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Paradise Reef and Michaelmas Cay

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Key Highlights

  • Sail to the Outer Barrier Reef on Passions of Paradise, a fast, modern 25 meter maxi-catamaran
  • Visit Michaelmas Cay, an important bird nesting sanctuary on the Great Barrier Reef, which is host to over 20,000 sea birds
  • Go snorkeling and view the spectacular coral gardens underwater
  • Take a tour on a glass bottom boat and view the magnificent marine life under your feet
  • Enjoy a Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch including prawns, morning tea and afternoon tea
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    9 hours

    Start time

    Start Time: 0730h (07:30am)
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cairns.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Tour returns to the original departure point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Take Passions of Paradise Catamaran to two stunning reef locations, Paradise Reef and Michaelmas Cay. Discover the wonderful corals and marine life that inhabit these waters by either snorkelling, diving or taking a glass bottom boat tour. Enjoy a huge tropical smorgasbord and relax on pure coral sand of Michaelmas Cay.

    Itinerary

    The Passions of Paradise is a fast, modern 25 meter maxi-catamaran which sails to the Outer Barrier Reef, where an exclusive mooring at Breaking Patches, called Paradise Reef ensures no crowds. Here beautiful hard coral gardens rise to within a couple of meters of the surface making snorkelling easy and really spectacular.

    Next is pristine Michaelmas Cay, an important bird nesting sanctuary on the Great Barrier Reef, which is host to over 20,000 sea birds. The Cay is a fragile ecosystem of brilliant white sands with warm shallow water and an abundant of marine life including colourful soft corals. Passions of Paradise is an award winning boat, and most recently won the 2005 Queensland Tourism Awards.

    This tour is also the winner of Australian Tourism Award and Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame for Adventure Tourism.

    This sailing experience provides a great personalised experience on a fun boat, with fantastic staff.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick up & drop off
    • Guided snorkel tour and snorkelling equipment (English speaking)
    • Glass bottom boat tour
    • Marine naturalist presentation
    • Flotation vest
    • Morning & afternoon tea
    • Tropical hot & cold buffet lunch including prawns
    • Entrance fees
    • Environmental management charge

    Exclusions

    • Diving
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    French and German speaking crew available on request.The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.