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Cod Hole
Potato Cod Spirit of Freedom Great Barrier Reef Live aboard dive Coral Sea Cairns Scuba

3 Day/ 3 Night Cod Hole Liveaboard dive trip


Departs every Monday at 12.00 noon.

Returns every Thursday at 12.00 noon (Flight).

Spirit of Freedom

The 3 day/ 3 night (3 diving days) dive adventure on board Spirit of Freedom will take you to the famous Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs of the GBR. The 'Ribbons' are a string of 10 coral reefs stretching over 100 miles to the north of Cairns. Awaiting you are picturesque coral gardens and isolated 'bommies' crowned in delicate corals, anemones, and colourful reef fish.

The Cod Hole lies at the top of the Ribbon Reefs, and is home to a family of resident Potato Cod (Groper). These diver friendly fish will amaze you with their sheer size and seeming eagerness to pose for camera.

Coral formations vary from beds of huge plate corals to isolated pinnacles sustaining an amazing display of fish life, to walls and channels for the perfect drift dives as well as caves, canyons and shallow coral gardens. Divers can expect to encounter the enormous giant clams, golden gorgonian fans, and clouds of colourful tropical fish, as well as cruising pelagics, moray eels, green turtles, reef sharks and the giant Napoleon Wrasse

Oceanview cabin

Dives on the outer Great Barrier Reef

Dives at the world famous 'Cod Hole' - home to a family of giant potato cod.

Dives on the remarkable chain of 'Ribbon Reefs' with varied topography featuring coves with expansive beds of plate corals to isolated pinnacles - home to thousands of colourful tropical fish.

Experience wonderful coral gardens displaying an abundance of both hard & soft corals supporting a wealth of fish & invertebrate life.

The 'Ribbons' are a photographers dream.

Average depth of dive sites is 25m-30m (80'-120').

Most dive sites have coral to within 2m (6') of the surface making it ideal for snorkelling as well as scuba diving.

Average visibility on this section of the GBR is 15m -20m (45'-70')

The waters are generally sheltered; although some current may be experienced at dive sites situated close to the narrow 'passes' between reefs on certain tides.



Transfers to and from Cairns accommodation

Low level scenic flight - Cairns to Lizard Island

Opportunity for 11 dives

3 diving days

Chef prepared meals

Australian wines with evening meals



Gear Hire

PADI Advanced Course

Underwater Photography Course

nitrox Nitrox Course

nitrox Nitrox fills



Monday. Boarding Spirit of Freedom at 11:15am at Trinity Wharf (complimentary transfers from Cairns city hotels are available) for a 12 noon departure. Lunch will be served on board while we cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to the north of Cairns, for an afternoon orientation dive and a twilight or night dive

Tuesday. Today we dive Steve’s 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 we 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 it’s resident family of large Potato Cod, (Groper). Good opportunity for photographers. We 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 we 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 Watson’s 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. Access to the Cod Hole and the Coral Sea is weather conditional and while every attempt will be made to keep to the advertised itinerary, the Coral Sea and specific sites on the Great Barrier Reef are not guaranteed.


Please contact us to check if any discounts are available, as we can usually offer discounts off the RRP prices for all bookings on-line.

A deposit is required at time of booking, with the balance paid 30 days prior to departure.

Please check availability with us prior to booking.



Aquapro Dive Services, PO Box 4842, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia