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Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests

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Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
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Sail on a 2-masted schooner from Cairns to Green Island for a full day of snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Have a choice of options for exploring Green Island, spending time in the water around the magnificent coral reefs, walking in the rain forest, or lazing on the white sandy beaches. Enjoy the expertise of the superb crew, in addition to buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a glass of wine as you cruise back to Cairns.
  • Full-day cruise by 2-masted sailing schooner to Green Island, from Cairns
  • Enjoy the only engines-off sailing cruise from Cairns (winds permitting)
  • Spend time at an exclusive Green Island mooring in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim, snorkel, and dive (additional cost) in pristine waters
  • See the colorful fish and other marine life that inhabits the reef
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea aboard the schooner
  • Have free-time to relax on the sandy beach or explore Green Island
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Sailing cruise to Green Island & the Great Barrier Reef
Environment Management Charge and port fees
Coffee and/or Tea
Morning and Afternoon tea
Complimentary glass of wine on the return sail to Cairns
Snorkeling tuition, tours and in-water crew assistance if required
Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, buoyancy vests)
Transfers to/from the schooner to Green Island
Reef talk by a marine interpreter
Fish Feed
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pre-book only if have no past or present medical issues nor taking any medication. Enquire if unsure
Optional diving - x 1-2 Certified / x 1-2 Intro dives possible on day .10-12m depth .
1 Spence St , 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Enter the Reef Fleet Terminal and look for Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk. From the side entrance enter and look right. If entering from the entrance facing the sea look straight ahead on the right . Check-in is from 7.15 am at this desk .

7:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the marina in Cairns where you board your spacious 54-foot (16.5-meter) 2–masted schooner for the sailing excursion to Green Island, located on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sip a cup of complimentary tea or coffee and snack on fresh muffins and fruit as your vessel prepares for departure. Receive a safety briefing then perhaps assist the crew with hoisting the sails before relaxing and soaking up the scenery as you motor-sail to Green Island.

Green Island is a protected Marine National Park, topped with emerald rain forest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs, the perfect place for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you plan to scuba dive (additional cost), complete your paperwork and site briefing during the journey over to the island so that you can hop in the water upon arrival.

Your captain moors the boat at Pinnacle Reef just offshore from Green Island. Hit the water and snorkel or dive among schools of tropical fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones in this underwater paradise.

After a morning of snorkeling and scuba diving, a delicious buffet lunch is served onboard your boat before transferring by dinghy to Green Island. Relax on the beach or explore the island. Visit Marineland Melanesia to watch the crocodile feeding and see a variety of marine life up close.

After ample time on the Great Barrier Reef, sail back to Cairns (wind permitting). Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your tropical afternoon tea, a perfect way to end your day out on the reef.

This tour is perfect for all levels of water experience with instruction and in-water assistance provided.
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Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Great Barrier Reef & Island Tours
These are the two most personal Great Barrier Reef tours in Cairns. Sail on Ocean Free - our 16M classical sailing schooner for this extremely personal Great Barrier Reef & Green Island Tour. Sail, snorkel , dive (optional extra) - reef and beach all in one day with only a small group of up to 25 guests - pure bliss!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Admire the beauty of the Great Barrier reef on this very personal day tour to Green Island.Ocean Free sails to its exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring just 1 km off Green Island. Step straight off the boat and see a coral garden teeming with colourful reef-fish and marine life on this highly protected Marine Park zone. Only our guests snorkel this site making it a very personal experience! Turtles and large schools of fish a common site amongst the coral "bommies" (outcrops) that rise form about 10-12M up to just under 1M under the surface making it an ideal area for great snorkelling Spend the morning snorkelling & / or SCUBA diving (optional extra) over an incredible reef system and view the most unique and colourful marine life under the guidance of our very attentive crew. Afterwards hop back on board your vessel for a scrumptious large smorgasbord lunch after which you can hop into the tender as the skipper takes you to Green Island beach - your 2nd site to explore!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Green Island
Guests can visit this island as part of their Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef sailing tour with only a maximum of 25 guests Ocean Free actually moors on an exclusive private reef 1Km off the island where guests can split their time between snorkelling and diving (optional extra) just off the boat and going to the island in the tender to explore or just relax on the tropical beach . Guests have 4 and 1/2 hrs to experience the reef and island . Typically our guests chose to spend 1-2 hrs on the island . On the island guests can enjoy an interpretative walk across the island , relax on the beach and visit Marineland Melanesia (small fee to enter here)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Marineland Crocodile Park
Marineland Melanesia is an optional experience when visiting Green Island. For a small fee you can enter this attraction to see crocodiles, turtles, artefacts and facts for around the region
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Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
Cairns Premier Reef & Island tours operate 2 personal , low guest number Great Barrier Reef Tours - Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom ( Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef sailing tour Ocean Freedom Luxury Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 25 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions nor taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Tour requires you to be stable and mobile enough to move around a moving vessel and to transfer from main vessel onto tender and back
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Covid Procedures: Sanitisation stations will be available on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly, contract tracing will be followed with all details required at the time of booking, upon arrival questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests.
What is the social distancing policy during Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests.

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  • "If you get sea sick, you can bring your own pills or purchase them on board." See review
  • "I wouldn't recommend this cruise for small children, which is why I chose it." See review


237 Reviews

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, May 2022
Fantastic day Fantastic crew Very memorable activity Pascale and the crew were so engaging with all the guests
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Peter! Sounds like you had a day to remember - for all the right reasons! Pascal and the rest of our crew love taking care of our guests and helping out anyway they can. We hope to see you again in the future.
Best day eva!
, May 2022
We have been on quite few of these reef tours,and found this was one of the best . The locations that we were taken to were fantastic. There was so much coral and fish to see. The little sandy atol was very special too, it was great being in the middle of the ocean with coral all around. Staff were great, food good. Best day Eva.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Maree. Thank you for your review. So glad you enjoyed your day with our friendly crew. They love showing off our beautiful reef locations - only made better when the 'residents of the reef' swim along to say hello. Thank you again for joining us :)
If you want personalised reef experience this is for you.
, May 2022
The crew (Matt, Alex and Skipper Pascal) were great. Lots of laughs and great reef knowledge. The water was nice and wet and green island was definitely green. Would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review and for joining us on Ocean Free Kirstie! Our crew really do love taking care of our guests and sharing their passion for the Great Barrier Reef. We are so glad you enjoyed the friendly atmosphere onboard. Your recommendation is truly appreciated.
A day you won’t forget
, Apr 2022
Amazing day. Chris was a legend and great to five with. The other guys where really friendly to. Would definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Joesph for your review - and great to hear you enjoyed our personal crew service - they love to engage guests to the Great Barrier Reef! Thank you also for your high recommendation of our tour!
A great experience
, Mar 2022
The sailing boat was a treat. The snorkeling with the advise of the crew and the reef was amazing. So much marine life. A truly unforgettable day.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your review. Our crew love to help guests experience the wonders of the reef and all of the delightful creatures who call it home. Thanks again for joining us on Ocean Free Terry!
Fabulous boat, crew & reef
, Mar 2022
What a fabulous way to see the Great Barrier Reef. A fantastic family owned local business that couldn't do anymore for us to ensure we had the best experience. We were treated like royalty and had crew that knew all about the reef (Sharn, Matt & Perry)and its inhabitants. The day felt like going out with family with food, drinks and laughs throughout the day with safety always first for the guests. Cannot recommend more highly. Will definitely use this company again
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your review Kaylene! Our crew welcome all guests into the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom family from the moment you step onboard. We are thrilled you had a great experience and enjoyed the personalized touches of our small operation. We look forward to having you join us again in the future!
Cyclone Tiffany 🌀
, Jan 2022
Other than sailing through Cyclone Tiffany… it was a beautiful day and the weather cleared up for Green Island and while we were snorkelling which was fantastic. We got to swim with a few turtles, see heaps of different fish and saw a black tip shark 🦈. The crew was amazing and the food was great and very accommodating considering the conditions
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Elizabeth - as we promised the cyclone was a lot further north 🙂so great you ended up with an exciting time and a beautiful day! Sounds like all our "resident" friends also came to greet you on your snorkel - glad that our crew also made you feel comfortable too! Thank you for the review!
Great experience
, Dec 2021
Lovely crew with dedication to work and excellent customer service. As we are a separate group we enjoyed music with the crew .
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much for the review and noting our crew service and professionalism ... from all counts a great day was had by all!
Best crew, highly recommend
, Dec 2021
Best crew!! Super friendly, attentive and caring the whole time. Cute boat. Food was good too!! Definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi HoiYan - Great to hear you found our Ocean Free sailing schooner to be cute ..we think so too! And our crew to be friendly and attentive :) Thanks for the review.
Relaxing sailing adventure
, Oct 2021
Lovely small group sail to Green island. Great snorkeling and dive experience for a novice. Staff were super friendly and food was great too.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you Lisa for the review! So glad you enjoyed the sailing on our beautiful Ocean Free. It is quite a unique tour offering sail, snorkel , dive and island time. Hope to see you again some time!
The best trip to Green Island!
, Oct 2021
Fantastic day sailing (sometimes just with the sails) to the surrounding reef off Green Island. The crew were brilliant and gave each guest their full attention to enjoy the day. Guests were a great crowd with an anniversary & 3 birthdays to celebrate. After a glorious day of snorkelling we sailed back to Cairns with birthday cake and bubbles. Special thx to crew "welsh" Liam, Matt & Pascal for such a fab day !
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Great to hear you had such a fantastic day!! It is always so great to be able to put the sails down and relax. I am glad you got to enjoy so many celebrations, cake, and bubbles!! I will definitely tell all the crew how much you appreciated their company.
Fabulous Day on the Reef
, Oct 2021
A wonderful experience that both my husband and I enjoyed immensely!! Staff Pasquale, Cassie and Chris were fabulous we couldn’t ask for more attentive and though people. Cruise was superb in every way and we highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you, for both your review and recommendation :) So glad to hear what a wonderful time you had during your sail and Great Barrier Reef experience!
Surprised my boyfriend...
, Oct 2021
Surprised my boyfriend for his birthday with a sail boat ride filled with snorkelling in crystal blue waters, delicious food onboard followed by a little adventure on green island and topped the day off with some cheese and wines as we headed on back to the mainland, boat crew were super friendly- would absolutely recommend, we loved it!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
What a lovely birthday surprise Hayley! Glad we were able to give you both the day you were looking for and make his birthday extra special! Thank you for your review.
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A amazing day
, Sep 2021
The whole day was well planned and memorable, it was a fantastic day. The crew were attentive and helpful, food was great and plentiful. This was my first time snorkelling, the staff helped me overcome the nerves staying with me the whole time. The guided reef tour was amazing. There were only 8 passengers so it was a more personise tour. Thanks again for an amazing day.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for you review and great to hear that you overcame your nerves with our attentive crew. We love to ensure you are well looked after so all you have to do is look at the reef!! Each time you do it - it will get easier and easier - hope to see you again some time!
Fantastic day out
, Aug 2021
Friendly helpful crew, beautiful lunch, great snorkelling spot & travelling back with all the sails up was superb
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your review! Sounds like you enjoyed all aspects of the day :) Safe travels.
An amazing experience
, Jun 2021
Great crew, really attentive. Various snacks are served during the trip and we had a real feast for lunch on board. Beautiful views and a good spot near Green Island to do snorkeling through corals and fish. The sailing boat experience on the ocean is amazing!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for this review Marie. We pride ourselves on the spectacular locations in our Marine Park protected zones and our crew love to look after all guests. Great to hear you also enjoyed our lunch and the amazing sail home – our Ocean Free is indeed a great sailing boat!
Unique, personalised experience
, May 2021
The day is full of unforgettable highlights- snorkelling with experienced divers, barge to Green Island, sailing back to Cairns, great food and happy welcoming crew. Not to be missed.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
So glad you enjoyed all aspects of your trip! Thank you for your review, we hope to have you on board again in the future :)
Full of Impressive moments
, May 2021
Great personalised service. Scuba dive a highlight definitely worth the money. Food absolutely impressive seafood & plenty of it. Staff polite & full of positivity. Sail boat made experience on the reef a memory forever.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
So lovely to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We hope to see you again for a sail one day :)
Wonderful day on the sea.
, May 2021
Well worth the cost. Superb day out with an excellent, friendly crew. Beautiful boat and great scenery. Loved sailing back in at the end of the day. Great help for those nervous of snorkling for the first time. Would recommend to anyone.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Chris, thank you so much for the review and recommendation. We are so glad to hear :)
From start to finish this day was amazing.
, May 2021
Every part of this experience was fantastic. From the moment you board the staff make sure you are comfortable make sure your safe and enjoying the day to the fullest. From the start everyone was offered sea sick tablets and sun screen for the trip out to Green Island. The trip out was done with a sail up. Then when we were out anchored just off Green Island the snorkelling was amazing with many guided trips out on the reef with their knowledgeable staff and safety at the forefront of how they operate the vessel. Lunch was an amazing spread of food and they cater to vegans and gluten free diets without dramas or even a glimpse of bother. After lunch we were taken on a tender over to Green Island and left to explore the island for an optional one or two hours. Once returning to the boat another snorkel is on offer before anchoring up and heading home for the day. The winds allowed us to have three sails up on the way back to the marina the way back included a glass of wine cheese and crackers and cake which was the icing on the cake of a magical day.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Oh wow, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We are so happy to hear how well you were looked after and how much you enjoyed your day! Hopefully we can have you out again one day :)

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