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Michaelmas Cay

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Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird sanctuary” (39 reviews)
“ocean spirit” (33 reviews)
“sea birds” (19 reviews)
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Great Barrier Reef | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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"bird sanctuary"
in 39 reviews
"ocean spirit"
in 33 reviews
"sea birds"
in 19 reviews
"fish"
in 95 reviews
"sandy island"
in 9 reviews
"the great barrier reef"
in 50 reviews
"great place to snorkel"
in 8 reviews
"seastar cruises"
in 17 reviews
"white sand"
in 7 reviews
"giant clams"
in 18 reviews
"sand bar"
in 5 reviews
"hastings reef"
in 14 reviews
"marine life"
in 14 reviews
"day trip"
in 21 reviews
"reef tour"
in 7 reviews
"semi sub"
in 5 reviews
"scuba diving"
in 9 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago

remarkable little cay in the middle of the oceans with lots of marine life surrounding the area like turtles sting rays and sharks

Thank Tommie T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three of us were at the head of the queue and waited to board a catamaran heading for Michaelmas Cay. Great Barrier Reef had attracted us all the way from Japan. We had booked the snorkeling program with a private guide. The cruising operator, Ocean...More

1  Thank Takao M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Day trip with Ocean Spirit - lovely big Cat - to the Cay which is quite a site sitting in the middle of the sea. It is a great reef experience if you want that on the beach swim but you don't see a really...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a catamaran out to Michaelmas Cay. The day was beautiful, however the wind made snorkeling and taking the partial submersible a bit of a challenge. The Great Barrier Reef was experiencing a cyclone several miles out to sea and had a lot of...More

1  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a roped-off area for humans because this is a bird sanctuary reef and the birds let you know it from the minute you get off the shuttle. We snorkled off this reef, which was awesome, and a life list adventure. On the reef...More

Thank LarryR86
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No trip to Australia is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. A day trip to Michaelmas Cay was our choice and a good choice at that. We journeyed to the reef with the Ocean Spirit tour. They provided round-trip transportation, along with snorkeling equipment...More

1  Thank Colo_Traveler05
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Catamaran day trip to Michaelmas Cay with Ocean Spirit. We had a great day with this company (see my review of them for more details) Only one other boat trip there when we visited so quite quiet out snorkling. Other islands may have been busier....More

Thank charliehill
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

If your looking at sea birds then this is it..accessible on 2 tour companies visiting daily and the chance to snorkel the fringing reefs around it too.. For the nature lover spend time in hatchling season and you will see juvenile black tip reef sharks...More

Thank Tree-Hugger-JP
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This is a must see place and highly anticipated part of our tour. The natural beauty above the sea on the sandy beach and the semi sub tour and snorkeling were awesome.

Thank billp422
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This is a good area about 45 mins by fast boat (Skedaddle) and it is great you can go ashore to a small fenced off area to see the birds. The reef is good with some great fish. There is a bit of tide running...More

Thank Colin_Guernsey
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Shradhadang
5 January 2017|
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Response from Adrian B | 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
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Shradhadang
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!
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Annie M
5 July 2015|
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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
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