One-Day Great Barrier Reef Sail and Dive Trip
Visiting Michaelmas Cay
Ocean Spirit Cruises
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This trip is aboard Ocean Spirit I, a 104 foot Catamaran with a maximum of 150 divers and a Dive Staff of 20. It is for 1 day, and allows 2 dives.
Departure is from Marlin Jetty, Marlin Marina, Cairns at 8:00 AM every day, return time 5:00 PM.
While this trip visits just a single location on the Reef, Michaelmas Cay offers a variety of options for divers, snorkelers, and those still uncertain on whether or not they will be getting wet.
Michaelmas Cay is a good-sized vegetated sand cay, and is surround by an expansive and varied reef system.
The cay is a National Park and protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. After the catamaran arrives at the cay, divers will board a smaller tender that will take them to any of a number of local dive sites, chosen with weather and tides in mind to provide the best diving conditions.
Snorkelers are able to explore in the protected waters of around the cay, take a guided snorkel tour, and even take one or two introductory dives. Guided walks on the sandy cay, and close looks at the reef through windows of the semi-submersible boat are available to those intent on staying dry.
A great hot and cold buffet (including seafood), a glass of champagne, and live music on the way home top off a great day on the reef.
This combination of visitor activities and high comfort level makes this a great option for groups and families with a mix of divers, snorkelers, and folks that just want to visit the reef.
For a detailed trip itinerary, click here.
Ocean Spirit operates two luxury sailing catamarans on their reef trips. Ocean Spirit One is their flagship vessel, and sails daily to Michaelmas Cay. Itís a 32-netre (105-foot), twin-masted catamaran, with a capacity of 150 passengers. The boat, launched in 1998, is large and stable, kept in a spotless condition, and come with powerful engines to drive the boat when the wind gives out, or makes sailing difficult. Being a catamaran, there is a huge amount of sundeck and air-conditioned cabin space over and between the two hulls. A feature we liked was the steps built into the stern of the boat that allowed for an easy walk down into the water
mask, Snorkel, Fins (with Snorkel price only)
all dive gear (with Dive price only)
Morning and afternoon tea and snacks
hot/cold buffet lunch
reef ecology talk
semi-submersible reef tour (with Snorkel price only)
transfers: Cairns/Northern Beaches
guided beach walks
snorkel instruction (with Snorkel price only)
glass of champagne on the way home
live musical entertainment
Children are between the ages of 4 and 15
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||All prices are in
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|Child under 4 (no charge)
|Snorkeller, with 1 intro.scuba dive
|Family (2 adults + 2 children)
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|beer, wine, soda, on sale at bar
|Environmental Management Charge (pay on board)
|transfers to/from your Cairns lodging
|transfers: Northern Beaches
|underwater camera hire
|guided snorkelling tour
|2nd Intro. Scuba dive
About Ocean Spirit Cruises
Ocean Spirit Cruises has carved a niche offering one-day reasonably-priced luxury cruises to the reef. Ocean Spirit is now owned and operated by the Quicksilver Group, a locally owned company that is by far the largest dive operator in the area. Quicksilver group operates a fleet of six boats, and offers a wide variety of reef visit opportunities, including trips for hard-core divers, social divers, and those who just want to look. The company has been operating since 1982, and has won numerous tourism awards for its diverse and well-organized operations.