5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

3-Day Green Island Great Barrier Reef Trip from Cairns

Escape to a tropical paradise surrounded by reef and rainforest with a short break on beautiful Green Island. Enjoy luxury accommodation, daily breakfast, round-trip catamaran transfers from Cairns and a full day Outer Great Barrier reef cruise on this relaxing 3-day getaway.


  • 2-nights luxury accommodation at Green Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Choice of standard Island Suite or upgrade to a larger Reef Suite
  • Full day Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise including snorkeling & semi-submersible tour
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Round-trip transport between Cairns and Green Island by luxury catamaran

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Why just visit the Great Barrier Reef when you can spend three days exploring it? The resort, food and activities in this package are all top-notch. I think it's a brilliant value whether you want to do everything or nothing at all.

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Green Island Great Barrier Reef Trip from Cairns

Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Located 16 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Cairns, Green Island is a lush tropical paradise located on the fringe of the Great Barrier Reef. Home to over 120 species of native flora, an abundance of brightly colored birds and an array of marine life, Green Island has everything you would expect from its ideal reef and rainforest location.

Departing from Cairns' Reef Fleet Terminal, your 45-minute luxury catamaran cruise to Green Island sets the scene for your 2-night tropical escape. Relax and enjoy the views along the coast where World Heritage Rainforest meets the reef. On arrival it's a short stroll to Green Island Resort and the rest of the day is free to explore the island and make use of the resort facilities.

On day 2 you have a leisurely start to the day with a late morning departure for your Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise. Join a 50-minute cruise to a permanently moored activity platform on the Outer Reef to experience the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. The multi-level platform features undercover seating and tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers, sun-deck, and scuba diving facilities (additional cost) with a semi-submerged platform.

There is plenty to do for swimmers and non-swimmers alike on a great day to the Outer Reef. Snorkel and dive (additional cost applies), visit the underwater observatory and cruise in a semi-sub, or just relax on the sun-deck and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Snorkeling equipment is provided and buffet lunch is included.

You'll return to Green Island in time for sunset cocktails and dinner (additional cost). The rest of your 3-day stay is at leisure so you are free to take advantage of the non-motorized beach activities such as snorkeling, rainforest walks, kayaking, windsurfing and volleyball.


Included activities at Green Island Resort:
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Guided night nature walks
  • Self guided rainforest walks
  • Fish feeding daily
  • Entry to the world's oldest Underwater Observatory
  • Windsurfers, surf skis & canoes (includes daily windsurfing instruction)
  • Beach volleyball
  • Beach chairs & umbrellas

Facilities at Green Island Resort include:

  • Concierge
  • 24 hour reception
  • Club Spa Massage & Beauty
  • Private guest swimming pool
  • Day visitor swimming pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant bar
  • Award-winning restaurant
  • Casual grill
  • Sandwich bar & ice cream shop
  • Boutique
  • Dive Shop
  • Guest laundry
  • Laundry & valet service
  • Private guest lounge equipped with board games, Playstation and a library of books, videos and daily newspapers
  • Wake up calls
  • Internet access in guest lounge
  • Photographic service
Room Facilities include:
  • Remote control color TV
  • Complimentary cable TV
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Direct dial ISD/STD telephones
  • Message waiting system
  • Mini-bar and refrigerator
  • Complimentary tea & coffee making facilities
  • 240v/110v electrical points (bathroom only)
  • Private balcony with table & chairs
  • Full length mirrors
  • Writing/make-up desks with mirror (Reef Suites only)
  • Slippers (Reef Suites only)
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer & complimentary personal grooming items
  • Shower & separate bath
  • In-room safe
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Rechargeable torch

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Unique experience and very well organized.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was by far the highlight of our trip to Australia. It did get a bit crowded during the day but at night and in the early morning it was quite peaceful. The best snorkeling we have ever done and watching the fish feeding is amazing. The resort rooms are well appointed and very comfortable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

I had time of my life there...


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2011

The perfect finale to our honeymoon - every part of the tour, from meals to accommodation, was just perfect! The Green Island team took the time to get to know everyone personally, were very informative and ensured that we both had a great time. Thankfully, business is back to usual after the cyclone - you couldn't even tell it had passed through. This package is brilliant value, regardless of whether you want to do everything or nothing while on vacation. We've highly recommended it to our family and friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2010

Superb! Great accommodation, food, services, and facilities. Very relax, luxury enjoyment and exciting snorkeling at the outer Great Barrier Reef. The cost I paid is good value. Thank you very much.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

WEather was not too good but every thing was well organised

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

An excellent hotel on a beautiful island. The snorkelling off the island itself wasn't so good, but the trip to the Outer Reef provided the opportunity to see the better parts of the reef. Back on Green Island there were many worthwile free optional activities (guided walk, fish feeding, star gazing and night time walk), which I'd recommend.

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