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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Best Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Seawalker Helmet Dive

Explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip to Green Island from Cairns, including an amazing and easy underwater experience with the Seawalker Helmet Dive! You'll go into the water with your guide and be surrounded by the colorful fish and coral of the Great Barrier Reef, all while keeping your head dry. In addition, you'll have plenty of time to see more sights when snorkeling from the beach, taking a glass-bottom boat cruise or walking in the rainforest.


  • Great Barrier Reef and Green Island day-trip from Cairns
  • See the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef
  • Walk along the sea floor during a Seawalker Helmet Dive and watch vibrant marine life around you, no experience needed
  • Choose from a variety of activities including a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkeling and rainforest walks
  • Have the option of a buffet lunch on the luxurious catamaran that transports you to Green Island
  • Optional hotel pickup and drop off available from Cairns hotels

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What You Can Expect

Best Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Seawalker Helmet Dive

Green Island

The coral cay of Green Island is located in a marine national park covered by lush rainforest and sandy white beaches. Magnificent coral reefs are home to colorful fish, giant clams, turtles, sea anemones and other marine life.

The Seawalker Helmet Dive is perfect for non-swimmers or anyone who might not be confident in the water. With a guide accompanying you, you’ll walk on the bottom of the ocean and get the amazing experience of seeing colorful Great Barrier Reef fish and coral up close! Your head stays dry in the helmet, allowing you to wear glasses or contacts and keep your makeup and hair dry. It takes 45-60 minutes from the start of the briefing until you’re back on dry land.

In the morning, you’ll check in at the centrally-located Reef Fleet Terminal where your Seawalker Helmet Dive time slot will be confirmed. Then board a luxurious high-speed catamaran to cruise the 15 nautical miles (27 kilometers) to Green Island.

On the way to Green Island, your crew will give a snorkeling demonstration and suggestions on how to make the most of your time at the island. Choose from a variety of activities in addition to the Seawalker Helmet Dive: glass-bottom boat tours, supervised snorkeling trips and rainforest walks.

Aboard the catamaran, you’ll be provided with morning tea or coffee, a licensed bar offers beverages all day (own expense), and a buffet lunch is served for those who have chosen the option.

If you’d like to visit Green Island Resort, you can make use of their facilities–including showers, changing rooms, restrooms, shopping and equipment hire. Or take a short walk one of the trails in the national park. Canoes, sailboards, surf skis, beach chair and umbrella rentals are also available.

You’ll be returned to Cairns around 5pm to end the tour.

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The buffet lunch includes: (if option selected)

  • Chicken and vegetable stir fry noodles in a sweet chili sauce
  • Tasty beef and vegetable curry
  • Vegetarian pasta of the day
  • Steamed Jasmine rice
  • Cold meat selection of sliced Champagne ham, roast beef, turkey and mild Hungarian salami
  • Mesclun salad - mixed lettuce leaves
  • Coleslaw salad with red and green cabbage and carrot tossed in mayonnaise
  • Tomato and cucumber salad with onion and feta cheese
  • Salads of diced beetroot and sweet corn
  • Grated tasty cheese
  • Fresh bread
  • Seasonal tropical fruit platter
Menu subject to change

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Outstanding experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was the experience of a lifetime! I am not fond of the water and rarely swim, so this helmet dive was perfect for me! I didn't even get my hair wet! They put this heavy helmet on my head, but when I was under the water, it wasn't heavy at all! There were fish all around me and I even got photo bombed by the resident Parrotfish! It was perfect!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great Great experience!Amazing nature and a must visit place!

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Really nice.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Fun experience!. No cameras allowed so if you want pictures you have to buy them.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

We enjoyed this full day tour to Green Island a great deal. The crew on the Big Cat was watchful and made us feel secure on our trip to and from Green Island. Omce on Green Island we went on the helmet dive and again was impressed with how the crew members were safety conscious, as well as energetic in seeing that we had a good experience. It was incredible to be on the ocean floor with many different colorful fish swimming in such close proxsimity. We also went on the glassbottom boat and got some close up views of the reef and abundant sea life. I would encourage people to go on this tour.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

This was a disorganized mess. Needed to queue for ages at the office with tickets before even getting on the boat. I was traveling solo for 2 days and figured doing a tour would be a good way to meet people. 75% of the tour was asian and there was 100's of people on the boat. There was a lot of confusion about timings of activities and where I needed to go for each activity. Customer service was minimal and at some points unfriendly, felt like I was being herded. A lot of getting on and off the boat too. Off the boat for 30mins, then back on for lunch were I was the only english speaking person, off the boat again to do helmet tour (staff there was friendly), then 30mins later back on the boat for glass boat, then off boat again for 1hour. Was really messy and lots of queuing.

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