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Wednesday 22nd November to Friday 1st December 2023
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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 Wednesday 22nd November 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 Thursday morning after breakfast.

This trip has a dedicated Trip Coordinator

taking care of all logistics of for you!


Wednesday 22nd November

to Friday 1st December 2023

Dives available:

up to 26, including 6 night dives


Cost twin share:

$5225 per diver



Wed 22nd

  • Arrive into Cairns

  • Group meet up, drink included

  • Accommodation at Cairns resort

Thu 23rd

  • Transfer to Spirit of Freedom at wharf

  • Nice cruise to outer reef for check out dive

  • Twilight dive

  • Overnight cruise to Ribbon Reef

Fri 24th & Sat 25th

  • Wake up for stunning reef & bommie diving

  • Cod Hole dive with Giant Potato Cod

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

  • Sunset BBQ off Lizard Island

Sun 26th

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

  • Breakfast on island

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

  • Evening departure for Coral Sea crossing to Osprey Reef

Mon 27th & Tue 28th

  • 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

​Wed 29th

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

  • In special weather conditions Bougainville Reef instead!

  • Cruise back to Cairns overnight

Thu 30th

  • Breakfast on board before disembarking

  • Transfer to Cairns CBD 8am

  • Free day or local tour

  • Twin share accommodation at resort

Fri 1st December

  • Great memories and fond farewells till next Sojourn!

  • Transfers to & from boat & resort

  • Twin share accommodation before/after boat

  • Dive boat trip

  • All meals on boat

  • Share cabin with en-suite

  • Reef taxes (EMC)

  • Trip top

  • Tanks, air fills & weights

  • Trip Coordinator

Optional Extras
  • Dive gear or bring your own

  • Nitrox fills

  • PADI Courses


  • Solo resort room

  • Local tours & extra nights in resort


  • your airfares, airport transfers and travel insurance are not included

  • fly in anytime Wed 22nd November

  • fly out anytime Fri 1 st December

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