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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/Far North

Spirit of Freedom: "The Great Barrier Reef Aboard the Spirit of Freedom", Nov, 2016,

by Pierre Hurter, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9851.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Alaska, Maui, Cozumel, La Paz, Tulum, Socorro , Honduras, Philippines, Galapagos, Truk (Chuuck), Solomon Islands,
Belize, Fij, Channel Islands, Indonesia (Komodo, Raja Ampat), Maldives,
Monterey and California's North Coast.
Closest Airport Cairns Getting There We flew from SFO to Sydney, followed by a four hour layover and then on to Cairns. The following day we flew to Lockhart River aboard a Skytrans De Haviland Dash 8.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I don't recall any hard and fast restrictions on our diving times or depths. The briefings were detailed and then we were on our own.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a photographer, my wife is. My overall impression is that there is never enough room for ph ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Quantas allows you to check in two bags at 50 pounds each, plus carryon (is United listening?) The issue we had is that our puddle jumper to Lockhart River had a 70 pound total limit. Still not bad, but challenging if you are a photographer.

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