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Michaelmas Cay

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Address: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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Nice corals and fish

Corals are healthy, some are bleaching. We did scuba dive with Passion and found around 2 turtles, and lot of fish. Happy day and worthed to go for diving or snorkelling. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Karen W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Corals are healthy, some are bleaching. We did scuba dive with Passion and found around 2 turtles, and lot of fish. Happy day and worthed to go for diving or snorkelling. The water was clear blue and turqoise, so wonderfull 🏖

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Thank Karen W
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We travelled out to Michaelmas Cay on Passions of Paradise (see my separate review). It was a little choppy, and a bit wet, but that really didn't matter because the Cay is reasonably protected from the swells, and with the rain, well, we were already wet and in a wetsuit. In my 15-ish years of diving and snorkelling, I've never... More 

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Thank Niall B
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow ! an amazing Australia this is a must do and experience once in a life time when you visit Cairns just great .

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Thank Melissa S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went out to Michaelmas Cay on a day trip to the reef. It is basically a lump of sand in the middle of nowhere lol. Lots of birds nesting and flying around. Snorkelling was beautiful! Lots of neon fish, large parrot fish, huge sea cucumbers, blue starfish, giant clams and huge coral. Some fluro tipped coral but no brightly... More 

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Thank Christina C
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing snorkeling. We took our kids there and we all loved it! We saw humongous coral, clown fish, sting ray, turtles, really everything we hoped for!

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Michaelmas aboard the Ocean Spirit out of Cairns. I hadn't done enough research to know that there would be no vegetation (not a tree, not a blade of grass) on the little sand bar we disembarked to, so it was a little disconcerting when we arrived. Photos tend to show it as it was several years ago, before... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place and a great experience with "Ocean Spirit". If it's the first time that you visit Cairns you have to go there. The food on the boat is great and also the crew is lovely

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The boat trip was very pleasant and the crew were friendly & helpful however we were hugely disappointed when we got to Michaelmas Cay. Whilst the cay was unusual in a good way - it is a very small sand island inhabited solely by birds - the tide was out so it was very difficult to snorkel over the coral... More 

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very relaxed trip to the cay. Enjoyed an underwater look at the reef in a submersible. Had a beautiful lunch and then a short boat ride to the cay. We snorkeled amongst the coral and hundreds of fish and then lay on the beach (check out the bird life). Then did the same all over again. The trip back... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok, but not really worth the 2 hour boat ride. Sea sickness medication is highly recommended. At a rough estimate, 90-95% of the passengers were vomiting. Visibility underwater was 8-10ft. This is average for the reefs that can be reached from Cairns in a day trip. If you just want to tick the GBR off of your list this will... More 

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