Heading to the Great Barrier Reef on The Spirit of Freedom

After a couple of days resting at the Shangri-La in Cairns, I was ready for another dive adventure. I booked myself on the Spirit of Freedom, a 124 foot live aboard dive vessel. After the Arenui, I was ready for a let down, but in truth, I enjoyed the Spirit of Freedom very much. The Spirit of Freedom is the only dive liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef where every cabin has its own bathroom! We each had our own little “cubby” for our dive equipment, and ample room for cameras and gear. Not luxurious, but it was a great boat. The crew of the Spirit of Freedom were awesome, especially the Cruise Director, Ren! Unlike the Arenui in Indonesia, the divers on the Spirit of Freedom had the choice of whether or not to go with a Dive Master. Each buddy group could go on their own if they so desired. As a solo diver, I went with the Dive Master, and so had a small dive group of four, which I like best anyway…unless I am in a spot well known to me. Dive Masters know where all the cool animals and creatures are, so I usually prefer to head off with them.
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All of these photos are from my very first dive on the Great Barrier Reef! Til next post!

Clark’s Anemone Fish
Lionfish really are gorgeous

Nudis are so small and so colorful!
Another nudi!
There were nudibranchs everywhere! There are two here, mating.
A giant clam!

Another clam, see the inside of the mollusk!

Red Spiny Cheek Anemonefish
How I love these skunk anemone fish!

Huge Cuttlefish!
Is this the craziest sea cucumber EVER??? The Prickly Red Spiky Cucumber is over harvested as a “luxury” seafood, and is now endangered.
This sea cucumber was huge, so incredible to watch, and on its body I found a nudibranch!
A featherstar hanging out on a Prickly Red Sea Cucumber!
Gorgeous coral

Staghorn coral is abundant in both Indonesia and the Ribbon Reefs
Cool Pleurobranch!


Tam Warner

Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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