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Michaelmas Cay

Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Ranked #7 of 37 Attractions in Cairns
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Chris and I did the whole boat trip out Michaelmas Cay from Cairns. Spent the day on the Cay diving swimming and generally being entranced with the colors and vibrancy of fish life. Beautiful Corals and an abundance of Birds kept us both entertained for several hours. A patch of sand in the middle of the ocean. Glorious.

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Cairns, Qld
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

If you can handle the smell it is a lovely place. Amazing clear water with awesome snorkelling. Plenty of aquatic life as well as the nesting seabirds

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The semi submersible ride to view coral and fish underwater was breathtaking. But if one does not enjoy snorkelling the visit to the Cay itself is not very interesting. A small spit of beach with a tiny cordoned off portion to watch birds nesting. I feel if one takes longer trips to the bigger Cays it could be more interesting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Visited Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef with Seastar Cruises and enjoyed every minute of it. Its as exclusive as it gets. They deliver on everything that they promise on their website. Friendly crew and excellent experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you go up to North Queensland you must do a trip to the Reef and this one is a great option out of Cairns. Generally one of the cheapest too! Sail out on a catamaran for about an hour with refreshments onboard and then enjoy a snorkel, dive, glass bottom boat ride or just relax on the island and... More

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Rangiora
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Highly rate the SeaStar Great Barrier Trip to Michaelmas and Hastings Reef! Low numbers, good price, great staff! Visibility at Hastings was amazing and beautiful fish.

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Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We loved snorkeling at Michealmas Cay. The cruise with the ship was wonderful. On our way back we could see a whale and the creww stops the boat so we had enough time to look at this wonderful animal.

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Alderley edge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went here with Seastar - they are the first boat to arrive so you have a good 2 hours snorkelling prior to other boats arriving. The shallow beach makes for easy entry for novice snorkelled. We had our 3 children and only our 5 year old found it tricky! The coral isn't as great as other sites but its... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Went here as part of a tour of the Great Barrier Reef. As I was in charge of a 4 year old we snorkelled off the beach. A gentle introduction and quite magical.

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Nsw
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The accessible area for visitors is small. We sailed on the Ocean Spirit which was a great experience. There weren't many people and it was a very relaxing day. We had plenty to eat and drink. Only gripe was that the tender which collected us was waiting in deep water. Wading on shifting sands with armfuls of gear was scary... More

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