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Michaelmas Cay

#10 of 122 things to do in Cairns Features Animals
Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Cairns by Luxury Catamaran
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Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns
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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 1 week ago via mobile

This cay is a must visit/see/enjoy. The whole trip, spending time with friends,family, enjoying the beauty and colors of underwater world, relaxing...is unforgettable. Not to forget helpful crew and delicious lunch. Not easy to describe. You need to be there...

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing and sandy island cay for Sea birds living place; Clear water for snorkeling and diving; colorful and difference sharp coral under the seas. a lot turtles and so many species of reef fish swimming besides. peaceful; conformable and clam environment around there. It is...More

Thank HY0017
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far the most incredible place I have ever seen. To snorkel along above a turtle, view incredible fish species, see the extensive coral. A lifetime of memories without doubt.

1  Thank Roma2861
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went out to the Cay on Ocean Spirit who's crew were friendly and professional. The Cay was stunningly beautiful in its simplicity. The colour of the surrounding sea was fabulous. The birds were unconcerned by our presence and we all respected the roped off area....More

Thank Steelysurrey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited via a day rip on the SeaStar! Definitely well worth it! Weather and visibility was perfect. Staff we knowledgeable and lots of fun.

Thank TravellerToowoomba
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A tiny beach right in the middle of the sea, surrounded by reef & birds. Stunning. I visited with a snorkel tour - not all go here. I went with Seastar. I have never seen anything like this. Just beautiful.

Thank MyThoughts67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The reef at Michaelmas Cay needs a rest. While the island is a noisy bird habitat, the waters are, I believe, in need of some space to rejuvenate. Yes, there are fish and some colourful corals, but there are areas where human over use have...More

Thank Wayne P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here with Seastar Cruises as our first snorkel spot. Beautiful untouched beach, tons of birds and great snorkeling. Saw a turtle and tons of colorful fish.

1  Thank seattletolondon
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We went on a dual visit to this location and Hastings Reef thank goodness. The Cay was a birders paradise but no one new anything about the species.When they bred or What to expect. The lack of Little Frigate birds could not be explained. The...More

Thank Dave H
Reviewed 11 July 2017

If you have access to a boat deff head out to the cay! Amazing day, good snorkeling and plenty of wildlife around! WIll deff be heading back out there as soon as the weather is good again!

Thank CascadeGardens
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5 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
5 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