Jennifer F USA
It was very organized and I had a wonderful time at the Great barrier reef and also at Kuranda. I especially enjoyed the time at Kuranda learning about the aboriginals. They danced for us, showed us how to throw a bomerang, played music and it was fun petting kangaroos and kawolas.
Julie H Australia
Wonderful 2 days. Saw beautiful things, highly recommend Viator to anyone travelling.
Alistair B United Kingdom
Simply breathtaking, both tours excellently handled, the barrier reef being the better of the two. A visist to the barrier reef is a must and the team deliver in a superb way, well organised and run to perfection. The scenic railway and cable car experience give an opportunity to experience something you wouldn't necessaruily see every day and the views from the cable car coming back - well you need to do it to understand!!
The reef day was awesome! Definitely worth every penny, and do the semi-submersible, that was a highlight! You don't get lunch in this tour in the rain forest, and it wasn't clear that we would have time to eat. So we hurried and ate lunch on the bus, but then had an hour free while everyone else was eating. You could take lunch from the markets and sat outside in the gardens to eat instead of rushing, just a tip!
Dale W USA
We did the cruise to Green Island the first day and had a full day of a great cruise, snorkeling, glass bottom boat tour, semi-submarine tour, and a good buffet lunch. We had an amazing experience. The second day we took the train into Kuranda rainforest and spent the day watching aboriginal dancing and spear throwing, and had some boomerang throwing lessons. We also got a land and water tour of the rainforest and left on the skyrail. It was a great day. This was a great package combo and I would definitely do it again. Everything went very smoothly with hotel pickups and drop-offs as well. GREAT DEAL!!!!!!
Our favorite part of this tour was the Rainforest -- definitely a Five star -- we started our day at the Kuranda rail station which had a interesting museum and display before our very scenic trip on the train -- coming back we had an amazing skyrail ride over the rainforest! We had a super coach driver that got us where we needed to be and we thoroughly enjoyed the army duck ride, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience dance performance, boomerang and spear throwing demo, and didgeridoo playing! The day going to Green Island was ok -- about 3 stars at best. I was glad that our tour included the glass bottom boat and the semi-submarine for viewing the reef. The lunch was not very good and since e had to return to the boat for the buffet I thought it was very disruptive. The island itself was pleasant and we enjoyed the walk about there -- if we were snorkelers it would have added to the day. My biggest issue was that our voucher did not provide specific information about where we were to go -- our voucher indicated that we would be picked up at our hotel at 9 am and had I not asked our hotel to call the local tour company we would have literally missed the boat since we had to get ourselves to the boat dock by 8:30 am. I would strongly suggest better tour meeting directions.
Unable to see any fish when snorkeling, I do not know if it was because we had a rough weather. It will be good to have shower facilities at the resort. If you suffer from seasick please be sure to take medication before the submarine and glass bottom boat.
Fairly good, too many people for our taste in the catamaran. Food was acceptable, and personnel were attentive and nice. In my opinion, these excursions are damaging the coral reef. The submarine especially travels very near the corals......there are no fish to be seen in the Green Island beach.
This tour is extensive for those with only 2 days in the Cairns area. Day one was the Green Island cruise: Ship was a large catamaren with enthusiastic staff. Indoor as well as out door seating. The glass bottom boat and semi submersible provided easy viewing - but beware - if the seas are rough the confines of the semi sub may cause seasickness! The challenge when snorkeling was finding storage for our other gear - if you will be snorkeling find a locker to use (On the ship or at the resort - there are none near the beach). Also no showers so be prepared to be salty for the day. Bring rain gear as well - monsoon season means rain. Buffet lunch on the ship was enjoyable - bring your $ if you want a beer! The Kuranda day trip was terrific - beautiful (and narrated) views from the train, unique shopping experiences - fun even if you did not shop. The village and wildlife was also great fun!
Overall -- Great!
Day 1 was at the Green Island. We went on a giant boat along with about 300 other folks but the boat is big enough to not make it seem crowded. The green island is gorgeous. I don't swim but I still went into the water and was able to see beautiful corals and fish. You can even see them from the boardwalk itself! The semi-submarine is definitely worth it! The glass bottom boat was nice but not as awesome as the semi-submarine. Overall I had a wonderful relaxing day and would highly recommend it. That said, if you are a swimmer and are looking for a less crowded place to snorkel I recommend you check out Fitzeroy Island instead. My friends went there separately and snorkeled with about 5 other people and they had a great time.
Day 2: The Kuranda Rainforest -- the scenic railway is beautiful. You just sit back and enjoy the relaxing slow-paced ride with the forest all around you. The train stops at a beautiful picturesque waterfall location as well. Afterwards we headed to the Kuranda village and it was a nice place to walk around with some local markets for souvenir shopping. The food in the village wasn't that great. Then we were driven to the Rainforest Nature Park -- this was the most disappointing/boring part of the day. Since I had gone to another wildlife park near Sydney, this one paled in comparison and was quite smelly. However, the day picked up again with the Skyrail ride that takes you on top of the forest canopy. Gorgeous views, lots of photo ops, and two stops along the way to see the waterfall and the rainforest.
I think if I could have bought these tours separately without the 2-day package, I would have been more satisfied and perhaps saved some money (this was an expensive tour!). Both were worth it in their own capacity but I would try to find a separate deal, especially since the two days are run by two different companies anyway.
kuranda was great. Awesome tour. Green island was nice however the trip was ruined by the girl who was taking pictures on the boat. She offered us a picture to buy which we did for 16 dollars. when we saw she had taken another picture of us which we liked better she would not let us exchange it and told us we would have to buy another picture. i understand this is another way for the tour operator to make money but this experience soured our day. How cheesy. The tour operator was Big Cat and everything was fine including the buffet lunch but the picture gal ruined it for us.
The overall tour was very good, the highlight being the skyrail. I didn't like handing over drivers licence to secure a set of cheap snorkelling gear.
The tour was great. Only advise is snorkeling was not professionally handled. I advised others not to take snorkeling dress and pay extra. You will be OK with your normal gear and it is more comfortable to do snorkeling with your normal clothing.
Isabel H United Kingdom
This was a great tour, well organised, friendly crew, very helpful, would recommend this tour to anybody unsure of a trip to the reef. The journey took just over an hour and 15 mins, I'm not great on the water but took a travel pill and was greatfull as a lot of people were will due to the windy conditions. Green island is quiet, small and beautiful , enough to see and do to fill your day tho.
Good taster but needed more time
Scenic railway and sky rail superb but time in village too limited
Snorkelling and reef experience good but again would have appreciated more time to enjoy the water
Our day out at Green Island was enjoyable in spite of the rain. We were pleasantly surprised that our package included snorkeling equipment, the glass-bottom boat tour and the semi-submersible - all were great! The water was rather choppy on our way to the island - thankfully they supply ginger tablets at the bar on board for those feeling nauseated. Also, the ability to rent a locker on the island was great. Buffet lunch was also good. The Kuranda Day trip was great (and we had better weather). Train ride was lovely up to Kuranda and we enjoyed the entire package of duck boat tour of rain forest, the aboriginal show and the tour through the wild life exhibit. We were also excited to be able to get our picture taken holding a koala and the price was great. Our tour did not include lunch but we were able to enjoy the salad bar at the buffet for only $9. The gondola ride back to the bottom was spectacular - but definately not for anyone who does not like heights - once you are on there is no other way down. So if heights are a problem - take the bus ride back down the mountain.
The trip was really good, however the island is small and there isn't much to do if you don't want to go snorkeling or lay on the beach. If the semi-sub is out of commission you are also entitled to a cash refund. The buffet lunch is also not what they described online but it was okay.
Carol S USA
It was a great trip. The only negative thing was that it was overcrowded on some of the activities. Too many people in a small space on one occasion.
Green island was very nice, awesome snorkling. The Kuranda day trip was well organized but a bit boring honestly.
I think this trip is perfect for a family with children, or the average Asian tourist. My favourite part was the semi-submarine because we saw turtles and a stingray, along with many fish. The glass-bottomed boat was not as exciting. We were not sure where we were allowed to go snorkelling, so we didn't see many big fish. A stingray swam by a couple times, and we did find Nemo (the clownfish) though! The buffet lunch was very good, with a decent selection. The island is nice; small enough to stroll around its perimeter in less than an hour. It didn't leave me with that ;Oh my god we're in the Great Barrier Reef!; feeling though. I have been to better snorkel sites since then. I would highly recommend scuba diving though; I regret not taking this option.
Happened to also be over Chinese New Year so LOTS of tours with loud crowds. Green Island very touristy; trip to Rain Forest/Kuranda was fun on the train, and the ride on the 'duck' through the forest was educational. Weather was wonderful, but turned out to be a very expensive side trip from Sydney. Would not recommend to others for this reason.
Devin S USA
I think this tour combo is way overpriced. For one thing, this is not a 2 day tour! What it actually is is 2 -1 day tours. This was a big change from what I was expecting. I thought there was a night included in the tour cost and for that reason I thought it was overpriced. I think there are better tours out there for less.