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Swim with Minke Whales and Ribbon Reef Dive Adventure- 3 night Spirit of Freedom liveaboard from Cairns

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This particular tour is strictly seasonal, to coincide with the Minke Whale migration.

2019 dates are:

Mondays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th June 2019

Mondays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July 2019

When operating, these tours begin on a Monday, departing from Cairns and heading north to the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs. Over two and half days you will have the opportunity for up to 11 dives and as much in-water swim time with the whales, as tour operator can manage. Your last night is spent on board the ‘Spirit’ in the bay at Lizard Island. Enjoy time ashore at Lizard Island the next morning, before boarding your return flight to Cairns. The one-hour, low-level scenic flight back will arrive in Cairns around 11:30am on Thursday.
Prices are per person.

Snorkelers prices deduct $200 off the trip rate

Ocean view deluxe cabin: $ 2625 (ensuite, 1 X double bed, ocean view)

Ocean view standard: $ 2425 (ensuite, 1 X double, ocean view)

Stateroom: $ 2425 (ensuite, 1 x queen bed)

Double/twin cabin: $ 2110 (ensuite, 2 x singles or 1 x double bed)

Quad share: $ 1800 (ensuite, 4 X bunk bed)

What’s included:

-Up to 11 Dives

– Daily serviced, air-conditioned cabins

– Chef prepared meals, soft drink or wine with evening meal

– Tanks, air fills and weight belt

– Low level scenic flight Lizard Island to Cairns

– Transfer from your Cairns accommodation

Extras: $ 20 Reef taxes

Optional Extras: $ 130 dive fr full dive gear hire; optional hire camera, dive courses, nitrox fills.

What to bring: Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, Swimwear and beach towel (bath towel supplied), long pants and jumper during cool months, Cert card- logbook for certified divers, Credit card or cash (for optional activities or onboard purchases).

*Please note prices are subject to change from 1st April 2019
Spirit of Freedom departure from Cairns.

2019 dates are:

Mondays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th June 2019

Mondays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July 2019

Departure time: 12 pm

Returns: Thursday at approx 11.30 am Thursday to Cairns, by 250km Low Level Scenic Flight from Lizard Island.

*Courtesy bus transfer to your accommodation
3 night Swim with Minke Whales and Ribbon Reef Dive Adventure

Recommended dive level experience: Swim with whale encounters are suitable for snorkelers. No dive experience or certification required.

Number of Dives:  Up to 11 dives, including  night dive (s)

Number of passengers: 26 maximum

Swim with Minke whale 2019 tour dates are:

  • Mondays 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th June 2019
  • Mondays 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th July 2019

These tours are strictly seasonal, to coincide with the Minke Whale migration. (June-July)

There are few opportunities in a lifetime where you can experience the thrill of sharing the water with a creature as magnificent as a whale. Spirit of Freedom is allowed to offer a Swimming With Whales activity. Each year these graceful creatures migrate to the stretch of reefs south of Lizard Island, known as the Ribbon Reefs. The inquisitive nature of the Minke Whale brings them close to boats in the region to linger with divers and snorkelers, at times as close to up to a meter away, making those encounters are ‘a voluntary approach’ basis . The whales are mostly encountered alone or in family groups and are the smallest baleen whale identified. Minkes display some extraordinary behavior such as spy hopping, where they lift their head out of the water and observe the boats above the surface. Often they are seen tail-slapping the water, which may be an acoustic signal to other whales in the vicinity. Minkes are known to breach, but not quite as the Humpback Whale, which are also seen on the Great Barrier Reef in the winter months.

Divers and snorkelers, during the months of June and July, may have the opportunity to interact with Dwarf Minke Whales in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef. It is a unique and remarkable encounter. Lots of time is spent exploring the amazing dive sites of the remote Ribbon Reef, with an underlying focus at all times to maximize in water encounters with the whales. When operating, these tours begin departing from Cairns and heading north to the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs. Over two and half days you will have the opportunity for up to 11 dives and as much in-water swim time with the whales, as tour operator can manage.

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