Sail the beautiful Great Barrier Reef

Cruise to a Great Barrier Reef Sand Cay onboard a large 32-metre sailing catamaran. This tour offers a relaxing day of sailing and snorkelling the world famous Great Barrier Reef, perfect for bird watchers and those looking for a relaxing paced trip. Suitable to all age ranges

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • Up to 4 hours at the Outer Great Barrier Reef Island ‘Michaelmas Cay’
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch including prawns
  • Marine Biology Talk
  • Semi-Submersible Tour with commentary (weather permitting)
  • Snorkelling from the beach. Snorkelling equipment and instruction included. Flotation aids provided (buoyancy vests)
  • Glass of complimentary sparking wine, cheese and crackers served on journey back to Cairns
  • $6.50AUD per person is payable on board for national park fees, reef tax & fuel levies. Please be aware that you will pay this directly on-board the vessel when you check-in

Optional Extras

  • Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour of the reef: Snorkel with an experienced Marine Biologist and learn about the marine life you see. Suitable for both confident and non-confident swimmers
  • Introductory Scuba Diving. ‘Resort Scuba Diving’ for beginners. Subject to medical conditions – see ‘Important Information for Scuba Diving’ below
  • Bus transfers from your accommodation to and from the Cairns Marina. Please expect to be contacted with your pick-up time for bus transfers
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Souvenirs, Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, etc.

What to Bring

  • Cash or credit card for purchases – Note: Minimum spend and credit card surcharges may apply
  • Camera, Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream
  • Voucher if applicable


07:30 – Check-in inside the Reef Fleet Terminal building. View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

08:00 – Boarding commences. Morning tea and coffee served until departure

08:30 – Depart Cairns. Safety talk, reef brief and snorkelling instruction talks

09:30 – Marine Biologist slide show presentation

10:30 – Arrive at Michaelmas Cay. Reef activities commence:

  • Fish feeding presentation
  • Snorkelling
  • Semi-submersible coral viewing tour
  • Introductory scuba diving. (Dive sessions are 11:00am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm)

12:00-1.30 – Buffet lunch served onboard the boat

13:00 – Continue Reef activities

14:30 – Afternoon tea served onboard the boat

15:30 – Commence sailing back to Cairns. Complimentary sparkling wine, cheese and crackers served

17:00 – Arrive back into Cairns Marina

Getting There

Check-In for your “Sail and Snorkel Michaelmas Cay Day Tour” is inside Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal building: 1 Spence Street, Cairns. View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Check-In commences at 7.00am and Boarding Commences at 8.00am. (We recommend getting to check-in no later than 7.30am)

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:00pm

Terms of Tour

  • Please read full Policies, Terms & Conditions prior to booking any tour. Below is a brief overview only
  • Please inform of dietary, food allergies or other special requirements prior to date of travel
  • Please re-confirm your reservation 48 hours prior to travel
  • We require 48 hours to re-schedule a trip subject to availability (see Cancellation Policy)
  • Itineraries, locations and prices are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances (including weather) but with full consideration for your enjoyment and safety
  • Children prices are for ages 4-14 years. Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years
  • Travel and dive insurance are highly recommended. We strongly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, medical evacuation, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure
  • Scuba Diving:
    • No refunds on uncompleted dives
    • Ages 12+ years for all scuba activities
    • You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities – SEE ‘Important Information for Scuba Diving’ below
  • No alcohol may be consumed prior to in water activities
  • Please remember you need to allow 24 hours from your last dive before flying
  • This website acts as an agent and holds no responsibility for operators or the tours advertised within. Please read the conditions of individual tours, located in the ‘Read Policies’ section at the bottom of each tour information page

Important Information FOR SCUBA DIVING

Introductory Resort Diving for beginners is an optional extra activity

What is a Resort/Introductory Dive? Resort diving requires no previous scuba experience. Conducted in small groups of 4 guests, under the supervision of an experienced Dive Instructor. Resort dives give beginners an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience without having to complete a full scuba diving course.

Can anyone go Scuba Diving? If you are able to swim and are in good physical health you can probably participate. These activities in Australia are subject to medical conditions. Both past and present, medication and/or health concerns may prevent participation in diving activities (See Medical Conditions). The minimum age for introductory resort diving is 12 years.

Queensland Dive Laws are the strictest in the World – with the safest dive record in the world

IMPORTANT Please be aware that some Medical Conditions (past or present) or Medications that are being taken could prevent you from participating in scuba activities. If you wish to partake in an introductory Scuba Dive, it is the passengers responsibility to ensure they are medically fit to dive. To prevent disappointment on-the day, if you have had any medical condition OR are taking any medication OR have ANY health condition, please contact our friendly team who can advise whether you are required to get an Australian Standards Medical Certificate prior to the day of your trip.

If you are taking any Medications for anything we can check if these are safe for diving with the local accredited Scuba Dive Doctor before your tour and let you know in advance by email if they may prevent you diving. This is necessary as some medications can become dangerous under pressure. These checks may be done within 90 days of your reef trip and are valid as long as there is no change in your medical situation. (Medication checks can also be done on the day of travel, however in some instances it can be difficult for the dive doctor to approve without consultation with you, so it is recommended to check in advance if this will be necessary). On your day of travel, we can only give them the information submitted to us on your medical form so please understand that the Dive Doctor may require a medical consultation to clear you for diving in advance of your trip.

Medical Conditions

If you have EVER suffered from any of the following conditions, you will be required to bring a current dive medical certificate stating that it conforms to Australian Standard ‘AS.4005.1‘ before being allowed to Scuba Dive. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Asthma / Wheezing OR use of an Inhaler even for sports endurance or allergies
  • Brain, spinal cord or nervous disorder (including Epilepsy)
  • Chronic bronchitis, persistent chest complaint or any lung condition
  • Chronic sinus condition
  • Collapsed Lung (pneumothorax)
  • Diabetes
  • Chest Surgery
  • Heart Disease of any kind
  • Any Heart Conditions – past or present
  • Crones Disease
  • Anything that may cause fits, faints or blackouts

If you are CURRENTLY suffering from or have recently had any of the following conditions or procedures, you will be required to bring a current dive medical certificate stating that it conforms to Australian Standard ‘AS. 4005.1‘ before being allowed to Scuba Dive. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Breathlessness
  • High or Low Blood Pressure
  • Chronic ear discharge or infection
  • Ear Surgery
  • Recurrent ear problems when flying
  • Any disease
  • Any illness or operation within the last 3 months
  • Perforated eardrum

**Being pregnant will prohibit you from Scuba Diving**

Please be aware that the above does not cover every medical condition there maybe other medical conditions not listed.

It is not the tour operators decision regarding these laws – they are regulated by the Queensland Government

Please contact our office, if you require further information regarding possible medical conditions

If you have existing or pre-existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication, have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive. If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please be proactive and contact our office to avoid disappointment on the day.

Flying after Scuba diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive. For multiple dives you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. We recommend waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible

Please read the Policies, Terms & Conditions before booking any tour

Children’s prices are for ages 4-14 years old. Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years

**Some medical conditions (past or present), medications and/or health conditions may prevent participation in scuba diving activities


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