While snorkelling in the crystal clear shallow waters we take you to, look out for turtles amongst the coral “bommies” (coral outcrops), stingrays lying on the sand feeding and schools of beautiful turquoise damsel fish darting in and out from their coral hideaway. Be surrounded by tranquillity as you discover the varied and numerous marine life that live in these shallow azure waters. For the discerning traveller wanting first class service with that friendly ozzie touch, Ocean Freedom is a must do experience. A full copy of the Ocean Freedom daily itinerary can be downloaded here.
Ocean Freedom is a 20 metre luxury motor catamaran. Check in at Reef Fleet Terminal from 7.15am at Ocean Free + Ocean Freedom desk. Board from 7.30am A Finger No. 5 at the Marlin Marina, Cairns for an 8am departure – coffee, tea and Danish pastries and fresh fruit served on boarding.
Two destinations, “Wonder Wall” on Outer edge of Upolu Reef and Upolu Cay Reef. Both of these are located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provide visitors with remarkable encounters with colourful corals and a diverse array of marine life.
Upon arrival at our private “Wonder Wall” mooring, swim, snorkel and dive (optional extra) this truly amazing location under the watchful eye of our safety conscious staff. Experience the abundant corals and sea life with a guided adventure drift snorkel tour. Enjoy a glass bottom boat trip with our marine naturalist. During lunch cruise to our second site, Upolu Cay Reef. Relax and unwind in the crystal clear waters surrounding the Cay and enjoy a snorkel in the shallow waters where the coral outcrops are just under the surface.
On times where conditions and tides are right, we can land guests on the cay. Even if this is not the case on your day of travel, you can swim, snorkel and enjoy these beautiful shallow turquoise waters, every day. Or, if you prefer, spend some quality time sunbathing on the spacious comfortable deck areas, or relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the saloon. Please note the order of the 2 destinations we visit, will be determined on the day by the skipper. At all times we will work hard to maximise your experience, depending on the conditions.
Enjoy Danish pastries and fresh fruit on boarding. Lunch is a sumptuous, self serve buffet consisting of Queensland prawns, Tasmanian smoked salmon, roast chicken, mixed meat platter, 3 fresh salad selections and assorted breads. This is served around 11.30am and can be eaten in the air conditioned interior, or on our exterior decks, while we move to the second location for the day. A tropical fruit platter, cheese and crackers and cake is served on cruise home. Tea and coffee is included and available throughout the day.
Low guest numbers (max 75 each day, despite us being surveyed for 109 people) ensures a personal snorkel and dive experience when you choose Ocean Freedom for your Great Barrier Reef trip. All guests are assessed for their snorkelling and diving abilities and are appropriately assisted, to ensure that all are able to experience and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, dive and floatation equipment provided.
Guests who have never dived and wish to try it, may do an introductory dive. Maximum 2 divers to 1 instructor for your first dive (normal ratio on other tours is 4:1). Guests who are certified divers can enjoy the wonders of the reef with a complimentary guide. All diving is done directly from the Ocean Freedom boat on one or both of our reef locations. All equipment and tuition is included in the dive price.
Snorkelling tuition and use of top quality snorkelling gear including buoyancy vests, lycra suits/wetsuits. High snorkel and dive crew to guest ratio. Adventure Drift snorkel tour. Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Marine Naturalist. Danish pastries + fresh fruit on boarding. Large lunch including seafood. Coffee + tea all day. Tropical afternoon tea ( cheese platters / fresh fruit and cake platters). Fish Feed. Freshwater showers. Prescription masks.
Certified diving and introductory diving (with no experience necessary). You can book 1 or 2 of these dives and all of the equipment, instruction and dive guides are included in the dive prices. Underwater camera hire. Selection of alcoholic refreshments and soft drinks. A range of quality merchandise.
Ocean Freedom provides guests with 6 hours to dive and snorkel at two amazing locations, with plenty of time to also relax and have lunch. It takes us just over an hour to get to the reef and only 10 minutes travel time between the 2 destinations. You return to Cairns around 4-4.15pm.
$20 per person pay at check-in comprising of $6.50 EMC (environmental management charges) / Port $2.83 (levy & berthage) / RAM $2.70 (recreational area management fees) / Admin $7.97). Bus Transfers are an optional extra and must be pre-booked. For more info call (07) 4052 1111.