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Michaelmas Cay

Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This is a sandy island on the surface of a coral reef in the middle of the ocean! It is just amazing to walk on the sand and see only ocean around you. Despite the ok snorkeling (was expecting more..) and the unpleasant smell (there are like a million birds living in the cay), it definitely was worth the visit.... More

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

This was one of the stops on our snorkel tour. The snorkeling was good and the water calm. We saw a couple of green sea turtles and some giant clams which were really cool. Just beware of the smell as it is a very busy bird sanctuary!

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Diving the great Barrier reef was one of the worst dives I have ever done! Sad to say, but I saw more garbage, broken coral and divers that sea life. Its really devastating that people cant respect such a beautiful part of the earth, don't touch the coral, and take your garbage out with you. I'm sure at one point... More

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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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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