Spirit Of Freedom
Far Northern Reefs Expedition – Northbound
Join 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 parts of the Cape York peninsular, and many of the hundreds of reefs in the region are yet to be fully explored.
This seven day expediton, departing Monday 30 November 2015 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 nau<cal 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 soZ 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 ac<ve 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 condi<ons, 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.