Ocean Spirit Cruises

Ocean Spirit Cruises - Cairns

Ocean Spirit Cruises - Cairns
4.5
Scuba & SnorkellingBoat ToursWater SportsEco Tours
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Sailing daily to the picturesque Michaelmas Cay for snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Ocean Spirit is a once in a lifetime experience in one of the most magnificent locations on Earth. Discover what awaits you on and around this magical reef sand island. The cay and surrounding coral reefs are home to an abundance of life, from seabirds, to turtles and hundreds of species of reef fish. Explore what Michaelmas Cay has to offer by scuba diving, snorkeling or jumping on board our Semi-Submersible to explore while staying dry. Our marine biologists are also available for guided tours.
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Issy
Nottingham, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Honestly couldn’t imagine a better day on the Great Barrier Reef. The marine biology talk was so lovely and then going to see the coral in person. The staff made it so relaxing and not daunting at all. Especially because I struggle sometimes with snorkelling.
Written 10 April 2024
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Marie D
Laval, Quebec9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Overpriced for value received.

Staff sporadically present and not customer friendly.
We were left on our own and we were not the only couple who had this opinion.

A recommendation: send your staff to see how zigzag staff does it on their Whitsunday snorkel tour on the Great Barrier Reef !
Zigzag team sure demonstrates enthusiasm, devotion and careful attention to all …. We got totally the opposite with Ocean Spirit team and were very disappointed as we did not have our money’s worth

We do not recommend this tour with Ocean Spirit.
Written 11 March 2024
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Thank you for your review. We regret to hear that your experience with us did not meet your expectations. While we understand your concerns about pricing and the level of service provided by our staff, we would like to clarify that we strive to offer competitive pricing based on the value and experience we provide. Regarding staff presence and friendliness, we continuously offer training and pride ourselves with a committed and knowledgeable crew to ensure our passengers experience the Great Barrier Reef the best way possible.
Written 18 March 2024
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k s
illinois69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Ocean Spirit was well organized and nicely handled. Takes 2 hours from Cairns to arrive but a pleasant trip over with stuff to listen to. Nice equipment, staff was friendly and helpful. Snorkeling was very nice. Reef isn't too deep in fact only 2 feet under in spots but you can easy snorkel around whereever you wanted Plenty of areas to go, lots to see. Visability was pretty good -- not excellent -- but pretty good. Say shark, eel, stingray, and a few friendly small jellyfish. Wish we knew the jellyfish in the area were not the ones you need to worry about -- I would have been friendlier to them :) You get tendered into shore where you put on your gear and head out. The dives cost money - even the trial dives - that was not well communicated up front. Many in our group did the submarine thing and said it was just OK. I'm glad that I went back to snorkel even more. I'm sure the outer reef is even better but we really did enjoy our experience. 8 hour tour. Plenty of snacks -- good lunch.
Written 3 March 2024
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Thank you for your detailed review of Ocean Spirit! We're glad to hear that you found the trip well organised and enjoyable, with friendly and helpful staff. It's great that you had a pleasant journey from Cairns and appreciated the snorkeling experience with plenty to see, including marine life like sharks, eels, stingrays, and jellyfish. Your feedback is valuable, and we will work on improving our upfront communication about additional activities. Overall, we're delighted that you had a positive experience with us, enjoyed the snacks and lunch, and had a memorable 8-hour tour. We look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures in the future!
Written 18 March 2024
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Arkay56
Bristol, UK171 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Liverpudlian Captain seemed disinterested in his clients and his attitude to suggestions was rude. e.g. many come on board wanting to experience snorkelling the great barrier reef for the first time. Unfortunately he drops us off on shore 50m from the reef, and nervous swimmers won't go out that far.
Other cruise companies use a long rope for people to hold on to, above the reef. A platform was suggested but there may be marine park issues.
The boat was comfortable and we were well supplied with equipment, food and drink. The only disappointment was as anove; if you are a beginner you won't see a lot.
Written 28 February 2024
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Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback with us. It's important to note that for safety reasons, swimming from the vessel is not permitted, and this policy is not a fault of the captain. Instead, we provide a "beach buggy shuttle" throughout the day to transfer passengers between Ocean Spirit and the cay. Additionally, complimentary buoyancy vests are available for first-time snorkelers or nervous swimmers at the cay. To ensure a safe experience, we have a lifeguard stationed on the beach and a dinghy patrolling the snorkeling area for any assistance needed. We're glad to hear that the boat was comfortable and well-equipped with supplies, food, and drinks. Your feedback is valuable, and we appreciate you sharing your experience with us.
Written 18 March 2024
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Nmaisuria22
Hollywood4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything was incredible, first time diving felt amazing! Thanks Jasper for your guidance! Also to the captain and all of the crew that were very attentive, professional and lots of fun!
Written 7 January 2024
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NorthStar27322865565
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Great trip, definitely a must see, the tour guides were amazing and we absolutely loved the island and the food aboard was great.
Written 31 December 2023
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Texast3
North Richland Hills, TX90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an amazing day. Almost everything about this trip was incredible including the boat, the crew, the food, the reef, the little Cay, the equipment, etc. My wife enjoyed the semi-sub while I snorkeled from the island with the birds. One thing to consider is Ocean Spirit uses Michaelmas Cay which is a tiny island where you snorkel from. This is very good for a person who might be prone to getting seasick because you can spend some time on solid land. The reef was colorful and easy to navigate. We enjoyed ourselves very much.
Written 8 December 2023
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Jessica G
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Was a wonderful experience! The crew took good care of everyone, food was great, views were amazing! Definitely with the money!
Written 14 November 2023
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GrumpyandtheOldLady
New York City, NY610 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We were booked on the Ocean Spirit by another tour company when our original air tour was cancelled due to weather. Greg (our original tour guide) gave us a few options but said this would be the tour he thought was best for us.

Wow, he picked a spectacular tour.

The boat was large and stable and was pretty uncrowded, which was a bonus. The crew was attentive and (we hate to use the word but it fits so well) peppy. We found out that Michaelmas Cay is a bird sanctuary and The Old Lady was excited. We arrived at Michaelmas Cay and the Brown Boobies (who have green feet and beaks) were absolutely everywhere. They were on nests, they were with babies, they covered a massive part of the cay. Some of the babies were huge and massively fluffy, others were small and not so fluffy and very uncoordinated while trying to walk, following a parent. Every one of them was noisy and it was great. There were plenty of other birds, as well.

The snorkeling on the reef was beyond anything we've done anywhere else, ever. The colors, the fish, the giant clams, all the different kinds of crazy coral, it was all unbelievable.

They have a submerged glass sided boat.

The lunch provided was really good. We were pleasantly surprised.

Overall, this was a complete home run. Thanks, Greg!
Written 13 November 2023
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Georgina T
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Fantastic day out, lovely crew, great big boat with plenty of space, it wasn't crowded at all. I went snorkeling and my partner went scuba diving (I'd done it before and didn't fancy it) talks for safety and reef facts were very helpful and informative. We also went on the semi sub and saw a white tip shark and lots of little jellyfish, the reef was beautiful and lots to see, the birds on the island were just crazy, there's so many of them!

Food was delicious, morning tea, cake and focaccia was provided, lunch was hot and cold food, delicious 👌🏼 lots of fruit 🍉🍍🍲🥗 and we even got cake and bubbley for after 🍰🥂

Most of our content is on the go pro so limited photos to add to the review.
Written 24 October 2023
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