Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Cruises

UPDATE - 2017 Far Northern Trip

Far Northern Reefs Expedition - 13th to 20th November 2017

Join Spirit of Freedom for a rare opportunity to dive the Far Northern Great Barrier Reef. One of the last totally pristine areas of the Great Barrier Reef, these isolated reefs are off-shore from the remotest northern tip of the Cape York peninsular, and many of the hundreds of reefs in the region are yet to be fully explored.

This seven day expedition, will combine exploratory diving with our favourite dive sites in the region. You will spend five days diving the oceanic wilderness of the Far Northern Reefs as well as one day on the Ribbon Reefs, at such world famous dive sites as The Cod Hole and Pixie Pinnacle. You will travel approximately 580 nautical miles, (1000 + Km), and have the opportunity for 24 - 26 dives at around 20 unique sites. You will experience an amazing diversity of underwater landscapes including deep oceanic walls laced with massive gorgonians, whips and soft corals; gardens of impressive coral formations; and isolated pinnacles, bays, caves and canyons. Marine life encounters we experience in this region include a variety of species of sharks, rays, turtles, and schools of pelagic fish, as well as incredible amount of diverse macro life.

The many small islands in this region are also nesting grounds for the green sea turtle, and from October to March each year thousands of turtles return to their natal (birth) beach. Raine Island is the largest and most important green turtle nesting area in the world. While the islands are totally protected from public access, the surrounding waters are active with turtles.

The lighter winds of our early summer generally offer the best opportunity to dive the outer walls of the Far Northern Reefs. However the style of diving (including various forms of entries and exits), and the conditions, are not for the inexperienced diver, and we recommend this tour for more seasoned divers, with a moderate to good degree of fitness.

Your time on board Spirit of Freedom ends at the protected bay of Portland Roads, where you will be ferried ashore and transported to Lockhart River for a visit to the Lockhart River township and Art Centre, before a 2 hour return flight to Cairns.

Far Northern Itinerary - Southbound
Depart Cairns: 3:00pm on the Monday by flight to Lockhart River airstrip.
Return Cairns: 6:00am the following Monday to Trinity Wharf.

Proposed Itinerary: Exact dive location from Day 2 to 7 may be variable dependent on weather and tide conditions.

Day 1: Cairns city accommodation transfers to Cairns Airport. Flight time to Lockhart River airstrip 1hr 45 mins. 45 minute coach transfer to meet the boat at Portland Roads bay. Tender transfer to Spirit of Freedom, orientation and dinner on board. No diving this day.
Day 2: Diving Great Detached
Day 3: Diving Great Detached & Raine Island region
Day 4: Diving Moulter Cay and Shark Pass region
Day 5: Diving Mantis Reef region - Overnight travel
Day 6: Diving Creech Reef, Aladin's Cave & Sand bank # 7 region - Overnight travel
Day 7: Diving No. 5 Ribbon Reefs at dive sites such as Steve's Bommie. Overnight travel
Day 8: Arrive Trinity Wharf Cairns approx 6.00am. Light breakfast on board & transfers to Cairns city hotels 7.30am.

Diver Safety: Advanced Type Diving.
- Diver experience recommendation: Advanced Diver Certification with minimum of 50 ocean dives including 5 dives within the last 12 months Less experience may result in limited diving due to environmental conditions and remote isolation of dive site. We recommend a Scuba Diver Refresher course prior to your trip.
Diver Health: If you have a medical condition or are currently taking prescription medication, you will need a medical clearance. For further details refer to our Diver Information Form or contact our Reservations team.
Diver Fitness: A moderate to good degree of fitness is required for many of the dives.
INCLUDES: 7 Nights on board Spirit of Freedom, 6 dive days, 24 - 26 dives, tanks & weights, all meals, Australian wine, soft drinks and beers with the evening meal, tea & coffee, daily cabin service, bed linen, bath and deck towels, Cairns City hotel transfers, transfer to the vessel at Portland Roads from Lockhart River airstrip.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Gear Hire. Per piece hire or full gear package, including computer, torch, batteries etc, at $245 for the trip.
Nitrox fills at $10 per fill or $180 for the trip.
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks outside of the evening meal.
TERMS OF PAYMENT (for individuals)
A 20% deposit is required to secure your booking
Full payment is due 2 months prior to your trip departure date
Payment accepted by direct transfer, AUD check, AMEX, VISA, or Mastercard. Amex incurs a 3% surcharge

CANCELLATIONS (for individuals)
Cancellations will be charged $100.00 per person admin fee.
Cancellations made within 6 months of departure date will incur a fee of 20% of the trip fee.
No refund applies for cancellations made within 2 months of departure date

 

Cabin Type

No. of Cabins

Places per cabin

Price per person AUD

Lockhart River Flight Cost AUD

Marine Park Levy AUD

Total per person  AUD

Ocean View Deluxe

1

2

   SOLD OUT

 

 

 

Ocean View Standard

1

2

$5575

$390

$20

$5985

The Stateroom

1

2

$5575

$390

$20

$5985

Standard Double or Twin share

7

2

$4875

$390

$20

$5285

Quad Share 

1

4

  SOLD OUT

 

 

 



 



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