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Detailed Trip Itinerary for Spirit of Freedom, 3-night Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs Dive Trip
Monday: Boarding Spirit of Freedom at 11:15am at Trinity Wharf (complimentary transfers from Cairns city hotels are included) for a 12 noon departure. Lunch will be served on board while you cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to the north of Cairns, for an afternoon orientation dive and a twilight or night dive.
Tuesday: Today you dive Steveís Bommie, on Ribbon Reef # 3.
This is an isolated pinnacle that rises from 100 feet at its base to around 15 feet from the surface. Colourful antheas and a vast array of fish cover this bommie, while big eye trevally and barracuda hang out in the blue. Look for nudibranch and stonefish. Today you may also dive the Clam Gardens, where giant clams up to three feet across will amaze you. Some of our other favourite sites in this area of the Ribbons include Flare Point and the beautiful Gorgonia Wall.
Wednesday: This morning we will dive the Cod Hole. This is a popular dive site famous for itís resident family of large Potato Cod, (Groper). Good opportunity for photographers. You may also dive Dynamite Pass, possibly as a drift dive, well known as a channel for sharks cruising from the Coral Sea to the Barrier Reef. This afternoon you may dive Lighthouse Bommie, where Golden Sea Snakes are frequently sighted. In the spring months this site is also a Manta Ray cleaning station. Other sites we may visit today include Challenger Bay and Pixie Wall. This evening we cruise into Watsonís Bay on Lizard Island where we will overnight in the lea of the island.
Thursday:This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you have the opportunity to go ashore and explore Lizard Island. At 10:30am you will board a twin-engine light aircraft at Lizard Island for your low level flight over the reef back to Cairns. Arriving back at Cairns airport at approximately 12:00 noon, the Spirit of Freedom courtesy coach will meet you for your transfer back to your Cairns city hotel.
Please note that above itinerary is a sample only and sites may vary or the sequence may change in accordance to the weather and the accessibility.