Ocean Spirit Cairns Sailing to Michaelmas Cay
Sail to Michaelmas Cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef onboard Ocean Spirit.
Departing daily from Cairns at 8:30 am, onboard 32-metre sailing catamaran with four hours on the reef. Adults $219 children $112 or take the whole family for $560.
Michaelmas Cay is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Forty-three kilometres from Cairns and 17 kilometres month of Green Island. The island is surrounded by spectacular fringing Reef.
Michaelmas Cay is a National Marine Park and is a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds.
This vegetated coral reef island is 1.8 hectares and rises to a height of 3.5 metres above sea level. Michaelmas Cay is home to 23 different species of sea birds.
This picturesque sand island is rich in historical and environmental significance.
First, we will glide along the Coral Sea on a 32-metre sailing catamaran.
After the 90-minute sailing cruise, you will arrive at the unique Michaelmas Cay.
Michaelmas Cay is at the tip of Michaelmas Reef. During your Michaelmas Island tour see brightly coloured coral and marine life.
While we are at Michaelmas Cay, the beach buggy shuttle will transfer guests between Ocean Spirit and the beach.
You can enjoy the reef on many different levels. Choose from snorkelling, scuba diving or a semi-submersible tour.
Onboard Ocean Spirit has wonderful spacious sundeck where you can also relax and work on your suntan.
Ocean Spirit has options for all levels of swimming experience so everyone can enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.
Next, try a semi-submersible tour with marine commentary and view the reef in air-conditioned comfort. This tour provides an awesome view of one metre below the waterline and is perfect for nonswimmers. During this tour, you can watch a fish feeding presentation.
Guided Snorkelling tours
During the day you can take a guided snorkelling tour with a marine biologist learning even more about the Great Barrier Reef.
This tour is conducted straight from the beach. Next encounter giant clams, turtles, and also brightly, coloured fish. Furthermore, this tour is fun and also educational.
Introductory Scuba Diving
Discover the amazing reef life below the surface during a handheld introductory scuba dive. Introductory scuba diving is fun and easy with a professional scuba diving instructor.
Afterwards, to on our journey back to Cairns, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with cheese and crackers.
Last, after a wonderful day with Ocean Spirit, we arrive back into the Cairns Marina at five pm.
Your Adventure Begins
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.
After that, it’s time to get underway!
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
- Semi-submersible coral viewing tour
- Introductory scuba diving. (Dive sessions are 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm)
Noon – Buffet lunch onboard
13:00 – Continue Reef activities
14:30 – Afternoon Tea onboard
15:30 – Commence sailing back to Cairns. Enjoy complimentary sparkling wine along with cheese and crackers.
17:00 – Arrive back in Cairns
- Return Ocean Spirit cruise from Cairns.
- 5 hours experience with 4 hours on the Reef.
- Morning and afternoon teas.
- Hot and cold buffet lunch including fresh prawns.
- Fish feeding presentation on arrival
- Snorkelling equipment, Lycra suits and Buoyancy vests.
- Marine Biologist presentation.
- Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary.
- A glass of complimentary sparkling wine is served on the homeward journey, along with cheese and crackers.
- Guided Snorkel Tour
- Introductory and Certified Diving (Medical Conditions Apply)
What to bring
- Your camera and also Go Pro
- Swimming costume, towel in addition to a hat and sunscreen
- Cash or credit card for onboard purchases, souvenirs or optional activities
Safety Comes First!
It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.
Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world. It also has the safest scuba diving record. The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us, and we comply with all regulations.
We recommend that our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.
We are happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected]
Or you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1
Flying after Scuba Diving
For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.
If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.