Michaelmas Cay & Paradise Reef
Prices from $159 AUD


Experience the adventure of snorkelling, diving and sailing on the Great Barrier Reef with this great sailing cruise. The 25 metre high-performance catamaran sails daily from Cairns to two unique locations, world-famous Michaelmas Cay and exclusive Paradise Reef, where you can dive and snorkel with turtles, colourful fish and see an amazing variety of corals.




  • 2 Different Reef Locations
  • Performance Sailing
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Great Fun Day Out

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From 1/04/2015 to 31/03/2018 adultchildinfantfamily  
Michaelmas Cay & Paradise Reef Cruise Reef Cruise, Lunch, Snorkelling $159.00$100.00$0.00$459.00
+ Introductory Scuba Dive Includes all gear and a short lesson (minimum age 12 years) $70.00$70.00  
+ Certified Scuba Dive includes all gear $70.00$70.00  
+ Glass Bottom Boat Tour per person $20.00$20.00  
+ Transfer (Cairns) Return Transfers from Cairns City Accommodation - per person (from 1/4/17 this will increase to $18) $15.00$15.00  
+ Transfer (Cairns Beaches) Return Transfers from Northern Beaches and Outer Suburbs - per person (from 1/4/17 this will increase to $25) $22.00$22.00  
Additional Costs: $15 for EMC (reef tax) and port charges applies to all bookings. Children = 4 - 14 years, Infant = 0 - 3 years, Family = 2 adults and 2 children aged 4 - 14

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Enjoy a personalised day on the Great Barrier Reef with a friendly crew dedicated to making your trip memorable and a local operator whose environmental credentials and attention to detail have earned many awards including the Australian Tourism Award for Adventure.


Michaelmas Cay

Michaelmas Cay National Park is a world-famous bird sanctuary with a beautiful sandy beach, providing a rare opportunity to snorkel and dive straight off the beach in protected, calm waters. Sea turtles are common and you are also likely to see giant trevally, small black tip reef sharks, bat fish and hundreds of species of colourful reef fish. Learn more about Michelmas Cay.


Paradise Reef

Paradise Reef is an exclusive mooring just for Passions so there are no crowds as you snorkel or dive on the outer Great Barrier Reef. It is a hard coral reef featuring a ribbon of small reefs. With depths of up to 25 metres along the edge, water clarity is good and the area is host to many exciting fish species including Wally, our resident Maori wrasse. Learn more about Paradise Reef.




Green turtles, manta rays, clown fish, soft and hard corals - you never know what you will come across when you snorkel in the warm, clear waters of the colourful Great Barrier Reef. A full briefing on how to snorkel, fit the equipment and make the most of your time at the Reef is given. Join a free snorkelling tour at Paradise Reef for a unique insight into this special World Heritage area.


Introductory Diving

Introductory diving is a safe and fun Great Barrier Reef adventure that allows you to get up close to turtles, giant clams, clown fish, coral trout, barramundi cod and a variety of colourful corals at Michaelmas Cay and Paradise Reef. All introductory scuba divers start from the safety of the catamaran and dive in a calm, shallow lagoon full of marine life.

Certified Diving

Certified scuba divers have an amazing range of exclusive reefs to dive with a selection of drift dives, wall dives and swim throughs. The specially designed glass bottom dive tender will take you to the best locations on the day for a fully guided dive with all your equipment, including wetsuits and computers, provided.


Glass Bottom Boat

Join a glass bottom boat tour at Michaelmas Cay for a fun and lively 30 minute commentary on the coral, fish and unique features of the Great Barrier Reef. Marvel at the difference between hard and soft corals and learn how many of the Reef creatures work together to survive. Look out for the industrious cleaner wrasse and their cleaning station, much like a drive-through car wash for fish!

Michelmas Cay

Michaelmas Cay is world famous for its migratory birds and the cay provides one of the few rare opportunities to snorkel and scuba dive in protected calm waters. No matter what the weather, the sandy lagoon is wind protected and the coral is immediately adjacent to the beach. Sea turtles are extremely common and you are also likely to see giant trevally, small black tip reef sharks, bat fish, and hundreds of varieties of colourful reef fish.

Only three permits have been granted allowing tourists daily access to the beach. We have one of them. To ensure that the cay remains in a natural state we work closely with both the Queensland National Parks and the Federal Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

  • 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

Paradise Reef is a hard coral reef where fractured coral form a ribbon of small reefs. With depths of up to 25 meters along the edge, water clarity is good and the area is host to many exciting fish species.

Located on the Outer Barrier Reef, Paradise Reef forms part of Breaking Patches, a system of reefs about 1 to 2 nautical miles north of Michaelmas Cay.

Passions of Paradise holds an exclusive permit for Paradise Reef. We pioneered this site in 1995, and have been snorkeling and scuba diving the area ever since. This means no crowds from other boats, and the coral is in magnificent condition.

  • 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.


Cairns Awesome Adventure Package

This tour is included in our "Cairns Awesome Adventure Package" . Consisting of the above cruise plus a half day white water rafting on the mighty Barron River, a Bungy Jump and last but definately not least a tandem skydive from 14,000 feet. This package is great value and will save you $59!. Click here for more info on this package.


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