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Michaelmas Cay

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Address: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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first time visitors to the GBR, ideal place for families with young kids or those who have not snorkelled before, you can go as little or far out as you like and still see many... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

first time visitors to the GBR, ideal place for families with young kids or those who have not snorkelled before, you can go as little or far out as you like and still see many different species or coral and fish. warm water and plenty of birdlife on the cay for bird enthusiasts. great little place to just lie on... More 

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Collaroy Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An idyllic location for snorkelling & diving - we got up close to big turtles & a large variety of colourful trpoical fish amongst the corals Michaelmas Cay. The water was clear & temperate for a perfect reef experience!

Thank Tammy R
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like bird watching you will not be disappointed. Nesting birds by the thousands. The area roped of does not stop the chicks wandering into your space. No other vegetation except sand. Snorkelling I would rate 100 for safety and the reef around a 80 out of a hundred. Giant clams turtles and reef fish.

Thank trustascot
Gold Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth the trip. Only a few boats stop here, so not crowded. The coral is beautiful and fish are abundant

Thank T B
Mar del Plata, Argentina
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excelent spot for snorkeling and diving while enjoying the awesome great barrier reef. We sailed in Passions of Paradise,

Thank Makitaler
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I had a great time on our trip to Michaelmas Cay. We travelled with Ocean Spirit Cruises. The snorkelling was awesome and we saw many species of fish, some octopus and sting rays. We were disappointing to see the whitening of the coral. The majority of the coral was white in colour. Not sure if this was... More 

Thank Tw19
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Nothing more to say than amazing. Snorkeling was brilliant, although the waters were abit choppy, but non the less it didnt dampen the fact that your at one of the locations of the great barrier reef, cant really say anymore than that.

Thank Van H
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Since this is a bird sanctuary, you can't really walk on it. The area is definitely for snorkeling/diving and multiple tours go there.

Thank ActiveLark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

may is not a perfect time because water is cooler for some people. But on the brighter side there is no jellyfish to worry about. It's low tide in first week of May and the coral aren't as colorful. It's a little sandy island to walk around but need to take a boat ride about 2 hrs.from the marina. It's... More 

Thank Bogard C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

On one hand, one of many atolls in the world; on the other hand, it has huge appeal for bird watchers - only a small atoll and most of it is fenced to protect the bird life. Typical boats moor here to allow snorkelling and swimming but these can be done almost anywhere. The real attraction is seeing pelagics and... More 

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