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Spirit of Freedom: 7 Day 7 Night Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs & Coral Sea Adventure

FROM: $6275

Departure Times

Departs: 12:00pm - Thursday
Returns: 8:00am - Thursday

Pricing Options

RRP $4015 $3965 AUD / Person - Quad Share (Between: 31 Mar 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $4785 $4735 AUD / Person - Twin/Double (Between: 31 Mar 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $5555 $5505 AUD / Person - Ocean View Standard (requires 2 people) (Between: 31 Mar 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $5555 $5505 AUD / Person - Stateroom (requires 2 people) (Between: 31 Mar 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)
RRP $6325 $6275 AUD / Person - Ocean View Deluxe (requires 2 people) (Between: 31 Mar 2022 and 31 Mar 2023)

For 7 days and nights, Spirit of Freedom will take you around the Great Barrier Reef for some spectacular diving and exploring

Spend a week diving on the Great Barrier Reef and explore famous diving locations such as Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and the Coral Sea for an adventurous week of exploring, relaxing and have the adventure of a lifetime

DIVE LEVEL RECOMMENDATION: Advanced type diving

Spirit of Freedom will bring you around the Great Barrier Reef for a week of exploring and diving on board our sleek and spacious boat, Spirit of Freedom. Leaving every Monday from Cairns, you can enjoy a comfortable week at sea, in your own private room with ensuite bathroom. Ideal for PADI Advanced Divers, you'll get to do challenging dives throughout several different reefs, taking the opportunity to do up to 24 dives during your action-packed week! 

During your 7 days, you'll visit the Osprey Reefs on the Coral Sea and Ribbons Reefs which run for 240km for some of the best diving in Australia. You'll visit famous diving reefs such as Cod Hole, and North Horn, which are known for their amazing animal life. On the Ribbon Reefs you'll find colourful fish, healthy corals, giant clams, clownfish, and of course, the giant potato cod at Cod Hole. At Osprey Reef's North Horn, you'll find an abundance of reef sharks, silvertips and the occasional oceanic congregate, where you can take part in the shark attraction dive for an amazing shark encounter experience. Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and must-do for any type of diver. It's beautiful marine life and diverse seascapes make for a divers paradise, and this extended trip will allow you to see so much beauty in one week. 

Highlights & Features:

  • 7 days and nights on Spirit of Freedom
  • Do up to 26 dives, including night dives
  • Transfers to/from your Cairns city hotel
  • Only 26 passengers
  • Comfortable private rooms with ensuite 
  • Rooms serviced daily 
  • Chef prepared meals served on board, paired with Australian wine and soft drinks
  • PADI Advanced and PADI Nitrox courses available 
  • Visit Cod Hole, Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs
  • Pick ups included to Cairns City hotel Accommodation 
  • Spend plenty of time in the water, visiting a variety of reefs including Ribbon Reefs Number 9 and 10, Cod Hole, Wonderwall, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Two Towers, Lighthouse Bommie or Snake Pit
  • Dive with amazing marine species, including reef sharks during the shark experience
  • Ideal for experienced divers
  • Snorkellers also welcome!

Itinerary: 

Thursday: You'll get picked up from your Cairns City accommodation at around 11:00am to go to your vessel. You'll be greeted by our amazing crew before being briefed before setting out to the Outer Reef. Enjoy a lunch on baord before doing your first afternoon dive, followed by a twilight or night dive.

Friday & Saturday: You'll spend your next two days at Ribbon Reefs, Number 9 and 10, for two amazing days of diving.  Where you dive will depend on the weather, with a gaurentee on at least one dive at the famous Cod Hole, known for its family of massive potato cod. You may get to dive at Dynamite Pass, known for it's shark population, as well as other possible sites such as Wonder-wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Two Towers, Lighthouse Bommie and Snake Pit. You'll get to do four or five dives a day, including a night dive on Tuesday. Spend your evening enjoying a sunset BBQ on the top deck as we make our way to your next destination overnight to Watson's Bay. 

Sunday: After breakfast, you'll have the chance to go ashore on Lizard Island, taking the time to enjoy a guided walk to Mary Watson's Cottage at Watson's Beach. Around 11:00am cruise back to the Ribbon Reefs for two more dives, including a possible second dive at Cod Hole. Overnight, you'll cruise over to Osprey Reef to enjoy the second half of your trip.

Monday & Tuesday: For Friday and Saturday you'll dive at Osprey Reef, located inside of the Coral Sea, and known for its crystal clear water and amazing visibility. Here you'll find amazing seascapes and diverse marine life including gorgonians, sea whips, and thousands of species of coral. Weather permitting, you'll get to visit North Horn, which is a dive site known for its sharks, where you can dive in Spirit of Freedom's shark attraction dive for an amazing and unique shark encounter.

Wednesday: You'll spend Sunday at Ribbon Reef Number 3 for more diving at several different locations. If weather permits, you may head to Bougainville Reef, known for its unusual landscape and semi-submerged shipwreck.

Thursday: You'll arrive back in Cairns at 6:30am fore having some breakfast and heading back to your Cairns accommodation at 7:30am.

* Please note that this is an example only and is subject to change.

Important Information:

  • Diver experience recommendation: Advanced Diver certification with minimum 20 ocean dives, including 5 dives in the last 12 months, and a good level of physical fitness.
  • Minimum age on board is 10 years. Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times, including when diving or snorkelling. We cannot guarantee that a crew member will be available to dive with a Junior open water diver (limited to 12m depth) on all dives. Spirit of Freedom does not supply child sized scuba equipment or wetsuits. Diving in ill-fitting equipment is not allowed.
  • Buddy teams are responsible for planning and conducting their own dives. Spirit of Freedom does not offer a full guided dive service.
  • SNORKELLERS: Snorkelling on Spirit of Freedom takes place in waters which are exposed, not calm or sheltered. Our 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 tops of the Ribbon Reefs are relatively close to the surface. Most of our guests are scuba divers; however, experienced snorkellers 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 flotation equipment.  You will be safe under the watchful eye of the 'look-out' crew.
  • Due to light aircraft restrictions, your total weight of your luggage is limited to 20kg/45lb per person, including your dive gear and carry-on luggage.

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What To Bring

  • Dive Certification Card
  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Personal items and toiletries (personal soap for each guest is provided)
  • Swimwear
  • Warm clothing if you’re travelling in the winter months (May – September)
  • Quick-dry towel or chamois for the dive deck
  • Money for bar and other on board purchases
  • Soft luggage (max 20kg)

What's Included

  • Accommodation transfer from Cairns City accommodation
  • Scenic flight – Lizard Island to Cairns
  • Opportunity for up to 11 dives
  • Quality, chef-prepared meals, Australian wine with evening meals
  • All linen and cabin towels 
  • Tanks and weights
  • Dives on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Dives at the world famous Cod Hole home to a family of giant potato cod 
  • Dives on the remarkable chain of Ribbon Reefs with varied topography featuring coves with expansive beds of plate corals to isolated pinnacles, home to clouds of colourful tropical fish

What's Extra

Extra costs: 

  • AU$50 Marine Park Levy and Port fee
  • Gear hire, Nitrox fills, any courses taken on board, drinks outside of the evening meal time, seasickness tablets, and any souvenirs purchased.

Optional Extras:

  • 3 Day Full Equipment Rental (if required) - $130pp
  • 3 Day Nitrox Package - $75pp
  • PADI Advanced Course - $265pp
  • PADI Nitrox Course - $325pp

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Terms and Conditions


Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 


Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Transfers:

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.


Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other: 

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations


Client Cancellations:

All client cancellations forfeit 25% of total ticket price. No shows or client cancellations made within 21 day of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (24 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


Refunds:

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Accountability/Misconduct:

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

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