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Michaelmas Cay

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Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird sanctuary” (39 reviews)
“ocean spirit” (33 reviews)
“sea birds” (19 reviews)
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Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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"bird sanctuary"
in 39 reviews
"ocean spirit"
in 33 reviews
"sea birds"
in 19 reviews
"fish"
in 95 reviews
"sandy island"
in 9 reviews
"the great barrier reef"
in 50 reviews
"great place to snorkel"
in 8 reviews
"seastar cruises"
in 17 reviews
"white sand"
in 7 reviews
"giant clams"
in 18 reviews
"sand bar"
in 5 reviews
"hastings reef"
in 14 reviews
"marine life"
in 14 reviews
"day trip"
in 21 reviews
"reef tour"
in 7 reviews
"semi sub"
in 5 reviews
"scuba diving"
in 9 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

There is a roped-off area for humans because this is a bird sanctuary reef and the birds let you know it from the minute you get off the shuttle. We snorkled off this reef, which was awesome, and a life list adventure. On the reef...More

Thank LarryR86
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Reviewed 5 days ago

No trip to Australia is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. A day trip to Michaelmas Cay was our choice and a good choice at that. We journeyed to the reef with the Ocean Spirit tour. They provided round-trip transportation, along with snorkeling equipment...More

1  Thank Colo_Traveler05
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Catamaran day trip to Michaelmas Cay with Ocean Spirit. We had a great day with this company (see my review of them for more details) Only one other boat trip there when we visited so quite quiet out snorkling. Other islands may have been busier....More

Thank charliehill
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If your looking at sea birds then this is it..accessible on 2 tour companies visiting daily and the chance to snorkel the fringing reefs around it too.. For the nature lover spend time in hatchling season and you will see juvenile black tip reef sharks...More

Thank Tree-Hugger-JP
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see place and highly anticipated part of our tour. The natural beauty above the sea on the sandy beach and the semi sub tour and snorkeling were awesome.

Thank billp422
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good area about 45 mins by fast boat (Skedaddle) and it is great you can go ashore to a small fenced off area to see the birds. The reef is good with some great fish. There is a bit of tide running...More

Thank Colin_Guernsey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fact that Michaelmas Cay has a Sand bank that is home to a variety of migratory seabirds, makes the exploration of the reefs so much more enjoyable. The birds were barely a few meters away from where we'd parked ourselves before we began to...More

Thank Bharat W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful Area we went snorkeling unfortunately the reef here is in a very poor state of bleaching and very little colour remains. The trip out is still worth the effort but the reef at this rate wont be around much longer

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Visit was via CBR cruise boat that stopped at MC for about 2 hours for cruisers to snorkel and/or dive. Water conditions were poor (very heavy rains the previous week may have contributed to this), and the surface area of the Cay itself was reduced...More

1  Thank Leon M
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

every visitor needs to learn how fragile this world is. we learned to appreciate our environment and should be good stewardship. a dive into the sea was a fantastic experience.

1  Thank _tamaflavensen
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Shradhadang
4 January 2017|
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Response from Adrian B | Reviewed this property |
Unless you are snorkelling there is literally nothing to see except a very very small strip of sand with a zillion birds on it. All the boats I saw going out there including the one I was on are all moderately paced, packed... More
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Shradhadang
4 January 2017|
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Response from Belzob | Reviewed this property |
You would not want to pay for one that focuses (and includes snorkeling and a dive for a little extra) - and that is what we did and I agree with Claus - what a shame to bypass the opportunity!
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Annie M
5 July 2015|
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Response from roskoedj |
According to Ebird the birds that have been recorded at Michaelmas Cay during July are: Great Frigatebird Brown Booby Silver Gull Common Noddy Sooty Tern Crested Tern Welcome Swallow Lesser Frigatebird Masked... More
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