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4 DAY 3 NIGHT FLY/CRUISE COD HOLE- 11 DIVES
Departing:Cairns 12:00 noon Monday
Returning:Cairns 11.00am Thursday

4 DAY CORAL SEA – 14 DIVES
Departing:Cairns 08.30 am Thursday
Returning:Cairns 07:00 am Monday

7 DAY COD HOLE & CORAL SEA – 27 DIVES
MONDAY DEPARTURE
Departing:Cairns 12:00 noon Monday
Returning:Cairns 07:00 am Monday

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Transfers to and from Cairns accommodation and from the Northern Beaches are available

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4 DAY 3 NIGHT FLY/CRUISE COD HOLE- 11 DIVES

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

Sample Itinerary:

Monday: 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.

Tuesday: 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 favorite sites in this area of the Ribbons include Flare Point and the beautiful Gorgonia Wall.

Wednesday: 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.

Thursday: This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you have the opportunity to go ashore and explore Lizard Island . At 10:30am 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 11:30am , the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.

4 DAY CORAL SEA – 14 DIVES

Trip Includes:

  • Transfers to/ from Cairns city accommodation
  • One way reef flight – Cairns to Lizard Island
  • Opportunity for 16 dives
  • En-suite cabin with daily service
  • Chef prepared meals
  • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals

Sample Itinerary:

Thursday: Courtesy coach transfer from Cairns city hotels to Cairns airport will commence at 07:30am. Your twin-engine light aircraft will depart at 08:30am for your scenic flight over the reef to Lizard Island. Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival and transfer you to the vessel, where we will depart for the reef.

This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives before departing in the late evening for Osprey Reef, in the Coral Sea. The dives may be at sites such as the Cod Hole and Dynamite Pass.

Friday & Saturday: Osprey Reef. Australia’s Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with an 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 are common. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals rising from thousands of feet below.

Sunday:

Option 1: Today we return to the Ribbon Reefs # 3 to 5 to dive the sensational Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom, Flare Point, and other sites. In the months of June & July there is the great opportunity for further interaction with Minke Whales. After dinner on Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns

Option 2: Weather depending we will dive Bougainville Reef, a second Coral Sea Reef.

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

7 DAY COD HOLE & CORAL SEA – 27 DIVES

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
  • Time ashore at Lizard Island

Special note: The 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.

Sample Itinerary

Monday: 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.

Tuesday: 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.

Wednesday: 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.

Thursday: 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.

Friday & Saturday: 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.

Sunday:
Option 1: 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

Option 2: Weather depending we will dive Bougainville Reef, a second coral sea reef

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

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