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Tour code: 5499GREEN
Travel by helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns to Green Island on a scenic flight, viewing the rainforest and coral reef from the air. Then spend either four or six hours on Green Island where you can go swimming and snorkeling, take a glass-bottom boat tour, and enjoy beach or rainforest walks. A buffet lunch is included before your return to Cairns by high-speed catamaran.

Highlights

  • Scenic helicopter flight to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spend your time doing a variety of included activities on Green Island, including glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling and rainforest walks
  • Choose to spend four or six hours on Green Island
  • Return to Cairns by luxury high-speed catamaran

What You Can Expect

Green Island Day Trip by Scenic Helicopter and Cruise

Green Island Day Trip by Scenic Helicopter and Cruise

Your day starts with morning pickup at your hotel in Cairns or the Northern Beaches and transfer to the Cairns City heliport.

Your helicopter pilot welcomes you and provides a short safety briefing before you take off from Cairns and fly out over the Great Barrier Reef on your 20-minute scenic helicopter flight. As you depart Cairns, see the emerald rainforest below you before the magnificent colors of the Great Barrier Reef come into view.

After a gentle landing on Green Island, disembark from your helicopter and enjoy four to six hours in paradise on a 6,000-year-old coral cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, located 16.5 miles (27 km) from Cairns.

With lush rainforest on land and coral reefs surrounding the island, you can enjoy a day of snorkeling, swimming and walking in the rainforest. See the reef on the included glass-bottom boat tour, and go snorkeling and swimming from the white-sand beach. Your tour includes the use of snorkeling equipment and to Green Island's swimming pool. You can also take a short stroll along raised boardwalks that wind through the rainforest, follow a self-guided trail, and look for sea turtles swimming just off the island.

A delicious hot and cold buffet lunch is included, served at Greens Buffet. Choose either a half-day tour that includes four hours on Green Island or a full-day tour that includes six hours on Green Island before you return to Cairns by high-speed catamaran. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Elaine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

It was a magical day from start to finish! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and wish we could have stayed there longer. Highly recommended! Helicopter ride was amazing and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely do it again.

Jianwei Z

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

very smooth and successful experience

Jan

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

It was great going out by helicopter, unfortunately the weather had not been good the night before so the water was not very clear. Glad we did not stay on the island for the whole day as there is not a lot to do unless you spend a lot of time in the water.

Padraig K

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

weather disappointed but had a great day

Michael H

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

Great way to see the inner reef and the island. Return transfer by road just needs a bit clearer instructions because there are many coaches at the terminal

Matthew K

4 star rating: Recommended August 2012

This trip was the highlight of me and my partners time in Cairns. The helicopter flight was unreal. The pilot was friendly and showed us 3 small reefs telling us about them all. Green island is fun, the weather turned a bit bad so we couldn't enjoy it to its full potential but on a fine sunny day it would be a fantastic day! The buffet lunch is alright but nothing I'd rave about. It is basic and is served in an outdoor enclosed area. There is a restaurant there which looked to serve nice food which I would recommend. All in all tho we had a great time and although the weather wasn't perfect we still had a great day.

Phillip v

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2013

Well, to kick off I would say the organizers was spot on and extremely fast and effective in all forms. very little hassles and instructions was simple quick and extremely easy to follow. Now lets get to the flight and green Island. The flight was good, but short. and no windows for photography :(

Anthony W

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2013

Helicopter trip offered an interesting view of the mountains around Cairns, was a pleasant flight but poorish view of the coral. The glass bottom boat showed dead and dying coral and was general saddening to look at. The buffet food was revolting. All up, we paid about 4x what it was really worth.

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