Ocean Spirit Cruises
Ocean Spirit Cruises
4.5
Scuba & SnorkellingBoat ToursWater SportsEco Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 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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Arkay56
Bristol, UK175 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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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, TX91 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
1 contribution
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, NY611 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
2 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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Snitcher1
Brisbane, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Family of 5 and 2 other adults (7 people)
Great value. Good snorkelling- I’ve dived Red Sea, barrier reef, uk coast.
Boat quieter than outer reef trips (not swarmed).
Other reviews complain about bird noise, not enough time snorkelling- sound ridiculous to me. Crew were extremely friendly. Meals were great. Catered for gluten free and egg free. Informative talks by marine biologist. Semisub reef trip. Free Bubbly. Great deck on front of boat. Plenty of time on beach.
And birds are well away - it’s their home.
Written 27 September 2023
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John Turner
Caulfield, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent day. Had a nice sunny day for cruise. Staff were friendly and professional. Plenty of time allowed for snorkelling at the Cay. Very good food. Excellent value for money and would definitely recommend the Ocean Spirit cruise. It was the second time I had done it
Written 8 September 2023
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Alisha Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
Absolutely loved this trip out to the Reef. Have done quite a lot of snorkeling around Australia in different locations and I was blown away in how great conditions the reef is and how much wild life there was. We got to swim with 5 turtles they were everywhere! Saw lots of fish and a little reef shark. The number of people on board was a good amount never felt too crowded and as specially in the water it felt like no one was around you it spreads out so much! Snorkeling equipment is great felt like new!
The best was the potato bake from the buffet still dreaming about it hahha
Oh and we got to see some whales on the way out to the reef which was the cherry on the cake
Written 14 July 2023
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