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Spirit of Freedom is a luxury dive liveaboard that offers 3 nights, 4 nights or 7 nights trips to remote parts of the Great Barrier Reef - Ribbon reefs & Coral Sea.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+61 7 4047 9150
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing group of people on this boat during my trip! I can’t explain the camaraderie of the crew except family. Not once did I ever see the notion of a negative thought from the main crew. Even when faced with wild weather and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank joeut1722
Tusa D, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Joe, Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback. Our crew really do love their job and we love hearing from our guests when they can tell. We will take onboard your feedback about the rooming situation as a great suggestion....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We boarded Spirit on Christmas eve (for 7 days) and headed up the Ribbon Reefs to Lizard Island. Cyclone activity meant we couldn't make it out to Osprey reef, so we did some more dives back down the Ribbon Reefs meaning we did repeat a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AndyJ1365
Tusa D, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Andy, Thank you for spending your Christmas with us onboard Spirit of Freedom - what an honour! We're very pleased to hear that despite you didn't make it out to Osprey reef due to bad weather, you had a amazing time and still rate...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My parents and I did the full 7 days Ribbon Reef/ Osprey Reef trip and will had an unforgettable time. Spirit of Freedom is the only live aboard that does a potato cod feed which was definitely a highlight of the trip. The staff went...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank erinw829
Tusa D, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Erin, Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We're so happy to read your family & yourself enjoyed our 7 day trip - especially the Cod Hole. Those potato cods truly are amazing to see up-close! Hope to see you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the three night ribbon reef trip, and were very impressed. The boat is very comfortable. Our cabin (the stateroom) was surprisingly large for a dive boat, with a good size en suite. The crew really make the difference. They seem to enjoy themselves...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JoeF373
Tusa D, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Joe, Thank you so much for your lovely review! We're delighted to read you enjoyed your time onboard with our crew. While safety is their primary concern onboard and underwater, making it fun for everyone is their passion. Good tip! Anyone prone to seasickness...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing trip . Boat was perfect, such a good set up for a liveaboard . Crew were brilliant , so professional , friendly and just spoilt us . Food was great even for gluten free diet and heaps of it . And yes the diving...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Leighbarrett75
Tusa D, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Leigh, Thank you for the 5 star rating! Great to hear you enjoyed the trip and the diving. We agree - Osprey reef is simply spectacular! You can find everything from small nudibranchs to schools of sharks and beautiful corals. Not to mention the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband I are went for a week on the Spirit of Freedom over Christmas - what a fabulous week, despite the dreadful weather (there was a cyclone chasing us). Unfortunately we were not able to travel to Osprey Reef due to the weather, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank olgymills
Tusa D, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi olgymills, Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review. We are so happy to hear you had a great time onboard Spirit of Freedom with our crew despite the weather not being the best. We are very proud of our crew...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Where to start.. for many of us doing a liveabord on the GBR is a life dream and the crew of spirit of freedom made the trip of a lifetime! And I am saying this having been seasick for most of the first day ;)...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JanneH203
Tusa D, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Janne, Thank you for the great review. We're so happy to read that you enjoyed the trip and that our crew made it the trip of a lifetime. Such kind words! I'll be sure to pass them along to our crew. Each and everyone...More

Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

Booked the 7 night trip to include Osprey Reef - unfortunately weather did not allow us to reach the outer reefs . Not the crews fault but it meant multiple dives on same sites which is not what you want as an experienced diver ....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

We did the 4 day Cod Hole trip from Cairns to Lizard Island between 24 and 27 December, which included Xmas day. It is also right in the Wet Season for FNQ. Not suprisingly, it rained, a lot. Despite this, the crew worked really hard...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank BF_and_AA
Reviewed 27 December 2018

My wife and I had a great time on our 3 day Spirit of Freedom adventure. As a diver with only 50 or so dives, the diving experience was amazing for me. "Finderella" treatment was great, as was the dive prep area, tank refilling, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mark C
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andywillett2018
1 September 2018|
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Response from bicko2 | Reviewed this property |
Just got back from far north expedition and no signs of bleaching. Haven’t been on SOF for two years and pleased to see the far north is in great condition on the sites SOF visited and a fair % were sites never visited... More
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andywillett2018
26 August 2018|
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Response from steph_tourstheworld | Reviewed this property |
I was there in May. You could see some bleaching, but the sites that Spirit of Freedom visits are really far out on the reef where not many people go - the healthiest part. The bleaching there is minimal. The reef is... More
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