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Spirit of Freedom

Diving Squad Rating:


9.6 / 10

Voted best Australian liveaboard by Australia Dive Log readers in 2015 & 2017, Spirit of Freedom is a sleek and modern yacht with a variety of cabins to suit every traveller.

Her dive itineraries are next level and explore some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most remote locations. 

Great for: Families, Single Travellers, Groups of Friends, Unique Trips, Social Facilities 

Trip Lengths: 4 – 8 days

Max Guest Capacity: 26

Operates: All year except May

spirit of freedom liveabaord at sea


Spirit of Freedom offers 3, 4 and 7 (+1 day travel) trips to the very best diving spots of the north and central Ribbon Reefs – the only other liveaboard that does this is Spoilsport. The longer a trip you book in for, the more of this region you get to explore, simple as!

At certain times of year, it’s also possible to embark on special trips such as the “Yongala Expedition“, which takes guests to Australia’s largest shipwreck; the SS Yongala as well as exploring the outer reaches of the coral sea. 

There’s also MIinke Whale Safaris from June – July, where divers and snorkelers get to swim with dwarf minke whales. 

Throughout all trips, there’s a spectacular variety of dives to be enjoyed, including drift, night and wreck dives over truly superb coral, with the company of many reef sharks, turtles and macro critters. 

Generally, there’s 4 – 5 dives a day, which is incredible value for money! The only other liveaboards that offer this are Spoilsport and Ocean Quest

Guests will also get to enjoy island visits, a BBQ party and snorkelling.

For relaxation between dives, there’s a sundeck with spectacular views, a partially shaded forward lounge and an indoor saloon with ac.

The dining hall has a large plasma tv and surrounding windows to enjoy the views as you tuck into healthy meals, which at dinner includes free wine and beer. Cheers!

All cabins are equipped with an ensuite bathroom, wardrobe, AC, storage and get daily housekeeping. The ocean view cabins and stateroom also feature TV monitors and apple TV movies. There’s also a qaud cabin with four single beds. 

It would be cool if Spirit of Freedom had a slightly large sundeck; it’s not as big as Spoilsports – but this is made up for by the extra outdoor lounge, which only Spirit of Freedom has!

Personally, I feel Spirit of Freedom is one of the best liveaboards touring the Great Barrier Reef. She’s very similar to Spoilsport, and ultimately which is truly the best, comes down to personal choice. 

Guest Reviews:

Jayne SUnited States
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"The night dive was spectacular-I'll remember it forever! From the beginning to the end of the trip everything went smoothly. Even when the air conditioning went out and we were forced to come back early the crew handled it smoothly and very well".
George KUnited Kingdom
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"The shark dive & Steve’s Bommie were my favourite dives but apart from the 1st one where the visibility was bad due to coral spawning, all of the dives were great. The crew were AMAZING!!! They could t have done more to help. At every point from the famous finderella service to helping me try to find important lost items. They were all friendly, good humoured, helpful, polite and respectful. Special mentions to James, both Scottys, all the girls and all the boys. Lol. They were all fab!!!"
Caity SUnited Kingdom
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"This was a great trip - We did the 5 day Coral Sea & Ribbon Reefs Adventure and had a wonderful experience. The crew was amazing, the dive sites were out of this world, and the boat was great (food, bunk etc)."


  • Nitrox available

  • Camera Station with charging ports

  • Library

  • Free internet

  • Warm water showers

  • Bar

  • Non-smoking rooms

  • Al fresco dining

  • Observation deck

Stuart G from the United Kingdom said:

“The crew. Hands down. I challenge you to find a better one. Professional yet fun and with a great dynamic between them all. They work hard! I stayed on for the three day trip but would have loved to stay longer.

Diving was incredible, with a good variation in the dives and spacing for the “must see” stuff, so you could take a break if needed.

I’ve done a bunch of liveaboards and this is the first that I would consider redoing. Thanks to everyone! #terry’sengineroomtour #terryisfamous”

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Scuba fanatic, travel ecstatic and loveable rogue. A rootless divemaster and perpetual adrenaline-junky, Alex holds the esteemed rank of Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad; a title he most nobly awarded to himself. A scuba-junky since 2014, he's dived much of the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Red Sea, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It's hard to say where he'll pop up next for he never settles; forever a leaf on the wind... or perhaps a lone bubble blasted along on the current.