Luxury Ocean Spirit Cruise to Michaelmas Cay

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First class experience!

Board your luxury 5-star catamaran for an exhilarating journey across the Great Barrier Reef to stunning Michaelmas Cay, a tropical sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens and teeming with an abundance of marine life.

Our guide to Luxury Ocean Spirit Cruise to Michaelmas Cay

After a 2 hour motorised sail onboard the 32-meter sailing Catamaran, Ocean Spirit, you will arrive at the picturesque Michaelmas Cay where there is so much to see and do.

Enjoy snorkelling in the cay’s protected shallow waters, try an introductory scuba dive in the fringing reefs, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation, observe the birdlife or just chill out on Ocean Spirit’s spacious decks or the beach.

Throughout the day, the “beach buggy shuttle” will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach.

To protect this renowned bird sanctuary, access on the cay is limited to the roped beach area. If you prefer a more leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the beach or on board Ocean Spirit’s spacious decks. The choice is yours!

Itinerary (subject to change)

  • 7.30am: Check-in at Ocean Spirit’s counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal for boarding passes.
  • 8:00am: 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 - Snorkelling - 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.
  • 5:00pm: Arrive Cairns.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Luxury Ocean Spirit Cruise to Michaelmas Cay

  • Northern Beaches transfers include Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Trinity Beach.
  • If you did not select hotel transfer, please make sure to check-in at the Ocean Spirit counter inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (1 Spence Street in Cairns) 1 hour before your departure time.
  • On very rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day or a refund authorised.
  • Those wishing to dive will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire onboard before diving. Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from diving. It is recommended a wait of 12 hours but preferably 24 hours if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform the crew of any medical conditions. The minimum age for diving is 12 years.
  • Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear and camera to capture your memories. Limited underwater digital cameras are available to hire on board.
  • An Environmental Management Charge of $6.50 is levied on all adults and children 4 years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. This charge is included in the above prices.
  • Surcharge: Due to potential significant volatility in supply & operational costs a surcharge may be applied due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, any charge will be collected on departure.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled before your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post-departure.


Frequently Asked Questions for Luxury Ocean Spirit Cruise to Michaelmas Cay

  • How do I check in before departure?
    Please check in at the Great Adventures counters inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (1 Spence Street in Cairns) 1 hour before your departure time.
  • Will I get seasick?
    Hopefully not. The large, stable fast catamarans provide very good sea keeping even in rougher ocean conditions. Where there is motion, whether a car, bus, plane or boat, some people will suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness tablets are available onboard for purchase. There are also ginger tablets as a natural alternative motion sickness medication on a complimentary basis. To be effective, motion sickness medications should be taken immediately on boarding.
  • Do you supply life jackets?
    Life jackets are onboard for emergency use only. However, flotation/buoyancy vests are available for use whilst swimming or snorkelling.
  • What is the temperature of the water?
    The warm waters of Tropical North Queensland range in temperature from 22-29 Celsius (75-85 Fahrenheit) and make for year-round comfort for water activities.
  • Is Michaelmas Cay suitable for young children?
    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

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