3 Day / 3 Night - Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs Dive Adventure (up to 11 Dives)
Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs.
Our 3 Day Expeditions depart every Thursday from Cairns, and travel along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, finishing 240 km to the north at the world-famous Cod Hole.
Over two and half days you will have the opportunity for up to 11 dives and encounter clouds of colourful tropical fish, an incredible variety of vibrant healthy corals, giant clams, anemones, huge schools of cruising pelagic fish, and a family of giant potato cod.
Your last night is spent on board the ‘Spirit’ in the bay at Lizard Island. Enjoy time ashore at Lizard Island the next morning, before boarding a one-hour scenic flight back to Cairns.
During June/July this trip regularly encounters Dwarf Minke Whales.
Extend this trip to 7 day nights by including the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs Adventure. Learn more
Departs Cairns 12:00 noon Thursday
Returns Cairns 12:00 noon Sunday
Includes Transfers to/from your Cairns city hotel
Scenic flight – Lizard Island to Cairns
Opportunity for up to 11 dives
En suite cabin with daily service
Chef-prepared gourmet meals (Australian style)
Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals
Dive Level Recommendation Open Water to Experienced
Thursday: The Spirit of Freedom courtesy bus will pick you up from your Cairns hotel around 11:00am to transfer you to Trinity Wharf, where you will board the vessel. You will be greeted by the Spirit of Freedom crew, who will give you an orientation of the vessel before a 12 noon departure. Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for an afternoon check-out dive and a twilight or night dive. After dinner we cruise north to the Ribbon Reefs.
Friday & Saturday: These two days are spent diving at the most northern of the Ribbon Reefs, Number 9 & 10 Ribbon Reefs. Dive sites and sequence may vary depending on the weather conditions, but will always include at least one dive at the Cod Hole, where you encounter a family of massive and very friendly Potato Cod. Other sites may include Wonder-wall, Pixie Pinnacle, Challenger Bay, Two Towers, Lighthouse Bommie, and the Snake Pit, just to name a few. If the current is right, you may also take a drift dive at Dynamite Pass, well-known as a channel for sharks to pass through. View our our Ribbon Reefs dive sites here. Four to five dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Friday. On Saturday evening we overnight at Watson’s Bay on Lizard Island and enjoy a sunset BBQ dinner on the top deck.
Sunday: This morning after breakfast you will disembark and say farewell to Spirit of Freedom. On shore at Lizard Island you can take the guided walk from Watson’s Beach to Mary Watson’s cottage over Chinaman’s Ridge and back to the air-strip. Here you will board a light aircraft for your flight back to Cairns. The one hour flight arrives at Hinterland Aviation, Cairns General Aviation Airport around 11.15 to 11:45am, where the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.