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Australia: 1 Week Diving Live-Aboard Plus 2-8 Days Exploring Australia

November, 2019

Dive Winnipesaukee is thrilled to announce an incredible dive and exploration trip to Australia. The trip has 3 options of different lengths and Australian destinations. All of the options have been priced leaving from Los Angeles. This allows customers some freedom of choice in scheduling and paying for travel within the United States. Some may choose to use frequent flyer miles. Please be assured that we can assist you with arranging your USA domestic flights. Just let us know.

The name of the Live-Aboard vessel that we’ll be on in Australia is the Spirit of Freedom. There’s more information about it below.

This webpage provides summary descriptions and trip cost information for the 3 different trip options. Please read it first. More detailed information is available by clicking on the options below.

OPTION #1: 11 Days / 9 Nights - Nov. 8 - 19, 2019, Explore Cairns, Australia; 1 week Spirit of Freedom Live-Aboard

OPTION #2: 14 Days / 12 Nights - Nov. 8 - 22, 2019, Explore Cairns, Australia; 1 week Spirit of Freedom Live-Aboard; Explore Sydney, Australia

OPTION #3: 17 Days / 15 Nights - Nov. 8 - 25, 2019, Explore Cairns, Australia; 1 week Spirit of Freedom Live-Aboard; Explore Ayers Rock, Australia & Sydney, Australia.

You will note that there are a few Optional Day Tours included in options 2 and 3, however, there are many more that can be selected.  Information on other Optional Day Tours will be available at a later date.  Please note that the Optional Day Tours are not organized group tours.

TRIP OPTION #1: 11 Days / 9 Nights - Nov. 8 - 19, 2019, Cairns, Australia; 1 week Spirit of Freedom Live-Aboard
This itinerary departs from Los Angeles on Friday evening, Nov.8th, with arrival in Australia on Sunday, Nov. 10th. Stay in Cairns, Australia for one night before boarding the Spirit of Freedom the next morning (Monday).  You’ll have the opportunity to perform 24 – 26 dives while on the live-aboard.  After disembarking from the Spirit of Freedom on Monday morning, Nov. 18th, stay in Cairns for one more night.  Depart Cairns on Tuesday, Nov. 19th and arrive back in Los Angeles on the same day after crossing the International Date Line.

  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Melbourne to Los Angeles.

  • Australian Domestic Flights – Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Melbourne.

  • US Domestic Flights are not included in trip pricing.

  • Accommodation - Cairns (1 Night), Spirit of Freedom (7 Nights), Cairns (1 Night).

  • Shuttle Transfers - Cairns: Airport to Accommodation (Return).

  • Live-Aboard Dive Expedition includes: Transfers to/from Cairns city.

  • Live-Aboard Dive Expedition includes: Opportunity for 24 to 26 dives on the Great Barrier Reef, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared meals, Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meal.

  • Visa Issuance - Provides entry into Australia.

  • All Day Tours are Optional and Not Included (They are at additional cost)

  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel) - i.e. This is not an Organized Group Tour.

  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

TRIP OPTION #2: 14 Days / 12 Nights - Nov. 8 - 22, 2019: Cairns, Australia; 1 week Spirit of Freedom Live-Aboard; Sydney, Australia
This itinerary departs from Los Angeles on Friday evening, Nov. 8th, with arrival in Australia on Sunday, Nov. 10th. Stay in Cairns, Australia for one night before boarding the Spirit of Freedom the next morning (Monday).  You’ll have the opportunity to perform 24 – 26 dives while on the live-aboard.  After disembarking from the Spirit of Freedom on Monday morning, Nov. 18th, stay in Cairns for two more nights then travel by air to Sydney Australia for 2 nights. Depart Sydney on Friday, Nov. 22nd and arrive back in Los Angeles on the same day after crossing the International Date Line.

  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Melbourne; Sydney to Los Angeles.

  • Australian Domestic Flights - Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney.

  • US Domestic Flights are not included in trip pricing.

  • Accommodation - Cairns (1 Night), Spirit of Freedom (7 nights), Cairns (2 nights), Sydney (2 nights).

  • Shuttle Transfers – Cairns: Airport to Accommodation (Return); Sydney: Airport to Accommodation (Return).

  • Live-Aboard Dive Expedition includes: Transfers to/from Cairns city.

  • Live-Aboard Dive Expedition includes: Opportunity for 24 to 26 dives on the Great Barrier Reef, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared meals, Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meal.

  • Visa Issuance – Provides entry into Australia.

  • Day Tour - Sydney: Opera House (1 Hour).

  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and Not Included in trip pricing. (They are at additional cost)

  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel) - i.e. This is not an Organized Group Tour.

  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

TRIP OPTION #3: 17 Days / 15 Nights - Nov. 8 - 25, 2019: Cairns, Australia; 1 week Spirit of Freedom Live-Aboard; Ayers Rock, Australia; Sydney, Australia
This itinerary departs from Los Angeles on Friday evening, Nov. 8th, with arrival in Australia on Sunday, Nov. 10th. Stay in Cairns, Australia for one night before boarding the Spirit of Freedom the next morning (Monday).  You’ll have the opportunity to perform 24 – 26 dives while on the live-aboard.  After disembarking from the Spirit of Freedom on Monday morning, Nov. 18th, stay in Cairns for two more nights then travel by air to Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback for 2 nights.  Then travel by air to Sydney and stay for 3 nights.  Depart Sydney on Monday, Nov. 25th and arrive back in Los Angeles on the same day after crossing the International Date Line.

  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles.

  • Australian Domestic Flights - Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Sydney.

  • US Domestic Flights are not included in trip pricing.

  • Accommodation - Cairns (1 Night), Spirit of Freedom (7 nights), Cairns (2 nights), Ayers Rock (2 nights), Sydney (3 nights).

  • Shuttle Transfers - Cairns: Airport to Accommodation (Return), Ayers Rock: Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney: Airport to accommodation (Return).

  • Live-Aboard Dive Expedition includes: Transfers to/from Cairns city.

  • Live-Aboard Dive Expedition includes: Opportunity for 24 to 26 dives on the Great Barrier Reef, En-suite cabin with daily service, Chef prepared meals, Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meal.

  • Day Tour - Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass

  • Day Tour - Sydney: Opera House (1 hour)

  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and Not Included (They are at additional cost)

  • Visa Issuance - Provides entry into Australia.

  • F.I.T. (Free and Independent Travel), i.e. This is not an Organized Group Tour.

  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

The Spirit of Freedom has the following 5 different cabin type levels.

  • Ocean View Deluxe (Premium) - THIS CABIN HAS BEEN SOLD.

  • Ocean View Standard Cabin (Premium) - THIS CABIN HAS BEEN SOLD

  • The Stateroom (Premium) - THIS CABIN HAS BEEN SOLD

  • Standard Double or Twin Share - THREE OF 6 CABINS HAVE BEEN SOLD

  • Quad Share Cabin


You can review the different cabin types by clicking here.

Each trip option has its own cost. Each cabin type has its own trip cost. We are pleased to offer a discount for customers paying by cash/check.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​There are some additional per person expenses that will need to be paid onboard the Spirit of Freedom.
USD = UNITED STATES DOLLARS

AUD = AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS

Marine Park Levy - An Environment Management Charge applies to all passengers entering the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.   $15 USD ($20 AUD)

Fuel Levy - Spirit of Freedom reserves the right to increase this levy without notice, in line with world-wide fuel increases.   $53 USD ($70 AUD)

Nitrox - Package (all dives on Nitrox) - $136 USD ($180 AUD)

Nitrox - Single Tank - $7.50 USD ($10 AUD)

Tipping in Australia is not customary, mandatory or expected.

To reserve your spot(s) on this trip, please stop in at Dive Winnipesaukee or call us and provide a $500 per person deposit right away.  You’ll need to let us know which trip option and which cabin type you’re signing up for.  A second deposit of $2000 per person will be due on September 15, 2018.  Final payment will be due on or before July 15, 2019.  Please contact us if you have any questions.