One-day Great Barrier Reef trip
Aboard Ocean Freedom
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This trip is aboard Ocean Freedom, a Catamaran with a maximum of 65 divers and a Dive Staff of 5. It is for 1 day, and allows 2 dives.
Departure is from Ocean Free Counter, Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns at 7:15 AM every day, return time 4:30 PM.
We really like this trip! On board Ocean Freedom you have all the comfort and speed of a larger vessel, but the group size is limited to just 65 divers and snorkelers so there’s plenty of space and the feel of a small group size, friendlier, a little more relaxed, time to get questions answered and lots of service and attention.
The boat runs with high staffing and service level, so everything on board, the dive gear, the guided diving and snorkeling, the food, and more is top notch.
The two dive sites on and near Upolu Cay are good ones. We like Upolu Cay, both for the beach experience and calm waters that families and reef visitors can enjoy, as well as the good diving and snorkeling it affords. The second location, a bit further off from Upolu Cay, also offers great diving and snorkeling.
We really like Ocean Freedom as as dive boat. It's a fast boat, so the trip out to the reef seems short and smooth. The size of the boat (24 metres = 79 feet) is big enough to be comfortable, spacious and a good ride, but small enough to maintain the small group feel and buzz. Entries to and from the water are easy, and there's choice of shaded, sunny and enclosed air conditioned seating. The boat has recently been through a major refit, and is in great shape!
wetsuits, lycra suits, and flotation devices
guided snorkelling tour (with Snorkel price only)
Env. Mangement Charge and fuel levy
all dive gear (inc. computer) (with Dive price only)
tropical buffet lunch
glass bottom boat tour
reef ecology talk
guided certified dives (with Dive price only)
tea, coffee, snacks
snorkel instruction (with Snorkel price only)
About Ocean Free
Locals Perry Jones and Taryn Agius have owned and operated Ocean Free since 1994. They are actively involved in the daily operations of the both their dive boats. Each time we have visited with them, we have been impressed by the efforts they make to be gracious hosts to their guests. Perry and Taryn pay attention to the details and work hard to create trips with what we can best described as having a great spirit and offering a memorable day on the Great Barrier Reef.