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Michaelmas Cay Reef Tours - Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour | Sand Cay Experience

Tour Code: 125

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Family Deal Save $122
  • Discover an amazing array of birdlife on Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Great for families and beginner snorkellers and introductory scuba divers.
  • With the amazing array of birdlife and sea life and the pristine surroundings at Michaelmas Cay, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Snap yourself on the pristine beach or snorkelling with a friendly green sea turtle. 
  • Snorkel in the calm, shallow waters off the beach at Michaelmas Cay
  • Stay dry and view the spectacular fringing reef and diverse marine life from a glass bottom boat
  • Family Deal - Save $122 based on 2 adults & 2 children

Included In Price

  • Luxury Sail Boat Return Cruise from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay
  • 4 hours at Michaelmas Cay on the Reef
  • Morning tea with muffins and focaccia
  • Afternoon tea with tropical fruit platter and cake of the day
  • Delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, including fresh prawns
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • Buoyancy vests.
  • Marine Biologist presentation.
  • Glass bottom boat tours during Covid19 for social distancing (Normally Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary)
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Glass of complimentary sparkling wine served on the homeward journey, cheese and crackers
  • Lycra suits

Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef is a small, low-lying sandy island surrounded by a spectacular fringing reef. Your tour to this beautiful sandy island from Cairns includes a range of family-friendly and adventure-filled activities: snorkel, dive, take a glass bottom boat tour.

On our Cairns dive and snorkel tour you can be as active or relaxed as you like, the choice is yours!

Snorkel in the calm waters off Michaelmas Cay

Great for families and first-timers, you can snorkel straight off the beach into the calm, shallow waters of Michaelmas Cay. The fringing reef surrounding the Cay is rich with colourful and varied marine life and is renowned for its abundance of giant clams. Around 90 per cent of the Reef’s diversity is in the top four metres of the water.

View the coral reef from a glass bottom boat tour

Hop on a glass bottom boat and get a fish-eye view of the stunning underwater scenery. This is a fabulous way to experience the beauty of the Reef whilst staying dry and is perfect for non-swimmers.

Dive the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns

Experience what it’s like to breathe underwater on an introductory scuba dive (extra cost) in the shallow, calm waters off Michaelmas Cay. You'll receive a thorough briefing and participate in practice exercises before you commence your dive adventure. No experience is necessary and you’ll have an experienced dive instructor by your side the whole time.

Cairns Reef Tour - Michaelmas Cay

Michaelmas Cay is a small, vegetated sand island surrounded by a spectacular fringing reef. It is located on the western tip of Michaelmas Reef 43km north-east of Cairns.

Heaven for nature lovers and bird enthusiasts

Declared a national park in 1975, Michaelmas Cay is an important bird sanctuary and home to over 23 species of seabirds. At the height of nesting and breeding season (during summer months) up to 20,000 birds have been observed. 

The Cay is also rich with a myriad of sea life including green sea turtles (which occasionally nest there), molluscs and hundreds of species of tropical reef fish including Humphead Maori Wrasse. The reef surrounding the Cay is known for its abundance of giant clams.

Snorkelling off Michaelmas Cay

Families and first-timers will love the easy access of snorkelling straight off the beach into the calm, shallow waters of Michaelmas Cay. The reef surrounding the Cay is rich with colourful and varied marine life and coral formations. 

All your snorkelling equipment will be provided and a briefing will be given by your guide on how to use your equipment as well as tips on how to snorkel, to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable time in the water. 

If you would like to learn more about the Reef, for an extra cost you can join a guided snorkel tour with a marine biologist. 

Glass Bottom Boat Tour - Coral Viewing Tour

If you prefer to stay dry as a non-swimmer, you can view the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of a glass bottom boat.

On this 30-minute tour, you'll cruise quietly over the water's surface and have a fish-eye view of the Reef and its inhabitants. View pristine coral, colourful fish, giant clams and maybe even a sea turtle as you cruise through this amazing underwater world. 

Introduction to scuba diving (optional activity – not included in tour price)

The shallow, calm waters off Michaelmas Cay offer a perfect environment for first-time scuba divers. No experience is necessary and you’ll have an experienced dive instructor by your side throughout the dive.

After a briefing and some basic skills practice, you’ll be ready to commence your dive adventure amongst the stunning coral formations and colourful fish.

At the completion of your first scuba dive, you’ll receive a certificate of recognition and wonderful memories to last a lifetime of your Great Barrier Reef tour in Cairns.

See a range of Great Barrier Reef tours for Non-swimmers here and other dive and snorkel tours here

Accommodation Return Transfers

Please note: All return transfers will depart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal 17.30pm. Ocean Sprit and Silverswift
passengers will need to wait for up to 1 hour for their return bus.
Reservations staff will be contacting all passengers with transfers the day prior to travel to update them
on locations and times if it will be a Taxi etc and also advise the OS and SWS pax of the delay with the return
time.

Please see below timetables:

Pick up time@ 06:40
MANTRA AMPHORA (49-63 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
PARADISE ON THE BEACH RESORT (119-121 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
PEPPER'S BEACH CLUB & SPA PALM COVE (123 Williams Esplanade)
PULLMAN PALM COVE SEA TEMPLE RESORT & SPA
REEF HOUSE (99 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
REEF RETREAT (10-14 Harpa Street Palm Cove)
SANCTUARY PALM COVE (6 Cedar Road)


Pick up time @ 06:45
MANGO LAGOON (81-85 Cedar Road Palm Cove)


Pick up time @ 07:00
CNR Moore & Trinity St Bus Stop


Pick up time @ 07:30
CAIRNS SHERIDAN (295 Sheridan Street)
THE LAKES CAIRNS RESORT & SPA (2 Greenslopes Street)
PALM ROYALE HOTEL (7-11 Chester Court)
CAIRNS COCONUT HOLIDAY RESORT (23-51 Anderson Road)
HOLIDAY INN CAIRNS HARBOURSIDE (209-217 The Esplanade)
CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB (18-26 Cannon Street)
QUEEN'S COURT (167-171 Sheridan Street)
RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT (Bus Area - Esplanade Side)


Pick up time @ 07:35
181 ESPLANADE P/Up Lake Street Side (181 Esplanade)
BAY VILLAGE (Cnr Lake & Gatton Streets)
CORAL TREE INN (162-172 Grafton Street)
TROPICAL HERITAGE CAIRNS (8 Minnie Street)
CAIRNS PLAZA HOTEL (145 Esplanade)

Pick up time @ 07:40
RILEY (p/u from DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - Abbott St side)
WYNDHAM RAMADA( (p/u from DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - Abbott St side)
IBIS STYLES CAIRNS (p/u DOUBLETREE BY HILTON)
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON (121-123 Esplanade)


Pick up time @ 07:45
BAILEY CRYSTALBROOK COLLECTION (163 Abbott St)
FLYNN BY CRYSTALBROOK (p/u Abbott Street entrance near Night Markets)
MANTRA TRILOGY (p/u Abbott Street entrance near Night Markets)
NOVOTEL CAIRNS OASIS RESORT (122 Lake Street)
THE BENSON HOTEL (Cnr Grafton & Spence)
GILLIGANS - P/up The Benson (50 Grafton St)


Pick up time @ 07:50
PARK REGIS CITY QUAYS APARTMENTS (2-4 Lake Street)


Pick up time @ 08:00
SOUTHERN CROSS ATRIUM APARTMENTS (3-11 Water Street)
YHA CAIRNS CENTRAL (20-26 McLeod Street)

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

0730: Check-in at Ocean Spirit’s counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal for boarding passes. 08:00: Boarding commences. Vessel departs 08:30.

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Please note: All return transfers will depart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal 17.30pm. Ocean Sprit and Silverswift passengers will need to wait for up to 1 hour for their return bus.
  • Our Reservations staff will be contacting all passengers with transfers the day prior to travel to update them on locations and times.
Destinations
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Michaelmas Cay
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Does not operate on Christmas Day

Duration

8.5 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Beverages & Snacks available onboard
  • Souvenirs
  • Introductory Scuba Diving (Recommend to pre-book)
  • Coach Transfers from accommodation
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Restrictions

Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism
  • Camera,Towel, Swimmers, Hat, Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 +), Sunglasses
  • Cash/Credit Card for onboard purchases.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

fernando m

Reviewed on October 27, 2018

Yes, a lot

SHIRLEY G

Reviewed on September 20, 2016

Loved our trip - staff & organisation on the trip, fantastic

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Hi Shirley, thanks for your feedback. Ocean Spirit is a beautiful vessel and The Tour Specialists are pleased you experienced the fantastic service and experience at Michaelmas Cay this vessel is so well known for.

Hugh M

Reviewed on June 16, 2016

Well organized friendly service

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

The Ocean Spirit Crew are a great team to visit the Great Barrier Reef with and the Tour Specialists are pleased you enjoyed your day on the Great Barrier Reef & Michaelmas Cay.

  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (not applicable with other discounts)
  • Child Fare 4-14 years inclusive

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions page here for details prior to booking.

Operator's Cancellation policy:

Cancellations received within 24 hours are subject to full cancellation.

Michaelmas Cay Reef Tours - Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tour | Sand Cay Experience

Tour Code: 125

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Family Deal Save $122

From

au$250.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$130.00
Family: au$638.00

Tour Code: 125

From

au$250.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745

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