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Ocean Spirit - Michaelmas Cay

Rate Option Adults Children Infants Families Extras
Snorkel $219.00 $112.00 N/A $560.00 $7.00
Snorkel + 1 Intro Dive $355.00 $248.00 N/A N/A $7.00

Extras: $7.00pp levy payable on day of travel.  

Bus Transfers: Cairns City $30pp & Child $20pp. 

Northern Beaches - Adult $38pp & Child $21pp.

Children:  Aged 4-14 years. 

Minimum age for intro dive is 12 years.

Family Rate:  2 adults and 2 children

Rates are valid until 31st March 2021.

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.


A 32 metre double-decked twin hull catamaran, which visits Michaelmas Cay for the day, you will spend up to 4 hours on the cay. This vessel will travel with up to 150 passengers who can snorkel, introductory dive or take a semi-submersible coral viewing tour.

Michaelmas Cay is a major natural seabird habitat and one of the most important in the Southern Hemisphere. It is home to at least 23 species of seabirds. Many breeds find this island an ideal nesting habitat and is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries on the Great Barrier Reef. At the height of nesting and breeding season (during Summer months) up to 20,000 birds have been observed.

Explore the underwater world without even getting wet!  Cruising in our air-conditioned semi-sub, sitting only one metre below the waterline, you’ll get a diver’s view of the reef!  With the large viewing windows, our expert crew provide an informative commentary on the corals and marine life before your eyes as you learn about the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef in this interactive tour.

Snorkelling is fun and a great way to experience the many treasures of the Great Barrier Reef! With easy access from the beach at Michaelmas Cay, people of all ages, whether you’re experienced or a novice, can enjoy the reef, quietly drifting over the myriad of corals and colourful fish. The Cay, with its calm, shallow waters, is ideal for first-timers and young families who want to experience it together.


Check in: 8.00am Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

Depart Cairns: 8.30am

Return Cairns: 5.00pm



  • Up to 4 hours at Michaelmas Cay
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Lycra suit
  • Ecological presentation by a qualified Marine Biologist 
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour
  • Fish feeding presentation


Optional Activites:

Introductory Diving - $136pp (medical conditions apply and minimum age is 12 years)

No experience is necessary to take a fully supervised, guided introductory dive and you’ll be able to add another dimension to your reef experience delving beyond what a snorkeller can see in this special underwater world.  Michaelmas Cay is the perfect dive site for first-timers. The island is wind protected and its waters calm and shallow. Once at Michaelmas Cay, you’ll gear-up and start your dive experience with a skills practice session with your instructor in the shallows of the cay and soon you will be ready for your dive adventure!


Guided Snorkel Tour (includes lycra suit) - Adult: $68pp / Child: $36pp / Family rate: $172

This tour is conducted directly from the beach in the cay’s protected waters. Depending on your level of experience, both beginner and more advanced tours are offered. The tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes and is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together. It’s a great educational experience and most of all a lot of fun!

Ocean Spirit Cruises lunch diving off Michaelmas Cay Snorkelling reef fish turtle semi-submersible inside semi-sub

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