Spirit of Freedom, Australia

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M/V Spirit of Freedom is a 37m, state-of-the-art liveaboard, voted Best Australian Liveaboard by readers of Australasia Dive Log in 2015 & 2017. Spirit of Freedom offers year-round, 3, 4, and 7-day diving cruises to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea reefs and special Far Northern expeditions to dive the truly pristine and remote reefs. Diving amenities onboard MV Spirit of Freedom include a spacious dive deck, individual dry storage, Nitrox, rinse tanks, a small camera table, and freshwater showers. A camera workstation is also onboard with power boards and converters for 110 volts.

Topside, the Spirit of Freedom offers guests 11 cabins with a style and budget for everyone. All cabins have a private bathroom, wardrobe, ample storage, air conditioning, and housekeeping services. TV Monitors & Apple TV movies are available in Ocean View Cabins and the Stateroom. Guests will enjoy relaxing on the top deck between dives or in the evening, where it is a great place to unwind with a drink at the end of a day of fantastic diving. The forward lounge is perfect for chilling out and relaxing and has comfortable seating and beanbags. The dining salon has ample seating for all guests and is where a variety of quality healthy meals are available. Dinner is a set menu, and soft drinks, wine, and beer are included with dinner. The Spirit of Freedom must be notified of any special dietary requirements at least 30 days before travel.

Snorkelers are welcome aboard the Minke Whale Trip (June and July) and the 3-Day Cod Hole trip. Please note that snorkeling can be restricted due to weather, tides, currents, and other environmental conditions, and snorkeling is only permitted on sites deemed safe. Young Scuba Divers from ages 10 and up are welcome to travel with parents, but the Spirit of Freedom must be notified in advance of equipment sizes and certification levels. The trip director reserves the right to restrict diving if a minor is too inexperienced. Passengers over 65 are required to supply a doctor’s medical statement confirming they are fit to dive.

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Included: VAT, Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Snorkel Gear, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (20-50 AUD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Nitrox (75-180 AUD per trip), Nitrox Course (295-325 AUD), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear (130-270 AUD), Scuba Diving Courses (265 AUD).

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1992
  • Year renovated Annually
  • Length 37 Metres
  • Deck area Expansive
  • Beam 7.1 Metres
  • Top speed 12 Knots
  • Cruising speed 8 Knots
  • Engines 2 x Rolls Royce C8M 410 249.8kw diesel
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 11
  • Number of bathrooms 11 + 2 toilets on the dive deck
  • Tenders 2 x Naiad RIB tender boats
  • Water capacity 22000 Litres
  • Fuel capacity 30000 Litres
  • Freshwater maker 9000 litres per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Spirit of Freedom Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 173 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.9
  2. Crew
    9.5
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.4
  5. Value
    9.0
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Steven P
  • United States United States
Well taken care of

The crew all seemed to enjoy their job, which is important on a liveaboard. They were very helpful if you wanted help while not forcing it if you didn't think you needed it. The food was great - I gained weight, which I don't appreciate. The weather wasn't the best, so itinerary changed for the best experience possible for the weather we had. I also enjoyed getting to know the other passengers on board. It was a small group, which I particularly enjoyed - I know that was just the luck of the draw, but it worked out well for us.

Recommended for
crew, food, other passengers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Justin Y
  • United States United States
Spirit of Freedom is one of the best dive experience in Cairns

Highlights - STAFF. They went above and beyond in taking care of each diver and ensuring that we have the best experience. They make sure you have a great vacation experience. Super friendly and knows how to have fun - FOOD. Eating 4-5 delicious meals a day. Different cuisines. Will accommodate to your dietary needs. Chef was incredible. - DIVE. They pick the best dive spots in the Great Barrier Reef, considering the weather. They will help you if you need a refresher. They will take great photos for you (although you can bring your own gopro/camera). All the gear is great quality. I can't praise Spirit of Freedom enough for an amazing experience. Here's a video of my trip- https://youtu.be/3pBSBrvAIpo

Recommended for
Friendly Staff who care about your experience. Best dive spots. Amazing food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kaitlin R
  • United States United States
Awesome experience!

The dives were amazing. So many fish and other creatures to see. The coral was bright and beautiful. An exhausting amount of diving, but the crew was there making every moment great. Highly recommend Spirit of Freedom!

Recommended for
Friendly/helpful crew, amazing dive sites, great food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Edward R
  • United States United States
Amazing Dive Trip

We were able to dive sites on the Coral Sea that are only experienced with perfect weather that we had. The crew couldn't have been more helpful assist divers of all levels. The food was excellent. Captain Tony and Trip Director Ellis were awesome as was all of their staffs.

Recommended for
Crew was the best I've experienced. The dive sites were remarkable
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Michael B
  • United States United States
Unforgettable experience, and I would definitely do it again!

Watching the potato cod feeding and getting to swim around/with them after.

Recommended for
Diving assistance, crew friendliness, and food/beverages
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jessica S
  • United States United States
Trip of a Lifetime

The crew on Spirit of Freedom made for a once in a lifetime dive experience. I cannot recommend them highly enough!

Recommended for
Food, Crew, Weather
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alex T
  • United States United States
Fantastic time with great crew

seeing incredible diversity of life in the Coral Sea, eating like a king, hanging out with the crew between dives and having them point stuff out during dives. having freedom to explore with buddy during dives.

Recommended for
crew, dive sites, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Peyton B
  • United States United States
Amazing experience

We saw about 10 dolphins before one of our dives! Also the experience of the dive masters was so great, I felt really comfortable diving

Recommended for
The crew, the food and the experience
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Hayden D
  • United States United States
Best Dive Trip Ever

The Spirit of Freedom was the heart of our Australian adventure. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Recommended for
Crew treated you like family. Every dive was incredible!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Caity S
  • United States United States
Amazing Experience

This was a great trip - We did the 5 day Coral Sea & Ribbon Reefs Adventure and had a wonderful experience. The crew was amazing, the dive sites were out of this world, and the boat was great (food, bunk etc).

Recommended for
Crew, dives & food!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rachel C
  • United States United States
Amazing

The dive guides were great and showed us all sorts of wonderful underwater highlights. We especially enjoyed seeing a cuttlefish, moray eel, stingray, pigmy seahorse, and shark!

Recommended for
Diving, food, staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jayne S
  • United States United States
Very enjoyable

The night dive was spectacular-I'll remember it forever! From the beginning to the end of the trip everything went smoothly. Even when the air conditioning went out and we were forced to come back early the crew handled it smoothly and very well.

Recommended for
The diving, the customers, the crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Brittany G
  • United States United States
Best Part of Our Trip

We loved everything about this trip - the crew was amazing (Michelle the Director was hilarious), the food was great and there was tons of variety (we probably gained 5 lbs), we loved all the other passengers on the boat, our room was very comfortable (we were in a 4 bed shared) and the dive sites were gorgeous.

Recommended for
Diving, Crew & Bonding with the other passengers
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Joseph C
  • United States United States
very good experience, diving at osprey reef was fantastic

Osprey Reef

Recommended for
osprey reef, food, dive guides
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Robin K
  • United States United States
Would do again

This was my first liveaboard and I had a wonderful time. The Spirit of Freedom set a high bar for future experiences.

Recommended for
Unique dive sites, great crew, and quality food.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jillian L
  • United States United States
Amazing

Saw a whale shark! The crew were really nice which set a nice community feel on the boat. The dive sites were incredible. I've never seen so much coral on reefs in my life.

Recommended for
Whale shark, remote dive sites, dive crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kendra R
  • United States United States
Excellent, friendly, professional service

The Coral was superb on the GBR, but the crew really made the trip with their professionalism, hard work, fun and all around accommodating services. 4 or 5 long dives all but the first day on board, so 26 beautiful dives over 7 days. While we had a few days of poor visibility, the crew made up for it and we’d come again for the friendly crew. Food was fresh all 7 days- fresh fruit and salads every lunch and good variety of meats and vegetarian meals. Highly recommend Spirit of Freedom for a great trip on the GBR and Coral Sea!

Recommended for
The crew was incredibly kind, professional and fun. Really accommodating and fun. Food was fresh and equipment was new and well taken care if
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Catherine C
  • United States United States
The BEST diving experience; my whole family loved it!

The crew was truly spectacular. They were all very friendly and helpful. The dive sites and the organization of the program was thoughtfully planned out and my family and I always felt very safe which is of upmost importance to us. Truly an unforgettable experience!

Recommended for
The staff were so friendly and helpful. The food was exquisite and the diving was unforgettable!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Zoë S
  • United States United States
I loved it!

seeing a whale shark

Recommended for
food, crew, dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Floyd B
  • United States United States
fantastic experience, look forward to the next one

The Whale shark

Recommended for
food , staff , food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ken N
  • United States United States
Great,safe diving in a friendly environment with off the chart food

Ocean side dive Snake pit Food

Recommended for
Dive variety. Staff cohesiveness. Food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Brian K
  • United States United States
The crew was amazing, the food spectacular and amazing dives

Finding a cuttle fish, and seeing the crew generally happy for me. Meeting amazing people Food OMG the food

Recommended for
The crew , food, dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • George C
  • United States United States
Great Barrier Reef Trip

The food and crew was exceptional. On the last day of diving, the dive guide found two turtles for me.

Recommended for
Fantastic food, excellent crew, good diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Paul J
  • United States United States
Fabulous diving with a wonderful crew that exceeded my expectations

swim-throughs in coral reefs, shark feed arranged by dive staff, night dives (and did I mention the exceptional meals?)

Recommended for
Variety of dive sites, extremely friendly and safety-conscious crew, outstanding and plentiful food (better than I experienced ashore!)
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Philip C
  • United States United States
Not sure I would be satisfied with anything else.

Cod feeding, getting to 100’ for the first time

Recommended for
Guides, dives & food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sabrina H
  • United States United States
An amazing 4 days!

Animals (sharks, fish, cuttlefish, turtles, manta ray...) People - the crew was great (very organized), the dive guests were international, easy going and fun to vacation with!!

Recommended for
Crew, guests, organization
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Laura F
  • United States United States
Amazing

Night dive

Recommended for
The diving, the crew, the food!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Georgia K
  • United States United States
Spirit of Freedom

The weather was not the best and we had to cancel some of the most wanted dive sites. But everyone on board was so amazing especially all the dive masters.

Recommended for
Awesome crew. Good safety measures. Great food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Diana M
  • United States United States
Education, support, excellent food, superb crew, expert trip management

The crew were very supportive of my skill level. They monitored the weather, water, and tide conditions and made decisions to take best advantage of those conditions. I was astounded by the requirements of the crew - they did everything - cleaning, diving, dishes, tank refills, gear management, and administrative duties - super impressive! The Great Barrier Reef is a lifetime dream and the crew made sure that it was everything I could have dreamed of! They provided education that added to the appreciation of one of the great wonders of our planet and encouraged an attitude of responsibility with love. Amazing experience!!!

Recommended for
Super hardworking crew, amazing food, well chosen dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sarah S
  • United States United States
An amazing trip on the great barrier reef!

Spirit of Freedom is an amazing great barrier reef diving experience!! Diving was amazing, gear was all super well maintained, the crew was phenomenal, and the food was all so good. It was such a cool experience to be diving with so many amazing divers. The crew allows every buddy team to dive alone and self navigate which gives everyone the opportunity to make it their own experience! The chef was amazing and provided spreads at every meal so there's always something for everybody. Highly highly highly recommend this trip if you're looking for a northern great barrier reef live aboard!

Recommended for
Diving, gear and food!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jenny L
  • United States United States
Excellent experience and wonderful staff

We really enjoyed the beautiful reefs and the wonderful staff who helped provided us with a lovely experience.

Recommended for
Food, staff and dive sites.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • ALEXANDRA N
  • United States United States
A great option for a short trip to dive the reef

4-5 dives each day. Food was great and there was plenty of it. Overall trip was well organized and ran smoothly. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Recommended for
Diving spots, staff, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Steven E
  • United States United States
Best way to experience the GBR/coral sea

I did the 5 day/4 night coral sea trip and had an absolute blast. The crew were incredibly friendly and professional. Those that weren’t visibly working up a sweat on the dive deck were behind the scenes ensuring a successful trip. While SOF didn’t specifically offer guided dives, there were at least 2 divemasters in the water pointing out interesting marine life or diving with anyone who needed a buddy. The diving itself was amazing as expected and the food was fantastic.

Recommended for
The crew, dives and the food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Joe H
  • United States United States
Great dive trip

The diving and shops crew were incredible. 4-5 per day, great briefings, and crew to help find the interesting things. If you want to dive the Great Barrier Reef, this is the ship you want to be on.

Recommended for
Diving, food, crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Angela M
  • United States United States
Can't ask for a better diving experience

The crew was so incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. They make sure to give everyone the best diving experience possible. The food was amazing throughout the entire trip. I was sad on the last day of the trip but also so happy that I had booked my 4-day Great Barrier Reef diving trip with them.

Recommended for
Crew, dive sites, cabin comfort
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Wenting H
  • China China
great experience, everything is great

the night dive is great, the food is fantastic.

Recommended for
diving site and a lots to see, crew very professional in all detail service in the diving, great food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jun C
  • China China
Super organized and safe trip, crew works so hard! Appreciated!!

We did some really awesome dives on the GBR, could not have picked a better trip (would have wanted to stay longer for the Coral Sea part too though!). The crew is experienced and works super hard to get us to where we can dive safely in these very remote area. The food was amazing, probably ate a bit too much. It's spacious with lots of room to hang out or just chill. Overall a great trip and met some very interesting people!

Recommended for
Safety measures, clean, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Scott M
  • Canada Canada
Nothing to worry about except your dive!

Was able to see lots of sea life and have the comfort of food (and your bed) right there. It was also special that we were far enough out on the reef that we did not see anyone and felt like we had the whole area to ourselves. The overall organization of the trip and crew was stellar! The crew worked like military precision and were incredibly efficient with time and spotting the vessel to the various dive sites.

Recommended for
Crew organization, perfect weather, lots of dives.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Vikas J
  • India India
Excellent

Diving

Recommended for
Crew food boat
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Scott M
  • Canada Canada
Nothing to worry about except your dive!

Was able to see lots of sea life and have the comfort of food (and your bed) right there. It was also special that we were far enough out on the reef that we did not see anyone and felt like we had the whole area to ourselves. The overall organization of the trip and crew was stellar! The crew worked like military precision and were incredibly efficient with time and spotting the vessel to the various dive sites.

Recommended for
Crew organization, perfect weather, lots of dives.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Christian B
  • Belgium Belgium
Unique. Witnessed great teamwork from the young crew.

Seeing a fantastic crew at work with drive, professionalism and customer care.

Recommended for
Pace, Food & quality of vessel
  • 10 Exceptional
  • william B
  • Australia Australia
Unforgettable Four Day Coral Sea Liveaboard

We just returned to Cairns after an incredible four day/four night excursion to the Coral Sea and Osprey Reef with Spirit of Freedom. These four days were the highlight of our entire month in Australia. We completed 15 dives over the course of four days and saw a variety of sea life ranging from hoards of sharks down to the tiniest nudibranchs and everything in between. Visibility was easily over 30meters in most spots. The captain and crew of the Spirit of Freedom were the best! They made everyone feel right at home and delivered top notch service throughout the trip. All of the rental dive gear was in tip top shape and the accommodations were very comfortable, to say the least. Last but not least, the food! The food and beverage throughout the trip were amazing! You will certainly not go hungry on this trip! Highly recommend and can't wait to get back to visit again!

Recommended for
The Amazing Diving! The Outstanding Crew! The Delicious Food!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • william B
  • Australia Australia
Unforgettable Four Day Coral Sea Liveaboard

We just returned to Cairns after an incredible four day/four night excursion to the Coral Sea and Osprey Reef with Spirit of Freedom. These four days were the highlight of our entire month in Australia. We completed 15 dives over the course of four days and saw a variety of sea life ranging from hoards of sharks down to the tiniest nudibranchs and everything in between. Visibility was easily over 30meters in most spots. The captain and crew of the Spirit of Freedom were the best! They made everyone feel right at home and delivered top notch service throughout the trip. All of the rental dive gear was in tip top shape and the accommodations were very comfortable, to say the least. Last but not least, the food! The food and beverage throughout the trip were amazing! You will certainly not go hungry on this trip! Highly recommend and can't wait to get back to visit again!

Recommended for
The Amazing Diving! The Outstanding Crew! The Delicious Food!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • william B
  • Australia Australia
Unforgettable Four Day Coral Sea Liveaboard

We just returned to Cairns after an incredible four day/four night excursion to the Coral Sea and Osprey Reef with Spirit of Freedom. These four days were the highlight of our entire month in Australia. We completed 15 dives over the course of four days and saw a variety of sea life ranging from hoards of sharks down to the tiniest nudibranchs and everything in between. Visibility was easily over 30meters in most spots. The captain and crew of the Spirit of Freedom were the best! They made everyone feel right at home and delivered top notch service throughout the trip. All of the rental dive gear was in tip top shape and the accommodations were very comfortable, to say the least. Last but not least, the food! The food and beverage throughout the trip were amazing! You will certainly not go hungry on this trip! Highly recommend and can't wait to get back to visit again!

Recommended for
The Amazing Diving! The Outstanding Crew! The Delicious Food!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • william B
  • Australia Australia
Unforgettable Four Day Coral Sea Liveaboard

We just returned to Cairns after an incredible four day/four night excursion to the Coral Sea and Osprey Reef with Spirit of Freedom. These four days were the highlight of our entire month in Australia. We completed 15 dives over the course of four days and saw a variety of sea life ranging from hoards of sharks down to the tiniest nudibranchs and everything in between. Visibility was easily over 30meters in most spots. The captain and crew of the Spirit of Freedom were the best! They made everyone feel right at home and delivered top notch service throughout the trip. All of the rental dive gear was in tip top shape and the accommodations were very comfortable, to say the least. Last but not least, the food! The food and beverage throughout the trip were amazing! You will certainly not go hungry on this trip! Highly recommend and can't wait to get back to visit again!

Recommended for
The Amazing Diving! The Outstanding Crew! The Delicious Food!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maria Melina F
  • Italy Italy
Great Experience

Diving

Recommended for
Crew, diving, food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Sune Levy T
  • Denmark Denmark
Great diving and relaxed atmosphere

The night dive, Osprey reef dives and the relaxed atmosphere

Recommended for
The night dive, Osprey reef dives and the relaxed atmosphere
  • 8.0 Very good
  • bo H
  • China China
Good service

they provide Good service from boarding the boat. the cabin is clean, food is delicious. underwater is amazing. beautiful coral world and different lanforms.

Recommended for
Good screw, sharks, canyon underwater
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Asli S
  • Turkey Turkey
Wonderful!!!

The humpback whale, sharks, amazing marine life, the crew’s warm and friendly approach, Ben’s delicious meals and the great diving group!

Recommended for
The Crew, The Diving Sites, Spirit of Freedom comfort
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Shawn L
  • South Korea South Korea
Overall, great satisfaction both on diving and on the life aboard.

Awesome diving experiences around Ribbon Reef 9-10 with lots of healthy corals and diverse marine life, including sea snakes and potato cod fish.

Recommended for
1) Freedom while diving, yet professional crews to take care of safety, 2) Good maintenance status of the boat and the rental equipments, 3) Great food quality served throughout the trip.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Auguste H
  • France France
A wonderful trip

The diving spots at the Osprey reef and the Bougainville reef were particularly awesome. Underwater landscape were magic with a beautiful fauna, huge walls, colorful corals, tunnels in the reefs to explore and the deep blue of the ocean with a long range visibility that I never experienced before.

Recommended for
Diving spots, the crew and the food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Gerardo L
  • Spain Spain
Friendly crew and awesome dive spots

Tight schedule but extremely well organized

Recommended for
Food, crew and installations
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jacir P
  • Brazil Brazil
Serviço exemplar

Excelentes mergulhos

Recommended for
Novas amizades, boms mergulhos e ótimo atendimento da equipe
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Bradley D
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic experience.

Night diving, Great marine life , warm water, good viz.

Recommended for
Diving, Food & Great knowledgable Friendly Staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kerri H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A childhood dream realised.

Impressively well run ship with enthusiastic, switched on crew. Little things like warm towels, kit taken care of, delicious food, made it a fantastic liveaboard. Highly highly recommend. Don't miss out on the night dive!

Recommended for
Fantastic diving, comfortable ship, proficient crew.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Marie-France G
  • Australia Australia
Fun, safe and adventurous

shark feed, dedication of the cruise director and the whole crew especially Captain Cook

Recommended for
food, crew, dove location
  • 9.2 Superb
  • James H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Phenomenal trip to an incredibly remote area - amazing to be the first to dive such amazing sites.

Fabulous crew - incredibly hard working and clearly enjoying themselves. Spectacular diving in a very very remote area - we didn’t see land or another boat for a week. Incredible privilege to be the first to dive some great sites. Very varied diving - beautiful pristine hard coral, big turtles, lots of sharks, adrenaline fuelled drift dives, with the undoubted highlight being an underwater visit from a curious pod of bottlenose dolphins.

Recommended for
The crew, the food, diving with dolphins!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Daniel N
  • Sweden Sweden
Extraordinary Dive Expedition to the Far North

I had the pleasure to join on of the few expeditions to the Far North that Spirit of Freedom does each year and it was just extraordinary! The state of the reef and the marine life, the dive sites and the dive guides were all fantastic. Special shout-outs to Nick, Lucy, Michelle and Alice for making diving fun, safe and easy. Between dives Chef prepared fantastic, restaurant quality meals with impressive variety and attention to detail. Along with meeting the great people who signed up for this trip, this was a very memorable liveaboard indeed. I cannot wait to return to explore other itineraries with the Spirit of Freedom crew.

Recommended for
1. Diving 2. Dining 3. People
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Claudio K
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Highly recommend - absolutely perfect experience

Exceptional Wildlife, Best Night Dive ever, Super Attendive Crew, Amazing Chef who does Magic in the Galley!

Recommended for
Night Dives, Wildlife and the Crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gun L
  • Sweden Sweden
The best liveaboard ever great quality all the trip!

Osprey reef with the closeup with hammerhead, the Shark feeding, great coral gardens and drop offs. AMAZING TRIP!!!

Recommended for
The great crew team, the boat and food!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Craig A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fabulous dive trip!

Although many of the dive sites were tremendous dives, Cod hole and the night dive stood out as ones that will be remembered for a long time. What a cod! And diving with all the predators at night - amazing. Everyone had a permenant big smile on their face after the dive. Very professional crew and well managed and controlled dives. Couldn’t ask for easier diving the way the kit was looked after and set up for you. Well laid out boat. There were three in our bunk room so had some extra space to use. With all four in it would be cosy but as expected. I’m a tall guy so was pleasantly surprised to be able to stretch out fully on the bunk as often my feet hit the end. Great company, great crew, and great diving - best diving trip I have done!

Recommended for
Great crew, excellent food, great dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Peter M
  • Australia Australia
Brilliant all round experience, and I have experienced 10 different boats.

Working backwards - The real highlight of the trip were the 4 dives on the last diving day at Bougainville reef with clear water, amazing drift dives, and big schools of palegics and reef sharks. Osprey reef with the shark feed at North Horn and soft coral dives came in second followed closely with the 2 night dives where the small fish fed on plankton and the giant trevally, reef sharks etc feasted on the small fish. Amazing action. We were very lucky to have calm seas for the 8 days and a brilliant crew.

Recommended for
Food, all diving services, outstanding crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • JORGE S
  • Chile Chile
i was 1 week and everything was very good: security, Foods, Guides, crew service

Nothing was missing, they think about all, even small stuffs

Recommended for
Crew service, security and general comfort
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Barry P
  • Canada Canada
Outstanding experience during rough seas, dive team showed 1st class leadership, we will book again!!

The dive team showed us the best experiences possible and the atmosphere and on board food was 1st class / amazing We had rough seas but the best of dive experiences.... looking forward to next time.

Recommended for
Despite very challenging conditions every dive was wonderful
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Paul A
  • Australia Australia
Great

Diving

Recommended for
Diving, food, friends
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Susan S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great trip to the Barrier Reef with a fantastic crew

The crew were fantastic, well informed; safety was paramount, but done so nicely. The diving was great, with plenty of sharks and well as lots of little fish and corals.

Recommended for
Diving; Food; Company
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michelle K
  • Netherlands Netherlands
An amazing dive experience

See the minky whale, seeing sharks, the different dive spots

Recommended for
The dive spots, the friendly crew, the knowledge of the dive master
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Corinne D
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing on the water world

Tauchen mit Haien, viele verschiedene Leute kennenlernen.

Recommended for
Great Barrier Reef , Vielfalt der Fische und Korallen, die vielen Tauchgänge
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Wole T
  • Nigeria Nigeria
Nice Trip on a Very Nice Boat

Lots of Dives and lots of great food.

Recommended for
The Food, The Crew, The Boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Christopher O
  • Australia Australia
A stunning exploration of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World

There were many highlights throughout this trip so to name only a few: The food service was unbelievable!! The galley was too small to produce the variety, quality and quantity of food that I enjoyed. Chef Reuben is nothing short of a magician. Swimming with Minke Whales. Swimming with many of the sea creatures is a mind blowing experience, but none moreso than the Minke Whale. They are curious and gentle giants that really make you feel like a fish out of water. The Great Barrier Reef!

Recommended for
Staff support, catering, photography
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Huzefa K
  • India India
Great place

Turtles whales. Dolphins. Sharks

Recommended for
No other liveaboards in our vicinity. Crew. Comfort and ease of dives preparations
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Guillaume B
  • France France
Stunning dives with an amazingly friendly crew

Du point de vue des la plongée en elle-même, la 2nde plongée de nuit ainsi que les 2 jours à North Hole furent les meilleurs moments.

Recommended for
1) un voyage préparé/organisé sur-mesure pour des plongées toutes incroyables. 2) la connaissance impeccable des spots par le personnel. 3) la convivialité exceptionnelle et l'esprit de service du personnel
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nick K
  • Canada Canada
Surpassed Expectations

Crew was amazing - everyone was super inviting. Great dive spots. Amazing food from our cook Chris. Overall it surpassed all of my expectations.

Recommended for
Crew members, food, dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stuart G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Seriously, not enough stars

The crew. Hands down. I challenge you to find a better one. Professional yet fun and with a great dynamic between them all. They work hard! I stayed on for the three day trip but would have loved to stay longer. Diving was incredible, with a good variation in the dives and spacing for the "must see" stuff, so you could take a break if needed. I've done a bunch of liveaboards and this is the first that I would consider redoing. Thanks to everyone! #terry'sengineroomtour #terryisfamous

Recommended for
The crew, the diving, the food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Gabriel C
  • Spain Spain
Awesome!

Sharks!

Recommended for
Diving, crew, locations
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Warren C
  • Canada Canada
Dives are unguided.

Night Dive on the Second Dive was the highlight of the trip.

Recommended for
Location, Crew, Food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • George K
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Epic trip

The shark dive & Steve’s Bommie were my favourite dives but apart from the 1st one where the visibility was bad due to coral spawning, all of the dives were great. The crew were AMAZING!!! They could t have done more to help. At every point from the famous finderella service to helping me try to find important lost items. They were all friendly, good humoured, helpful, polite and respectful. Special mentions to James, both Scottys, all the girls and all the boys. Lol. They were all fab!!!

Recommended for
Incredible crew, amazing food and great equipment
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Fang L
  • China China
Excellent trip because of excellent crew!!!

Feed shark

Recommended for
1, the crew, everyone is very nice, friendly and helpful; 2, the food is great; 3, the clean and comfortable atmosphere
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Vicki C
  • Australia Australia
A great way to spend the week

Bougainville reef, mantas, the cod hole and the shark feeding

Recommended for
Lots of diving, the food, and lovely people
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andy T
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Best dive trip I've ever had.

Bourgainville reef and Osprey reef.

Recommended for
Sites, staff and food.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Amy M
  • Australia Australia
Our first liveaboard

The whole experience was outstanding. Definitely recommend this to others

Recommended for
Great diving, fantastic crew, delicious food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marie-Pier B
  • Canada Canada
Amazing

Everything was well organized and the staff was amazing. I had the best time on that trip

Recommended for
The staff, the dives, the food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jan N
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Live event! liveAboard Spirit of Freedom

All dives were splendid!

Recommended for
Dive locations, Overal safety, Quality food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kareem S
  • Canada Canada
Only thing better than the food was the diving!

The staff on board took care of absolutely every last detail, whether a cable for charging a phone up to making sure we got everything we could out of every dive we took. The boat itself was super clean and very well prepared. Finally, and most incredible, the food was absolutely amazing. I've eaten in many restaurants on land that couldn't hold a candle to what Chef prepared for us every meal. Definitely recommended!

Recommended for
Amazing dives, excellent food, fantastic staff!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Brenton S
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic experience.

We are advanced open water divers but dive at best once a year so we can be a little rusty. Whilst all the crew were great , our special thanks go to Jarred who was very patient, helpful and professional. Nothing was too much trouble and he made our experience an absolute delight. Brenton and Lyn SCOTT

Recommended for
Great sites, friendly people, great weather.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ellie D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Incredible diving on the Great Barrier Reef!

Fantastic dive locations on the Ribbon reefs and out in Osprey, exploratory dives, live drops... the diving was fantastic! Everything delivered with charm and underpinned by safety. Hostesses and food superb and boat comfortable for divers with lots of space to relax. I can't wait to go back to explore more of the GBR with the Spirit of Freedom crew!

Recommended for
Crew, food, and dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jennifer V
  • Canada Canada
A Great Experience For Our First Liveboard

This being our first Liveaboard, we weren’t sure what to expect but boy were we impressed. Our Trip Director James did an amazing job with clear dive briefings and ensured all of our needs and concerns were met. Mish, the Master Reef Guide was great making sure we we got the most out of each dive site and kept things fun and relaxed. Antonia, Jarryd, and Brad kept a close watch on all our dives with safety being top priority. Anne, the “Hostie with the mostie” kept a close eye and made sure we had everything we needed. Chef Giovanni prepared delicious meals and kept the food coming all day long. First mate Carina and 2nd mate Ben worked hard keeping the ship running smoothly and securing each dive site. And last but not least, Captain Tony Oversaw the whole show and brought us back to shore safely smiling all the way. The crew worked together seamlessly making this an experience to remember. Highlights for sure were Cod Hole and the night dive. We highly recommend the Spirit of Freedom. Hope to get the chance to cruise with them again. Marc & Jen Veno Cruise date: February 24-27, 2020

Recommended for
1. Attention to safety. 2. Attentiveness of the crew. 3. Lots of diving.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Peter F
  • Australia Australia
Wow... just wow

The crew were exceptional, the diving was amazing, the knowledge and experience of the guides were second to none and the meals were seriously 5 star, wow... just wow, a must for any diver

Recommended for
The diving, the crew and the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Santiago J
  • Argentina Argentina
Amazing Dive trip

The experience of being on a trip just for diving. I gained a lot of experience!

Recommended for
Dive, meals & sleep
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Matthew H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great crew and good diving

- flight to lizard island (especially as a cyclone threatened) - the great lengths that the crew went to to find dive spots when usual schedule was disrupted by weather - great dives - being well away from the corona virus madness

Recommended for
Crew attitude, help on the dive deck, boat generally
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael F
  • Austria Austria
Spirit of Freedom amazes in every aspect

Watching the feeding session of the potato cod. Interesting and professional dive briefings.

Recommended for
The crew, the dive sites, and the food.
  • 7.2 Good
  • Chris B
  • Australia Australia
Overpriced

I had low expectations, I just wanted a cruisy dive trip. Having worked these same dives as a DM in the 90s, I was familiar with the Diving culture out of Cairns, and the boat operating style. If you are an advanced OW diver, with limited exposure to the barrier reef, travelling with partner or similar friends, this trip is for you. If you are a couple, who dive occasionally, and want an easy dive holiday. Likewise. If you have more than 500 dives, a DM, tech or have dived througout Asia, in varied conditions, and you want adventure in the outer reef. Hold your money. Post Covid, boats are struggling to find dive crew, and boat crew. So, the crew is a mix of old, 2-4 yr on boat, and new staff, less than 6 months. Young and enthusiastic they are, as most 20 somethings tend to be. But the dives here, are planned based on the weakest group, ie. The advanced OW travellers. So, no decent drift dives were included, despite available current. My buddy from our DM group was sent back to the boat, by the dive leader, with 70 bar at 40 mins into his dive, as a french Navy Diver, he wasn't happy. So, check your expectations. Crew smoking onboard, in sight of customers, was noted. Ashtrays available for divers? Was weird. The Skipper was seen yelling at the new crew as they struggled to secure the tender. All these observations are the post Covid pains of coming back upto speed. Personally, I think its lack of leadership, at the dive crew level. And a lack of seniority outside of the skipper. This isn't a backpacker boat, at over 3k per trip. Rating 7/10 for inwater experience. 8/10 for food. Lots of cafe quality food, needs more fish. Wine selection 5/10. Its table wine, bring your own if you like good wine. Would I reccomend it? As above, for easy diving yes. For adventure style diving on one of the best reefs in the world, look elsewhere.

Recommended for
The onsuite shower, food was better than day boats, although a lack of fish and seafood. The backdeck was spacious, crew friendly though inexperienced.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Lindy O
  • Australia Australia
We loved it, great service, great staff, great food, thoroughly enjoyed the diving.

The experience of the staff, particularly the Captain meant we got to dive the not so Far North Queensland reefs, when the options for Osprey were not possible due to the strong winds forecast. The staff made the most of the situation and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience .

Recommended for
Great service, staff and food.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Amie J
  • Australia Australia
Loved it

Loved the whole trip. The staff were friendly and the food was amazing. I'll be back to complete the second leg of the trip.

Recommended for
Food, diving and lizard island trip
  • 3.6 Review score
  • Caroline D
  • France France
Too expensive for what you get

Many beautiful reefs. The boat is ok, even if the cabins doesn't have windows and the uppercut deck isnt very pleasant (lack of sunbeds, no cushions, engine noise). Concerning diving, doing 15 dives in 4 days, without any proper dive planning, without setting up guidelines about the max debt and max time under water isnt very professional in my opinion. We were an experienced divers group, i would not recommend this trip to unexperienced divers. Also, the staff didnt want to guide the dives so we didnt spot much creatures under water nor learnt much about the underwater life over there. Taking into account the very expensive price, I think it is disappointing.

Recommended for
1. We go far so we are alone on the reefs, 2/ the dive gear is brand new and the staff help with everything from preparing tanks to clearing masks 3/ it was well organised
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marcus G
  • Germany Germany
Best way to experience the great barrier reef

Potato Cod Attraction Sharknado Night dives with sharks

Recommended for
Sharks, sharks, sharks
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Marlen S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Excellent tour with professional, friendly staff!

Very fishy places and healthy Reefs.

Recommended for
Healty Reefs, delicouse Meals, cool Buddy divers snd Crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • mark K
  • Canada Canada
Good Diving experience but expected more for some reason!

Shark Feed was definately the best part. As for the rest it was just ok. I guess I was expecting much better visibility. That is not Spirit of Freedoms Fault at all. It was just expectations were so high for the great barrier reef that it ended up just being ok. I've been on other dive trips where my expectations were blown away but thats maybe because my expectations were not as high as the great barrier reef. The Spirit of Freedom itself was ok.....not a brand new boat by any means but it was clean and efficient for the purpose of the trip. Just an ok trip overall!!!

Recommended for
Staff, Some of the Dive sites, Food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • ben Y
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic week out diving

Saw Manta Rays Shark feed Cod feed

Recommended for
The Crew, the food and the diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Gabriel R
  • Argentina Argentina
Great Liveaboard

Great liveaboard !!! Incredible dive sites, lots of fishes, caves and more. Visibility was great in the sites of the 4 night trip. Shark feeding dive was amazing !!! The food on the boat was really good too.

Recommended for
Dive sites, crew, food
Origin: US