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Michaelmas Cay

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Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns
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Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

I've been distressed in recent times about reports of coral bleaching due to the increasing acidity of the ocean but free diving in Michaelmas Cay made my heart leap. The coral was thriving and the water was teaming with tropical fish. We saw a stingray...More

1  Thank OctopussyKBH3
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Had a great day out on the reef, well organised by staff. Just fantastic once your out there on the reef, very safe lifeguards and instruction given to those who required help with snorkelling. Would recommend.

Thank 397debra
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Never thought we would snorkel, but we did it was a great experience. I couldn't believe what an experience we had, right down to seeing breaching whales.

1  Thank marfred2000
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This reef was very pretty, and the island was nice to stand on, but since we also dove on other parts of the reef, I think there were better spots. This is completely dependent on water, wind, and weather conditions and it may have been...More

Thank LizzieLou22
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Alot of fish and turtles, even managed to see a shark. was nice to only have 2 boat loads of people there I both snorkeled and dived, had pretty crappy weather for it but was still beautiful

Thank Krystal W
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Had a 2 hour boat trip to reach this venue which is at least 45km out to sea. A large sand bar miles from nowhere mainly inhabited by protected wild life. Great for snorkelling, but you do need calm weather to enjoy it better.

Thank johnbg84
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We did a day trip from Cairns, and one of our stops was Michaelmans Cay. The snorkeling here was amazing. There is an incredible amount of sea life around, with good reef to view. We saw around 4 or 5 turtles while we were snorkeling,...More

1  Thank fife_4
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Corals are healthy, some are bleaching. We did scuba dive with Passion and found around 2 turtles, and lot of fish. Happy day and worthed to go for diving or snorkelling. The water was clear blue and turqoise, so wonderfull 🏖

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We travelled out to Michaelmas Cay on Passions of Paradise (see my separate review). It was a little choppy, and a bit wet, but that really didn't matter because the Cay is reasonably protected from the swells, and with the rain, well, we were already...More

Thank Niall B
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Wow ! an amazing Australia this is a must do and experience once in a life time when you visit Cairns just great .

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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
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
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