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  1. Australia
  2. Queensland
  3. Cairns
  4. Michaelmas Cay

From Cairns: Michaelmas Cay National Park Catamaran Cruise

Product ID: 182051
Set sail to the picturesque Michaelmas Cay and experience a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a cruise aboard the beautiful 32-meter catamaran, Ocean Spirit. Then, snorkel, ride the semi-sub and observe the island bird life.
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Duration: 8.5 hours
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  • Experience the romance and adventure while sailing the 32 meter sailing catamaran
  • Meet some of the locals such as clams, sea turtles, and more
  • Visit a limited access, protected National Park and major seabird habitat
  • Experience the reef in the semi-sub, try out snorkeling or enjoy an introduction to scuba diving
  • Enjoy a complimentary sparkling wine on the homeward journey
Full description
Departing daily from Cairns, the beautiful 32-meter sailing catamaran sets sail for a day to remember at the picturesque Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Encircled by fringing reef teeming with colorful marine life, this unique reef environment is also a bird lover’s delight and an important protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. As a National Park, daily visitor numbers and access to the cay is limited to preserve this special environment. Luckily, you will spend 4 hours at this beautiful location.

Throughout the day, the beach buggy boat will transfer you between the catamaran and the beach. Snorkel directly from the beach in the cay’s protected shallow waters, cruise in the semi-submersible with commentary for a diver’s view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation and observe the fascinating island birdlife. For the more adventurous there is the option to experience an exciting introductory scuba dive or join the marine biologist for a guided snorkel tour.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can just relax on the beach or on the catamaran's spacious decks and enjoy a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef. The choice is yours. An informative marine biologist reef presentation, delicious hot and cold buffet lunch and morning and afternoon teas are also included in your day. Your cruise will combine motor and sailing, depending on the day’s conditions. On the homeward bound journey, enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine under the sails. Then, return to Cairns for the end of the tour.
  • Ocean Spirit return cruise from Cairns
  • 4-hours at Michaelmas Cay
  • Morning and afternoon teas including muffins and focaccia
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch including prawns
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • Buoyancy vests and lycra suits
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine on the homeward journey
What’s Not Included
  • Introductory scuba diving
  • Marine biologist guided snorkel tour
  • Government Environment Management Charge - AUD 6.50 per person

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Meeting point

Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St. Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 4870.

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Important information
Know before you go
• A Government Environment Management Charge of AUD 6.50 per person is payable on check-in. This charge is payable direct to the tour operator on the day of travel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Our third snorkeling tour ... and the most beautiful reef. The trip led to a small sand island that could only be entered in a closed area. You are brought back on land by boat and can enter the water from land. The island is a breeding island for birds, a spectacle worth seeing with a corresponding fragrance. We had a Spanish tour group on board, that was an excitement :)) Overall, there were a little too many people on the ship.

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November 10, 2019

Everything that is in the brochure is included and the quality is good. There is attention to safety and the equipment given is clean and useful. This full days' outing is for active healthy people and not for princesses. Expect sand, wind and some discomfort. Take a warm jumper. Expect to see some of nature's marvels.

July 4, 2019

we went in July and I must say that it's cold, nothing unbeatable, but prepare yourself properly with the right clothes!

July 29, 2019

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