PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Coral Sea-Spirit of Freedom, Oct/Nov 2014

2018 Far Northern Reefs Expedition


 

$4770.00

FNR

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Join Let's Go Adventures and the Spirit of Freedom for a rare opportunity to dive the Far Northern Great Barrier Reef. One of the last totally pristine areas of the Great Barrier Reef, these isolated reefs are off-shore from the remotest northern tip of the Cape York peninsular, and many of the hundreds of reefs in the region are yet to be fully explored.

This seven day expedition, will combine exploratory diving with our favourite dive sites in the region. You will spend five days diving the oceanic wilderness of the Far Northern Reefs as well as one day on the Ribbon Reefs, at such world famous dive sites as The Cod Hole and Pixie Pinnacle. You will travel approximately 580 nautical miles, (1000 + Km), and have the opportunity for 24 - 26 dives at around 20 unique sites. You will experience an amazing diversity of underwater landscapes including deep oceanic walls laced with massive gorgonians, whips and soft corals; gardens of impressive coral formations; and isolated pinnacles, bays, caves and canyons. Marine life encounters we experience in this region include a variety of species of sharks, rays, turtles, and schools of pelagic fish, as well as incredible amount of diverse macro life.

The many small islands in this region are also nesting grounds for the green sea turtle, and from October to March each year thousands of turtles return to their natal (birth) beach. Raine Island is the largest and most important green turtle nesting area in the world. While the islands are totally protected from public access, the surrounding waters are active with turtles.

The lighter winds of our early summer generally offer the best opportunity to dive the outer walls of the Far Northern Reefs. However the style of diving (including various forms of entries and exits), and the conditions, are not for the inexperienced diver, and we recommend this tour for more seasoned divers.

Your time on board Spirit of Freedom ends at the protected bay of Portland Roads, where you will be ferried ashore and transported to Lockhart River for a brief visit to the Lockhart River Art Centre, before a 2 hour return flight to Cairns. 

INCLUDES: 7 Nights on board Spirit of Freedom, 6 dive days, 24 - 26 dives, tanks & weights, all meals, Australian wine, soft drinks and beers with the evening meal, tea & coffee, daily cabin service, bed linen, bath and deck towels, Cairns City hotel transfers, transfer from the vessel at Portland Roads to Lockhart River airstrip., ne way flight Lockhart River to Cairns, Marine Park Levy, Port and Admin Fee.

 

DOES NOT INCLUDE: - Gear Hire (per piece hire available or full gear package, including computer, torch, batteries etc, at $245 for the trip) - Nitrox fills ($10 per fill or $180 for the trip), soft drinks and alcoholic drinks outside of the evening meal. 


Far Northern Itinerary

Depart Cairns: Ex Trinity Wharf Monday 22 October 2018 at 4.00 pm
Return Cairns: By flight from Lockhart River airstrip following Monday 29 October 2018 ETA Cairns tide dependent.

Proposed Itinerary: Exact dive location from Day 2 to 7 may be variable dependent on weather and tide conditions.

Day 1: Cairns city accommodation transfers begin at 2.45pm, for a 4.00pm departure. Dinner on board and overnight travel.

Day 2: Diving No. 9 & 10 Ribbon Reefs, near Lizard Island, at dive sites such as The Cod Hole, Pixie Pinnacle and the Snake Pit. Overnight travel.

Day 3: Diving Tijou Reef region. Overnight travel.

Day 4: Diving Great Detached region

Day 5: Diving Great Detached & Raine Island region

Day 6: Diving Moulter Cay, Saunders Reef and Shark Pass region

Day 7: Diving Northern Small Detached Reef region. Final night BBQ on board.

Day 8: Disembark the boat by tender at Portland Roads 11.00am. 45 minutes transfer by air-conditioned coach to Lockhart River township. Light lunch before departing Lockhart River for flight to Cairns.

 

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