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Sail on a two-masted schooner from Cairns to Green Island for a full day of snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Have a choice of options for exploring Green Island, spending time in the water around the magnificent coral reefs, walking in the rainforest or lazing on the white sandy beaches. Enjoy the expertise of the superb crew, in addition to buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a glass of sparkling wine as you cruise back to Cairns.


  • Full-day cruise by two-masted sailing schooner to Green Island, from Cairns
  • Enjoy the only engines-off sailing cruise from Cairns (winds permitting)
  • Spend 4.5 hours at an exclusive Green Island mooring in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim, snorkel and dive in pristine waters
  • See the colorful fish and other marine life that inhabits the reef
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea aboard the schooner
  • Have free-time to relax on the sandy beach or explore Green Island

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What You Can Expect

Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Green Island

Make your own way to the marina in Cairns where you board your spacious 54-foot (16.5-meter) two–masted schooner for the sailing excursion to Green Island, located only 16 miles (26 km) away on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sip a cup of complimentary tea or coffee and snack on fresh muffins and fruit as your vessel prepares for departure. Receive a safety briefing then perhaps assist the crew with hoisting the sails before relaxing and soaking up the scenery as you motor-sail 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, the perfect place for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you plan to scuba dive, complete your paperwork and site briefing during the journey over to the island so that you can hop in the water upon arrival.

Your captain moors the boat at Pinnacle Reef just offshore from Green Island. Hit the water and snorkel or dive among schools of tropical fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones in this underwater paradise.

After a morning of snorkeling and scuba diving, a delicious buffet lunch is served onboard your boat before transferring by dinghy to Green Island. Relax on the beach or explore the island. Visit Marineland Melanesia to watch the crocodile feeding and see a variety of marine life up close.

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

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

Customer Reviews

Traci T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great time! I wasn't able to complete the dives due to health restrictions, but they were very apologetic about it. It's not their fault and I understood, but they were still very apologetic. Everything was great!

anthony h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

Elizabeth T

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.

Margaret A

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.

Fiona M

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!

Chris S

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!

Susan F

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 !

Cathryn G

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.

Gary W

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.

Paul C

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

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