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Michaelmas Cay

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Address: Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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US$135.00*
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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US$175.74*
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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US$1,862.12*
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Private Lizard Island Day Trip and Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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Snorkeling spot!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 thousands of pooping birds. the smell is the worst. Second, as a bird sanctuary, you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 off to protect the birds, leaving a tiny stretch of sand for tourists to view... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 turtles, sharks or anything especially exciting but snorkling off the beach was nice. Diving gave... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breath taking place the sand is exquisite and the sea is so inviting. It is a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving. Do not miss.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a day out with Scuba, Snorkeling and fishing. The lunch provided was delicious and this was topped off with a glass of Sparkling at afternoon tea tim.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It seemed to take forever to reach the cay but it was an easy snorkel from the small beach that allows people as most of it is protected for the birds. The day we went the water was a bit murky but we did see some fish and lots of beautiful coral.

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East Sussex UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we went here using Passions of Paradise and it was incredible, beautiful , well worth the visit. Take care to listen to your operator who takes you there as it has protected birds and you must not venture in certain areas. Many do not listen to advice Perfect for swimming and snorkelling

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Cairns,Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This sand cay is beautiful. It has got a protected bird sanctuary on it. When you arrive there by one of the day tripper tours, they let you snorkel around amongst the beautiful reef. You can see lots of fish and turtles. You can also swim to the cay and lay on the beach. But you can't go past the... More 

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