Seastar Cruises
Phone: 07 4041 6218
Base of operation: Cairns Pier

Seastar departs Cairns at 08:00 and provides fast, comfortable transport to Michaelmas Cay.
Arriving first before the crowds ensures that there are many species near or in the viewing area.
Birders are taken to the cay before other passengers to give them time to enjoy the island birds.
As more people arrive, particularly on other vessels, some species tend to move away from this area.
When this happens, the circumnavigation of the island is conducted – weather and tides permitting – where the more timorous species can be viewed. Ensuring all species can be seen.
After 2 hours you return to the Seastar for lunch and then head over to Hastings reef.
At Hastings Reef you can join a guided snorkel tour or take a tour in the glass bottom boat.
After another 2 hours, afternoon tea is served before returning to Cairns, arriving at approximately 16:15.

Species seen:

  • Greater frigate bird
  • Lesser frigate bird
  • Red footed booby
  • Brown booby
  • Masked booby
  • Common noddy
  • Black noddy
  • Sooty tern
  • Little tern
  • Crested tern
  • Lesser crested tern
  • Caspian tern
  • Ruddy turnstone
  • Curlew sandpiper

  • Other species seen:
  • Seasonal – dolphins
  • hump-back whales
  • Corals
  • Anemone fish
  • Parrot fish
  • Wrasse
  • Reef sharks
  • Coral trout
  • Manta ray
  • Turtles