Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard

Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard

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  • NitroxSurcharge
  • WifiFree
  • Diving EquipmentSurcharge
  • Tech Diving FriendlyNo
  • Fleet nameSpirit of Freedom
  • Year built1992
  • Length37 m
  • Width7.1 m
  • Capacity26
  • MaterialSteel

Spirit of Freedom a custom built boat for divers, designed to make a diving safari in Australia comfortable. 

Boat interior 

Spirit of Freedom ha 11 cabins for 26 passengers. Six double cabins located on the lower deck. This room has an additional single upper bed, so they can be booked for double occupancy or share with another diver. There is also a quad room suited for family vacations. All these cabins are en-suite, has air conditioning and plenty of storage facilities. Double stateroom also located on the lower deck. This cabin is slightly bigger and has a TV and DVD. 
Two types of cabins are on the upper deck standard and Deluxe. They feature with big portholes and gorgeous ocean view. All room has private bathrooms and individually controlled air conditioning, wardrobes for personal belongings. 
There are many places to spend time in between and after dives on a board of Spirit of Freedom. Boats dining area where meals are served can be used for working with laptops. It also has a flat screen TV. In the boats, salon passengers can drink tea or coffee, watch TV or use boats library. There is also a separate space for working with cameras. Boats bar offers to try some excellent Australian and New Zealand wines. beer and soft drinks. 

Dive deck 

Spirit of Freedom has a big convenient dive deck with a diving platform. Here divers can prepare for the dive and store the gear. Dive deck equipped with two compressors and a nitrox membrane. Some equipment items can be rent on board. 

Safety 

Safety is always in the first place for a team of Spirit of Freedom liveaboard. Boat has first aid kit, life rafts and life vests, fire fighting equipment. Boats crew trained to manage emergency situations.

Diving with whales 

There are not many opportunities to meet such gorgeous creatures like whales. June and July passengers of Spirit of Freedom can meet minke whales near the great Barrier reef. Every year they migrating along the reef and sometimes whales’ nature brings them close to the boat where divers and snorkelers can enjoy observing them.

Reef conservation 

Spirit of Freedom has been accredited as an Advanced Ecotourism Operator that means that boats crew pays special attention to reef conservations. Great Barrier Reef is a home for many fish and coral species, damage done to a reef can influent on world’s marine ecosystem. Spirit of Freedom liveaboard takes part in a Company which aims to reduce carbon emission and save Great Barrier Reef. 

Itineraries 

Spirit of Freedom’ offers 3 and 4 nights itineraries. You can dive at Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef. These destinations can be considered as the most amazing and famous between divers. Giant potato cod is the main attraction of Cod Hole. They are friendly and divers brings them treats. It’s a home for sweetlips, triggerfish, scorpionfish and many others. Macro diving is great at Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef. Plenty of pygmy seahorses can be found in gorgonians. 

When to Go 

Diving at Great Barrier Reef possible all year round. Average water temperature ranges from between 22°C and 29°C. Best diving conditions are from September to November. 

Spirit of Freedom gives an amazing opportunity to dive with minke whales and explore Great Barrier Reef. It perfectly fits for family vacations and friendly holidays

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CabinsView deck plan

Ocean View Deluxe Cabin (13)

Ocean View Deluxe Cabin (13)

Deck:
Upper Deck
Size:
8.5 m2
Bedding:
Double bed
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
1
This cabin is located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck. It is a spacious 8.5 square metres in area (not including the bathroom, an additional 2 sq mtrs) and contains a double bed, bed side tables, writing desk, wardrobe, and 26" flat screen TV & DVD player. It is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Double Occupancy only: no twin share option available.
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Ocean View Standard Cabin (12)

Ocean View Standard Cabin (12)

Deck:
Upper Deck
Size:
5.2 m2
Bedding:
Double bed
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
1
This cabin is located on the top deck with internal stairwell access to the main deck, as well as external access to the top deck and dive deck. It is 5.2 square metres in area (not including bathroom, an additional 2 sq mtrs) and contains a double bed, a wardrobe, and 26” flat screen TV & DVD player. It is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Double Occupancy only: no twin share option available.
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Stateroom (4)

Stateroom (4)

Deck:
Lower Deck
Size:
9.2 m2
Bedding:
Double bed
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
1
This cabin is located in a private area on the lower deck, close to the dive deck and dining saloon. It is a spacious 9.2 square metres in area (not including bathroom, an additional 2.8 sq mtrs) and contains a queen size bed, extra shelving, wardrobe, bed side tables and 26" flat screen TV & DVD player. It is fully air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Double Occupancy only: no twin share option available.
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Quad Cabin (5, 6)

Quad Cabin (5, 6)

Deck:
Lower Deck
Size:
7.2 m2
Bedding:
2 Twin beds + 2 Twin beds (bunk-style)
Max occupancy:
4
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
2
Spirit of Freedom has two quad share cabins, each containing four single beds, bunk style. These cabins are located mid ships on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. They are each 7.2 square metres in area, (not including bathroom, an additional 1.8 sq mtrs), are fully air-conditioned and also contain a wardrobe and private bathroom
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Standard Double/Twin Cabin (3, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Standard Double/Twin Cabin (3, 7, 8, 9, 10)

Deck:
Lower Deck
Size:
7.2 m2
Bedding:
Double bed + Twin bed (bunk-style)
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
5
Spirit of Freedom has six standard double or twin share cabins. These cabins are located on the lower deck, with easy access to the main deck. They are an average 7.2 square metres in area, (not including bathroom, an additional 1.8 sq mtrs), are fully air-conditioned and also contain a wardrobe, bed side table and private bathroom
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Amenities

Boat specification

  • Fleet nameSpirit of Freedom
  • Year built1992
  • Last renovation dateMay, 2017
  • Length37 m
  • Width7.1 m
  • Capacity26
  • MaterialSteel
  • LanguagesDutch, English, French, Japanese
  • Handicapped FriendlyNo
  • Number of cabins11
  • Engines2 x Rolls Royce C8M 410 249.8 kw diesel
  • Generator2 x Cummings 6BTs, 90 KVA each
  • Compressors2 x Bauer 21 CFM Compressors
  • Tenders2 x Naiad RIB tender boats
  • Nitrox MembraneDNAx Nitrox System
  • Power plugs onboard240 volts
  • Freshwater maker20,000 litres plus Desalinators
  • On-board payment methodsCash
  • Water capacity22000 liter
  • Fuel capacity30000 liter

Crew

Max ratio would be 1 guide to 8 divers

Onboard Facilities

  • Laundry Service
  • Massage
  • Onboard Kayaks
  • Audio & Video Entertainment
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Sun Loungers
  • Open Air Saloon
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Bar
  • Child Friendly
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • SPA
  • Land Excursions
  • Fishing

Cabin Facilities

  • TV in Cabins
  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite Cabins
  • Wall Fan
  • Lockable Storage
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries

Food & drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Buffet Style
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Spirits
  • A La Carte
  • Hot & Soft Drinks and Cold
  • Snacks All Day

Photography Facilities

  • Camera & Photography Station
  • Separate Rinsing Tanks for U/W Camera
  • Camera Table
  • Special Storage for U/W Camera
  • Charging Stations

Diving and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS Tracking
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Rafts
  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Sounder
  • Satellite Phone
  • Bilge Pump Alarm
  • Searchlight
  • EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon)
  • Emergency Flares
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Life Rings

Diving Facilities

  • Warm Water Showers
  • Rebreather Support
  • Compressors
  • Rinse Hosts
  • Tenders for Diving
  • Tech Diving
  • Dive Deck
  • Valve Fittings
  • Personal Storage Space

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9.5

The crew made this trip

My partner and me went on the 4 day Coral Sea and Ribbon Reef trip with the Spirit of Freedom at the end of September. The most amazing thing on this trip was the crew. They really worked around the clock to provide us with a fantastic experience. We chose this liveaboards because it is one of the only ones which visits osprey reef en the ribbon reefs, and you get all necessary information before hand (suvh as schedule, dive sites, etc). The boat has all necessary amenities, with a large dining room and sun deck, a tv room and comfortable cabins. The food was amazing and abundant. The deck dive was really spacious and the diving well organized. A lot of attention was given to safety procedures. Crew even puts you fins on before you are about to enter the water, what a service. A nice group of divers, all age rangers and levels represented (but you are grouped with those having similar experience). You can choose to follow a dive master or go on your own, and dive masters are switched around. Many positive experiences, only a few minor points. Take into account that the trip to osprey reef is long and bumpy, and its assumable that you will get sea sick, so do follow the instructions of the crew. It would be good when boarding to immediately check the presence of passengers their belongings. We got the intro talk first and were already sailing for at least half an hour when multiple people discovered their belongings were not brought on board by the crew. Some of us get a bit stressed by this. The boat did sail back to pick up our stuff, leaving us behind on schedule. We did get a compensation which was nice gesture, and I hope the crew has adapted their procedures following this event to prevent this in the future. They forgot to give us the engine room tour at the end of trip, sad to have missed that. We were somewhat disappointed by the diving it self (corals, animal life). I can imagine that when there in mink whale season this might provide the necessary thrills. But overall a really nice experience, and probably the best liveaboard if you want to visit this area.
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