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4 night Reef & Island Fun
Fitzroy Island Resort is fringed with pretty coral gardens in clear ocean and a hiking trail up to the lighthouse. Enjoy the many activities the island has to offer such as Sea Kayaking and snorkelling


FROM $550 Per Person
SAVE $340
*Resort Studio twin share
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Great Barrier Reef Tourism News

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Minke's Most Wanted This years Minke Whale sighting season is underway. As one of the few permitted operators to Swim With Minke Whales, Spirit of Freedom crew and passengers have been drafted to look out for 4 particular minke whales. Last year researchers and scientists successfully tagged 4 minke whales and managed to track them on their journey south. One whale was tracked over 6,000km's to the sub-antarctic. This is very exciting as it's the first time that researchers have had the opportunity to monitor minke whales other than on the Ribbon Reefs of the GBR. All photographs and video footage taken during this Minke Whale season has been asked to be donated to the Minke Whale Project Spirit of Freedom is also hosting Minke Whale researchers onboard during our 3 Day Cod Hole trips to assist the Minke Whale Project in the collection of data and contribute to the continuing study of these delightful whales. Space is still available on selected departures this June/ July, or enquire for our 2015 departures.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SoF Rocks on Trip Advisor Only 6 months into our listing, Spirit of Freedom currently ranks #9 of 114 Cairns Attractions on the popular Trip Advisor Website. Thanks a million to the contributor for this recent review...... "SOF combine outstanding diving with great service. I was left speechless not just by the diving, but by the way the crew pay such attention to every little detail, are quite strict with safety, and do all this in a way that seems effortlessly friendly and casual. After half a day on board it was like being with long-term friends..."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FITZROY ISLAND BOUNCES BACK FROM CYCLONE ITA AND IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS NORMAL FROM MONDAY THE 14TH OF APRIL. Find recent updates via our Facebook page: For the safety of guests and staff the island was evacuated last Thursday. A small team lead by resort owner Doug Gamble and General Manager Glen MacDonald, remained on the Island throughout the storm. Cyclone Ita passed over the island late on Saturday night and the resort team quickly cleared away fallen trees and debris left by high winds. The five sea turtles living in the tanks at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre were moved to a purpose built cyclone safe enclosure in a secure area. The turtles are safe and were moved back into the purpose built sea turtle centre on Sunday by our staff; Turtle Tours are now operating daily. Glen MacDonald reported, "the conditions were extreme, guests were safely evacuated prior to Ita's arrival, we were lucky as no damage was sustained and are pleased to report within 24 hours it is back to business as usual, the seas are flat and calm, the sun is shining and we look forward to welcoming returning guests. Fitzroy Island remains a favourite playground for locals and visitors that seek an authentic natural island experience. Owner Doug Gamble is pleased to see visitors returning to enjoy the island's facilities. "It's good to see people enjoying the island," he said "Our focus is on everything local - we stock Blue Sky beer, the fish on our menu is caught locally, we use local produce in our kitchens and we employ a lot of local staff."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The wreck of the 115metre SS Yongala must be dived to be believed! Spoilsport in Townsville 15-29 May. An Everest of adventure diving with the expedition of a lifetime. Super Sized Marine Life! One dive or even one day is not enough. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the huge bull rays hanging motionless in the current during the night dive. o Australia's largest, most intact historic shipwreck. o 2 Days at the Yongala wreck including night dive. o 8-10* dives at Yongala open dive deck diving. o Amazing night dives with huge bull rays. o Giant Queensland grouper, turtles, sea snakes, sharks and wrasse. o Lady Bowen Wreck (May 15 & May 29) o SS Gothenburg Wreck (May 20) o Day and night dives at Wheeler Reef (May 23) o Amazing marine biodiversity, o Superior vessel stability in adverse weather conditions. o Spoilsport makes world class diving a world class experience. Don't miss out! See you there, Mike Ball

Friday, September 20, 2013

Welcome aboard Ocean Spirit - sailing daily to Michaelmas Cay! We’re pleased to announce that on 8 August 2013, the Quicksilver Group completed the purchase of Ocean Spirit’s iconic Michaelmas Cay cruises. “The purchase of Ocean Spirit is a wonderful addition to our Cairns fleet by offering a sailing experience to Michaelmas Cay. Ocean Spirit is an iconic and well respected brand, and whilst it has had recent challenges, we look forward to reinvigorating the brand and we welcome the crew into the Quicksilver family,” said Tony Baker Managing Director of the Quicksilver Group.

The 32 metre Ocean Spirit sailing catamaran joins our fleet of 12 major vessels operating out of Cairns and Port Douglas showcasing the diversity and wonders of the Great Barrier Reef across our range of reef products.”
Setting sail daily from Cairns, Ocean Spirit offers a great range of activities to fully experience Michaelmas Cay’s unique reef environment. Surrounded by spectacular fringing reefs, guests can snorkel, cruise in the semi-submersible for a diver’s view of the reef, discover the bird sanctuary, or if you prefer just relax and enjoy a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef. For the more adventurous, introductory diving is also available.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sunlover Reef Cruises is excited to announce that our large semi-submersible has made its way back out to the Moore Reef pontoon, and brings with it a $225,000 suite of new improvements and upgrades.

The semi-submersible arrived late this afternoon, and after a few last minute checks is fully operational for tomorrow's (Friday, the 14th June) Moore Reef Sunlover guests.

Chief Engineer Lyall Quaife said that "from an operational perspective the semi-sub has been fitted with two new fuel injected engines allowing for an increase of power and reduction in emissions, and a new state-of-the-art bow thruster to enhance control and manoeuvrability around the sensitive coral reef".

 Another key focus of the improvements was in relation to passenger comfort and viewing ability, and this was achieved through "upgrades to the air-conditioning, and highly polished large curved windows which give unsurpassed viewing experience". Sunlover Reef Cruises would like to thank all of our valued suppliers for their support through this period.

The Semi-Sub has a completely new sound system and includes a dedicated guide on board every trip that explains all about the coral reef systems and the animals that inhabit the area. Cruise close to the corals to get a fish's eye view,.

Sunlover Semi-Submersible Features

  • 21 metres long, 4.8 metres wide 
  • Holds 47 guests and 2 crew
  • Floor to ceiling 4cm thick acrylic windows
  • Trips last approx. 20 minutes
  • Fully air conditioned


Thursday, June 13, 2013

What a wonderful time of year to be visiting Port Douglas! Passengers on board Poseidon on the 11th June, have been fortunate to experience the Minke Whale Magic first hand. Poseidon has a rare Swim with Minke Whale permit and this was a text book encounter after careful briefing of passengers and strict control on the swim float line. Careful rotation of all snorkellers kept the Minke's curiosity and interest in human observation. All snorkellers on board Poseidon had the thrill of a lifetime when at the first site of the day at the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, a 5 meter Dwarf Minke Whale came up to the boat. All passengers were able to view this awesome creature from a Minke float line. The Minke did a multitude of passes over a period of an hour, performing belly rolls as it passed, within meters of the snorkellers. Poseidon reluctantly departing to the second reef site and were welcomed by yet another Minke Whale slightly larger than the first. It glided ever so close to the snorkelers. The response from Poseidon's guests was a combination of silent awe to shouts of joy! Truly a life changing experience! This was an amazing encounter giving passengers plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal. Passengers even managed to view these inquisitive creatures from the top deck as it swam past the boat, while others remained in the water.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Did you know… both SilverSwift and SilverSonic are the fastest small vessels in town! Our high powered engines allow us to travel up to 32 knots and combined with our unique ride control feature we can travel to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef quickly and comfortably for our passengers. Our swift enjoyable journey to the Great Barrier Reef gives passengers more relaxed time to spend in the water, while exploring the many wonders of our beautiful reef so accessible from Cairns & Port Douglas.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Did you know… both SilverSwift and SilverSonic are the fastest small vessels in town! Our high powered engines allow us to travel up to 32 knots and combined with our unique ride control feature we can travel to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef quickly and comfortably for our passengers. Our swift enjoyable journey to the Great Barrier Reef gives passengers more relaxed time to spend in the water, while exploring the many wonders of our beautiful reef so accessible from Cairns & Port Douglas.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

There was a buzz down at the Marlin Marina the NEW catamaran Reef Magic III departed full for Marine World platform on its maiden voyage! Reef Magic have always strived on providing a personalised, interactive and unique experience for all passengers on board. This starts by limiting daily cruise numbers to a maximum of 190 passengers. With over 300 seats onboard, there was PLENTY of room for everyone to move around. Reef Magic III has become the new primary reef vessel, so next time you're in Cairns make sure you get onboard!. :)

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*Daily departures ex Cairns
*All meals included
*Only up to 42 guests
*Glass bottom boat tour
*Snorkel & Dive equipment
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Departs Monday

Largest expedition vessel
Huge dive deck
Chef prepared meals
Complimentary Australian wines
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•Scenic flight from Lizard Island
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•Chef prepared meals
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