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Michaelmas Cay

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Address: Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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US$ 132.33*
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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A Bucket List Day!

We went with Ocean Spirit to Michaelmas Cay and had a great experience. The snorkeling was fantastic! The coral and fish were so colorful. We went as part of a tour group and... read more

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Tampa, Florida
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We went with Ocean Spirit to Michaelmas Cay and had a great experience. The snorkeling was fantastic! The coral and fish were so colorful. We went as part of a tour group and everyone in our group said this was the best snorkeling they have ever experienced anywhere in the world. We all thought it was a bucket list day.... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited here with Seastar Cruises and what a beautiful spot with abundance of bird life and amazing snorkelling.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take in as much as possible, snorkeling is the way to go. And also the submersible. This is one of those things that you have to see, don't wait till next time.

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Thank Sue P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely teeming with beautiful sea-life, Michaelmas Cay is perfect for divers and snorkelers alike. With massive corals and clams, beautiful macro life, turtles and rays, this site makes every dive worthwhile. The sandy Cay is home to thousands of nesting sea birds, and it is beautiful to watch them flock to the island every evening.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here as one of the dive spots on our cruise with Seastar. It was a bit of a disappointment as we did not see anything exciting (we weren't lucky). It is a beautiful spot though, hundreds of birds everywhere! The cruise itself was amazing!

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you can get here, do it, you will not be disappointed. Our cruise on the SeaStar was by far our best experience in Cairns

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Thank Todd G
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first stop of an all day reef cruise and well worth the stop, beautiful sandy island and good snorkeling in the shallow waters.

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Lomita, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We selected Ocean Spirit as our trip to the GBR, and have no regrets. The crew was fantastic, the boat was beautiful, and the snorkeling was sublime. This is not just a reef, its a beautiful beach and bird sanctuary. We saw a black tip shark and spotted fan ray...along with literally thousands of beautiful reef fishies.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Michaelmas Cay was one of the dive spots we visited on our dive outing. A bit disappointed as we heard so much about it. We spend most of our time underwater and didn't see much (luck of the draw), but as one reviewer has already said, it was like a bird sanctuary once we were on board. Literally hundreds of... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sure there are birds here! It is a bird sanctuary but that is a part of the barrier reed. We had an awesome day here enjoying the beef and snorkeling and the semi submersible made it a very unique experience. Our guides were terrific. There was a naturalist on board who answered all our questions and gave so much info... More 

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