Michaelmas Cay

Michaelmas Cay is a stunning cay located on the Outer Great Barrier Reef approximately a 90 minutes cruise from Cairns. It is a coral reef island that is just a bit over 3.5 meters above the sea level and only 1.8 hectares approximately in size.

Cairns Discount Tours knows Michaelmas Cay.

For unbiased advice on snorkeling or diving at Michaelmas Cay contact us.

Contact our Cairns Beach Visitor Information Centre whether your interest is snorkeling, Michaelmas Cay certified diving or having an introductory dive for the first time.

We can guide you through the whole process.

We specialise in all Michaelmas Cay Tours.

We have special rates for locals, families, groups, students and seniors, as well as underwater camera hire.

Cairns Beach Visitor Information Centre is a one stop information centre on Michaelmas Cay that can book all your activities.


The following Great Barrier Reef Cruises go there to Michaelmas Cay.

1. Ocean Spirit: The only full day Michaelmas Cay Trip and also has semi submersible tour included

2. Sea Star: Half day Michaelmas Cay and half day Hastings Reef. Glass bottom boat tour included.

3. Passions of Paradise: Half day Michaelmas Cay and half day Paradise Reef. Glass bottom boat option extra charge.

We can book each of these local companies that cruise to Michaelmas Cay each day for you.

For fully inclusive tours to Michaelmas Cay that includes lunch, snorkel equipment. One of the reef trips includes semi submersible tours and 2 have a glass bottom boat.

Introductory and certified diving can be added to your Michaelmas Cay activities.



Michaelmas Cay Bird Watching.

Michaelmas Cay is a very important seabird sanctuary with more than 23 different species of seabirds. This is a great place to combine both bird watching and a great trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

At times this protected seabird sanctuary can host up to 20,000 migratory seabirds. A very important breeding habitat that is loved by ornithologists, photographers and birdwatchers.

Breeding activity can be observed most of the year and seeing the seabirds there is an absolute joy. Our Tourist Information Centre has Free binoculars to lend as well as bird guides when collected from our Information Centre. Our ornithologist trained specialist can assist you with your Michaelmas Cay bird watching experience.

Commonly seen seabirds at Michaelmas Cay are Lesser Crested Tern, Bridled Tern, Crested Terns, Gull Billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Naped Terns, Sooty Terns, Common Noddy, Black Noddy, Greater and Lesser Frigatebirds, Brown Boobys and Silver Gulls. However this is just an introductory list.

For details or bookings on any Michaelmas Cay activities and tours just contact us.