Michaelmas Cay

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From Cairns: Michaelmas Cay National Park Catamaran Cruise

1. From Cairns: Michaelmas Cay National Park Catamaran Cruise

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.

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What people are saying about Michaelmas Cay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

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.

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.

It was very nice and comfortable. The food was excellent and the snorkeling was very exciting and beautiful, but I could have stayed longer !

wonderful trip, nice snorkeling opportunity for beginners, great food, very competent and friendly crew

Punctual, good guide and informative. Great day out.