After checking-in at Cairns' Reef Fleet Terminal, step aboard the day's vessel for a 22-mile (40-kilometer) ride to Michaelmas Cay. Leave the coast and find a spot in the shaded cabin or out on the sun deck to watch the scenery. Listen to an informative presentation by the staff marine biologists to learn about the protected cay and its importance as a nesting ground for thousands of migratory seabirds.
Once you arrive, spend four hours on shore however you wish. This tour allows travelers of all levels and abilities to explore the Great Barrier Reef via snorkeling, introductory scuba diving, or a boat ride on a semi-submersible.
Back on the boat, enjoy a hot and cold buffet lunch to refuel. (Morning and afternoon tea are also included.) The marine biologist guides will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the cay's unique marine environment.