Dive the Great Barrier Reef with Australia's best liveaboard

Spirit of Freedom Trips

The best Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea itineraries to Spirit you Away

liveaboard dive trip - 4 night

7 Night Liveaboard Trip

Combine our 3 and 4 night itineraries into a 7-day, 7-night liveaboard dive expedition from Cairns, visit the Ribbon Reefs and Cod Hole. You’ll also spend two days at the world-famous Osprey Reef in the remote Coral Sea.

Diver photographs school of sweetlips

4 Night Liveaboard Trip

Take a scenic flight to Lizard Island to begin your diving at the very top of the Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reefs. Suitable for the more experienced diver, this tour travels 200km offshore to Australia’s Coral Sea.

Spirit of Freedom-Diving with Potato Cod

3 Night Liveaboard Trip

Dive the world-famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. Encounter giant potato cod, clouds of colourful tropical fish, anemones, turtles, olive sea snakes, and pristine coral gardens.

SOF - Coral Sea Trip

Special Expeditions

Spirit of Freedom runs regular special dive expeditions to remote and largely unexplored dive sites beyond the Great Barrier Reef, into the Coral Sea and beyond. Join us for a rare opportunity to explore new sites with our amazing crew!

Swim with Minke Whales

There are few opportunities in a lifetime where you can experience the thrill of sharing the water with a creature as magnificent as a whale. Join us one on our limited availability trips for your chance to interact with Dwarf Minke Whales in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

PADI Dive Courses

Further your scuba education by taking a PADI dive course during your stay on board Spirit of Freedom! Learn new skills and gain new confidence while you explore the spectacular Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea under the supervision of our expert instructors.Courses include Open Water, NITROX and more. 

Liveaboard Deals

Throughout the year you will find specials and promotions for Spirit of Freedom dive trips on the Great Barrier Reef. Stay up to date with current offers by joining our mailing list and be the first to know when we release liveaboard dive deals on the Great Barrier Reef. 

The Diving

The best Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea itineraries to Spirit you Away

Ribbon Reef Diving
Ribbon Reefs

To the north of Cairns and Port Douglas, and finishing to the east of Lizard Island lies a 120km ‘string’ of 10 individual coral reefs, collectively called the ‘Ribbon Reefs’

Coral Sea Plat Coral
Coral Sea

Three times the size of the neighbouring Great Barrier Reef – the Coral Sea is spectacular  undersea world of ancient mountains, rising thousands of metres from the ocean floor.

Divers preparing to tender drop
Dive Safety & Styles

We are committed to diver safety and safe diving practices, at all times. Expeditions visit remote coral reefs, hundreds of kilometres from the coast, diver safety is critical. 


Don’t just take our word for it, here are just some recent reviews our our Cairns Liveaboard Dive Trips. 
Canberra, Australia
7 Night Liveaboard

Outstanding service, excellent accommodation, beautiful diving, safe, organised and exceptionally professional.

Dive guides checked me over before every dive, even defogging my mask and putting my fins on for me!! The captain drove the ship overnight and during our meal times to ensure variety of sites whilst also maximising diving time.The staff were second to none. Knowledgeable, very helpful, kind, funny, and very, very professional.

I have been on other liveaboard trips but none come even close to the quality of this company. I cannot rate them highly enough.

Miss R
MIssion Beach, Australia
4-Night Liveaboard Trip

OMG! What an absolutely AMAAAAZZZING 4 day, 4 night trip…starting with the low-level flight from Cairns to Lizard Island. Then transferred onto the boat and our adventure continued. Words cannot even begin to describe this liveaboard trip – Excellent, fantastic, awesome are only some that come to mind.

I’ve done a few liveaboard trips on the GBR and this one was outstanding!

So excited to get to Osprey, Bougainville and Holmes Reef – the Trifecta! Weather was kind and conditions fabulous.I’ll be back!!!

Canberra, Australia
4-Night Trip

My wife, daughter and I did the 4-day Coral Sea adventure. The accommodations were comfortable and roomy, with daily turndown service and (very) hot showers. The Italian chef Giovanni, served amazing gourmet dishes 4 times per day plus snacks. Trust me, you will not go hungry on this trip. The diving was exceptional and world class. We had a great variety of walls, pinnacles, shallow reefs and coral gardens. The sea-life was outstanding and coral was beautiful. On my favorite dive I saw a Whale Shark and Manta!

The highlight of the trip that made it amazing, was the crew. They provided the most attentive customer service and provided whatever I needed. They helped with gear, food, stories, wildlife identification, safety and kept the ship running perfectly. And they did this with wonderful, fun attitudes that made the trip fun and relaxing. Captain Scotty and his crew were professional, and so so friendly and fun.

If you are looking to dive the Great Barrier Reef, this is the way to do it without having to make trips out to the reef and back each day. Also, this ship goes to great reefs that are less dived by other boats (we did not see another dive boat the entire trip). I highly recommend this trip.

7 Night Trip

Unbelievable – Amazing – Superb Crew

Best diving ever!

Drift diving, cave diving, shark feeding, and more. So many memories.

You’d be bonkers not to go.

7 Night Liveaboard
An amazing cruise in and out of the water!
I went on the week long cruise to Ribbon Reefs and out to Osprey with the crew and had an incredible experience! First off safety is their number 1 priority and they choose dive sites and carefully buddy teams to ensure the safest and best dive experience for everyone in the water.The crew are super friendly, and helpful. Hostesses chatty and charming, instructors are calming and easy to dive with, boat crew and captain professional and helpful, chef’s food exceptional!
The diving was varied with pinnacles, sloping walls and plenty to see from sharks and rays down to the macro goodies! Conditions were mostly kind to us for the time of year and currents fairly manageable and briefed responsibly. We had some incredibly encounters with manta rays, cuttlefish, and loads of grey reef sharks! I would 100% recommend Spirit of Freedom to those interested in a trip to experience everything the Great Barrier Reef has to offer!
4 Night Liveaboard

This trip was a lifetime dream of a 50 year diving career.

The SOF experience was outstanding on all accounts. The vessel was well appointed with excellent facilities well set up to support sustained diving. All spaces were appropriate, comfortable and well maintained. The food was of gourmet caliber and well served. The cabin was first rate and well serviced.

The diving was excellent and well organized and tailored to suit the various levels of experience. The captain, master diver and crew’s ability to get into interesting dive locations in spite of cyclonic influenced weather was admirable. The professionalism co-operation and personal attention exhibited from all the crew was second to none. The dive research, briefings and conduct were of a military precision. SOF Captain Tony and Reef Dive Master Nick were an incredible professional personable and fun combination.

I would not hesitate to recommend this adventure to any serious diver. It proved the Great Barrier Reef to be alive and well.

4 Night Liveaboard
Best Trip Ever!!! I loved loved loved my trip on Spirit of Freedom this week.
Joining the boat at Lizard Island was a perfect start. After being on board for little over an hour, it was already apparent that the crew were efficient, friendly and very good at their jobs….. but who could have guessed we would see a Whale Shark!!! The amazing creature, came up to the boat and was definitely curious about us, we were privileged to swim with him for ages, until we had to set off for our next encounter!
During the trip we went to the wonderful Ribbon Reefs, Osprey Reef and Bougainville Reef, we saw amazing creatures, a multitude of sharks and there was even a wedding on and under the boat.
Our trip had everything we could have wanted, now I just have to plan my next trip
Florida, USA
Wonderful Dive Trip – Every dive was a shark dive
What an amazing trip! We saw huge marine life. Devil Rays, Mantas, Dolphins, Sharks, Cuddle Fish, the list goes on and on. Staff was wonderful.
I wish I could set my alarm at home to James voice saying “Dive Time”

What an experience! Thank you Spirit of Freedom team, including Scottie, Jared, James, Anne, Gio and all for an incredible trip.

The food was great, accommodation and arrangements organised like clockwork and dive sites were phenomenal.

So good to see that Australia still has such a diverse and alive Great Barrier Reef. And the whale shark coming up to the boat to play was just magical to top it all off!!