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SPIRIT OF FREEDOM

Spirit of Freedom offers unique scuba diving experiences along the remote far northern coast of Queensland, and  into  the  oceanic  wilderness  of  Australia’s  Coral  Sea.  Live-­‐aboard  expeditions  travel  to  iconic  dive  destinations  for  encounters  with  sharks,  Dwarf  Minke  whales,  and  divers e  marine  life  amongst  isolated  and abundant coral reefs. Regarded  as  Australia’s  largest  and  most  comfortably  appointed  dive  vessel,  the  37  metre  cruiser  offers  spacious  accommodations  for  up  to  26  guests  in  11  generous  cabins  with  private  bathroom.   The  three  deck steel mono-­‐hull boasts electronic stabilizers, the latest navigation and scuba technology, and spacious dive deck and communal areas. The on-­‐board experience includes chef prepared meals, Australian wine with dinner, and personalised service provided by 10 experienced crew.  Year round, three, four, and seven-­‐day expeditions visit the world renown diving destinations of the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs, and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. Special expeditions are also available on an ad hoc basis, and custom whole boat charters can be reserved.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

DIVE SITES

DECK PLAN

BOAT SPECIFICATIONS

Year built:    1992

Construction:   Steel hull with aluminum superstructure

Engines:    2 x Rolls Royce C8M 410 249.8 kw diesel

Generators:   2 x Cummings 6BTs, 90 KVA each

Navigation:    JRC 72 mile radar, Transas Plotter, Tsunami GPS System

Communications:  Ship’s phone, satellite phone and email, Icom HF Radio,

     Icom VHF radio, Wireless internet access when in range.

Length:  37.0 metres / 122 feet

Beam:   7.1 metres/ 24 feet

Draft:   2.2 metres/ 7.26 feet

Speed:   11 knots

Displacement:  250 tonnes

Fresh Water:  20,000 litres plus Desalinators

Fully Air-conditioned throughout

Electronic Stabilizers

Crew:   10

Passengers:  Maximum 26

Passenger Cabins: 11

DIVE DECK

 2 x Bauer 21 CFM Compressors

DNAx Nitrox Membrane System

65 cf & 88 cf Alloy Tanks

Uwatec Aladin Prime Dive Computers

All individual scuba gear items

3mm and 5mm full lengths wetsuits

2 x 4.8m Naiad Tender boats

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3 DAY 3 NIGHT COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS

Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs.  This tour begins every Monday from Cairns, and travels 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 with time ashore at Lizard Island the next morning, before boarding your return flight to Cairns.   The one-hour low-level scenic flight to Cairns arrives around 11:30am on Thursday.

 

Recommended Dive Experience Level:  Open Water Diver to Experienced

Adventure Level: Mild to mid level comfort factor on dive entries depending on weather conditions. .

 

Your 3 Day Trip

 

Departs Cairns 12:00 noon Monday

Returns Cairns 11:30 am Thursday

 

Your 3 Day trip Includes

• Transfers to/ from your Cairns city hotel

• Low level 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

 

Your Itinerary

Monday: 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.

 

Tuesday & Wednesday::

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 know as a channel for sharks to pass through.  4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Tuesday. On Wednesday evening we overnight at Watson’s Bay on Lizard Island and enjoy a  sunset Bar-be-que dinner on the top deck.

 

Thursday: 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 twin-engine light aircraft for your low level flight over the reef and / or along the coast back to Cairns. The one hour flight arrives at Hinterland Aviation, Cairns General Aviation Airport around 11.15 to 11:30am, where the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.

 

Notes:

1. SNORKELERS. The reefs of the Ribbon Reefs are relatively close to the surface, and with little current, offer excellent snorkelling at most sites.  Experienced snorkelers are most welcome to join this tour and a discount off the advertised diver rate will apply.  Please note that while you be safe under the watchful eye  of the ‘look-out’ crew, a snorkel buddy may not always be available.

 

2. Due to light aircraft restrictions, your total weight of your luggage is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person, including your dive gear and carry on luggage.

4 DAY 4 NIGHT CORAL SEA & RIBBON REEFS

Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs. The 4 Day Coral Sea tour begins Thursday morning at 8.30am with a low level flight from Cairns along the coastline and over the reef to Lizard Island to meet the ‘Spirit of Freedom’. The first day will see you diving the very top of the Ribbon Reefs, before overnight travel out to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.  Two days is spent diving the spectacular walls of Osprey Reef, an old volcanic atoll lying 220 km off the coast.  Renown for its spectacular 1000 metre walls, Osprey Reef also offers massive soft corals, amazing shark action, and exceptional visibility.  ‘North Horn’ at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate.  Here you can also experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive.  The last day is spent at Ribbon Reef Number 3, or occasionally if the weather permits, Bougainville Reef, to the south of Osprey Reef.  Overnight travel on the last night, returns you to Cairns early on the Monday morning.

 

Recommended Dive Experience Level: PADI Advanced or equivalent and above

Adventure Level: Mid range to High level, depending on the winds, swells, and currents.

 

Your 4 Day Trip

 

Departs Cairns 08.30 am Thursday

Returns Cairns 07.30 am Monday

 

Your 4 Day trip Includes

• Transfers to/ from your Cairns city hotel

• One way flight – Cairns to Lizard Island

• Opportunity for up to 15 dives

• En-suite cabin with daily service

• Chef prepared gourmet meals – Australian style

• Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals

 

Your Itinerary

Thursday: Around 07:30am this morning the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will transfer you from your Cairns city hotel to Hinterland Aviation at Cairns General Aviation Airport.  Here you will board a twin-engine light aircraft for your scenic flight up the coast to Lizard Island.  The Spirit of Freedom crew will greet you on arrival and escort you via tender to the vessel.  After an orientation of the vessel we depart for Ribbon Reef Number 10.  This afternoon we will have the opportunity for two dives at a choice of sites including the Cod Hole, Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Gardens, and  Pixie Pinnacle.  We depart in the evening for a 10 hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

 

Friday & Saturday: Two days will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia’s Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging 30 to 100 metres. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals, rising from the ocean floor  thousands of feet below.  ‘North Horn’  is a dive site at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate, and you can experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. .  4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Friday.  On Saturday night we will depart Osprey Reef for overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.

 

Sunday:  At Ribbon Reefs Number 3 we will dive such sites as the sensational Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point.  A second option for this day, in special weather conditions, is to head south from Osprey to Bougainville Reef, known for it’s unusual underwater landscape or caverns, and it’s partially submerged wreck.  On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.

 

Monday:  We arrive back into Cairns at 06:30am.  Enjoy a light breakfast on board and a group photo opportunity before being dropped back to your Cairns hotel around 08.00am.

 

Notes:

1. SNORKELERS. The (at times) deeper reefs tops and currents of the Coral Sea, make the Coral Sea reefs only suitable for experienced snorkelers and strong swimmers.  You may not be able to snorkel at every site. Please note that while you be safe under the watchful eye  of the ‘look-out’ crew, a snorkel buddy may not always be available.

 

2. Due to light aircraft restrictions, your total weight of your luggage is limited to 20 kilograms/ 45 lb per person, including your dive gear and carry on luggage.

 

3. This itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change.  Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is tide and weather conditional.

7 DAY 7 NIGHT COD HOLE, CORAL SEA & RIBBON REEFS

Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs. This tour begins every Monday from Cairns, and travels 240 km along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the Cod Hole. Along the ‘Ribbons’ you will 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.   Within your 7 days, you will also spend 2 days at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.  An old volcanic atoll lying 220 km off the coast, Osprey Reef is renown for its spectacular walls to 1000m, it’s massive soft corals, shark action, and exceptional visibility.  ‘North Horn’ at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate.  Here you can also experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. This tour also includes a overnight stay and a couple of hours ashore at Lizard Island.  Return to Cairns 7 days later on the Monday morning.

 

Your 7 Day Trip

 

Departs Cairns 12.00 noon Monday

Returns Cairns 07.30 am Monday

 

This tour Includes

• Transfers to/ from your Cairns city hotel

• Opportunity for up to 26 dives

• En-suite cabin with daily service

• Chef prepared gourmet meals – Australian style

• Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals

 

Your Itinerary

Monday: 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.

 

Tuesday & Wednesday:

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 know as a channel for sharks to pass through. See the dive site page for site selection of some of our dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs.  4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Tuesday.

 

On Wednesday evening we overnight at Watson’s Bay on Lizard Island and enjoy a  sunset Bar-be-que dinner on the top deck.

Thursday: This morning after breakfast you will have the opportunity to go ashore at Lizard Island.  A good chance to stretch you legs on land at this half way point, you can take the guided walk from Watson’s Beach to Mary Watson’s cottage over Chinaman’s Ridge and back to the beach.  Around 11.00am we will cruise back to Ribbon Reef Number 10 for two dives at a choice of sites including the Snake Pit, Cod Hole, Challenger Bay, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, and Pixie Pinnacle.  If the tide permits we may repeat a dive at the Cod Hole or visit new sites.  We depart in the evening for a 10 hour crossing to Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.

 

Friday & Saturday: Two days will be spent diving Osprey Reef (weather permitting). Australia’s Coral Sea reefs are renown for crystal clear water with visibility ranging 30 to 100 metres. The landscape is amazing with sheer walls laced with gorgonians, sea whips, and bright yellow soft corals, rising from the ocean floor  thousands of feet below.  ‘North Horn’  is a dive site at the tip of Osprey is a site where grey reef sharks, silvertips, and the occasional oceanic congregate, and you can experience a close encounter with the Spirit of Freedom shark attraction dive. .  4 to 5 dives will be available each day, including a night dive on the Friday. On Saturday night we will depart Osprey Reef for overnight travel to the Ribbon Reefs.

 

Sunday: At Ribbon Reefs Number 3 we will dive such sites as the sensational Steve’s Bommie, Temple of Doom, and Flare Point.  A second option for this day, in special weather conditions, is to head south from Opsrey to Bougainville Reef, known for it’s unusual underwater landscape or caverns, and it’s partially submerged wreck.  On Sunday evening we will cruise overnight back to Cairns.

 

Monday: We arrive back into Cairns at 06:30am.  Enjoy a light breakfast on board and a group photo opportunity before being dropped back to your Cairns hotel around 08.00am.

 

Notes:

1.  SNORKELERS.  The reefs of the Ribbon Reefs are relatively close to the surface, and with little current, offer excellent snorkelling at most sites.  However. the (at times) deeper reefs tops and currents of the Coral Sea, make the Coral Sea reefs only suitable for experienced snorkelers and strong swimmers and you may not be able to snorkel at every site.  Please note that while you be safe under the watchful eye  of the ‘look-out’ crew, a snorkel buddy may not always be available.

 

2. This itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change.  Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is tide and weather conditional.

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3 DAY COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS - UNTIL 30 JUNE 2015

CABIN TYPE PRICE PER PERSON $AU
Ocean View Deluxe $2,375.
Ocean View Standard $2,150
Stateroom $2,150
Double/ Twin $1,850
Quad Share $1,550

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

4 DAY CORAL SEA REEFS - UNTIL 30 JUNE 2015

CABIN TYPE PRICE PER PERSON $AU
Ocean View Deluxe $2,750.
Ocean View Standard $2,550
Stateroom $2,550
Double/ Twin $2,200
Quad Share $1,925

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

7 DAY COD HOLE & CORAL SEA REEFS - UNTIL 30 JUNE 2015

CABIN TYPE PRICE PER PERSON $AU
Ocean View Deluxe $4,875.
Ocean View Standard $4,450
Stateroom $4,450
Double/ Twin $3,800
Quad Share $3,225

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

OPTIONAL EXTRAS PRICE PER PERSON $AU
3 Day Full Equipment rental $120.
4 Day Full Equipment rental $160
7 Day Full Equipment rental $245
3 Day Nitrox package $75
4 Day Nitrox package $105
7 Day Nitrox package $180
PADI Advanced Course $265
Padi Nitrox Course $295

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

MANDATORY PAY ON BOARD FEES

1. A $20 p/person Marine Park Levy & Port fee applies

(Flat fee for 3, 4, or 7 day tour)

2. A fuel levy may be applicable at the time of travel

As at 01 July 2013 Fuel Levy is currently $10 per day.

 

NOTES

Non Diving Passengers, please deduct $100 off the 3 & 4 day trip rates and $200 off the 7 day trip rate

Sole Occupancy - please double the retail rates and deduct $100 per day

Triple Share in Double/Twin: 2 people pay twin share rate, 1 person pays quad share rate

Ocean View cabins and Stateroom contain double beds only and rates are based on double occupancy

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7 DAY COD HOLE & CORAL SEA REEFS - UNTIL 30 JUNE 2015

CABIN TYPE PRICE PER PERSON $AU
Ocean View Deluxe $4,875.
Ocean View Standard $4,450
Stateroom $4,450
Double/ Twin $3,800
Quad Share $3,225

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

3 DAY COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS - UNTIL 30 JUNE 2016

CABIN TYPE PRICE PER PERSON $AU
Ocean View Deluxe $2,475.
Ocean View Standard $2,250
Stateroom $2,250
Double/ Twin $1,950
Quad Share $1,650

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

4 DAY CORAL SEA REEFS - UNTIL 30 JUNE 2016

CABIN TYPE PRICE PER PERSON $AU
Ocean View Deluxe $2,850.
Ocean View Standard $2,625
Stateroom $2,625
Double/ Twin $2,295
Quad Share $1,995

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

7 DAY COD HOLE & CORAL SEA REEFS - UNTIL 30 JUNE 2016

CABIN TYPE PRICE PER PERSON $AU
Ocean View Deluxe $5,075.
Ocean View Standard $4,625
Stateroom $4,625
Double/ Twin $3,995
Quad Share $3,395

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

OPTIONAL EXTRAS PRICE PER PERSON $AU
3 Day Full Equipment rental $120.
4 Day Full Equipment rental $160
7 Day Full Equipment rental $245
3 Day Nitrox package $75
4 Day Nitrox package $105
7 Day Nitrox package $180
PADI Advanced Course $265
Padi Nitrox Course $295

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

MANDATORY PAY ON BOARD FEES

1. A $20 p/person Marine Park Levy & Port fee applies

(Flat fee for 3, 4, or 7 day tour)

2. A fuel levy may be applicable at the time of travel

As at 01 July 2013 Fuel Levy is currently $10 per day.

 

NOTES

Non Diving Passengers, please deduct $100 off the 3 & 4 day trip rates and $200 off the 7 day trip rate

Sole Occupancy - please double the retail rates and deduct $100 per day

Triple Share in Double/Twin: 2 people pay twin share rate, 1 person pays quad share rate

Ocean View cabins and Stateroom contain double beds only and rates are based on double occupancy

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AUSTRALIAN DIVE SITES

RIBBON REEF

THE COD HOLE

The world famous Cod Hole is home to numerous Potato Cod. These huge fish are quite used to divers, offering the chance to get up close and personal, and are quite willing to pose for a photo whilst visiting one of the many cleaning stations. Whilst usually docile and relaxed, the Cod feed allows divers to see the spectacle of these fish feeding in action. The shallows of Cod Hole offer excellent coral life to explore and the chance to search for many hidden treasures. Follow the terraced reef down for the chance to witness pelagic fish on their way past. Though susceptible to current on an incoming tide, this makes for an excellent drift dive.

 

Dynamite Pass

Get the tides right and you are in for a thrilling drift dive along the reef wall of Cormorant Reef. Sit back, enjoy the ride and let Dynamite Pass blow your mind as a plethora of marine life passes right in front of your eyes.

 

The Snake Pit

An isolated reef between Lizard Island and # 10 Ribbon Reef

 

Living up to its name, this site is famous for the Olive Sea Snakes found here. These snakes tend to be curious of divers entering their domain and have been known to be fascinated with their reflection in a camera lens. As such it is not uncommon to encounter more than one in a single dive. This site ranges from 10 to 30 metres and a range of invertebrates can be found including clams, sea stars, nudibranchs, and sea cucumbers. The isolation of this patch of reef brings many larger fish to the area including trevally, barracuda, sharks and eagle rays. A little exposed, this reef is only accessible in reasonably good conditions.

 

Lighthouse Bommie

An isolated pinnacle in deep water, Lighthouse Bommie rises from about thirty metres at the base ascending to five metres – the perfect location for an impressive safety stop. The Lighthouse attracts schools of Trevally, Barracuda, and Fusilliers. A resident turtle is home on most dives and baths in the attention of photographers. This pinnacle abounds with hidden macro treasures for those with a keen eye. During June and July Lighthouse Bommie becomes a popular playground for the very inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales as they pass through the area on their Southward migration.

 

Challenger Bay

Challenger Bay has an amazing variety of marine life and is a great dive – day or night. The site has a sandy bottom, scattered with bommies, sloping up from thirty metres to meet the reef platform at about five metres. Huge schools of Batfish and Sweetlips are commonly seen, along with pelagic fish like Mackeral, Tuna and Barracuda. Night dives at this sight also provide divers with the opportunity to see some of the reefs nocturnal inhabitants as the octopus come out of hiding and moray eels swim freely throughout the reef. The Giant Trevally come out to hunt and steal the show at night, accompanying divers for the duration of the dive.

 

Monolith

The lesser-known neighbour of Challenger Bay, Monolith is a remarkable wall dive not to be overlooked. With an impressive field of fist coral cascading down the reef and a vast array of marine life calling this site home, you will not be disappointed. A lucky few may also glimpse the resident Hammerhead known to patrol the blue water off the wall.

 

Pixie Pinnacle

Pixie Pinnacle is a small isolated bommie rising from thirty metres to just below the surface allowing divers to view a cross-section of reef environments. An abundance of schooling fish allows divers the awe-inspiring experience of being in amongst them. This bommie is also littered with many hidden creatures waiting to be discovered by those with the patience to look - a macro photographer’s dream. This pinnacle can get strong currents on certain tides.

 

Pixie Gardens

This dive site begins as a gentle reef slope with scattered coral outcrops progressing into an impressive wall as you proceed north. This site is home to a widely varied cross-section of marine inhabitants. Whether exploring the sandy fields of garden eels, looking amongst the coral outcrops, or gliding along the reef wall, there is something for everyone.

 

Vertical Gardens

When the winds shift from the prevailing South-east around to the North-west for a short window around October/November, we are lucky enough to visit this gem. A reef wall descending to forty metres comes in to form as sheltered recess for divers to explore. The picturesque wall is covered with undulating soft corals swaying with the movement of the water. Nudibranch enthusiasts will be blown away.

 

Wonderland

A large coral mound growing out of depths approaching forty metres, ridges and channels leading off into the blue surrounding Wonderland. Exploring the wall or gardens that form this structure will lead to divers being met by pristine coral growth on all sides and a widely varied range of marine life.

 

Two Towers

Two bommies rise in tandem from the sandy seabed at twenty-five metres up to approximately five metres. A deeper coral ridge running down one side serves as a cleaning station at various times of the year. Weave your way between these impressive pinnacles and you are likely to be approached by the inquisitive sea snakes that are this site’s local residents. The isolation of these bommies has led to many critters establishing homes amongst the patches of rumble on the weatherside. Whilst conversely, come around to the other side and you will be amazed by the quantity of life sheltering behind these two structures.

 

Steve's Bommie

Steve's Bommie never fails to impress even the most discerning diver. There is not a better way to spend a Sunday morning. Rising up from thirty-five metres to its apex at around five metres. All you need to do is open your eyes to be astounded by the sheer quantity of schooling fish and the pristine condition of the corals. Look a little closer and you will find more of the reef’s masters of camoflage including Stonefish, Leafy Scorpionfish and Wobbegong Sharks. Located at twenty-two metres is a marble plaque commemorating the site's namesake - 'Steve'.

 

Flare Point

Flare Point offers a relaxing site at which to conclude your trip aboard the ‘Spirit of Freedom’. A beautiful sloping reef wall to explore, and scattered with deeper outlying bommies to discover. Flare Point offers classic images of unspoiled coral reef abundant with marine life and covered in a diverse range of brightly coloured tropical fish.

 

Joanie's Joy

Joanie's Joy is a wall dive with a number of scattered bommies ranging in depth from thirty metres up to three metres.

CORAL SEA

Shark, sharks and more sharks

An awesome dive for anyone wanting a close encounter with a variety and great number of sharks. Consequently this site is being used to monitor shark behaviour as part of a university research project. North Horn has a natural amphitheatre on the edge of the main reef, with a wall that steps down from near the surface to over a thousand metres deep. There is an abundance of huge soft corals at 25 to 40 metres. There is a commemorative plaque located at 32 metres in honour of a well-loved local Marine enthusiast. Our famous “Shark Feeding” dive is conducted here as well.

 

North Horn Wall

An amazing Drift dive along a 1000 metre vertical wall starting along Osprey Reef’s Western Wall and finishing at North Horn. A diverse dive consisting of shallow caves, drop off’s, deeper overhangs with colourful soft corals, and a large variety of fish life both large and small.

 

Half Way Wall

As the name suggests, Half Way Wall is midway between North Horn and False Entrance. The mooring is on the edge of the wall, with a number of bommies rising from around twenty metres. The main wall drops away under the boat to over a thousand metres.

 

Admiralty

Situated at the Southern End of Osprey Reef’s lagoon entrance, Admiralty is a popular afternoon and night diving spot. There is a reef maze amongst which a large variety of marine life make their home. From around thirty metres the reef drops off to depth in excess of a thousand metres. The area has many large caves and swim-throughs and an amazing series of sand bottom gullies leading up into the shallow lagoon area. Admiralty is so-named as it is the resting place of an old marine anchor, which can be seen in one of the many swim-throughs

 

False Entrance

A large divide in the reef gives the dive site the name "False Entrance". A large U-shaped gully starting in the reef lagoon area gradually descends deeper to around 30 metres. A large selection of bommies rising up off the gully floor make this an architecturally spectacular dive. This is a popular destination in the summer months, when the prevailing winds are from the north-west.

 

Around The Bend

This dive has it all. Normally a drift dive it starts on a 1000 metre wall enabling you to drift "around the bend" and back to the mooring line. For the experienced diver there is a isolated bommie at 32 metres off the wall which is a manta ray cleaning station and attracts some big fish life. Towards the end of the dive you can explore the shallow grotto near the mooring line, a trench which is carved into the reef, making it a fantastic place for the safety stop and to find a myriad of little critters.

 

Castles

Situated along the Western Wall Between "Admiralty" and "North Horn" this dive has an unusual profile as it consists of a large numbers of gullies and trenches weaving between the "Turrets and Towers" of the reef. The shallow lagoon area gradually descends to 30 metres where it meets the edge of the 1000 metre wall. It is known for a combination of interesting terrain and diverse marine life. The area is abundant with caves both large and small and home to an amazing overhang filled with gorgonian fans.

 

Silver City

Only a few hundred metres from the "Castles" mooring lies this popular afternoon dive site. A 45 degree sloping wall, that decends down into the depths towards the 1000 metre wall. There are a series of volcano-style bommies rising just before the drop off, that extend along the length of the dive site. Some fantastic caves can be found along the sloping wall and there are regular breaks in the reef, allowing you to swin up into the shallow, sandy lagoon area.

 

Secret Caves

Situated at the Northern End of Osprey Reef’s lagoon entrance, Secret Caves is a great afternoon and night diving spot, when summer's north east winds prevail. It consists of a vertical wall that extends to the North along the outside of the reef and also a sloping wall that continues up the channel and into the shallow lagoon area.

 

Rapid Horn

Situated at the Southern Tip of Osprey Reef, Rapid Horn can only be dived in the summer months when northerly winds prevail. It consists of a 1000 metre vertical wall which the diver drifts along, eventually leading to a plateau on the Southern Tip, which is home to an amazing array of dense fish schools both large and small.

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