Minke Whale and Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Trip

Swim with Dwarf Minke Whales and explore the Ribbon Reefs on a three day, three night diving adventure!

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About this trip - 25th to the 28th of July 2024

The dive sites

This Minke Whale trip onboard The Spirit of Freedom offers a unique and exhilarating opportunity to swim with these beautiful creatures. The expedition runs from Cairns to Lizard Island, going all the way along the outer Great Barrier Reef. You will spend time exploring the pristine Ribbon Reefs and explore the wonders of sites like Gotham City, Steve’s Bommie & Lighthouse Bommie. The trip includes up to 10 dives and multiple interactions along the way with Dwarf Minke Whales.

Marine life

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. It’s only during the months of June and July, that we have the opportunity to interact with Minke Whales in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef. This is a unique and incredible experience which you will remember for years to come!

What you will see

On this dive trip, you will not only see the Dwarf Minke Whales, but a huge variety of marine life! From disco clams to diver-sized potato cod, this trip has a little bit of everything. The diverse marine environment on the outer Great Barrier Reef is a diver’s dream, with interesting corals and beautiful creatures at every turn.

The trip includes a low-level scenic flight cruising 300m over the reef from Lizard Island back to Cairns giving you an amazing opportunity to experience the reef from above and below!


  • Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef


  • Quad Bunk with Shared Bathroom
  • Twin Bunk with Ensuite


  • From $2,200


  • 3 nights aboard Spirit of Freedom
  • Up to 10 in-water sessions
  • Tanks & Weights
  • Chef-prepared gourmet meals
  • Australian wines & soft drinks with evening meals
  • Low scenic flight from Lizard Island back to Cairns
  • Cairns hotel or Airport transfers
  • GST and all reef levies and fees.


  • Airfare to/from Cairns
  • Optional Nitrox fills
  • Gear hire
  • Insurances


  • Minimum Open Water Diver

Rental Gear:

  • Full gear rental - $175 for duration of the trip

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