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Address: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

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Just What I Was Looking For

The tour on Ocean Spirit was just what we were looking for. My wife does not swim so she was able to enjoy the reef from the shore of Michaelmas Cay and then on the glass bottom... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Port Angeles WA
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Port Angeles WA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The tour on Ocean Spirit was just what we were looking for. My wife does not swim so she was able to enjoy the reef from the shore of Michaelmas Cay and then on the glass bottom boat while I was in the water. The reef is very close to shore so it is very easy to see scores of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Visited this cay with Seastar. Had a great day out , Michaelmas first and Hastings reef next. The crew were brilliant, took safety very seriously, without it affecting the fun. Michaelmas is a sandy cay, so snorkelling off the beach is great for beginners. There isn't much room on the beach but as it is actually a bird sanctuary and... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We took a day long scenic cruise to this cay. The catamaran provided a smooth two hour cruise to the cay. The crew was efficient in reviewing safety measures, handling logistics and moving about 100 folks from Cay to boat many times during the day. The snorkeling was great, the reefs were nearby. Scuba diving was also offered. Buffet lunch,... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Many migratory birds on the island. Average place for swimming. Not so many fishes though in the area/

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Fishers, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Loved the snorkeling on Michaelmas Cay! The waters were a little rough due to a cyclone coming in, but for a first-timer, it was truly a wonderful experience.

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Warsaw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The trip to Michealmas Cay was great - perhaps it was sheer luck but we've seen there manta rays and sea turtles, fantastic experience. We went there with SeaStar cruises early in the morning, so we were the first ones to arrive. The water is very shallow there so better for snorkling rather than diving. Also, because of the Cay... More 

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Ellensburg, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I like how they make US feel like the zoo attraction for once. They have a roped area on this island that you need to stay within, the rest of the island is a marine park. Its literally a sand cay, so you dont have any sort of amenities. I lasted about 10 minutes before i was in the library... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Not the best. Don't plan any day boat or trip around this little sand hill. Its completely covered in birds (i.e. their poop) and there is not a lot of room to move around as most of it is blocked of as a reserve for wildlife. So really its about a 7 meter stretch of sand that you can stand... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Came here with Passions of Paradise, it was great. Full of life and creatures, it's brilliant for both snorkelling and diving (very shallow diving - max depth of about 7meters so great for an introductory dive).

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Such a perfect tropical paradise. We visited Michaelmas Cay with an Ocean Spirit tour and it was absolutely lovely, the staff were friendly and we met some really interesting people. Snorkeling off the beach here was absolutely stunning (especially as there were a few turtles hanging around that day). The glass bottom boat tour is a must do as well,... More 

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