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Dive Review of Spirit of Freedom in
Australia

Spirit of Freedom: "Coral Sea Treasures", Nov, 2015,

by Sally Byrd, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8759.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Took the 4 day and night Spirit of Freedom Live-a-board with a maximum of 15 dives.
Flight from Caines regional airport limited us to 45 lbs of checked baggage( including your dive gear!)A small carry on limited to 4 lbs or a dive camera was allowed. A beautiful 45 minute low flying plane dropped us off on the exquisite and exclusive Lizard Island.We were immediately transported to the ship via a zodiac.
Very efficient staff of 10 provided excellent service for the entire 4 days.
Due to the perfect weather conditions, the crew wanted to visit reefs that had not been seen in 10 years!The pleasure was all ours!
Meals:high quality gourmet meals and drink!Am gluten free and they were very considerate of food preferences and allergies.
Rooms: small but efficient and comfortable beds.Hot shower never ran out of water!
Staff: excellent and well trained for service and proficiency
Sea Sickness: They offer medication on board for those with weak stomach. The Coral sea can be rough and we traveled by boat through the night.First night was a rocky 10 straight hours to get to the dive sites.
Diving: The best. One of compression hoses was leaking and they replaced it immediately for a reasonable fee.
Nitrox: Recommended for multiple dive.My cost was $105.00 for 14 dives. Skipped the night dive since that would make 5 in one day ...know your limits!
Photos: They will provide you a dive card with photos for only $40.00.
Relax Time: Surface intervals were up on decks with refreshments after each dive. Limited Wi-fi is available when close to shore.
Websites Spirit of Freedom   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Panama, FL, Nicaragua, Bahamas, Little Cayman, Belize, Mexico
Closest Airport Cairnes Getting There Fly through Syndey or Brisbane from the USA west coast.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 90-100 Ft/ 27-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive instructors asked us to dive within our limits.
Very respectful of the professional divers that were on this trip.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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