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7 Day Cod Hole, Coral Sea & Ribbon Reefs Liveaboard tour

7 Day Cod Hole, Coral Sea & 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: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
7 days
From: $ 2,666 $ 381 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Join Spirit of Freedom 7 days and nights diving the two diverse eco systems of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea.
  • Your cruise will include the Ribbon Reefs, the 'Cod Hole' a chance to explore Lizard Island, Osprey and possibly Bougainville Reef, Coral Sea.
  • The first part of your tour will include the magical Ribbon Reefs, the 'Cod Hole', and a chance to explore Lizard Island.
  • On the second part of the cruise we will travel to Osprey Reef inn the Coral Sea to dive its sheer walls and experience the shark dive at 'North Horn'.

Short Description

Spirit Of Freedom is a luxury dive cruiser offering a level of comfort to satisfy the most discerning dive traveler. 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 and 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
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cairns
End City Cairns

Trip Includes

  • Transfers to/ from Cairns city accommodation
  • Opportunity for up to 27 dives
  • En-suite cabin with daily service
  • Chef prepared meals
  • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals
  • Special Note: The new 7 day itinerary, Monday departure does not return to Cairns for the full 7 days. Flights are not included, and therefore there are no limitations on weight.

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Board 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 for an afternoon orientation dive and a twilight or night dive.

Day 2:

Today we may dive the amazing Steve's Bommie, Clam gardens, Flare Point and the beautiful Gorgonia Wall and other sites on middle Ribbon Reefs.

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). We may also dive Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Challenger Bay, and Pixie Wall. This evening we overnight at Watson's Bay on Lizard Island.

Day 4:

This morning some of our guests will depart at Lizard Island and some new guests will join us. There will be time for a morning walk on the island. This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives at a choice of sites such as the Cod Hole, Pixie Pinnacle and Challenger Bay before departing in the evening for the Coral Sea.

Day 5 & 6: Osprey Reef.

Australia's Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with average visibility in excess of 100 feet. Two days can be spent diving at Osprey Reef, including North Horn, well known for its shark action. You can expect to see grey whalers, silvertips, reef sharks, occasional hammerheads, schooling barracuda, trevally, and other pelagics. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals, rising from thousands of feet below.

Option 1: Still in the Coral Sea, weather depending we will dive Bougainville Reef.

Option 2: Today we return to the Ribbon Reefs # 3 to 5 to dive sites such as the sensational Steve's Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point. On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns

Day 7:

Arrive Cairns approximately 06:30am. Breakfast will be served on board and hotel transfer will be arranged for approx 07:30am.

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 weather conditional and while every attempt will be made to keep to the advertised itinerary, the Coral Sea and specific sites on the Great Barrier Reef are not guaranteed.

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7 Day Cod Hole, Coral Sea & 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.

Poor customer service

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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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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:

Cancellation Policy

20% cancellation fee applies with less than 60 days notice

100% cancellation fee applies with 21 days or less notice

Additional Information:

Optional Extras

  • Full gear hire (including dive computer) - $186
  • PADI Advanced Course - $201.00
  • PADI Nitrox Course - $223.00
  • Nitrox package - (All dives) - AU$136
  • PADI Accident & Evacuation Insurance
  • Optional Extra Prices are valid from 01/07/14 - 30/06/16

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