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Michaelmas Cay

#10 of 121 things to do in Cairns Features Animals
Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns
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“sea birds” (16 reviews)
Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you can get here, do it, you will not be disappointed. Our cruise on the SeaStar was by far our best experience in Cairns

Thank Todd G
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This was the first stop of an all day reef cruise and well worth the stop, beautiful sandy island and good snorkeling in the shallow waters.

Thank wizard60
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We selected Ocean Spirit as our trip to the GBR, and have no regrets. The crew was fantastic, the boat was beautiful, and the snorkeling was sublime. This is not just a reef, its a beautiful beach and bird sanctuary. We saw a black tip...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Michaelmas Cay was one of the dive spots we visited on our dive outing. A bit disappointed as we heard so much about it. We spend most of our time underwater and didn't see much (luck of the draw), but as one reviewer has already...More

Thank Teckkly
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Sure there are birds here! It is a bird sanctuary but that is a part of the barrier reed. We had an awesome day here enjoying the beef and snorkeling and the semi submersible made it a very unique experience. Our guides were terrific. There...More

Thank Gran7
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Beautiful place to snorkel. Loved our submersible experience on Great Ocean Cruises too. Bird refuge there is interesting but we pretty much stayed in the water & didn't spend time on the beach.

Thank Lois S
Reviewed 16 March 2017

My wife and I recently vacationed in Australia. Who goes to Australia and does not snorkel the Great Barrier Reef? I believe the company we used was Ocean Adventures. Great company. Michaelmas Cay is the worst. Fist of all, it a bird sanctuary with literally...More

1  Thank John N
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The tourist brochures and photos online sure do a good job of playing up Michaelmas Cay! In reality, it is a bird sanctuary and nesting ground where hundreds of birds stop during migration and to lay their eggs. The majority of the cay is roped...More

1  Thank Ana J
Reviewed 15 March 2017

It was cool to go to the cay but the reef was in bad shape. The colors were full and lack of fish compared to alternative reef locations

1  Thank evriend
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We Snorkeled and I Scubadived here as part of a reef tour. The site was good (better than some others we had tried) with coral and fish visable with normal snorkling equipment although mostly still 3m+ deep in the water. Didn't get to see any...More

1  Thank Pyroay
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Hi guys!Which cruise company to choose for a day tour to this cay, we want it to b fast and luxurious. Will not be snorkelling though. Just a relaxing cruise trip with lunch.
4 January 2017|
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Response from aeb001Melbourne | Reviewed this property |
Unless you are snorkelling there is literally nothing to see except a very very small strip of sand with a zillion birds on it. All the boats I saw going out there including the one I was on are all moderately paced, packed... More
Hi guys!Which cruise company to choose for a day tour to this cay, we want it to b fast and luxurious. Will not be snorkelling though. Just a relaxing cruise trip with lunch.
4 January 2017|
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Response from Belzob | Reviewed this property |
You would not want to pay for one that focuses (and includes snorkeling and a dive for a little extra) - and that is what we did and I agree with Claus - what a shame to bypass the opportunity!
Annie M
Hi I am wondering what birds I would see on Michaelmas cay in July Thank you
5 July 2015|
Response from roskoedj |
According to Ebird the birds that have been recorded at Michaelmas Cay during July are: Great Frigatebird Brown Booby Silver Gull Common Noddy Sooty Tern Crested Tern Welcome Swallow Lesser Frigatebird Masked... More