Small Group Reef Tour – Michaelmas Cay & Hastings Reef

$230.00

This boutique small group reef tour provides a personal and unique reef experience by taking only 36 passengers and visiting a Coral Cay and the Outer Barrier Reef all in the same day.  Enjoy guided snorkel tours at two completely different locations, scuba diving (optional), lunch and a glass bottom boat tour.  Travelling in a fast air conditioned catamaran you will visit Michaelmas Cay (a seabird and turtle sanctuary), before venturing further into the outer reef system to the spectacular Hastings Reef.

Your Preferred Date
Adult $230.00
Child $150.00
Adult + 1 Intro dive $305.00
Child + 1 Intro dive $225.00
Adult + 1 Cert dive $285.00
Child + 1 Cert dive $205.00
Adult + 2 Cert dive $330.00
Child + 2 Cert dive $250.00
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Rates are valid until 31st March 2022 and include the $15pp reef levy that is payable on the day of travel.  Child: 4-14yrs.

**Regarding Scuba Diving:
Minimum age is 12 years.  There are time restrictions for flying after diving and 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/medications may also be a problem. If you are unsure about any specific condition please contact us.

This boutique small group reef tour provides a personal and unique reef experience by taking only 36 passengers and visiting a Coral Cay and the Outer Barrier Reef all in the same day.  Enjoy guided snorkel tours at two completely different locations, scuba diving (optional), lunch and a glass bottom boat tour.  Travelling in a fast air conditioned catamaran you will visit Michaelmas Cay (a seabird and turtle sanctuary), before venturing further into the outer reef system to the spectacular Hastings Reef.

Introductory Scuba Dive

No experience or dive license required!  The first scuba dive is in the calm shallow waters at Michaelmas Cay. With the assistance of your attentive instructor you are taken carefully down to a comfortable depth of approximately 7 metres.  Deep enough to be enthralling but at the same time shallow enough not to be daunting, the balance is just right.

Certified Diving

Departing from the rear of the vessel, certified divers follow the descent line down to a comfortable depth of aproximately 8 metres. The mooring blocks are literally adjacent to the first “bommie” a distinctive type of coral growth. From here your guide will show through what is a maze of coral (it takes several weeks for the Dive Masters to fully learn and understand this area).  Those more experienced divers can choose to be taken to the “Wild Side”, this is a one way dive, you enter the water from the dive tender and make a drift dive returning to the vessel.

  • 2 fully guided snorkel tours
    High-quality snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, swimming aids)
  • Wetsuit or stinger suit provided (depending on the season)
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Reef Interpretation “Reef Brief” – Conducted by our knowledgeable and experienced crew
  • Island circumnavigation (Michaelmas Cay) – Perfect for birding observation tours
  • Photos taken daily – Random photos are taken each day by our crew and uploaded to Facebook for free
  • Morning and Afternoon Tea/coffee
  • Buffet lunch – 2 delicious hot dishes, a selection of tasty cold meats, with salads and tropical fruits
  • Dive guides for Certified and Introductory Diving
  • Departs Cairns: 8.00am – (7.30am check in onboard the boat located E Finger, Marlin Marina)
  • Returns Cairn: 4.30pm

Our journey to Michalemas Cay is only just over a 1 hour boat ride.  Arriving before all the other commercial operators, we get to have this beautiful location all to ourselves for a while.  There is plenty of time to snorkel and explore the sand cay and its amazing seabird life.  After a couple of hours it is time to tender back to the boat to get ready for our next journey.

Enjoy the delicious Hot & Cold buffet lunch including a variety of hot dishes, cold meat, selected breads, tropical fruits and salads.

After the short 20 minute 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.

After practicing and familiarizing yourself with the snorkelling and/or 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 vessel.

At Hastings Reef you have ample time to relax, join in our guided snorkelling tour and also have fun viewing the underwater world on the glass bottom boat tour.

After a fantastic day exploring the Great Barrier reef, we cruise back to Cairns arriving at approx 4.30pm.