Glide along the Coral Sea on a 32-metre sailing catamaran. Sail and Snorkel Michaelmas Cay offers a relaxing day of sailing and snorkelling the world famous Great Barrier Reef

After the 90-minute sail trip you will arrive at the unique Michaelmas Cay. This picturesque sand island is rich in historical and environmental significance. Michaelmas Cay is located at the tip of Michaelmas Reef, where the coral and marine life thrive.

You can enjoy the reef on many different levels, from snorkelling to diving or the semi-submersible coral viewing tour. Ocean Spirit has options for all levels of swimming experience so everyone can enjoy the Reef.


  • Return Ocean Spirit cruise from Cairns
  • Experience 4 hours at Michaelmas Cay on the Reef
  • Morning tea with muffins and focaccia
  • Afternoon tea with tropical fruit platter and cake of the day
  • Delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, including fresh prawns
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary
  • Fish feedings presentation
  • Glass of complimentary sparkling wine served on the homeward journey, cheese and crackers.
  • Lycra suits
  • Environmental Management Charge

What to Bring

  • Your camera
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Cash or credit card for onboard purchases, souvenirs or optional activities 


07:30 – Check-in at Ocean Spirit’s counter in the Reef Fleet Terminal

08:00 – Boarding commences. Morning tea with muffin and focaccia served.

08:30 – Depart Cairns

09:00 – Reef Brief, safety and snorkel demonstration

09:30 – Marine Biologist slide show presentation

10:00 – Dive brief for introductory divers

10:30 – Arrive at Michaelmas Cay. Reef activities commence:

  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Snorkelling
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour
  • Introductory scuba diving. (Dive sessions are 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm)

12:00 – Buffet lunch onboard

13:00 – Continue Reef activities

14:30 – Afternoon Tea onboard

15:30 – Commence sailing back to Cairns. Complimentary sparkling wine, cheese and crackers are served.

17:00 – Arrive back in Cairns

Experience More...

Guided Snorkel Tour (extra cost)

A Marine Biologist guided tour to see and learn more while you snorkel

Introductory Scuba Dive (extra cost)

Michaelmas cay offers perfect conditions for introductory divers to experience diving. A highly skilled and trained dive instructor will dive along side you for a fully supervised dive. See more vibrant coral and stunning fish for a once in a lifetime scuba dive on The Great Barrier Reef.

What is a Introductory Dive? Introductory diving requires no previous scuba experience.

Can anyone try a resort dive? If you are able to swim and are in good physical health you can probably dive.   The Minimum age for resort diving is 12 years.

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the World – with the safest dive record in the world.  Please be aware that some Medical Conditions or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in scuba activities.  Being pregnant will prohibit you from Scuba Diving

To prevent disappointment on-the day, If you wish to partake in our Introductory Scuba dive, it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they are medically fit to dive



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1 Spence StreetCairnsQueensland, 4870
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