough for everyone. The dive sites were fine - not the best that I've seen but it was still exciting to be diving in the Great Barrier reef. The only major flaw was at the end of the trip when they had to send everyone back to their hotels as it was very poorly executed and organized.
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Great shop. The staff was so helpful and even helped with fittings on my camera when they didn't have to. Can't recommend enough!

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Didn’t like the crew nor their attitude. They didn’t take enough food and the food they took was low quality.

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Store has good Brands & prices, but staff prefers to sit behind the desk than give customer service.

We had an amazing and successful family trip

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I took 7 beginners on their 5 day learn to drive course and they all had an amazing time. In fact 3 of them went on to do the advanced open water course right away. All the instructors are very professional, thorough and good natured. The 3 day boat dive was fun, the rooms very clean and comfortable, as were the bathrooms. I completed both my advanced certificate as well as nitrox on the boat. The dive sites are all carefully chosen and all in all we had an amazing and successful family trip. Tell John McIntyre and Mc Beard I said Hello, on the boat. In the store Andrew, the manager is a wizard at fitting you with any gear you may need.
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I have purchased online & rang up for support. Prompt response, staff was helpful & speedy delivery to receive fins in time for upcoming holiday.

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Optional Activities

  • Full gear hire (including dive computer) - A$120
  • PADI Advanced Courses - AU$265
  • PADI Nitrox Courses - AU$295
  • Nitrox package - (All dives) - A$75
  • PADI Accident & Evacuation Insurance
  • Optional Extra Prices are valid from 01/07/14 - 30/06/16

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

  • 1 x Ocean View Deluxe: Very large cabin, with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, 2 bed side tables, TV/DVD, CD stereo
  • 1 x Ocean View: Smaller cabin with double bed, wardrobe, 1 bedside table, TV/VCR, CD stereo
  • 1 x Stateroom: Very spacious cabin with queen bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, 2 bedside tables, TV/DVD, CD
  • 7 x Double or Twin: Double bed with single over, wardrobe, 1 bedside table
  • 2 x Quad Share: 4 single beds, bunk style, wardrobe

Cancellation Policy:

  • 20% cancellation fee applies with less than 60 days notice
  • 100% cancellation fee applies with 21 days or less notice
  • Note - Extreme weather conditions may cause cancellation or adjustment of advertised itinerary.

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