First Class Outer Reef Tour to a Sandy Cay and Two Reefs + a Glass Bottom Boat tour - maximum of 35 passengers (#481)

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Great Barrier Reef » First Class Outer Reef Tour to a Sandy Cay and Two Reefs + a Glass Bottom Boat tour - maximum of 35 passengers (#481)

Type: Tours - Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Day Trips

On this trip you are amongst a small exclusive group who is the first to arrive at Michaelmas Cay and Michaelmas Reef. After a couple of hours, the crowds arrive, so it's off to Hastings Reef. A very different reef to Michaelmas, there is more diving or snorkelling or you can stay dry in the Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour. After exploring Hastings Reef it is back to Cairns. With 2½ hours at each location, there is ample time to enjoy all that each offers. It is a great day out!

Departs: Daily (min 8/ max 35 passengers), departing at 8:00am from Pier E1 at the Marlin Jetty Cairns, and returns at approximately 4:30pm.

How to book: You can book online by clicking on the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. A 25% deposit payment is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance is payable on the day of the tour when you get on board. Your ticket will be emailed back to you within a short time (during business hours) of receiving your booking request and deposit payment.  Please note: The Government Environmental Management Charge along with other levies is included in the below rates.

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Michalemas Cay & Reef

Be the first to arrive at Michalemas Cay, before all the other commercial operators start arriving. As soon as our boat stops it is at once surrounded by large and friendly Batfish; these inquisitive, harmless fish enjoy swimming with snorkellers and you will love snorkelling with them. There is plenty to see here. You can snorkel straight from the boat or you can take a stable Tender transfer for the short distance to the island sandy cay, not only world renowned for its thousands of nesting birds but also for its myriad of colourful corals, giant clams and reef fish. One can snorkel from the beach if you find it more reassuring to have sand beneath your feet when you start your snorkel experience.

Birdwatchers, ornithologists or birders take the first tender to the beach and enjoy the apprehensive and shy, black napped turn, little turn and ruddy turnstones, before they move out of sight into the restricted or nesting areas of the Cay, as the number of people on the beach increases.

The Island, so close, you can swim to it. If you prefer, you can enter the water via the full length rear platform at the stern of the vessel.

Lunch

To give you the freest time at both destinations, we serve the delicious Hot & Cold buffet luncheon with prawns, including a variety of Hot dishes, cold meat, selected breads, tropical fruits and salads whilst travelling from Michaelmas to Hastings Reef, where on arrival, you are content, rested and ready to enter the water again.

While travelling over to Hastings Reef you often see dolphins, turtles and whales during their migration.

Hastings Reef - Outer Edge Reef

After the short cruise from Michaelmas Cay we arrive at Seastar Lagoon in the Fish Bowl, the best part of Hastings Reef right on the Outer Edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Now the boat is surrounded by many different varieties of fish. This is a very different reef to that of Michaelmas Cay, typically of outer edge reefs; it rises steeply from the deep water ocean floor such that, the front the bow of the Seastar floats in 20 metres of water, while at the back, the stern of the boat hangs just off the reef edge in 3 metres of water.

After practicing and familiarizing yourself with the snorkelling and diving at Michaelmas Cay, you are now ready to experience the true wonders of this Outer Edge Reef, there are the coral caves, coral overhangs, deep water drop offs, coral canyons, swim through and shallow coral bays that are only metres from the side of Seastar. Along the steep edges there are swirling schools of small fish, colourful parrot fish, turtles, giant clams, “friendly" little reef sharks, bright yellow butterfly fish, pairs of rabbit fish, countless varieties of brightly coloured damsel fish and of course, Nemo.

In the snorkel area the depth of water over the top of the reef may be only one metre but at the bottom of the drop off on the reef edge the depth falls up to 10 metres. By simply snorkelling in those shallow waters of Michaelmas Cay you have gained the experience to tackle this magnificent reef, most find that the deeper water is now not as daunting as they thought and by using the exact same equipment they had an hour before, they feel very comfortable in the water. If you are still not quite comfortable snorkelling, or you would simply like to learn more about the reef and its inhabitants, you can join in our guided snorkelling tour.

Glass Bottom Boat

Join in on the guided Glass bottom boat tour on the superviewer with our commentary learning about the reef while staying dry.

Summary

With over 5 hours at the reef you are able to enjoy 3 certified or introductory dives if you wish. Prior to departing Hastings reef our afternoon tea is served. Departing the reef you have time to relax on the short journey home arriving in Cairns at 4.30pm

Features & Inclusions

  • Over 5 hours at the reef
  • Fast, modern, air-conditioned Catamaran
  • Morning / Afternoon Tea
  • Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch with Prawns
  • Reef Interpretation & guided snorkel tour
  • Snorkel equipment & instruction
  • Buoyancy Vest, Floatation Device, Wetsuit, Lycra suit, Optical mask
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Dive guides for Certified Divers

Rates and Tariffs

2016-17 Season
1st Apr 2016 to 31st Mar 2017
Snorkeling and Glass bottom boat (includes $15 p.p. levies) $200.00 adult
$135.00 per child
1 Introductory Dive & Snorkelling (includes $15 p.p. levies) $275.00 adult
Certified Dive & Cruise - 1 Dive (includes $15 p.p. levies) $255.00 adult
* 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.

Departure dates: Daily from the Cairns Marina at 8am, returning at 4.30pm.
How to book: You can book online by clicking on the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. A 25% deposit payment is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance is payable on the day of the tour when you get on board. Your ticket will be emailed back to you within a short time (during business hours) of receiving your booking request and deposit payment. Please note: The Government Environmental Management Charge along with other levies is included in the above rates.
Optional Extras:
2nd Certified Dive = $100
2nd Intro Dive = $75 each

What To Bring:
Bathers, towel, hat, suitable clothing, Sun block and sunglasses.

What is not included:
Hotel pick up and drop off is not included. Prices for transfers are:
Cairns hotel return transfers: $13 per person
Cairns Beaches hotel return transfers: $20 per person

Regarding Scuba Diving:
Some medical conditions will prevent you from diving. Some of the more common conditions are Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Pregnancy and heart or lung conditions. Some other medical conditions may also be a problem. If you are unsure about any specific condition please contact us.

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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