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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Swim, snorkel or dive in the pristine waters off Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. From Cairns, sail to the island in style on a two-mast schooner and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board. Explore the beauty of Green Island, see the rainforest or laze on the white sandy beaches and swim amongst the magnificent coral reefs.


  • Two-mast schooner cruise from Cairns to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef
  • The only engines-off sailing cruise from Cairns (winds permitting)
  • 4.5 hours at an exclusive Green Island Great Barrier Reef mooring
  • Swim, snorkel and dive through the pristine waters
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch aboard the schooner
  • See the colorful fish that inhabit the reefs
  • Free-time to relax on the sandy beaches or explore Green Island

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What You Can Expect

Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Green Island

Green Island is a coral island located only 16 miles (26 km) from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected waters provide the perfect conditions for snorkeling or diving on the reef.

Board the schooner at Cairns Marlin Marina and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee served with freshly baked muffins and fruit. As you leave the dock, lend a hand to hoist the sails on the 54-foot (16.5-meter) yacht. After a safety briefing, sit back, relax and enjoy the motor-sail to Green Island. If you plan to scuba dive, you'll complete your paperwork and briefs on the journey so you are ready to dive as soon as you moor.

Once moored at Pinnacle Reef just off Green Island, you’ll be greeted by schools of tropical fish. Hit the water and snorkel or dive in this underwater paradise. The protected marine life includes endless varieties of colorful fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones. After a morning of snorkeling and scuba diving, a delicious buffet lunch is served onboard before you transfer by dinghy to Green Island.

Green Island is a protected Marine National Park, topped with emerald rainforest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs. Relax on the beach or explore the island keeping an eye out for turtles, blue spotted stingrays, schools of fish and many interesting shells. Visit Marineland Melanesia to watch the crocodile feeding and see turtles, corals and other marine life up close.

After spending over 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef, set sail back to Cairns (wind permitting). Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your tropical afternoon tea, a perfect way to end a great day out on reef.

This tour is perfect for all levels of water experience with tuition and in-water assistance provided.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great crew, fantastic fun, Snorkelling and a look around Green Island, great day out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was a highlight of our two week Australian holiday. If you really love to sail, like we do, this is the trip for you. Our crew were friendly, easy to talk with and knowledgeable. As a first time, somewhat-nervous, middle-aged snorkeler, Pascal got me well prepped ahead of time and Matt kept me calm in the water and helped me enjoy my first experience snorkeling despite the less than perfect and very wavy weather conditions. Our short extrusion to Green Island was very enjoyable too. We returned to shore with big smiles and happy memories of our sail.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our sailing trip was cancelled because we were the only ones signed up. However, we went on Ocean Freedom instead, and had an amazing day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Tour was great was just a small vessel so the tour was more personal! All the crew were fantastic and had great knowledge about the tour. There was plenty of food and it was awesome so I highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Very underrated tour. Ocean Free were excellent. The boat and crew were great. Snorkelling and diving were excellent and the small group numbers made it extra good. The food was also great on board. The only thing I would suggest is that victor offer a transfer to and from northern beaches into the tour, but that was easy enough to add but at quite a cost!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Had a fantastic day out a definite highlight of our weekend away, the crew were brilliant, and looked after our every need, snorkeling was excellent and sailing back to Cairns was wonderful under full sail. Had a fabulous day and would say this is the only way to go to green island. Cant recommend highly enough !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This trip was FANTASTIC!!! Would recommend anyone wanting to see the reef. Couldn't ask for more from staff (Layla and Dave) they were friendly, accommodating and made sure that everyone was having a great day. Lunch was exceptional!!
Overall great value for money and excellent service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Loved the trip! Great value for money. The staff were fantastic and couldn't do enough for you. There was flexibility in the activities and timing of them. I would recommend the trip without hesitation but it's important to remember, if you get seasick, it's not going to be great for you as it's a sailing boat and there can be sea swell.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

had an absolute blast and would recommend this trip to everyone. Cruising out on the sailing ship was awesome, the deckhands,staff on the boat were out going, friendly and ready to lend a hand when required. .Snorkeling with the black trevally and reef sharks was the best thing ive ever done. We loved it so much we are bringing our kids out next time and doing it again. Congratulations to all involved on this trip. Highly recommend

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Really good day out and a great way to see the reef! not too many people which was great and we were provided with a light breakfast, lunch and some fresh fruit. Staff were good fun and very helpful. loved the snorkelling and seeing the fish and turtle! also enjoyed being able to visit green island. The only thing I would say is it is a sailing boat so be prepared for the journey back being a little 'rough' unless you are used to sailing (all depending on the weather of course)!

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