Why Choose Us?

Ocean Spirit has been sailing to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef for over 25 years. With one of the few permits to showcase its unique environment, our knowledgeable and friendly crew are ready to share this very special part of the Great Barrier Reef with you.


Cruise to a picturesque and exclusive part of the reef

Michaelmas Cay is an isolated Great Barrier Reef sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens pulsating with marine life and sanctuary to a host of over 20,000 seabirds – a remarkable, unforgettable experience.


Penalty Free cancellation policy

If the weather takes a turn for the worse or if your plans change, you can cancel or change the travel date of your cruise with no penalty fee, as long as you let us know by midday on the day prior to travel. If weather conditions are a worry for you our reservations team have access to the 7-day outlook and will be more than happy to provide you with the information. Please check these links for weather data and our cancellation policy.


Experience the romance and comfort of a large sailing catamaran on the Great Barrier Reef

Our luxury 32 metre (105 ft) sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, provides a smooth and comfortable experience. Enjoy the spacious indoor cabins and outdoor seating or relax on the foredeck perfect for soaking up the tropical atmosphere. For more in formation see our vessel information


A Great Diving and Snorkelling experience for beginners and veterans

The protected waters of the Cay offer a safe and calm environment for you to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Please see diving and snorkelling for more information.


Visit the largest protected bird sanctuary on the reef

Michaelmas Cay is home to a protected bird sanctuary that houses over 20,000 migratory seabirds. It is one of the most important seabird breeding habitats in the Southern Hemisphere and is a must see for any self-respecting Ornithologist. Please see our bird sanctuary page for more Information


Experience Michaelmas Cay with limited visitors

With a maximum capacity of 150 passengers and only limited visitors permitted onto Michaelmas Cay daily, numbers are strictly controlled to ensure an intimate unmatched experience and to preserve the cay’s unique ecology.


Can’t Swim? It doesn’t matter

If swimming isn’t your thing, that is ok. There is plenty to do while staying dry. Explore the Cay and discover the island bird life or hop into our semi-submersible and tour the underwater world with our Marine Biologist. Or just relax on a Great Barrier Reef beach or decks of Ocean Spirit!