Spirit of Freedom was top notch. This was our first experience with a liveaboard dive vessel. We have a 42′ Hunter sailboat that we dive off all the time in California so we are used to high quality. Captain Tony, of Spirit of Freedom, had worked his way up from dive master of 20+ years to now Captain. He and his crew were very professional on every level. The diving conditions weren’t perfect due to weather but we made the best of it. The Cod feed in the Coral Sea was breathtaking. Cod up to 5 feet long. But the most spectacular experience was the SHARK FEEDING!!! We were 10 feet away from a shark feeding of fresh tuna heads! All catch on video. Some 25+ sharks in total, up to 7 feet long. Saw a giant manta during one of our dives. There were up to 4-5 dives available per day. The food was outstanding as were the accommodations. We also celebrated my 50th birthday while on board. The chef asked what he could make me for my b-day dessert and I requested pecan pie which he made without hesitation. It was the best… Almost as good as Grandma’s! We hope to return one day.
UW Photography Comments: The vessel was very accommodating for UWP. The staff was very helpful in setup and general care of underwater camera’s. Separate fresh water tub for rinsing. There is a dedicated computer for guests to upload or download pictures. It even gets better than this… One of the dive masters noticed our camera wasn’t secured with a lanyard so he gave us one from his personal stash. How thoughtful was that!