M/V Spirit of Freedom
In 2002, Tusa Dive made use of their local diving knowledge and years of experience looking after certified divers, and launched their liveaboard vessel, Spirit of Freedom. At a comfortable 37 meters in length, this dive cruiser features electronic stabilizers, two lounge areas, a sun deck, and spacious cabins with private bathrooms for up to 26 passengers. On board guests enjoy gourmet chef prepared meals and the highest levels of service provided by 10 professional crew and dive staff. We offer 3 to 7 day itineraries to the remote northern Great Barrier Reef region of the Ribbons Reefs, and to Osprey reef in the Coral Sea.
Tusa Dive and Spirit of Freedom are both Advanced Ecotourism operators, committed to providing a service that reflects our responsibility to protect our environment, preserving the Great Barrier Reef for years to come.
3 DAY/3 NIGHT – COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS DIVE ADVENTURE
The 3 day / 3 night Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef trip is ideal for anyone with an Open Water Dive License. Departing Cairns at noon on Mondays, there’s two introductory dives that afternoon before the 37m (122 feet) Spirit of Freedom powers up and motors 240km north to the Ribbon Reefs. Spend the next two days exploring various reef sites, including the Cod Hole with its resident population of giant, friendly Potato Cod. Thursday is your last day and it’s a quick tour of Lizard Island, before taking a low-level flight back to Cairns.
4 DAY/4 NIGHT – CORAL SEA & RIBBONS REEF ADVENTURE
The Coral Sea trips depart Cairns every Thursday, starting with a scenic flight to Lizard Island. Diving commences that afternoon, with two introductory dives on the Ribbon Reefs before Spirit of Freedom cruises to the Coral Sea overnight. The next few days are spent exploring Osprey Reef, a bountiful, remote reef that offers divers large schools of pelagic fish, plenty of sharks, 1,000m drop offs and amazing visibility. A highlight of this trip is the Shark Feed dive at ‘North Horn’. Sunday night Spirit of Freedom returns to Cairns, with guests departing early Monday morning. This trip is more suited to scuba divers with Advanced Certification.7
DAY/7 NIGHT – COD HOLE, RIBBON REEFS & CORAL SEA ADVENTURE
Seven day expeditions are a combination of the above (with no scenic flight), giving you the opportunity to do up to 26 certified dives in some of the best locations on earth.
CAIRNS’ BEST LIVEABOARD DIVE BOAT
Spirit of Freedom is Cairns’ best liveaboard dive boat. With clean lines, this well appointed mono hull is both spacious and comfortable. The crew is professional and attentive, defogging your mask before every dive and helping you with your fins. Water entry is usually giant stride from the back of the boat, but pending conditions may also include tender drop-offs and live entry.
You can choose between bringing your own equipment or full gear hire. All meals and snacks are provided in the package and accommodation ranges from Quad Share to Double, Twin, Stateroom and Ocean View Deluxe. Spirit of Freedom is air-conditioned inside with a spacious sun deck and dive deck.