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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips

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Cairns, Australia
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About Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips
Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot.
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Michaelmas Cay and the Hastings Reef are two of the most impressive and diverse dive sites in the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Visit both in one day with this flexible tour that offers options for all preferences. Choose to swim and snorkel, take an introductory scuba dive with full instruction, or enjoy one or two certified dives; and look out for anemones, sea turtles, reef sharks, and other marine life.
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Alex W wrote a review Sep 20
10 contributions21 helpful votes
Terrific day out on the reef with the crew of Seastar. Warm welcomes from all as we boarded the boat. Weather certainly wasn’t optimal with winds over 25knotts and 1-1/2m swell. Bumpy ride out. Once at reef the crew were very accomodating given the challenging situation. Snorkelling was still amazing. We didn’t get to go to Hastings Reef due to conditions but this was all explained to us well by the Captain and everyone was happy with the decision. Just being on the reef was an amazing experience. Crew did fantastic job all day in the conditions. Always had smiles on their faces and were extremely informative. Loved the small group environment (the main reason I went with Seastar).
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MLHossell wrote a review Jul 2021
Rotherham, United Kingdom29 contributions48 helpful votes
Amazing trip! 2 snorkel spots were brilliant lots of fish to see. Staff were fantastic very friendly and knowledgable. It was a beautiful day but very windy and the boat was very choppy on the way back, this didn’t spoil our day though.
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Karin wrote a review Jul 2021
Newport, Australia4 contributions5 helpful votes
An incredible crew and mind blowing locations at Michaelmus Cay and Hastings Reef made for an amazing experience witnessing our Great Barrier Reef. Experienced divers guided as through the maze of coral and allowed us to wander on our own. Lunch was a buffet served by the crew with second helpings invited to anyone who wanted to. Professional friendly amazing crew. Highly recommend!
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Lori W wrote a review Jul 2021
Brisbane, Australia16 contributions18 helpful votes
Words are hard to find ! It was one of the best days..... and the reef was just in splendour,,,,,,,,, the colours! The staff were great, informative and me not being a strong swimmer put me at ease and I got to see it all, thanks to Em, and Jamie-Lee When back, going with them again! Everyone should do this!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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SteveandJenAustralia wrote a review Jul 2021
Australia9 contributions9 helpful votes
Great day out on the reef and Michaelmas Cay and Hastings with family. This was a repeat trip for us with Seastar with our first being in 2015. We came back because of our first trip was so good and we didn't want to go on one of the bigger boats which carry more people. We weren't disappointed! Really appreciated the personalised service, friendly and knowledgeable crew and we had an amazing day seeing all sorts of marine life at both locations. Highly recommend Seastar for a memorable experience. The lunch was also very tasty and enough for seconds if you wanted more!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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