Set Sail to Michaelmas Cay

When you join us for this Sail and Snorkel Michaelmas Cay tour, you will experience the picturesque serenity of Michaelmas Cay first-hand. You will be one of the strictly limited numbers of daily visitors to this gorgeous sand cay in the middle of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Michaelmas Cay is more than just another Great Barrier Reef location. It’s a national park, a protected bird sanctuary, and a small sand island rich in historical and environmental significance. The Sail and Snorkel, Michaelmas Cay tour, is your chance to spend 4 hours at the unique Michaelmas Cay, snorkelling in shallow waters, seeing beautiful coral gardens in a semi-sub, and observing protected seabirds in their natural habitat.

Experience Our Itinerary

After a 7:30 check-in and 8:00 boarding, the beautiful 32-metre sailing catamaran Ocean Spirit departs Cairns, taking us on our way to Michaelmas Cay.

We enjoy a morning tea with muffins and focaccia while cruising out to the Great Barrier Reef by a combination of motoring and sailing. Also included on the way to Michaelmas Cay are a marine biologist presentation, a dive brief for those who want to try an introductory scuba dive, and a snorkel safety demonstration. This way, everyone feels particularly comfortable in the cay’s protected waters.

We arrive at Michaelmas Cay around 10:30 to give everyone the most time possible to enjoy the reef. Amongst the activities available to enjoy are a fish feeding presentation, snorkelling, a semi-submersible coral viewing tour, and even introductory scuba diving. Alternatively, lounge on the spacious sun decks on Ocean Spirit or take up residence on Michaelmas Cay’s beach for the day – it’s up to you.

Enjoy a 5-star catered buffet lunch served on board Ocean Spirit and afterwards, reef activities resume. Get in the water again, or maybe try your hand at bird watching and see how many species of seabirds you can spot.

After four hours at Michaelmas Cay, tuck into afternoon tea on board – a tropical fruit platter and cake of the day!

We begin our departure back to Cairns at 15:30, delighting in complimentary sparkling wine, cheese and crackers before arriving back to the Cairns marina at 17:00.



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