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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

Explore the tropical paradise of Green Island on a half day trip from Cairns. Enjoy around two hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef island with time to snorkel and take a glass-bottom boat. You can even take an optional semi-submersible submarine tour to get close to the reef without getting wet.


  • Half-day cruise to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spend two hours on Green Island
  • Variety of activities including glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submarine coral viewing tours and snorkeling
  • Optional hotel pickup and drop off available from Cairns hotels

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Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

The beautiful coral cay of Green Island is a protected Marine National Park, topped with emerald rainforest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs. The marine life includes endless varieties of colorful fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones.

Green Island is 15 nautical miles (27 kilometers) from Cairns, and you'll cruise there aboard an air-conditioned catamaran with spacious, luxurious cabins and decks to enjoy Queensland's warm, tropical climate.

En route to Green Island you'll see a snorkeling demonstration and an informative presentation on how you can make the most of your two hours at Green Island. You can take a glass-bottom boat tour and use of snorkeling equipment to get closer to the marine life. There is also an optional semi-submarine coral viewing tour, scuba diving and supervised snorkeling trips. A licensed bar onboard the catamaran offers refreshments throughout the day.

You can also visit Green Island Resort to browse through the shops and use the facilities, including showers, change rooms and restrooms. Canoes, surf skis, sailboards, shade umbrellas and beach lounge chairs are available for hire. The island also has short walking tracks through the national park.

There are package options to select from. You have the flexibility to mix and match the inclusions to make this Green Island experience suit your needs. From the cruise only option that includes a glass-bottom boat tour and use of snorkeling equipment to the ultimate Green Island experience inclusive with transfers and semi-submarine tour, the choice is yours.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

it was great had the best time every loved all off it meet some wonderfully poeple on the trip xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Even though we did not book the sea walker tour, big cat tours helped us with the booking on board the cruise. they also refunded our tours which we did not attend.
Overall the trip was amazing and helpful staff which made the trip worthwhile.
A full day trip is recommended for people who want more of the island.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fast boat to the island and back to Cairns, good value, friendly helpful crew, great inclusions.
R Lotric

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great trip - should have booked the full day, but loved it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

a well organized trip.had a great experience .thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We flew into Cairns at 10:30am, and had time to get to the hotel, have lunch, and walk to the main fleet terminal (where all the boats are docked) for our 1:00pm trip to Green Island.
The crew was very nice and friendly.
Nice beach, clear water, and lots of tropical fish.
IMPORTANT: If you suffer from motion sickness, take Dramamine or something before boarding. The ocean was only mildly choppy, but 10 people got sick, and several threw up.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Good value for the money. You get to see a lot in a short time. Lovely place too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

this was a fantastic day ,had so much fun plus the weather was perfect :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Will be doing this again with our 6 teens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

So great!!! But spend the whole day there so that you can snorkel. This was the only location in both Australia and Fiji were we saw lots of sea turtles (and we snorkeled alot on our trip)

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