Coral Sea Ribbon Reef Expedition

04jul(jul 4)1:00 pm08(jul 8)9:00 amCoral Sea Ribbon Reef Expedition1:00 pm - 9:00 am (8)(GMT+10:00) View in my timeCairns Marina, 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Event Details

Join as we set sail on a magical adventure on the Ribbon Reef Expedition, exploring this stunning and rarely visited chain of ten spectacular reefs, exploring our hidden depths as we dive deep into breathwork, self discovery and crystal blue waters.

The Coral Sea Ribbon Reef Expedition

Lying on the outer edges of the Great Barrier Reef, the Ribbon Reef are home to some of the worlds most famous dive sites.

The reefs here thankfully have very little human contact, which has ensured that they can support an outstanding range of biodiversity and marine life for divers and snorkelers. Depth varies anywhere from 5 – 35M, making this a perfect destination for free divers of all experience levels.

There are dozens of unique dive sites within the Ribbon Reef, including drift dives, wall dives, swim throughs, caves and exploring colourful coral gardens and bommies. With great visibility all year round you’ll be sure to witness as many of the GBR’s 1500 fish and 400 coral species as possible. Much of this life will be encountered in shallow waters between 23 and 29 degrees, and in fact it is rare that you’ll be diving deeper than 20 metres, except when practicing line diving of course.

Retreat Highlights

  • 4 days /3 nights on expedition vessel
  • Daily freediving and snorkelling trips
  • Daily yoga and breathwork classes
  • PADI Freediving materials and certification
  • Personalised coaching and specialised theory & workshops on freediving and line diving

Why Should I come along the Coral Sea Ribbon Reef Expedition?

Join us as we set sail on a magical expedition. There are very few places on the planet that can match the wonder that exists here, both above and below.

So what better place to reconnect with yourself, nature and the power of both?

Take in the crystal clear waters, marvel at the marine life that surrounds us, explore the watery world below and connect with nature on a deeper level before returning to land with different eyes to when you left.

Deepen your personal connection with the natural world through daily freediving, snorkelling, yoga and breathwork classes. Observe the natural beauty of the reef from above, learn from experienced island guides, watch as humpback whales and manta rays pass by on their annual migration and then dive deep into the night before resurfacing and returning to the real world, refreshed, rejuvenated and refocused.

The Coral Sea Ribbon Reef Expedition has been designed for those who are:

  • Interested in freediving, exploring the ocean and outer reefs
  • Developing a deeper understanding of self and the connection between emotions, breathing patterns and the natural world.
  • Looking to unlock energy, break free from fight or flight responses, lower anxiety levels and eradicate repressed or held emotions.
  • Keen witness the beauty of this stunning setting in a unique and expansive way.
  • Willing to explore personal limits in a safe, held environment.


Breathless is the space between science and the unknown. Is the space between the head and the heart, between learning and feeling. Breathless means the space between doing and being, between who you are and who you are becoming.

We combine ancient breathwork techniques with revolutionary neuroscience and studies into human potential. Breathless believes that by learning to become aware of our breath and how it impacts on us. Humans can influence our health, our mental state, the way we feel, the way we move. And, ultimately, the way we live.

As Australia’s No. 1 leading breathwork educational program for instructors, we are all about getting out into nature and into our souls. Hence, get high, go deep and let your breath set you free.

We will organise and take care of everything. so, all you need to do is turn up with an open heart, a willingness to go deep and ready to connect on a totally different level.



4 (Thursday) 1:00 pm - 8 (Monday) 9:00 am(GMT+10:00) View in my time


Cairns Marina

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870


  • Johannes Egberts

    Johannes Egberts


    Breathless Expeditions

    Breathless Expeditions Founder Johannes Egberts is considered Australia’s Leading Breathwork Instructor.

    Johannes’s inspiring life journey is punctuated by seeking the positives in every situation, a thirst for self-discovery and a love for unconventional experiences.

    Despite a challenging childhood, he discovered something unexpected that would alter the direction of his life forever – controlled breathing.

    Breathwork immediately resonated with Johannes, and he relentlessly cultivated knowledge on the subject and acquired more than ten breathwork certifications.

    His holistic wellness brand, Breathless Expeditions, has led the breathwork movement in Australia, inspiring thousands of people across the globe since 2018.

    He is predominately known for his Breathwork Instructor Training programs and for creating unique experiences in the corporate world.

    He offers experiences to every industry for fostering team building and life resilience with an impressive clientele portfolio ranging from professional athletes to renowned authors and high-profile. Click here for Corporate Wellness Opportunities.

    Netherlands-born, he has trainined 20,000+ in breathwork, published scientific research and trained more than 300 instructors.



  • Luciana Blanco Villegas

    Luciana Blanco Villegas

    Freedive & Breathwork Instructor

    Luciana is a passionate freediving instructor, yoga and SUP yoga teacher, breathwork and reiki master. Above all, she’s an ocean lover who can’t spend a day without salty water.

    Luciana’s experience in transcending autoimmune diseases and conquering fears through freediving has ignited her mission to help others push past their limitations, heal from past or present traumas, and expand their boundaries, using the power of breath and movement.

    Join her in the journey towards holistic healing and self-discovery at Breathless and discover a new level of inner strength and vitality.

    Freedive & Breathwork Instructor


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • Day 3
    • Day 4
    • july 6, 2023
    • - Depart from Cairns

      2.00 pm - Depart Cairns

      Our destination is Ribbon Reef 10 which means about 16 hours of open water ahead. Plenty of time to learn the ropes with our captain or just lay back in the sunshine before enjoying dinner and evening discussions.

      Speakers: Johannes Egberts, Luciana Bianco Villagos
    • july 7, 2023
    • - Day 2

      Once we get to Ribbon Reef 10 about 6 AM in the morning we will enjoy some sunrise yoga and breathwork before our first dive. In the afternoon, we’ll sail towards the world famous COD hole, one of the most popular dive sites on the Reefs and home to Giant Potato Cod. The shallows of Cod Hole offer fantastic coral life to explore for snorkelling and the chance to search for hidden treasures before we find a spot with more depth to anchor before another evening under the stars.

      Speakers: Johannes Egberts, Luciana Bianco Villagos
    • july 8, 2023
    • - Day 3

      After our morning dive, we’ll travel South through the Ribbon Reefs. It’s not uncommon to have the world's most impressive reef all to ourselves and see spectacular marine life.

      Speakers: Johannes Egberts, Luciana Bianco Villagos
    • july 9, 2023
    • - Day 4

      We'll visit the Ribbon No 3 Reef before we set a course for home and head back towards Cairns overnight.

      Speakers: Johannes Egberts, Luciana Bianco Villagos


Payment Options
  • 2x interest free payment
    • 2x interest free payment $949.50

Price $2,299.00

How many tickets? -1 +

Total Price $2,299.00


What do I need to bring?

● Freediving equipment (we will provide weights but can also provide fins, masks, snorkels, open cell wetsuits, weight belts, wetsuit gloves and socks)
● A small lightweight bag (no suitcases please)
● A white outfit for our secret sunset dinner
● Swim wear and clothing suited to boat living and island exploring
● Towel, hat, sunscreen and a wind breaker or light jacket for the cool evenings
● Camera and GoPro (there are USB charging onboard).

How do I get there?

The Reefs are located approximately 50 – 100 kilometres from the Queensland shore in the Coral Sea, a long way from the coast, far beyond the reach of any day trips. Therefore the best way to experience what this stunning area of the Coral Sea has to offer is by liveaboard from Cairns.

Cairns is situated in the North East corner of Queensland, and is the most common port for departing diving cruises to the Great Barrier Reef. The airport is well connected internationally, offering a large number of direct flights to and from overseas. There a regular daily flights from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Taxis and Uber are also available.

We meet at the Marlin Marina,

Address: 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870

What can I expect from food & accomodation?

Rum Runner will accommodate up to 16 guests in multi share twin single bunk areas, semi-private twin single bunk cabins, and a 4-share single bunk cabin and there are also mats available if you would like to sleep on deck under the stars.

All delicious, healthy meals and snacks are provided and will be made fresh each day by our crew. Most dietary requirements can be catered for and upon booking, you’ll be sent a form to let us know of any requirements you may have.

Do we need prior diving experience?

No experience is required to join, we teach all levels of freediving including beginners. It’s recommended to swim in the ocean regularly as preparation and get used to wearing some freediving equipment such as fins, a mask and a snorkel.

Do we need any prior experience?

No experience is required to join, we teach all levels of freediving including beginners. It’s recommended to swim in the ocean regularly as preparation and get used to wearing some freediving equipment such as fins, a mask and a snorkel.

Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for all fitness levels. No previous experience of freediving or breathwork is necessary and 4 days of freediving straight will give you the opportunity to perfect your skills and technique (as well as have a lot of fun).

Do I need my own equipment?

You are welcome to bring you own. We will provide weights but can also provide fins, masks, snorkels, open cell wetsuits, weight belts, wetsuit gloves and socks.


Important Information For Course Participants continuing on with their dive education.

Insufficient dive qualifications and/or some medical conditions may prevent you from diving.

Prior to diving, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your diving qualifications, experience & current fitness to dive prior to commencing your course.

Participants will be required to complete a PADI Medical statement.

Should you answer yes to any of the medical question asked you will be required to consult a doctor to acquire a written medical clearance to dive prior to your dive course/trip.

If you are unsure about a specific medical condition please check with your doctor or with us prior to making your reservation. Important Information For Certified Divers You will be required to sign a Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed onboard the vessel. Please Note: Some medical conditions may prevent you diving.

You will be required to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving.

If you would answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions below you will need to consult a doctor and acquire a medical certificate stating that you’re ‘fit to dive’ prior to your dive trip.

Since completing your last dive medical assessment have you suffered any illness or injury that may affect your ability to dive safely?

Are you currently suffering any illness or injury? Are you currently taking any prescription medication other than the contraceptive pill?

Is there any other condition, fact or circumstance that may affect your fitness or ability to dive safely


Ensure you have travel insurance which specifies medical evacuation and support for scuba diving.  Australian residents can check to see if their ambulance service will pay the cost of a diver evacuation.


Non-refundable deposit due within 30 days of booking date – $1,200 – This includes PADI certification and online pre-learnings material access

Final balance due 60 days prior to travel date

100% cancellation fee if all or part of booking cancelled inside 30 days after booking


To run the Ribbon Reef Expedition, a minimum number of bookings is necessary. Up to 14 days in advance of the start date, Breathless Expeditions will be able to cancel the trip. In this case, a full refund of all payments including the deposit will be returned to customers. With your booking, you agree that Breathless Expeditions will not be held liable for any other travel arrangements clients could have made, including but not limited to flights and transportation bookings.