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mary3861

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Semi sub and glass bottom boat were great. Also boat to island was good. Amazing fish and coral. Lots of good pictures.

Erina H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This tour was amazing!

Kathyrine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This tour was amazing. I would love to come back, the staff was very friendly and the things to do in here were very exciting, especially the sea walk.

Julia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Great day weather wasn't too good but still had a good time. Staff and crew very helpful plenty of food at buffet lunch would do it again.

jdepinto10

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This was one of my favorite days on the reef! It was here that we actually saw sea turtles and many types of fish. While on this tour, we did the glass bottom boat and the semi submersible, and I think that you could do one or the other seeing as they both showed and seemed to be very similar. If going to Green Island, be sure to swim to the point of the jetty because that is where we saw all of the marine life and turtles. Also, it will appear for a while that there is nothing in the water but fish, so just make sure you swim a ways out.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Nice ride, expect to spend 2.5-3 hours in transit round trip. You'll have to plan carefully to take the best advantage of the approximately 5 hours you'll have on the island.
There's a national park on the island that should be taken in but that can be difficult, depending on the activities you've scheduled through the tour provider.
Here's the deal: Lunch is served from 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM and the glass bottom boat and semisubmersible rides are about 30 minutes each. Those activities can be scheduled in ways that pretty much preclude taking in the park walk, which was a problem for me.
Recommendations:
First, go snorkeling if you want to do that.
Second, take a nice walk in the national park.
Third, eat lunch at your leisure at the café on the island. The boat's lunch was no gourmet feast and I found the limited serving time to be incompatible with my preferred island activities.
If you want to tour the island zoo, do that fourth but be aware that it's just a few large crocs and native craft exhibits.
Lastly, schedule one of the last semisubmersible or glass bottom boat rides so you can maximize your island time. FYI: The semisubmersible ride had better views than the glass bottom boat.

Cynthia A G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

It was a vey enjoyable trip. I liked the submarine trip the most.

Stephanie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

We upgraded to the sub and glass bottomed boat tour. Worth every penny.

Teresa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This trip was exceptional. I recommend skipping the buffet lunch on the boat and saving money for renting beach chairs and umbrella. The island has a few eateries you can grab food from without having to battle long queues on the boat. And I know 30 AU seems steep for two deck chairs and a umbrella, but it's WELL worth it whilst out on the reef. We loved snorkeling here... we spotted three turtles, a sting ray, tons of fish and even saw a bit of a black-tipped coral reef shark from the glass bottom boat tour. Note - the boat tour is NOT in the same area as the swimmers. I felt perfectly safe snorkeling here. We enjoyed this tour so much, we wished we had more time here.

Miss J H R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great full day tour, loved it especially the snorkelling. It was good to have a choice of adding more options on the day like the helicopter or scuba diving. Very worth while and affordable with a great lunch included the only slow bit was the ride back.

dana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

great tour well worth it

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Enjoyed this trip. Was amazing to see the difference of the water level from the time we arrived to the time we left with the tide going out. By end of trip, could get clear pics of reef from pier because of low tide. Took pics of sting ray, shark and the many fish, I totally recommend the lunch option and submersible sub. It was well worth it.

Phil V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

It was a great trip in a great location and offered a good mix of activities and time to do them

JB Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

My husband and I had a lovely day but as we don't swim in hindsight it would have been better to only book the half day trip that goes in the faster boat as the big boat took over an hour to get there. We did the glass bottom boat to look at the reef and the feeding of the fish which was pretty amazing. Had a lovely lunch in the restaurant but there are a couple of other options.
We didn't have hotel pickup because we were very close to the Terminal, so one thing you need to know is you need to take your Viator print out to the Terminal to get the boat ticket, we did this the night before so we would not have to line up the next morning when it was busy.

Shelley W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

It was a fantastic day for the family. Great weather. Children loved snorkeling and the island is a fantastic place to visit. We will be visiting Green Island again next time we are in Cairns

toni b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Fabulous snorkling on the reef saw some amazing fish loved it

Stephen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Wonderful day, excellent service and very helpful staff. 10 out of 10

Brian F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Loved it! Great snorkling and comfortable boat ride. Lunch was below average on the boat.

Antonio J U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Great experience. Excellente way to know the coral reef.

stephanie w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Loved every moment and staff were very accommodating!

pintojune2013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

We had an amazing day trip to Green
Island, the glass bottom boat trip was spectacular, would recommend it to everyone

cornelius w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

we had a great day out would recommend

Geoffrey N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Green Island,what a beautiful island especially the reef,it was amazing and so many fish.We booked the submarine and also the glass bottom boat,both of which were fantastic because the water was so clear and
the tour guide was throwing food into the water which brought even more fish around the boats,a must do
trip when you visit cairns.Also the skyrail to Kuranda,that was also a must do outing we had a wonderful 4 days.
Geoff and Donna N Brisbane.

Ha Sun L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

it's good value and enjoyable trip especially for the first time experience for the reef!!

Vladimir S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

food was great , sea wonderful but visibility due to sand is not so well(maybe it was due to after rain), you can see turtle, stingray..

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