It took nearly 2 hours for our rather smart catamaran to reach Michealmas Cay.
Some of our group found a sunny spot on the foredeck.
The Cay is just a narrow strip of sand surrounded by the Pacific Oceon. It is a seabird sanctuary but a small section of beach has been roped off for the use of swimmers and snorkellers. The Scuba divers dived from a dinghy.
Swimmers and snorkellers alike were strongly advised to wear full lycra body suits as there are stinging jellyfish in these waters. The suits looked great on the young girls but didnt suit everyone.
It wasnt always easy to get the suits on.
It was even harder to peel them off.
We could take a ride in the semisubmarine. This was a boat that was almost entirely below the waterline. A bit claustrophobic inside but the glass bulkheads gave an amazing view of the corals and the fish living in them. My photos dont do justice to the incredible formation and colours.
There was also an excellent illustrated talk explaining what we were likely to see.
Throughout the day we were served with abundant food and drink culminating in sparkling wine just before finally docked back in Cairns.