World Class Diving ~ Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea
From a bird’s eye point of view the Great Barrier Reef appears a labyrinth of blue and green embracing the tropical coast of Queensland. Stretching some 2,000km (1,240 miles) along the north eastern Australia coastline, the reef is comprised of approximately 2,900 individual coral reefs and covers an area greater than the size of the UK.
Beyond the continental shelf that harbours the Great Barrier Reef, lie the isolated reef systems and crystal clear waters of Australia’s Coral Sea. The region covers over 1 million square kilometres – three times the size of the neighbouring Great Barrier Reef. Here ancient mountains provide a undersea landscape of sheer walls rising from the oceans floor, where sharks and massive schools of pelagic fish emerge from the depths.
Dive Style & Seasons
Spirit of Freedom operates in the northern sector of the Great Barrier, a tropical zone with relatively warm temperate winters and high humidity in the summers. Water temperatures range 24C/ 75F in the winter to 29C/ 85F in the summer. As our guest on board Spirit of Freedom you are free to enjoy your own diving style, within the boundaries of safe and responsible diving. As such we set no limits on time, depth or style of diving outside of normal safe diving practices.
If you are a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent qualification) you can complete your PADI Advanced Course while on board Spirit of Freedom. This course is comprised of 5 areas of skill in scuba diving and is designed to introduce you to different types of diving and dive conditions, increasing your skill, knowledge and comfort level.
Reef Conservation & Eco Information
The Great Barrier Reef (and neighbouring Coral Sea) is known to have the greatest collection of coral reefs on earth and visitors come from all parts of the world to experience the wonder of its waters, islands, corals, fish and birds. Spirit of Freedom has been awarded an Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation by Ecotourism Australia. The program is endorsed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and identifies and monitors high standard marine tourism operators who follow best practices that are ecologically sustainable and help to protect and preserve the Marine Park to a high standard. Spirit of Freedom is committed to our responsibility to contribute to the protection of our environment and to pass on this rich heritage to future generations. For more information, please visit our page on reef conservation and sustainable tourism.