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Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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Cairns City, Australia

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover the underwater treasures of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day catamaran cruise to Michaelmas Cay from Cairns. Snorkel straight from the white sandy beaches to swim among amazing coral gardens and get an up-close encounter with tropical marine life. Go deeper with an optional introductory scuba dive, or admire the reef on a semi-submarine boat tour. Chat with marine biologists to learn about the thousands of migratory seabirds that nest on the protected cay, and refuel with a buffet lunch featuring fresh seafood.
  • Full-day cruise to Michaelmas Cay from Cairns aboard a luxury sailing catamaran
  • Informative reef tours on an air-conditioned semi-submersible submarine
  • Informative ecological presentations by qualified marine biologists
  • Hot and cold seafood buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea
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Roundtrip cruise from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay
Morning and afternoon tea
Lunch
Use of snorkel equipment and lyra suit
Coral viewing in air-conditioned semi-submersible,
Ecological presentations by qualified marine biologists
Environmental Management Charge
Drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
One of the largest coral cays in the region, Michaelmas Cay is located 22 nautical miles (40 km) off the coast of Cairns and makes an ideal location for exploring the outer Great Barrier Reef. After checking-in at Cairns' Reef Fleet Terminal, you will climb aboard a luxury catamaran.

Get comfortable on one of the sun decks or inside a cabin for the approximately 2-hour ride out to the cay. As you approach, admire the pristine white sand surrounded by clear, aquamarine water and visible reef formations. Learn about the cay’s protected status as an important nesting site for more than 20,000 migratory seabirds during presentations by marine biologists.

Once ashore, enjoy 4 hours on the island to spend as you wish. Snorkel straight from the beach with provided equipment to explore nearby coral gardens teeming with an astonishing variety of tropical fish and other marine life. Choose the dive option at booking to go even deeper with an introductory scuba dive. If you prefer not to get wet, you can still admire the reef on a semi-submersible boat tour.

Recharge onboard the catamaran with a hot and cold buffet lunch including fresh seafood, plus morning and afternoon tea. When your time on Michaelmas comes to an end, relax on the return journey to Cairns, where your full-day tour concludes at the Cairns Reef Fleet Marina
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ocean Spirit Cruises
Upon arrival to Reef Fleet Terminal please check-in at the Great Adventures/Ocean Spirit counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding passes and be directed to the vessel boarding area.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Michaelmas Cay
Upon departure from Cairns, set sail aboard Ocean Spirit to the unique reef environment of Michaelmas Cay, a picturesque sand cay encircled by beautiful fringing reef. It is also a National Park and protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds, one of the most important nesting sites in the Southern Hemisphere. Michaelmas reef is renowned for an abundance of giant clams and sea turtles amongst a myriad of colourful and exotic marine life. The tour includes snorkelling and semi-submersible coral viewing tours for those who want to see the underwater world without getting wet. Michaelmas Cay is located in the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. If you would like to dive the Great Barrier Reef, introductory dives for novices and marine biologist guided snorkel tours are also available.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for all diving activities is 12 years
  • After a single scuba dive a wait of 12 hours is recommended before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. If doing multiple dives an interval of 24 hours is suggested.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (For example: asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Quicksilver Group

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns.

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A Bucket List Item Crossed off!
Joan
, Apr 2020
Enjoyed this experience so much. Would love to do it again and again. The food was excellent. The staff very caring and helpful. The trip with the biologist was very nice. Also enjoyed the submersible.
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Corals close up
Roberta G
, Nov 2019
Saw as many colorful fish and corals as we did on outer reef/rougher waters. 3 hours of bliss. Excellent food.
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Stunning island Great...
Debby
, Oct 2017
Stunning island Great snorkelling Lovely buffet Superb trip
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The trip was great but the reef...
Joan McC B
, Nov 2016
The trip was great but the reef didn't have many fish for snorkelers perhaps because it was low tide I've seen many more fish off Malaysia etc. The crew were charming and couldn't do enough for their passengers.
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This is one of the most fantastic...
Carla R
, Jul 2016
This is one of the most fantastic things we have ever done. The snorkeling is beyond compare. The water is crystal clear and the giant clams, tropical fish, and lovely coral are the best I have ever seen. The boat ride was fabulous and beautiful and the food was GREAT. The semi sub ride was a spectacular experience. The birds take up most of the island so do not plan on sunbathing. There is definitely a bit of an odor and many feathers on the sand. The area for the birds is roped off and there are surveillance cameras...so no sneaking over to the bird side! If you love birds like I do, you will enjoy seeing all of the baby chicks. It was a wonderful day that I will always remember!
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The Great barrier reef is so famous...
Christopher B
, Oct 2015
The Great barrier reef is so famous that you have to see it at least once, even if it's not the best barrier reef I've seen. The boat takes you on this protected island located 2h30 from Cairns. This small sand island coming out from nowhere is special. Tiny spot occupied by a amazing number of birds !! We are only allowed to stay on a delimited area so we don't disturb too much these animals. The water is... COLD !! What a surprise for me !! The Great barrier reef is in a cold water 21 degrees that day. Anyway, the spectacle is beautiful. The subversive boat is a very nice way too see all types of fishes and reefs. the crew on the boat is very friendly and teach us a lot about the reef's life. The snorkeling spot is the most colored reef I've seen so far: blue, brown, pink, yellow... the go pro made a good job :
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The information available about this...
Daniël D
, Aug 2015
The information available about this tour needs to be updated. The phone number is old and not in use any more, we had to improvise and ask around to find the right tour operator apparently this has changed in the last year. Tour itself was ok but busy and very touristic.
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It was a great area of the reef, the...
Elizabeth M
, Dec 2014
It was a great area of the reef, the Catamaran was great. The service was great. The food needs improvement, what was served was ok, just lacking in flavour.
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I just wish I had known I had to...
Margaret W H
, Oct 2014
I just wish I had known I had to line up for ages to get tickets for my voucher. Rest was good. Crew nice and helpful.
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Ridiculously...
Stephen K
, May 2011
Ridiculously brilliant!!!!! Outstanding...
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