After a 2 hour motorised sail on board the 32 meter sailing Catamaran, Ocean Spirit, you will arrive at Michaelmas Cay where there is so much to see and do. Enjoy snorkelling in the cay’s protected shallow waters, try an introductory scuba dive in the fringing reefs, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation, observe the bird life or just chill out on Ocean Spirit’s spacious deck’s or on the beach. Throughout the day, the ‘beach buggy shuttle’ will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach.
Our semi-sub tour takes around 30 minutes and is included in your day at no extra cost so make sure you hop on board to join us for an up close encounter of a very special kind!
Return Ocean Spirit cruise from Cairns.
8.5 hours experience with 4 hours on the Reef.
Morning and afternoon teas.
Hot and cold seafood buffet lunch including fresh prawns.
Fish feeding presentation on arrival
Snorkelling equipment, Lycra suits & Buoyancy vests.
Marine Biologist presentation.
Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary.
Glass of complimentary sparkling wine served on the homeward journey, cheese and crackers.
Ecological presentations by qualified marine biologists
Environmental Management Charge
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $570
Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal
7:30am Check-in at the Ocean Spirit counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal for 8:30am departure
Returns to Cairns at approximately 5pm
One of the largest coral cays in the region, Michaelmas Cay is located 40 km off the coast of Cairns and makes an ideal location for exploring the outer Great Barrier Reef. After checking-in at Cairns' Reef Fleet Terminal, you will climb aboard a luxury catamaran. Get comfortable on one of the sun decks or inside a cabin for the approximately 2-hour ride out to the cay. As you approach, admire the pristine white sand surrounded by clear, aquamarine water and visible reef formations. Learn about the cay’s protected status as an important nesting site for more than 20,000 migratory seabirds during presentations by marine biologists. Once ashore, enjoy 4 hours on the island to spend as you wish. Snorkel straight from the beach with provided equipment to explore nearby coral gardens teeming with an astonishing variety of tropical fish and other marine life. Choose the dive option at booking to go even deeper with an introductory scuba dive.
If you prefer not to get wet, you can still admire the reef in an air-conditioned sem-sub! Seated just one metre below the waterline, you’ll be able to see a treasure trove of marine life going about their daily lives. Perfect for non-swimmers or anyone wanting to see the reef in air-conditioned comfort.
Recharge onboard the catamaran with a hot and cold buffet lunch including fresh seafood, plus morning and afternoon tea. When your time on Michaelmas comes to an end, relax on the return journey to Cairns, where your full-day tour concludes at the Cairns Reef Fleet Marina
7.30 AM- Check-in at Ocean Spirit’s counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal for boarding passes.
8:00 AM- Boarding commences. Complimentary tea and coffee served until departure.
8:30 AM- Depart Cairns for Michaelmas Cay and the Great Barrier Reef
9:00 AM- Safety demonstration, reef brief and snorkelling demonstration
9:30 AM- Informative Marine Biologist slide show presentation
10:00 AM- Dive brief for introductory divers
10:30 AM- Arrive at Michaelmas Cay. Reef Activities commence:
Fish feeding presentation
- Semi-submersible coral viewing tour
- Scuba diving for introductory divers. (Dive session times are 11:00am, 12:15pm & 1:30pm) (extra cost)
12:00 - 1:30 AM- Buffet lunch served onboard. Time to enjoy more Reef Activities!
2:30 PM- Afternoon tea is served onboard. On completion of safety head count we depart Michaelmas Cay for return
journey to Cairns. Glass of complimentary sparkling wine served on the homeward journey, cheese and
5:00 PM- Arrive Cairns
The Fine Print
Diving within 24 hours of flying is not recommended.
All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving.
Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform our crew of any medical conditions.
Some pre-existing medical conditions (For example: asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
Lycra suits are available for adults and children entering the water, The lycra suits have long sleeves and legs with a hood and mittens
Travelling time from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay is approximately 2 hours.