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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia/The Great Detached Reef

Spirit of Freedom: "The far Northerns", Nov, 2017,

by Mark A Mintz, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 10052.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Tropical Pacific, Atlantic, and Caribbean You name it. Iíve probably been there or near there
Closest Airport Cairns/ Lockhart River Getting There Via Los Angeles, use Virgin Australia since they do not harass you regarding carry-on luggage as Quantas has done to me on previous flights that I took with Quantas. Only sort of problem is changing from international to domestic terminal in Brisbane is a 15 min ride and is out of security. One could avoid that hassle by using Flights directly to Cairns. There is limited number of carriers from the US. Can use Philippine air via Manila to Cairns but a longer route.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox limitions. We were diving 32% at 1.4 with a 111 ft max depth. Never went below 85ft due to there was more to see and photograph above this level.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 There were over 15 photographers with serious big rig housings. The staff turne ... 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 5 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 2 stars
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Comments The Great Detached Reef is located on the very far northern eastern coast of Australia and just below Papua Nuigini. Access is limited to a finite period of time due weather issues. The last time we tried to go in 2007 we were chased out by a Cyclone cat 3 and left prematurely. This time, the weather was unusuall ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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