Around The Boat

Get to Know MV Spirit of Freedom

The MV Spirit of Freedom provides space, comfort, and stability for cruising the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef. She’s 37m (124ft) in length, with a steel hull and electronic stabilisers, providing the most comfortable ride possible in the conditions. For a detailed diagram of the vessel check out the vessel specifications page. 

The Dive Deck

The dive deck contains individual stations for all 24 guests, with dry storage above and a storage box under for every 2 divers. Air and Nitrox whips allow tanks to remain in their rack, supplying air and Nitrox at 32%. For photographers, there is a camera washtub, a small camera table, and an air gun. Freshwater showers are located aft of the dive deck, and deck towels are provided after each dive. The dive deck holds:

All diving activities are overseen by the Trip Director. They will brief you on each dive and ensure your diving experience with Spirit of Freedom is both safe and enjoyable. The Trip Director is supported by 3 other instructors and a divemaster, who make up your dive team on board.

Spirit of Freedom-Briefing on the dive deck

The Top Deck

The top deck is a great place to relax between dives, with undercover and open areas containing timber tables, chairs, comfortable lounge seating, and sunloungers. Here you can relax with a book, take a quick snooze, catch some sun rays, or share stories of the marine life you encountered on the last dive.

The top deck is also a great place in the evening, where you can enjoy a quiet drink or get together with fellow divers. During your trip, we always plan at least one alfresco BBQ dinner to enjoy on the top deck.

Spirit of Freedom-Sunset drinks on the top deck

The Galley

The galley is where our chefs perform culinary magic to deliver you four plentiful meals each day, including continental and cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between dive snacks. Using the freshest ingredients, our chefs create healthy meals to delight the eye, tastebuds, and stomach. If you have a specific dietary requirement, be sure to advise us ahead of time when you make your booking, and our chefs can plan and accommodate for you.


The Dining Saloon

The dining saloon in the centre of the vessel serves as a meals area, briefing area, theatre room, and general meeting place. All guests can be comfortably seated in this room. The 42-inch widescreen TV is often the focus of attention for briefings, movies or documentaries, or the trip slide show. This is also an area that many people use to work on their laptops, and with free wireless internet available (when in range), this is a great place to send emails home about your day’s diving adventures. Learn more about the amazing cuisine served on our liveaboard dive trips. 

Spirit of Freedom-Dinner in the dining saloon

The Forward Lounge

Another great place for chilling out and relaxing, the forward lounge has comfortable couch seating and beanbags. Here you will find a coffee machine, tea selection and hot water, and our library – including marine reference books, DVD library, flat-screen TV, and DVD player. For photographers, there is also a camera workstation with power-boards and converters for 110-volt devices.

Spirit of Freedom-Reading in the Forward Lounge

Ship's Bar

Stop by and have a tipple at the Ship's Bar. With a good range of quality Australian and New Zealand wines, beer, UDL spirits, and soft drinks, all at a very reasonable price. Our crew is happy to serve you, or if they are performing other duties, you are most welcome to serve yourself. We use an honour system for all your purchases on Spirit of Freedom, so there is no need to worry about payment until the last night of your trip. On our scheduled dive trips, the house wine and soft drinks are included during your evening meal. Note: Spirit of Freedom is a fully licensed vessel, but bringing your own alcohol on board is not permitted.

Spirit of Freedom Crew

Guest Cabins

Spirit of Freedom contains 11 guest cabins, all with a private bathroom. There are four different cabin styles to best suit your requirements. All cabins are air-conditioned and are serviced daily. To learn more about our guest cabin configurations click here.

The Stateroom