Destination At A Glance

Water Temperature - 
25°C to 29°C
Ideal Season - 
Year round, with January to April being the wettest months in Cairns.
Visibility - 
10 to 30m (average 20m)
Air Temperature - 
26°C to 32°C
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural structure on our planet. It consists of nearly three thousand individual reefs, is visible from space and stretches over 1,500 miles along the eastern seaboard of Australia.

The Barrier Reef is a "must visit" for any discerning diver and offers a tremendous diversity of coral and fish life. For the more adventurous, the remote reefs of the Coral Sea, that lie even further offshore, also beckon the diver.

North of Cairns and only accessible by liveaboards is a string of ten coral reefs called the Ribbon Reefs, where you will find some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef. This is where the famous Cod Hole is to be found, home to a family of giant potato cod. Other spectacular sites include Pixie Pinnacle, Dynamite Path and Challenger Bay. Diving here is at a depth less than 20 metres in sheltered waters and little current, which makes it a destination for divers of all levels and absolutely perfect for photographers.

Lying beyond the Ribbon Reefs are the reefs of the Coral Sea which cover an area three times larger than the Great Barrier Reef. Here pelagic species are abundant and the diving exciting and varied.


Twin cabin on Spirit of Freedom in Great Barrier Reef AustraliaDouble cabin on scuba divers liveaboard Spirit of FreedomSaloon of Spirit of Freedom divers liveaboard in Great Barrier Reef Australia

Operated by the experienced Tusa Dive, Spirit of Freedom is a magnificent vessel, superbly managed with excellent facilities.

She operates diving trips of three, four and seven day duration, departing from Cairns. The seven day option is a circular route which takes in the very best of the Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea and allows divers to join or depart from the vessel at either Cairns or Lizard Island.

The unique eco-systems of the region create an amazing diversity of marine life, from the coral gardens with waving sea anemones and colorful reef fish to the 1000 meter reef walls, home territory of reef sharks, whalers, schooling hammerheads, mantas and barracuda.

Key Facts
  • 26 guests, 11 cabins each with air conditioning and ensuite bathroom

  • Nitrox diving and courses

  • 3, 4 and 7 day itineraries

  • Night diving available


While there are no Resorts listed in this area, please take a look at some of the exciting Liveaboards operating in these waters. Click on the Liveaboards tab to find out more.



Innovation House
Boldero Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP32 7BS

Tel: +44 (0) 1284 748010

Fax: +44 (0) 1284 748011

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