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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.
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You'll start at
Reef fleet terminal
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, AustraliaPlease check-in at the Great Adventures/Ocean Spirit counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal
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    Ocean Spirit Cruises
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Michaelmas Cay
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • 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
Reef fleet terminal, 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Duration
8h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Michaelmas Cay
Exclusions
  • Drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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 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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Fantastic crew well-run vessel. The birdlife on the day was even friendly not scared of humans at all. Lunch provided with snacks all-day Snorkelling saw turtles, rays and thousands of fish around the Coral. Thank you. all
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The trip was great. I quick trip out and then stayed out on the island almost the entire time to snorkel. Only issue was that I booked the intro scuba on here but they didn't have a record of it. They wanted me to spend another $132 to do the dive. Was very disappointed in
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The Ocean Spirit team made our day out very special. They were fantastic - informative, professional and engaged. I took my 3.5 year old snorkeling for the 1st time and he loved it. An exceptional location, delicious lunch and so many lovely surprises. This boat really does
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My family surprised me with a day trip to Michaelmas Cay during my visit from the UK. I had a really splendid time and absolutely loved the experience. Staff were welcoming on board and attentive at all times. There was a photographer who took photos of us as we boarded and
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We travel with our five years old child and thought it might be a good idea to combine the snorkeling with a tour on a sailboat and jumping into the water from an island. -The way out and back was nice even the engine was running all time. They use the sail just for support.
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By: Ocean Spirit Cruises
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Dazzaa
Echuca, Australia
73
Snorkelling and birdlife
Fantastic crew well-run vessel. The birdlife on the day was even friendly not scared of humans at all. Lunch
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altillett
Brisbane, Australia
6736
Hard to fault
Great crew awesome boat and brilliant destination . Happy we chose this trip. Very professional and safety
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stevelotte
Montville, New Jersey
42745
Fabulous Day
This was our day at the Great Barrier Reef. Catamaran to Outer Barrier Reef. Got to watch fish being fed off the
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wsherman
CO
28129
Great First Dive
The crew were amazing. Very friendly, professional & welcoming. The marine biologist was great. The The boat is
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scarbelly419
11
Great trip just don't book the scuba through TA
The trip was great. I quick trip out and then stayed out on the island almost the entire time to snorkel. Only
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Mandy C
30
Excellent in every way
The Ocean Spirit team made our day out very special. They were fantastic - informative, professional and engaged.
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BeverleyB290
30
Wonderful day out
My family surprised me with a day trip to Michaelmas Cay during my visit from the UK. I had a really splendid
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peteypieliu
10
Not a bad word to say about this experience
I honestly don't understand what the negative reviewers were saying about how service was bad, or being told off.
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mariusl176
50
better places to see the “Great Barrier Reef”
We travel with our five years old child and thought it might be a good idea to combine the snorkeling with a tour
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Drivinghomeforxmas
5942
Amazing experience from start to finish
Everything about this trip was excellent, and everything I had previously worried about turned out to be perfect.
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Sally A
Woodend, Australia
30
What a great day out!
As a solo traveller, I was made to feel welcome aboard and not forgotten about. I loved being able to go on the
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mathiasjpacheco
40
Great Experience
Great people, extremely friendly and helpful. Excellent customer service Great location Great cruise Very complete
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Flo P
Palm cove
53
Amazing
This trip is one of the best that Cairns has to offer, you will see the most amazing water in the reef. The coral
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Macpom
Auckland, New Zealand
1414
Don’t miss Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay catamaran trip
Staying in Palm Cove for a lazy week so had to push myself to do any day trips at all. But wow, this was so worth
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John W
Melbourne, Australia
7320
Good day on the reef
Perfect weather, great crew, good equipment, decent lunch. I could not fault the operation of this tour and if you
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