Cairns and Port Douglas are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a sailing day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and it’s majestic Islands. A number of operators offer daily departures affording visitors the opportunity to visit any of the spectacular Coral Islands and Sandy Cays of the Great Barrier Reef.
Located on the protected Northern section of the Arlington reef system, Michaelmas Cay is a beautiful sandy beach cay surrounded by the shallow yet abundant Michaelmas Reef. Michaelmas Cay is also a protected bird sanctuary and is an integral breeding ground to a number of species of Terns (Sea Birds). Daily Sailing trips to Michaelmas Cay are a great way to experience a combination of chilled out sailing and sightseeing, relaxing on the beach, as well as some easy snorkelling, rewarding visitors with an abundant marine life experience. Don’t forget a good book as you bask in the setting sun, enjoying a chilled champagne as you sail your way home to Cairns.
Green Island is perhaps the most famous of the Tropical Islands of the Northern Coast of Australia. For many years now Green Island has been termed the “Jewell of the Reef” and for good reason. Daily Sailing trips to Green Island are conducted on smaller sailing vessel, ensuring small guest numbers and excellent Crew and visitor ratio. There is even the opportunity to get hands on and try your hand at sailing the vessel yourself. Once moore off Green Island your options are plentiful with an excellent Snorkelling right off the vessel, some surprisingly good scuba is also available off shore. A Great range of beach activities are available including Sea Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball to name a few.
Port Douglas also is a great stepping stone to the Great Barrier Reef and there are a couple of great sailing options to consider during a visit to Australia’s premier resort township. Located just 13klms off the Coast of Port Douglas – Low Isles is an idyllic tropical Island great for a relaxing day away from the crowds. Thatched beach shacks not only provide some essential sun protection but more importantly permit a sense of true exotic romance. Lapping crystal clear waters offer a rewarding respite from the tropical heat, and some moderate Snorkelling is also on offer.
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