Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

8 hours 30 minutes Cairns City, Australia

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Spend the day on Michaelmas Cay, a small sand island on the outer Great Barrier Reef. You'll cruise from Cairns aboard a luxury sailing catamaran, see the reef's brilliant coral and marine life from a semi-submersible submarine, try scuba diving or go on a snorkeling tour. Lunch on board is a delicious hot and cold buffet including prawns.

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Stop At: Ocean Spirit Cruises, Reef Fleet Terminal 1 Spence St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Upon arrival to Reef Fleet Terminal please check-in at the Great Adventures/Ocean Spirit counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding passes and be directed to the vessel boarding area.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Upon departure from Cairns, set sail aboard Ocean Spirit to the unique reef environment of Michaelmas Cay, a picturesque sand cay encircled by beautiful fringing reef. It is also a National Park and protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds, one of the most important nesting sites in the Southern Hemisphere. Michaelmas reef is renowned for an abundance of giant clams and sea turtles amongst a myriad of colourful and exotic marine life. The tour includes snorkelling and semi-submersible coral viewing tours for those who want to see the underwater world without getting wet.

Michaelmas Cay is located in the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. If you would like to dive the Great Barrier Reef, introductory dives for novices and marine biologist guided snorkel tours are also available.

Duration: 4 hours


  • Roundtrip cruise from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Use of snorkel equipment and lyra suit
  • Coral viewing in air-conditioned semi-submersible,
  • Ecological presentations by qualified marine biologists
  • Environmental Management Charge
  • Entry/Admission - Michaelmas Cay


  • Drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for all diving activities is 12 years
  • After a single scuba dive a wait of 12 hours is recommended before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. If doing multiple dives an interval of 24 hours is suggested.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (For example: asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons


13 Reviews

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April 2020

Enjoyed this experience so much. Would love to do it again and again. The food was excellent. The staff very caring and helpful. The trip with the biologist was very nice. Also enjoyed the submersible.


redhouse7 November 2019

Saw as many colorful fish and corals as we did on outer reef/rougher waters. 3 hours of bliss.
Excellent food.


Debby October 2017

Stunning island
Great snorkelling
Lovely buffet
Superb trip


Joan McC B November 2016

The trip was great but the reef didn't have many fish for snorkelers perhaps because it was low tide I've seen many more fish off Malaysia etc. The crew were charming and couldn't do enough for their passengers.


Carla R July 2016

This is one of the most fantastic things we have ever done. The snorkeling is beyond compare. The water is crystal clear and the giant clams, tropical fish, and lovely coral are the best I have ever seen. The boat ride was fabulous and beautiful and the food was GREAT. The semi sub ride was a spectacular experience. The birds take up most of the island so do not plan on sunbathing. There is definitely a bit of an odor and many feathers on the sand. The area for the birds is roped off and there are surveillance cameras...so no sneaking over to the bird side! If you love birds like I do, you will enjoy seeing all of the baby chicks. It was a wonderful day that I will always remember!


Margaret W H September 2014

I just wish I had known I had to line up for ages to get tickets for my voucher. Rest was good. Crew nice and helpful.


Stephen K May 2011

Ridiculously brilliant!!!!!



Stefano B December 2009

Not so crowded as I thought, we had not many on coral reef. So many birds and fishes. I don't know how Green Island is, but I enjoyed this tour.


Anonymous August 2008

I went alone and didn't snorkel but still had a great relaxing time! Met some great and interesting people.


Christopher B October 2015

The Great barrier reef is so famous that you have to see it at least once, even if it's not the best barrier reef I've seen.
The boat takes you on this protected island located 2h30 from Cairns. This small sand island coming out from nowhere is special. Tiny spot occupied by a amazing number of birds !! We are only allowed to stay on a delimited area so we don't disturb too much these animals.

The water is... COLD !! What a surprise for me !! The Great barrier reef is in a cold water 21 degrees that day. Anyway, the spectacle is beautiful. The subversive boat is a very nice way too see all types of fishes and reefs. the crew on the boat is very friendly and teach us a lot about the reef's life.

The snorkeling spot is the most colored reef I've seen so far: blue, brown, pink, yellow... the go pro made a good job :


Elizabeth M December 2014

It was a great area of the reef, the Catamaran was great. The service was great.
The food needs improvement, what was served was ok, just lacking in flavour.


Daniël D August 2015

The information available about this tour needs to be updated. The phone number is old and not in use any more, we had to improvise and ask around to find the right tour operator apparently this has changed in the last year. Tour itself was ok but busy and very touristic.


Anonymous June 2010

If you don't snorkel, don't go! Lovely island but not able to walk around it due to birds nesting. If we had known, we wouldn't have gone.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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