Michaelmas Cay, Cairns

4.6
#1 of 8 in Nature in Cairns Region
An important breeding site for terns, Michaelmas Cay is a protected area teeming with life. The terns are sometimes joined by turtle species that nest along the cays. These nesting sites are a vital resource for scientists studying these species, and you'll often see photographers snapping photos or scientists jotting down notes. The area where the birds live is densely vegetated due to the abundant bird droppings (an excellent fertilizer), in contrast to the rocky terrain of the rest of the cays. Make Michaelmas Cay a part of your Cairns vacation plans using our Cairns trip builder .
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  • The Cay is a bird sanctuary... in other-words it smells like poo and there are birds everywhere. The visibility is bad cause of the sand and the coral is white and broken  more »
  • Diving with snorkel links, made landfall. Door likely reach range could land someone helpful, there a lot of birds. Is the island of birding people come here. We were diving. Do not have a license but you can experience diving in about 20 minutes. In addition, you can saw leaf. Seen a lot of beautiful coral reefs. Good luck and even sea turtles!! ️ but unfortunately coral is pretty dead place, I felt the importance of the protection. Is a nice place, so try!! ️
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  • A perfect place for beginner snorkeling and diving. You can slowly enter the water from the Cay shore, see baby sharks and turtles, and lots of birds. The corals are great there as well, and plenty of curious fishes
  • An amazing experience really beautiful

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