AUSTRALIA. Astoundingly clear water. Amazing diving. Absolute vacation.
Beyond the continental shelf that harbors the Great Barrier Reef lie the isolated and crystal clear waters of Australia’s Coral Sea. The region covers three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef – and is scattered with spectacular corals, in an undersea world of ancient mountains, rising thousands of meters from the ocean floor.
In this oceanic wilderness, where man’s influence is relatively insignificant, pelagic fish populations abound – grey whales and reef sharks, hammerheads, tuna, barracuda, big eye trevally, mackerel and manta rays. Rare sea creatures such as the Nautilus and Lacey Scorpionfish inhabit these waters, alongside an incredibly diverse range of corals, including massive soft corals and gorgonian fans far from land, with the sea floor far below, the Coral Sea is also known for visibility ranging between 90 and 300 feet.
Sleek and spacious, the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ offers the best in live-aboard dive cruising to the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef. From Cairns we’ll travel along the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, to the Cod Hole. Along the ‘Ribbons,’ encounter clouds of colourful tropical fish, vibrant healthy corals, giant clams, anemones, huge schools of cruising pelagic fish, and a family of giant potato cod. Top it off with 2 days at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. An old volcanic atoll lying way off the coast, Osprey Reef is renown for its spectacular walls to 1000m, its 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 white tip congregate.
Includes: Opportunity for up to 26 dives, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared gourmet meals, Australian wines
Dive Level Recommendation: Advanced diving. The deeper reefs and currents make the Coral Sea suitable for experienced snorkelers only. You may not be able to snorkel at every site.