Sail & Snorkel 'Coral Reefs & Sandy Cay' (#170)

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Great Barrier Reef » Sail & Snorkel 'Coral Reefs & Sandy Cay' (#170)

Type: Tours - Sailing Tours to Great Barrier Reef

Taking you to two reef locations every day with the opportunity to dive or snorkel, this is a great way to spend a day at the Great Barrier Reef. There is nothing better than when the yacht's engines are turned off and you travel under wind power! This tour is also great for bird lover's with the sands of Michaelmas Cay being home to hundreds of sea birds.

Departure dates: Daily from the Cairns Marina at 8am, returning at 5pm. Advance bookings are highly recommended.

How to book:  You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts.  A 25% deposit payment is required at time of booking. More Information: Plus $10 reef tax per person

The features of each of your two destinations for the day are listed below:

Michaelmas Cay Features:

  • Calm, protected waters. Ideal for snorkeling off the beach.
  • Excellent for those new to the art of snorkeling, have small kids, poor swimming ability or suffer from sea sickness. We have a staff member who helps teach snorkeling in the shallow water of the cay.
  • Coral. As you can see from the photos, the coral is immediately adjacent to the cay. No long swims.
  • Great place to soak up the tropical sunshine.
  • Amazing marine bird population. At its height (during the summer breeding season), as many as 20,000 birds nest on the island.
  • Many excellent scuba dive sites for certified scuba divers.
  • Introductory or first time scuba divers can dive in shallow water, directly off the boat in a coral garden.
  • A unique experience on the Great Barrier Reef which combines migratory sea birds, tropical marine life and a true coral cay.

Paradise Reef Features:

  • Excellent wall diving for certified scuba divers.
  • Safe, easy and exciting snorkeling due to fish congregations along the wall. The coral is located within meters of the boat and does not require strenuous swimming.
  • A completely different reef system. Paradise Reef has predominately hard corals, and many of the fish are different from those that inhabit the lagoon at Michaelmas cay.
  • An opportunity to do a second introductory scuba dive or certified scuba dive on a different and deeper reef.
  • A guided snorkel tour.

Features & Inclusions

  • A stylish, fast and modern catamaran, with air conditioned saloon
  • A dedicated snorkeling instructor and FREE tuition for those who want to learn to snorkel
  • A tropical buffet lunch of hot and cold dishes including prawns and fresh tropical fruit. Lunch is fresh, chef prepared on the boat, and tasty
  • Highest quality masks, snorkels, fins and scuba diving equipment
  • Two unique destinations: Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef (weather permitting)
  • Exclusive mooring at Paradise Reef (no crowds)
  • Free floatation vests to aid non swimmers
  • Free guided snorkel tour
  • Morning tea which includes fresh brewed coffee and muffins
  • Cheese platter for afternoon tea
  • An on-board marine naturalist presentation on coral and bird life
  • 10 minute FREE SCUBA diving demonstration
  • Guaranteed to try sailing unless weather conditions don't allow it

Rates and Tariffs

2016-17 Season
1st Apr 2016 to 31st Mar 2017
Sail & Snorkel Reef Trip $184.00 adult
$125.00 per child
$559.00 family
Add 1 Introductory Dive $70.00 per person
Add 1 Certified Dive $70.00 per person
Add 2 Certified Dives $115.00 per person
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

* All prices are inclusive of GST and in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

Booking Information

Child policy: Child age is 4 - 14 years. A "family" is classed as two adults and two children.

Departure dates: Daily from the Cairns Marina at 8am, returning at 5pm.

How to book: You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts. A 25% deposit payment is required at time of booking. The balance is payable on the day of travel. Government reef tax, fuel levy & port charges are included in the price of your tour.
Return time to Cairns Marina: 5.15pm

Pickup or Departure Point Details:
Check in at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St Cairns.
Extra costs for pick up and return to your accommodation - please ask for costings.

Optional Extras:
Intro diving
Certified Diving.
Glass bottom boat tour
Wetsuit/ Lycra Suit hire (available on board)
Accommodation transfers

Booking Policy

Please advise the following:
The name of your Holiday Accommodation and/ or a mobile telephone contact in case the tour director canít find you. We also book accommodation at the best locally available rates so if we can help you with that, please let us know.

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