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Cairns City, Australia
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and a lush island rain forest on this full-day catamaran tour to Green Island from Cairns. Create your own perfect day on this protected coral cay with a variety of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, Seawalking, nature walks, and tours on a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to include a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran and/or a ride in a semi-submarine. It’s a fantastic way to discover the underwater wonders of the world’s most famous reef!
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forest on a Green Island day trip
  • Variety of activities including glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submarine coral viewing tours, scuba diving, and snorkeling
  • Buffet lunch option available
  • Choice of early or late morning departures

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This customizable tour includes a choice of departure time, pickup, lunch, and activities.
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Cruise transfers to and from Green Island by modern air-conditioned catamaran
Morning tea / coffee (served on 9am full day only)
Buffet lunch (if option selected)
Choice of a glass-bottom boat tour or use of snorkeling gear for the day (if option selected)
Semi-submersible tour (if option is selected)
Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Optional activities. (Can be booked locally, subject to availability. Payable locally. Introductory Scuba Dive AU$152, Seawalker Helmut Dive AU$165, Semi-submersible Coral Viewing Tour AU$20)
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Flotation vests and lycra suits are available for hire
1 Spence St , 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Please proceed directly to the vessel located at Marlin Wharf, 1 Spence St, Cairns, check-in will be directly on the vessel. Check in is at 8.30am, the boat will depart at 9am sharp.

This activity will end right where it started.
One of Australia’s protected Marine National Parks, the low-lying coral cay of Green Island is situated 15 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Cairns and provides an excellent base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Choose from two different morning departure times to suit your sightseeing schedule, and climb aboard a luxurious air-conditioned catamaran for the cruise to the island.

Once you step ashore, choose from a wide variety of activities to design your perfect day (additional expenses may apply). Snorkel straight from the beach to swim among tropical fish and coral gardens, embark on a scuba diving tour or try the unique Seawalking experience, where a helmet allows you to breathe underwater while surrounded by swimming marine life. If you prefer not to get wet, you can still get a great view of the giant clams, sea turtles, and tropical fish below the surface with a tour on a glass-bottom boat or upgrade to ride on a semi-submarine.

If you choose the lunch option at booking, enjoy a delicious buffet meal aboard the catamaran midday. (See Itinerary below for a sample lunch menu.) Grab a drink at any time from the fully licensed onboard bar (own expense). 

At Green Island Resort, feel free to use the facilities including showers, restrooms and changing rooms to stay comfortable throughout the day. You can also hire beach chairs, umbrellas, canoes, sailboards and surf skis from the resort and take advantage of several walking tracks to explore the island’s tropical rain forest landscape. 

After your time soaking up the island paradise, relax on the return catamaran cruise to Cairns.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Green Island Cruise - Day Tour (Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruise)
Explore the Great Barrier Reef island either with a glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling equipment.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Green Island
Walk through the rainforest or enjoy exploring the coral gardens the the beach.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
View some of the amazing marine life at Green Island. View turtles, fish, sharks and stingrays from the glass bottom boat, semi-submersible or by snorkelling.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available but limited. Passengers must have some mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist them.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.

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  • "Only two outside showers were available to rinse off the sand ." See review
  • "There’s plenty of fishes (fishing is not allowed in GBR) and I even saw a turtle and a shark." See review

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star-5
Wow! Brilliant Day!
Monique_G
, Jul 2022
This was an amazing trip. The marine biologists onboard are happy to answer all questions and the adventure you have on the island is fantastic. From being under the water in the semi sub to snorkelling off the island and seeing the coral close up, such a brilliant day to be apart of nature and learning about the importance of our ecosystems.
star-5
Green Island Adventure
Bobbie_E
, Jun 2022
Excellent trip, after a terrible start due to the trip over (wind picked up) but the island was protected and water clear. Seen heaps of different fish and turtles plus enjoyed the sub tour, small aquarium and crocodile feeding. The buffet was also exactly what we needed to get through the day. Staff were excellent.
star-3
Tour operator was quite...
Joe_M
, Jun 2022
Tour operator was quite good and semi-sub and glad bottom boat experiences were great. The island itself was a bit disappointing, with very limited dining options (one fast food outlet with long queues). Mainland Melanesia is small, but worth a visit.
star-5
Great experience
Hannah_R
, Jun 2022
Great experience, the team was very helpful and knowledgeable. Hats off to them for dealing with such big groups!
star-3
Frustating if you wanna see corals
Karina_M
, Jun 2022
It was dissapointing because where I was told to snorkel - one crew member advised me - there was seagrass and sand instead of corals. So, the day trip is worth for the green island, not at all as a snorkeling experience in the great barrier reef. They dont take you to where you can see any reef at all. Very frustrating.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Poor
Rose_M
, May 2022
The boat trip to the island was ok the island was very run down and hardly any facilities it needs a very much needed update not very nice Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone
star-3
Trip there was all OK, bit of a commentary but no word about what to do on the island if you weren't snorkelling.
Valerie_R
, May 2022
Lunch was good and the glass bottom boat, submersible ok, but there wasn't much to do on the island if you weren't snorkelling.
star-5
Good feed back on staff
Lyn_C
, May 2022
All the crew and staff were so brilliant. Special mention to Cody who helped me out when I missed the glass boat tour. Great staff member u have there so helpful and friendly and professional. Lyn carriage
star-4
The island itself is so...
KEVIN_L
, May 2022
The island itself is so amazing as its made of coral and looks idyllic with a lovely beach and forest in the center
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Green is
Robert_F
, May 2022
Snorkelling and semi submersible. Really excellent view underwater in semi submersible .crew were really organised on giving out Snorkelling gear
star-4
Great
Jason_S
, May 2022
Was very choppy on the way over Loved seeing turtles, fish and coral The water was murky from the weather but still good We had a mixture of sun & rain
star-5
Amazing day!
Joy_D
, Apr 2022
Amazing day out and experience of the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately weather was not on our side travelling out but we still enjoyed the island and glass bottom boat and submarine. The crocodiles were amazing and a surprise as was the resort and facilities on the island. Would recommend the trip to everyone. Will go back in better weather so we can see more of the reef and do some snorkelling.
star-4
Adventure day
Lorna_M
, Mar 2022
The glass bottom boat was a highlight seeing the fish and coral . The staff on the ferry were very helpful. Would have been much nicer if t he sun was shineing and no wind.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I love the customer...
Mugu_E
, Mar 2022
I love the customer service all the crew members are amazing and curious I’ll come back agin thanks for ur am service
star-5
Great experience 🤩
ashish_s
, Feb 2022
Great experience with marine biologist if not good swimmers nice food thank you Alys & Catil sure will come again
star-1
Dumped on an island, picked up later
Rumeysa_C
, Jan 2022
I wouldn't recommend this for a snorkelling experience. They basically give you snorkelling gear and dump you on an island and pick you up later during the day. No demonstration or anything. The location is also not the best. I only saw a few fish and jelly fish but the experience is nothing like what i imagined
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Snorkelling experience green island
Sian_W
, Jan 2022
Great day at green island, saw lots of fish as well as rays, turtles and sharks. Fantastic snorkelling experience
star-1
Terrible trip
Lana_W
, Dec 2021
No mask no swimming suit What a joke! Food was disgusting with someone hair in the plate! I will not recommend that company.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience
Laekyn_A
, Dec 2021
It was the first time on this trip and I had ever gone snorkelling before and it was breathtaking! My partner and I had an amazing time and managed to see a reef shark and a stingray!
star-2
No recomendable.
Samuel_Q
, Dec 2021
You are not going to see much snorkeling because 90% of the place is sand. The island is not with it to walk around. The glass and submarine is for kids, is not as fun as you imagine. You have to take the snorkeling stuff as soon as you can because they don’t have enough stuff with all sized for everybody.

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