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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips

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Address: 75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4041 6218

Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef...

Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot.

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Service is amazing! Great tour with plenty of helpful staff members. Ability to dive if that's your thang

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Service is amazing! Great tour with plenty of helpful staff members. Ability to dive if that's your thang

Thank Matthew P
Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a lovely day we spent out on the Great Barrier Reef! We visited Michelmas Cay and then Hastings Reef. The aquatic life we saw was stunning. Because it was after Nov. 1, we were advised to wear stinger suits (lycra) to help avoid being stung by jellyfish. The suits were fine; be aware that once they have come wet,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

+ super friendly staff. Does everything to help you and let you enjoy your trip. + Hastings reef (second stop) was much better than the first stop. Stunning underwater views. Save your energy for this stop! :) + the glassboat at Hastings reef was great! + stinger suits included in the price - Michaelmas Cay (first stop) was rather dissappoiting.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The snorkeling was amazing - both at Michaelmas Cay & Hastings Reef. The crew took safety very seriously, counting "noses" periodically throughout the day, which was reassuring, since we were 30 miles offshore. The boat holds about 30 passengers, and there is no room for spreading out/lounging or walking around, but the purpose was to snorkel, not go cruising. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I recommend this experience to everyone! Our boat had about 30 people and 7 staff members (approximately). The staff was very attentive, accommodating and concerned about safety. Let me start out that I am afraid of water and a first time snorkeler. This is the best boat for people like me. ; however there were many experienced snorkelers and scuba... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I agree with all the positive reviews in respect of Seastar Cruises. Great experience. Young crew unlike the same trip with did with Wavelength out of Port Douglas but equally enjoyable. The only tip I could give for the uninitiated is there is a lengthy ride out to the reefs you visit, Michaelmas Clay and Hastings Reef. It takes about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our day out with Seastar cruises was one we will never forget. The staff was excellent- friendly, helpful, made everyone feel comfortable and safe. Lunch was excellent as well. The spots we snorkeled on the reef were simply incredible! Everything about our experience went above and beyond our expectations. I already can't wait to come back.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been a marine engineer for 40 years, and the trip back from the reef in not so very bad weather but a swell which caused rolling and made everyone uncomfortable.A lot of the passangers were sea sick, The driver of the boat just put the sticks full down and just ploughed into the weather, causing everone on board... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow, the reviews on Seastar are right on the money. What first impressed me after the reviews, was that this is locally owned and operated. Fantastic crew of mostly women and one awesome guy and they were all absolutely magnificent and super friendly. The two snorkeling areas were beautiful and different. One place we saw reef sharks and turtles, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day. The crew were excellent- friendly, helpful and patient. The trip was really well organised and the two diving spots were perfect for people with all levels of snorkelling. Really recommend this cruise.

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