Your once in a lifetime day cruise on board Ocean Spirit; sailing the Great Barrier Reef and exploring Michaelmas Cay.
Scuba dive, snorkel, jump on board our semi-submersible or take a guided tour to explore the magnificent marine world.
Seabirds, Turtles, and hundreds of reef fish; discover the array of marine and bird life on and around this magical sandy cay.
Ocean Spirit operates daily, some times and scheduled activities may vary subject to conditions on the day.
|7.30am||Check-in at Ocean Spirit’s counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal for boarding passes.|
|8:00 am||Boarding commences. Complimentary tea and coffee served until departure.|
|8:30am||Depart Cairns for Michaelmas Cay and the Great Barrier Reef|
|9:00am||Safety demonstration, reef brief and snorkelling demonstration..|
|9:30am||Informative Marine Biologist slide show presentation.|
|10.00am||Dive brief for introductory divers.|
|10:30am|| Arrive at Michaelmas Cay. Reef Activities commence:|
Fish feeding presentation
- Semi-submersible coral viewing tour
- Scuba diving for introductory divers. (Dive session times are 11:00am, 12:15pm & 1:30pm)
|12:00-1.30pm|| Buffet lunch served onboard.|
Time to enjoy more Reef Activities!
|2:30pm||Afternoon tea is served onboard|
|On completion of safety head count we depart Michaelmas Cay for return journey to Cairns.|
|Glass of complimentary sparkling wine served on the homeward journey, cheese and crackers.|
Snorkelling is fun way to experience the many treasures of the Great Barrier Reef. With easy access from the beach at Michaelmas Cay, people of all ages and experience, can enjoy the reef, quietly drifting over the myriad of corals and colourful fish.
See the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet in an air-conditioned sem-sub! Seated just one metre below the waterline, you’ll be able to see a treasure trove of marine life going about their daily lives. Perfect for non-swimmers or anyone wanting to see the reef in air-conditioned comfort.
Take a guided snorkel tour of the reef surrounding Michaelmas Cay with one of our experienced Marine Biologists. As a small group you will be introduced to an abundance of marine life, from parrotfish to giant clams, and learn about the Great Barrier Reef eco system. Fun for individuals or the family.
Take the plunge with an introductory scuba dive and see the reef up close and personal. Glide past stunning coral formations, swim along with schools of fish and discover a whole new world. No experience is necessary to take a fully supervised, guided introductory dive.
All the staff on the boat were so friendly and informative Pay extra and do the intro to dive or guided snorkeling tours. Heaps to see when out on reef. Amazing value!
This cruise is great for beginners. The water is very clear and you can see many different types of coral and fishes and marine life. The staff were extremely helpful and spoke different languages so everyone knew what was going on.
*EMC: $0.00 per person Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC).
This applies to all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area and is included in the total price.
All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice. Listed fares in Australian dollars include Goods and Services Tax.
Prices valid to 31 March 2023.
Yes we do. When you are going out to experience the reef you are more than likely going to get wet anyhow! Often when it is raining in Cairns, it can be fine offshore. If you are worried about the weather please call our reservations team as they will be able to let you know the latest conditions. You can change your date of travel without incurring any fees.
Travelling time from Cairns to Michaelmas Cay is approximately 2 hours.
Yes! As Michaelmas Cay is a shallow sandy cay area, it is perfect for children and families. Guests are only allowed in the allocated area on the island which makes it easy to keep an eye on children whilst they are playing on the island. The water is quite shallow so it is also suitable for children swimming off the cay.
You certainly can! In fact most people who scuba dive with us are doing it for the first time! We have highly qualified dive instructors who will teach you all you need to know about scuba diving in the shallow waters of Michaelmas Cay before you venture out into the deeper waters. Certain medical conditions may preclude some people from Scuba Diving and the minimum age to participate is 12 years. For further advice, please contact our office.
We are at Michaelmas Cay for a full four hours which gives you plenty of time to explore the cay with all of the included activities - and time for some relaxation too!.