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Venture out to the Outer Reef of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park on this full-day cruise to Michaelmas Cay from Cairns. Sail to the island by catamaran, accompanied by a marine biologist guide, then discover the sandy beaches, vibrant corals and colorful sea creatures as you swim and snorkel around the coast. Opt to try scuba diving, head underwater in a semi-submersible submarine or spot an array of seabirds, then tuck into a delicious buffet lunch (included) on-board.


  • Full-day cruise to Michaelmas Cay from Cairns aboard a luxury catamaran
  • Snorkeling and diving demonstrations, tuition and equipment
  • Informative reef tours on an air-conditioned semi-submersible submarine
  • Informative ecological presentations by qualified marine biologists
  • Hot and cold seafood buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea
  • Cruise on a large sailing catamaran comfortably accommodating up to 150 passengers
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Palm Cove hotels

What You Can Expect

Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

Michaelmas Cay Dive and Snorkel Cruise

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Customer Reviews

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent day. Excellent staff who looked after us from the moment we got on to the time we got of. After receiving a lesson and help, I snorkels for the first time and it was the best place to start. Great experience. Finishing the day with champagne on the trip back made the day perfect.

James F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Cairns travel centers cannot book this excellent cruise. You have to book through Viator. The service was superior, the food and drink were good. The tour includes a semi-submarine look at the reef. Finally, Michaelmas Cay reef and fish were in pristine condition.

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