Minke Whales Live-aboard Cairns 2022

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Dive with Dwarf Minke whales and explore the incredible ribbon reefs 

30 June - 3 July 2022 
4 nights Ex Cairns


Please use this link to book directly with the travel agent.

Minke whales - an amazing diving experience

Dwarf Minke whale diving trips from Cairns are a highlight of the scuba diving calendar, and one that can only be experienced at the Great Barrier Reef. Amazing encounters with these inquisitive whales happen at the peak of their migration every June and July.

Join Lady of the Sea Diving Academy as we travel to the outer Great Barrier Reef to see the inquisitive Dwarf Minke whales as they migrate from the Antarctic waters up to the Ribbon Reefs.  

Dwarf Minke whales grow up to 8 meters (26 feet) long, and a closeup encounter with these majestic 6-tonne creatures is an experience you will never forget.

Minkes often approach snorkelers, divers and boats, so there is every chance to see them close up. The success rate for close sightings during a Minke whale dive over the peak season is over 90%, and your interaction with the whales could last two hours or more!

Minke whale expeditions take place on the liveaboard vessel Spirit of Freedom. With air-conditioned cabins, a comfortable lounge and bar and an onboard chef delivering delicious hearty meals, you’ll have everything you need to rest and relax after your Minke whale encounter.

The MV Spirit of Freedom provides space, comfort and stability for cruising the Great Barrier Reef. The vessel is 37m in length, with a steel hull and electronic stabilisers, providing the most comfortable ride possible. Spirit of Freedom has 11 guest cabins, all with private bathroom. All cabins are air conditioned and are serviced each day. There are four different cabin styles to best suit your requirements. 

Liveaboard trips to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns are truly a remarkable adventure. With more than 14 permanent moorings at Saxon and Norman reefs, and selected sites at Hastings Reef, snorkelers and divers of all levels can explore the reef and its diverse marine life from early morning to night.

An abundance of communal spaces are available to relax and enjoy, the top deck is a great place to relax between dives. The dining saloon in the centre of the vessel serves as a meals area, briefing area, theatre room and general meeting place. The spacious dive deck contains individual stations for up to 26 guests. A dive brief will be provided for each dive to ensure your diving experience with Spirit of Freedom is safe and enjoyable. 


Please use this link to book directly with the travel agent.

What's Included


  • Return transfers from Cairns city accommodation for connection with Spirit of Freedom
  • 4 nights twin quad share accommodation aboard "Spirit of Freedom"
  • All cabins are air conditioned with private bathrooms
  • Meals including tea, coffee and water. Complimentary soft drink or wine with evening meal

Diving Package

  • 4 days of diving
  • Opportunity for up to 15 in-water snorkel sessions or dives
  • Use of tanks, weights, belts and dive guide services

Note: dive schedule will be adjusted to enable as much in-water interactions with the Minke whales as possible.

Optional Accommodation Upgrade aboard Spirit of Freedom

  • Upgrade to double/twin cabin for an additional $440. pp subject to availability
  • 4 Day nitrox package $150 pp.
  • Choose 7 night option (30 June - 7 July 2022) prices from $4,015.
7 night option
  •  includes the following:
    • 7 nights Quad share cabin aboard Spirit of Freedom (2 x bunk beds with private bathroom)
    • up to 26 dives whilst on board - includes tanks and weights
    • Meals including tea, coffee and water. Complimentary soft drink or wine with evening meal
    • Upgrade to Double/Twin cabin $770 pp. Subject to availability.
    • 7 Day nitrox package $260 pp.

Price does not include 

  • Airfares to & from Cairns, travel insurance, personal spending money and any excess luggage fees.
  • Marine Park fee & port levy - $25 pp.