Osprey Reef & Coral Sea Sojourn

Monday 14th to Monday 21st October 2019

 7 nights on Spirit of Freedom

diving the Ribbon Reefs, Cod Hole & Osprey Reef!

Join our small group of experienced divers venturing along the Ribbon Reefs, the Cod Hole and out into the Coral Sea to Osprey Reef for amazing diving!

​Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs.

We begin our trip on Monday 14th October from Cairns, and travel 240km along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the Cod Hole. On the ‘Ribbons’ you will encounter clouds of colourful tropical fish, an incredible variety of vibrant healthy corals, giant clams, anemones, huge schools of cruising pelagic fish, and a family of giant potato cod.

Within our 7 days, we also spend 2 days at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. An old volcanic atoll lying 220km off the coast, Osprey Reef is renowned for its spectacular walls to 1,000m with massive soft corals, shark action, and exceptional visibility, as seen in Sir David Attenborough’s documentary series.

 ‘North Horn’ at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate. Here you can also experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. This tour also includes an overnight stay in secluded Watson’s Bay and a couple of hours ashore at Lizard Island.

We return to Cairns on the following Monday morning after breakfast.

This trip has our own Trip Leader on board the boat and in Cairns, taking care of all logistics of for you!


Monday 14th October to Monday 21st October 2019

Dives available:

Up to 26


$3999 AUD per person quad share

$4699 AUD per person twin share

from $4699 AUD per person double (2 booking together)


Mon 14th

  • Arrive into Cairns airport early morning

  • Transfer to meeting place in CBD

  • Check in and board Spirit of Freedom

Tue 15th and Wed 16th

  • Ribbon Reefs number 9 and 10

  • Cod Hole dive with Giant Potato Cod

  • 4 to 5 dives per day, night dive on Tue night

  • Sunset BBQ off Lizard Island

Thu 17th

  • Visit to Lizard Island to stretch your legs or take guided walking tour

  • 11am departure to Ribbon Reef number 10 for more diving

  • Evening departure for Coral Sea crossing to Osprey Reef

Fri 18th and Sat 19th

  • 2 days on Osprey Reef (weather permitting)

  • 4 to 5 dives per day including a night dive on Fri

  • Sat overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs

​Sun 20th

  • Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom or Flare Point dives

  • In special weather conditions Bougainville Reef instead!

  • Cruise back to Cairns overnight

Mon 21st

  • Breakfast on board before disembarking

  • Transfer to Cairns CBD 8am

  • Great memories and fond farewells till next Sojourn!

  • Transfers in Cairns

  • Dive boat trip

  • All meals on boat

  • Share cabin with en-suite

  • Reef taxes (EMC)

  • Trip t-shirt

  • Photography competition

  • Games

  • Trip Lead​er

  • Tanks and weights

Optional Extras
  • Dive gear or bring your own

  • Nitrox fills


  • Oceanview cabins

  • Nights in Cairns before and after boat trip

  • Local tours


  • your airfares, home town transfers and travel insurance are not included

  • fly in no later than early morning Monday 14th October

  • fly out from late Monday 21st October

  • optional accommodation before &/or after boat


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