Spirit of Freedom, Australia


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, 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 with power boards and converters for 110 volts is also onboard.

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. 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.

The minimum age to travel on the Spirit of Freedom is 16, as the type of dives practiced require experience. 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. Passengers over 65 are required to supply a doctor’s medical statement confirming they are fit to dive.

Book online or speak with one of our agents to reserve your Spirit of Freedom Australia liveaboard diving holiday.

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Included: VAT, National Park Fees, 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.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Nitrox (75-180 AUD per trip), Nitrox Course (280 AUD), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear (130-270 AUD), Scuba Diving Courses (285 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.


  • 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

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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
  • 194 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mark H
  • Canada Canada
Tremendous supportive environment for divers of all levels

Seeing giant clams, see snakes, sharks, groups of cuttlefish, large schools of barracuda. Renewing my confidence about diving in an unfamiliar environment with highly knowledgable staff including Rachel, Sarah and Angus. Angus had a great sense of humour which was contagious. Sarah's in depth knowledge of the reef biology was key. Rachel was an excellent role model in and out of the water for all divers

Recommended for
Dive staff safety and fun emphasis, hosting staff was friendly and we got personalized attention, knowledgable dive staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Robert W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic experience

Seeing a reef shark close up on the night dive!

Recommended for
The reef, the crew and second breakfast!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Varya N
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great crew

Enjoyable despite disappointment of not being able to go to Osprey.

Recommended for
Crew, weather, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Simon N
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great variety of dive sites.

A very memorable trip, with very interesting and friendly fellow divers. We bonded in a very short time and the crew couldn't have been more helpful. I intend to go again.

Recommended for
1. The dive sites. 2. The crew. 3 the food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • cedric C
  • Belgium Belgium

Greeaaaaat! The crew was awesome. Rachel, Amy, Tamir, the wonderful cook Cassey, everybody was so helpful and we had a really great time. The food was really delicious and I had no issue at all with my allergies. The crowd on the boat was really pleasant, we had a very good time above the water too. The dive sites were just great, the coral was beautiful, the sharks were numerous, the passing hammer shark was unbelievable :-) Thanks to all of you! :-)

Recommended for
no stress, best rest between dives, friendlyness, excellent food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • sheryl R
  • United States United States
A dream come true!

I wish I could give the 5 stars to the cabin but who ever decided it was a good idea not to put a ladder up for the upper bunk bed should be ashamed . In a rolling bumpy boat in the middle of the night getting off from the upper bed provided me with multiple bruises . It can't cost much to make one ! The cabin itself was nice and was comfortable . The boat was great and allowed room for relaxing and camera review or just to take a nap on the upper sun deck. Very wonderful and spacious . Handled the rough waters very well I felt very safe .( until I had to get off the upper bed) that was the most hazardous thing I had to do for the entire trip)

Recommended for
Location ,location ,location (where we went to dive
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Daniel S
  • Canada Canada
Trip of a lifetime

Good experience Lots of diving

Recommended for
Personnel / personnel / personnel
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sandra B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An awesome experience

The whole trip was awesome. Loved the trip on the small plane out to Lizard island. The boat was very well run, the crew were very professional, but took the time to get to know everyone. The choice of dive sites was great, especially North Horn where they did the shark feeding dive. The food was fantastic, an amazing chef, we were well looked after! The dive briefings were very good, Jack was very knowledgable and organised the diving well. Safety procedures were the best we've seen. Can't wait to do the trip again!

Recommended for
Amazing diving, fantastic, friendly crew, comfortable cabins
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Roger V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Exceeded expectations!

Great experience, great crew, great program. It's nice to see that the crew is just as enthusiastic as the guests. Gear was of good quality and safety was taken very seriously. Will definitely return one day. Roger

Recommended for
The trip, the enthusiasm of the crew, the food
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Andrew S
  • United States United States
Great crew, but dive sites didn't quite live up to expectations

Good. My only complaint is that Expectations weren't met on diversity of dive sites. We had two full dive days and granted 1 day was hampered by a medical emergency but the other day was not and we did the same reef 3 times out of 5 dives. That was disappointing.

Recommended for
Comfort, Food, Crew