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Michaelmas Cay

#10 of 121 things to do in Cairns Features Animals
Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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US$ 131.80*
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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US$ 182.17*
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove
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US$ 121.19*
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30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns
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“ocean spirit” (30 reviews)
“sea birds” (16 reviews)
Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Corals are healthy, some are bleaching. We did scuba dive with Passion and found around 2 turtles, and lot of fish. Happy day and worthed to go for diving or snorkelling. The water was clear blue and turqoise, so wonderfull 🏖

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We travelled out to Michaelmas Cay on Passions of Paradise (see my separate review). It was a little choppy, and a bit wet, but that really didn't matter because the Cay is reasonably protected from the swells, and with the rain, well, we were already...More

Thank Niall B
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Wow ! an amazing Australia this is a must do and experience once in a life time when you visit Cairns just great .

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We went out to Michaelmas Cay on a day trip to the reef. It is basically a lump of sand in the middle of nowhere lol. Lots of birds nesting and flying around. Snorkelling was beautiful! Lots of neon fish, large parrot fish, huge sea...More

Thank Christina C
Reviewed 21 August 2016

This place is amazing snorkeling. We took our kids there and we all loved it! We saw humongous coral, clown fish, sting ray, turtles, really everything we hoped for!

Thank priscillaarmstrong00
Reviewed 14 August 2016

We visited Michaelmas aboard the Ocean Spirit out of Cairns. I hadn't done enough research to know that there would be no vegetation (not a tree, not a blade of grass) on the little sand bar we disembarked to, so it was a little disconcerting...More

Thank travelmakesUrich
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

A great place and a great experience with "Ocean Spirit". If it's the first time that you visit Cairns you have to go there. The food on the boat is great and also the crew is lovely

Thank MickyMilanoMicky
Reviewed 8 August 2016

The boat trip was very pleasant and the crew were friendly & helpful however we were hugely disappointed when we got to Michaelmas Cay. Whilst the cay was unusual in a good way - it is a very small sand island inhabited solely by birds...More

2  Thank NicMellor
Reviewed 5 August 2016

A very relaxed trip to the cay. Enjoyed an underwater look at the reef in a submersible. Had a beautiful lunch and then a short boat ride to the cay. We snorkeled amongst the coral and hundreds of fish and then lay on the beach...More

1  Thank simco100
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Ok, but not really worth the 2 hour boat ride. Sea sickness medication is highly recommended. At a rough estimate, 90-95% of the passengers were vomiting. Visibility underwater was 8-10ft. This is average for the reefs that can be reached from Cairns in a day...More

2  Thank trayeljack
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Hi guys!Which cruise company to choose for a day tour to this cay, we want it to b fast and luxurious. Will not be snorkelling though. Just a relaxing cruise trip with lunch.
5 January 2017|
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Response from aeb001Melbourne | 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
Hi guys!Which cruise company to choose for a day tour to this cay, we want it to b fast and luxurious. Will not be snorkelling though. Just a relaxing cruise trip with lunch.
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
Hi I am wondering what birds I would see on Michaelmas cay in July Thank you
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