Michaelmas Cay, Australia

Miles from Christmas (Part XNUMX)

in the sun
Passengers relax on their way to Michaelmas Cay.
International Shipping
Flags of countries with passengers on board wave in the wind.
Top end
One of the small peninsulas of Michaelmas Cay, a sandy islet lost in the Pacific Ocean that birds use as a base for rest and nesting.
Galvinic crowd
Birds of various species share the meager sandbar of Michaelmas Cay, which is semi-protected by Australian maritime authorities.
Birds flutter against the wind over little Michaelmas Cay, a sand island lost in the Great Barrier Reef.
amphibious photos
Ocean Spirit's Asian passengers photograph themselves on a flawless summer day off Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland.
christmas friends
Australian friends photograph themselves in Tropical Christmas mode.
of boat
A crew member of the Ocean Pacific catamaran brings delayed passengers on board.
Australian Pacific
A perfect Christmas day, spent in the translucent waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The balcony
Casal takes a look at the marine activities of the other passengers, from the deck of the Ocean Spirit.
underwater cinema
Submersible passengers observe underwater life around Michaelmas Cay.
blue fauna
Fish investigate the unexpected presence of the small submarine in the service of the catamaran Ocean Spirit.
Saves Christmas Lives
Crew member of the Ocean Spirit catamaran at the water's edge, wearing a slightly Christmas outfit.
Snorkeler swims towards the shallow land of Michaelmas Cay.
of sentry
Ocean Spirit catamaran crew watch passengers in the water.
bird vacations
Oriental vacationer abandons his landing on the beach, shared with dark terns.
In Australia, we live the most uncharacteristic of the 24th of December. We set sail for the Coral Sea and disembark on an idyllic islet that we share with orange-billed terns and other birds.

The end of the year is approaching and the ever-stormy North East Australian monsoon season begins.

Amidst tropical showers and a blazing sun, Cairns remains hyperactive, served by a battalion of young men aussies, Europeans and other parts of the world who flock to the Queensland Top End, attracted by the possibility of combining income with little or no taxes with undisputed entertainment.

Strategically parked teenage pedestrians hand out flyers from guest houses and bars that foist wild parties.

They also suggest a panoply of inexpensive radical activities – of which free fall jumps stand out –, the most likely reason why we see so many teenagers with limbs in plaster when we walk the streets. But they also offer us more peaceful walks around the city's land and sea surroundings.

Catamaran crew, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Ocean Spirit catamaran crew watch passengers in the water.

"no worries mate”. The insecure employee at the Tourism information desk repeats the national expression ozzie-porreirista but doesn't explain it to us any further.

Every reef, island or cay it proves a potential snorkeling or diving tour. Undecided by the profusion of more compartmentalized leaflets and brochures, customers swarm and leave the employee in trouble.

We had already explored a substantial part of the Great Dividing Range tropical jungle and we counted on devoting ourselves, however, to the exotic plateau of the Atherton Tablelands. But this Christmas Eve, the day remained as sunny as it had dawned.

Far from the cosiness of home or the festive company of families, we decided to treat ourselves to a day of pure delight off North Queensland, in an unlikely corner of the Great Barrier Reef.

Boarding towards the Great Barrier Reef

It's just after nine when we arrive at Cairns dock and board the Ocean Spirit, an impressive and welcoming catamaran. The expected passengers arrive a little later on board and the vessel sets sail for the east. We noticed that they hold us with the honor of a small Portuguese flag, side by side with the Spanish, Japanese and several others.

Flags, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Flags of countries with passengers on board wave in the wind.

We settle on the hammock deck already packed with laid-back vacationers and soak up the sun, hot wind, iodine and unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean.

Other vessels had set sail simultaneously for Trinity Bay and different parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

In the Sun, Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Passengers relax on their way to Michaelmas Cay.

The biggest barrier to the face of the Earth. Or rather, submerged in it

An insignificant segment of an ecosystem that stretches 2.600 km off the coast of Queensland and occupies an area so vast that it can be detected from space and is appreciated with relative clarity from the 11.000 meters that airplanes normally fly awaited us. commercials.

That natural structure is made up of billions of coral polyps. These, in turn, form around 2900 individual reefs to which 900 islands are added, many of them sandy.

Having almost navigated the 20 km route and having heard an endless environmentalist briefing, we were about to dock at Michaelmas Cay, a sand island only slightly elevated from the water that sheltered undergrowth permanently fertilized by the flocks of birds that colonized it and surrounded by abundant reefs. coral.

Guest, Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Oriental vacationer abandons his landing on the beach, shared with dark terns.

The Short Invasion of the Ilhéu das Gaivinas

The islet is part of a larger area declared a national park by the Queensland authorities. It was kept under the protection of a rope fence that delimited the tiny area of ​​beach that we could enjoy.

Ocean Spirit crews rush to overflow passengers. On land, we settled side by side with countless orange-billed terns tousled by the wind and with the shrill and strangely aromatic nuclei of other seabirds.

Orange-billed Terns, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Birds of various species share the meager Michaelmas Cay sandbar, which is semi-protected by the Australian maritime authorities.

The Inevitable Diving and Snorkeling

“Dive guys, come on,” warns Craig, a semi-equipped crew member with a heavy northern Australian accent. “Snorkeling ones are next!”

Snorkeler, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Snorkeler swims towards the shallow land of Michaelmas Cay.

We don Lycra suits, join the second group and enjoy gliding among lush brain corals, frenzied shoals of barracudas and other fish that are less fast and stealthy but, to compensate, far more colorful.

Fish, Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Fish investigate the unexpected presence of the small submarine in the service of the catamaran Ocean Spirit.

We are not drunk on rum nor do we hallucinate but we long for the sight of the transforming sirens that once drove sailors mad.

Probably intimidated by human invasion, not one of the sea cows that inhabit the bottom of those seas deigned to appear.

On the way back to the beach, we split into shifts and get into a mini-submersible.

that way something julienne and investigated over and over again by intrigued fish, we continue to explore the shallow depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Until the time for the next shift approaches and we have to return to the surface.

Passengers in Submersible, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Submersible passengers observe underwater life around Michaelmas Cay.

Some younger and irreverent passengers are getting ready to rebel and return to snorkeling without the proper attire, in an area different from the one traveled before.

Bandu, an austere Malaysian-looking crew helper, is ready to contain them. “Friends, you seriously want to do this?

You weren't aware of the briefing, right? So we didn't tell you that this sea is full of stingers (sea wasps). So far, we haven't detected much but they could get here with the current at any time.

Saves Christmas Lives, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Crew member of the Ocean Spirit catamaran at the water's edge, wearing a slightly Christmas outfit.

If they get caught with one, they will be in big trouble. To return to the choirs, you really have to wear the lycra and, please, stay in the area we indicated a moment ago.”

We had participated in two underwater incursions. The first, long, largely countercurrent and laboriously self-moving, left us exhausted.

We decided to return to the beach and the surroundings of the dividing rope. We went back to charging batteries in the sun, now in the company of dozens of dark terns that used the suspended wire as a landing.

The Almost Forgotten Christmas Celebration

A couple of Australian friends next door had been doing the same for some time. Eager for more fun, they get up and move to the water.

Photos, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Ocean Spirit's Asian passengers photograph themselves on a flawless summer day off Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland.

There, with the turquoise ocean palette as a background, tanned and only in a bathing suit, they put on Christmas caps and practice creative poses while a third aussie photographs them.

“Ah!!! You can come to me at will with stories of snow, fireplaces, reindeer and goblins! exclaims one of them effusively. "Tell us if there's a better Christmas than ours there."

Christmas Duo, Michaelmas Cay-Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australian friends photograph themselves in Tropical Christmas mode.

At that precise moment, far away from family, tradition and sweets but caressed by the tropical heat, we felt enchanted by the gentle unwinding of the Pacific over the island and the obligation to agree.


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