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Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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Spend the day on Michaelmas Cay, a small sand island on the outer Great Barrier Reef. You'll cruise from Cairns aboard a luxury sailing catamaran, see the reef's brilliant coral and marine life from a semi-submersible submarine, try scuba diving or go on a snorkeling tour. Lunch on board is a delicious hot and cold buffet including prawns.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef via snorkel, scuba, or semi-submarine
  • Travelers won't go hungry with included lunch plus morning and afternoon tea
  • All gear and instruction are provided
  • Onboard marine biologists provide narration on the cay's marine environment
What to Expect
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
Departure Time
7:30am Check-in at the Ocean Spirit counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal for 8:30am departure
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to Cairns at approximately 5pm
  • Roundtrip cruise from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Buffet 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
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Diving within 24 hours of flying is not recommended. 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
  • Minimum age for all diving activities is 12 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great people, extremely friendly and helpful. Excellent customer service Great location Great cruise Very complete meals experience ( morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea) Diving experience awesome the instructors were outstanding. It is worth every penny

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank mathiasjpacheco
Reviewed 5 days ago

Perfect weather, great crew, good equipment, decent lunch. I could not fault the operation of this tour and if you miss any part of it, well it's your own fault. The information is comprehensive and always reminding people on board what is happening. The crew...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank John W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had transfer from our hotel that dropped us off at check in. Check in was smooth, The cruise was AMAZING. They had coffee in the morning, a beautiful ship for the cruise out. They had an interesting talk about the reef on the way...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dday68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day started out with high expectations of discovery especially for our Norwegian visitors. Coffee and Tea on arrival with muffins and focaccia. The trip out took longer than normal because of the weather conditions. I realise that no one controls the weather, so unfortunately...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Peter H
QSGA, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean Spirit Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Peter, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience on Michaelmas Cay; we are sorry to hear that it didn't meet your expectations. As you say, unfortunately, nobody controls the weather, however, our crew are well trained to be...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great family day out!! Crew were excellent, food sumptuous and don't believe what you're hearing about the Great Barrier Reef! The place is alive with beautiful coral and a huge array of animals - first time in my life I spent 20 minutes just chilling...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Richard S
QSGA, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean Spirit Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Richard, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so glad to hear that you had such a fantastic time exploring Michaelmas Cay and were able to tick 'Swim with a Turtle' off your bucket list! It was lovely having...More

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7 October 2019|
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Response from 49girishb | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe a non swimmer will enjoy the trip Also you are transported from the big yacht to the island by a small vessel. If the day is good then you will have a great trip if the sea is choppy then better to avoid... More
31 May 2019|
Response from Robotomanic | Reviewed this property |
We had several that did not snorkel who kept look of belongings. We used credit card. Everything else was provided. We did really need to purchase. The boat is large and we left our stuff in the cabin. No issues at all
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