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Michaelmas Cay

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Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a wonderful day on the ocean spirit ... the snorkelling was fab lovely really knowledgable staff gorgeous food and generally a fantastic day!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank valleygirl528757
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice little cay, Loved the birds better thna the snorkeling. We limed the coral better at Hastings Reef, but it comes as a package deal. You cannot walk on the cay because of the bird nests, eggs, but you can see very well from the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TravelerOana
Reviewed 21 January 2019

well staffed and organized cruise to diving and snorkeling Great Barrier Reef. they don't fill the boat so it wasn't crowded and plenty of staff to guide and identify fish and other features of reef. food good and plentiful, friendly helpful crew. Other boats appeared...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 818jefferyr
Reviewed 19 January 2019

I have always wanted to dive on the great barrier reef since I was a kid.I finally got here and was totally amazed at the beauty, water clarity and fish. The coral reef is absolutely amazing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

Went out on the Ocean Spirit - that was a lovely boat, well staffed. Whole purpose though was to see, what we were told, was a good section of reef. Sadly though even this far from land, the reef is bleached with many areas of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dcanddp
Reviewed 8 January 2019

went out by boat and swam to shore, had a lot of birds there but what a relaxing place, not a care in the world, a must do

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Terry L
Reviewed 7 January 2019

Gorgeous sandy cay and easy, shallow snorkeling makes this a great spot to get wet and check out the marine life on the Great Barrier Reef without the intimidation of open ocean. Lots of giant clams and parrot fish, too!.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 16 December 2018

Due to its location and restrictions, Michaelmas Cay is a beautiful and undisturbed location. Its shallow waters just off the beach are perfect for kids or someone who is just beginning with snorkeling with great waters and wildlife farther out for more experienced snorkelers. Michaelmas...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sam D
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

This Cay is amazing! I came to snorkel. It took me an hour before I got in the water! First, our boat had a submersible boat ride that was fantastic. Covered a lot more area than I could go snorkeling. Amazing views! Then, I took...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Annette M
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

The trip out to the Cay was fantastic with marine biology talks and lots of great food. The boat parked at the sand island and offered access to the beach and bird hatchery there (amazing) and of course wonderful coral to dive on. There was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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5 January 2017|
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Response from wilairat2016 | Reviewed this property |
The answers above are right, we did see a few people who did not snorkle but there only option was to sit on the beach (small area) or wait on the boat. My opinion for you if you do not want scuba or snorkle is to find one... More
5 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!
Annie M
5 July 2015|
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