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Michaelmas Cay

Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Ranked #8 of 33 attractions in Cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

Very small island in which you are allowed to move on 50x50 m area. You'll see thousands of different seabirds (mainly terns) at very short (even under one meter) distance. About 10-12 differenct species easily identifiable and easy to make picture, 10-15 minutes enough for complete observation and picturing. Snorkeling is also easy. Different kinds of coral near to beach.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We went in a tour to Michaelmas Cay and had the opportunity to snorkeling close to the island, really good spots and the sensation when you arrive to the island and see that quantity of birds is unique and pleasant.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

of all our snorkelling trips this was the best . We went with Passions of Paradise . Very professional and safety conscious .The corals were beautiful and so colourful and the variety and size of the shoals of fish was incredible . The giant clams and turtles also deserve a mention . An unforgettable experience !

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Sparks, Nevada, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Nice stop to go snorkeling, lots of birds to watch. The water is a bit murky but that might have been because of the weather.

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Alstonville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The area would have to be one of the easiest snorkelling places on the reef, on going there with Seastar cruises, we were lucky to have on board a marine biologist, who explained the type of reef we would be exploring. She also answered the myriad of questions fielded to her whilst we were snorkeling, she even started giving us... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I've been to Cairns a few times and this is by far my favourite place to go snorkelling / scuba diving. The birds are however a bit loud and the restricted area that people are allowed to access are the reason why it scored 4/5. Oh and mind your head; you're likely to get pooped on haha Definitely worth a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This reef is about 1.5hrs from Cairns and is a great location for easy snorkelling. Variety of fishes and coral life can be found here and ideal for beginners as the water is calm. The Cay is a haven for thousands of bird life, and an amazing site to see.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Being the first boat out to the Cay on the seastar was amazing it felt like we had arrived in the middle of a Disney movie. Amazing place to snorkel

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Williamstown, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

My friend and I (both 23) absolutely loved it. Didnt want it to end. Had just the best day. Great yacht, fabulous and helpful crew and one of mothers natures greatest treasures - the Great Barrier Reef. Would totally recommend sailing out to the reef, what a life. Make sure you do this one!!

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We were advised to choose this trip for the snorkelling rather than a trip to Green Island. There is a lot of birds on this island and only a small strip of sandy beach but we didn't have a problem with this as we spent most of our time on the island snorkelling. We were lucky as we had a... More

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