7 Night Far East Exploration

Explore the rarely visited Lihou Reefs (600km East of Cairns)

7 Night Far East Explorations 2023

DIVE LEVEL:  We recommend this Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive trip for Advanced Open Water and a highly competent diver. Minimum 100 dives with a high level of fitness, and experience in strong currents and remote reef dives.

DEPARTS CAIRNS: Wed 2 November 16:00    RETURNS CAIRNS: Wed 9 November 07:30

DEPARTS CAIRNS: Wed 7 December 16:00    RETURNS CAIRNS: Wed 14 December 07:30

DIVES: 11 (including one night dive)

Liveaboard Overview

Far beyond the continental shelf that harbours the Great Barrier Reef, lie the isolated reef systems of Australia’s Coral Sea. Covering over 1 million square kilometres and three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef, the region is scattered with spectacular coral reefs, in an undersea world of ancient mountains, rising thousands of metres from the ocean floor.  

Join Spirit of Freedom for a rare opportunity to explore the offshore Coral Sea Reefs of Flinders Reef and Lihou Reef.  We will be operating two separate trips and will travel over 600km east of Cairns to explore the rarely visited Lihou Reefs, where you will find the sheer walls, gin-clear water, and schools of pelagics typical of the Coral Sea reefs. Depending on the weather we will spend the second day of diving at Flinders Reef or head north to Herald Cays, another Coral Sea Reef, known for its amazing corals and swim-throughs.  The last day will be spent diving the Holmes Reef.

Cabins & Rates

Liveaboard Dive Trip Prices are AUD$ per person and include:

  • Chef prepared meals & snacks, wine and soft drink are included with the evening meal
  • Tanks, air fills, Nautilus Lifeline and weight belt. Full equipment rental available
  • Daily cabin service
  • Cairns hotel or Airport transfers
  • GST and all reef levies and fees.

Located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck, the Ocean View Deluxe Cabin boats a 10.5m² area with 3 large windows overlooking the starboard side of the vessel. 

A comfy double bed will ensure you are well rest for a full day of diving. The room features bedside tables, wardrobe and 26″ flat screen TV.

The cabin is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom.

Double or Sole occupancy only.

Ocean View Deluxe Cabin

Our Ocean View cabin is located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck.

As the name suggests, you will enjoy stunning views from this air conditioned 7.2m² cabin, which contains a double bed, private bathroom, a wardrobe and 26” flat screen TV.

Double or Sole Occupancy only. 

Ocean View Standard Cabin

The largest of all cabins onboard the vessel, The Stateroom cabin is located in a private area on the lower deck, close to the dive deck and dining saloon.

Fully air-conditioned, this spacious 12m² cabin contains a queen size bed, a private bathroom, extra shelving, wardrobe, bedside tables and 26″ flat screen TV.

Double or Sole Occupancy only: no twin share option available.

The Stateroom

Spirit of Freedom has seven standard double or twin share cabins. Five of these cabins contain a double bed with a single bed over the top, bunk style. One cabin contains just a double bed and one cabin has two single beds.

These cabins are all located on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck and have an average area of 10m² square metres in area. 

Fully air-conditioned, the cabins have an ensuite bathroom and also contain a wardrobe, personal reading light and a bedside table. 

 Please advise your preference for double or twin share when placing your booking. Sole occupancy also available. 

Standard Double or Twin Share

Located midships on the lower deck, the quad share cabin containing four single beds, bunk style and is a great options for groups or families as you explore the Great Barrier Reef on your epic dive adventure. 

This 9m² cabin has easy access to the main deck and includes a private ensuite bathroom and personal reading lights for each bed. 

The cabin is fully air-conditioned and also contains a wardrobe, as well as storage under the bottom two bunks. 

Quad Share Cabin

Far East Exploration Diver Safety

  • Suitable for competent divers with a good level of physical fitness.
  • Diver experience recommendation:Advanced Open Water and a highly competent diver. Minimum 50 Dives with Experience in Strong Currents and remote reef dives.
  • Buddy teams are responsible for planning and conducting their own dives as we do not offer a full guided dive service.
  • Diver Health: If you have a medical condition or are currently taking prescription medication, you will need a medical clearance. Please contact us for guidance.

Itinerary

Cairns City hotel transfers begin at 3pm, for a 16.00 departure. 

Briefings, dinner and overnight travel to Flinders Reef. No diving on this day.

Diving Flinders Reef, Coral Sea. Opportunity to do up to 4 dives then overnight travel to Magdelaine Cays.

Diving Magdelaine Cays, Coral Sea. Opportunity to do 5 dives including 1 night dive, followed by overnight travel to Lihou Reef.

Diving Lihou Reef. Opportunity to do 5 dives including 1 night dive. Remain anchored at Lihou reef overnight.

Diving Lihou Reef. Opportunity to do 4 dives, followed by overnight travel to Herald Cays.

Diving Herald Cays. Opportunity to do 5 dives including 1 night dive, followed by overnight travel to Holmes Reef.

Diving Holmes Reef. Opportunity to do 4 dives, followed by overnight travel to Cairns

Arrive Cairns early morning.  Breakfast on board and disembark 7.30am. 

Trip Map

Far-East-Map

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As our guest, 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. You and your buddy are in charge, planning your own dive and diving your own plan. Buddy teams may follow one of our inexperienced groups, led by a Safety Diver, and come and go as you please.

Every dive begins with a detailed dive briefing. The dive staff are on deck providing surface support including a safety lookout. When available, dive staff may be in-water offering support with photography and critter spotting. Spirit of Freedom does not offer a full guided dive service. Our Safety Divers are assigned to those divers who are at risk or to assist students.

Spirit of Freedom can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests and operates with a minimum of 12 crew members.

Spirit of Freedom is a COVID-19 Safe business and we are committed to the health and safety of all of our staff and customers. Our safety measures include:

  • All passengers must show proof of vaccination in order to travel.
  • All passengers must fill out a COVID-19 declaration form before travel and check-in using the Check In QLD app.
  • All passengers must comply with Queensland State Government entry requirements.
  • All staff on board Spirit of Freedom are fully vaccinated.
  • Onboard hygiene precautions are in place throughout the vessel, including our dive deck.

To find out more about COVID-19 safety measures click here.

Spirit of Freedom provides divers with a mask, snorkel, boots, fins, tanks, weights, and weight belts. We also supply safety equipment including surface marker buoys, whistles, and Nautilus LifeLine Marine GPS. Cyalume sticks and torches will also be provided for night diving.

For more detail on what equipment is available aboard Spirit of Freedom, visit our equipment rental page.

Spirit of Freedom recommends a minimum surface interval of 24 hours before flying after multiple dives over multiple days. The last dive of the trip will generally be completed around 5:00pm the day before you leave the vessel. 24 hours is a guideline only and for maximum safety give yourself as long as possible.

Please be aware that skydiving or a trip to Kuranda or the Atherton Tablelands will include going to altitude.

Please note individual airlines have their own policies (24 to 48 hour minimum), and you should check with your air carrier.

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