Ocean Spirit Cruises

Starting from: $AU219.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Sand Cay
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 150
  • Reef locations (permit areas): Michaelmas Cay
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Tour duration: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2 hours
  • Time exploring the reef: 4hrs & 30min
  • Vessel type and size: Sailing catamaran / 32 meters
  • Free semi-submersible coal viewing


Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Cruises

Ocean Spirit Cruises is a motor sailing catamaran that departs daily from Cairns. This 32 metre vessel will provide visitors with a day to remember forever.

Michaelmas Cay is a small, vegetated sand cay located on the western tip of Michaelmas Reef, 43km north-east of Cairns and 17km north of Green Island. The size of the cay is around 360m long x 50m wide. The cay has a beautiful reef around it with colourful marine life. It is also a bird lover's delight and an important protected sanctuary for migratory birds.

This is the perfect tour choice for those who love the VIP treatment. The day includes a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch with freshly prepared local and exotic produce including seafood. The day also includes snorkelling equipment, snorkelling instruction, guided semi-submersible tour with full commentary and informative marine biologist reef presentation, as well as 4 hours free time enjoying and exploring this unique location.

The snorkel is done directly from the beach into the reef and the gentle sloping beach provides an easy entry into the calm water. Perfect for kids or first time snorkellers. The water is protected, shallow and easy to snorkel around. Also visitors can either try an exciting introductory scuba dive or just relax on the beautiful white sand of Michaelmas Cay.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who never dived before)
  • Guided snorkel safari (a snorkel tour where an experienced guide stays and assists clients during their snorkelling activity)

What's included in the main price

  • 32 metre luxury sailing catamaran
  • Four hours on the reef
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Delicious hot and cold buffet (with fresh prawns)
  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Snorkelling equipment and instruction
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Marine Biologist presentation
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with commentary
  • Glass of complimentary sparkling wine with cheese and crackers
  • Lycra swimming suits
  • Introductory dive
  • Guided snorkel safari
  • Hotel coach transfers

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:30-08:20 Check-in at the Ocean Spirit desk inside the Reef Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
08:30 Boat departs Cairns Marina
Travel time is 2 hours direct from Cairns to Micahelmas cay
10:30 Boat arrives at the cay
Enjoy around 4 hours & 30 minutes exploring the outer reef
15:00 Boat departs the reef
17:00 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Beach clothes & accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to the boat departing

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with Australian Diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving
Flying after Diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving, (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2019 - 2020 Rates Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 Action
Main Tour (Snorkelling) $219.00 per adult
$115.00 per child
$570.00 per family
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021
Return Coach Transfer (Cairns City) $29.00 per adult / $19.00 per child
Return Coach Transfer (Northern Beaches) $36.00 per adult / $20.00 per child
Introductory Dive $132.00 per adult / $132.00 per child
Guided Snorkel Safari $66.00 per adult / $34.00 per child / $166.00 per family

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Family Price: 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Reef Tax: $6.50 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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