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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Cairns City, Australia
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and a lush island rain forest on this full-day catamaran tour to Green Island from Cairns. Create your own perfect day on this protected coral cay with a variety of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, Seawalking, nature walks, and tours on a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to include a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran and/or a ride in a semi-submarine. It’s a fantastic way to discover the underwater wonders of the world’s most famous reef!
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forest on a Green Island day trip
  • Variety of activities including glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submarine coral viewing tours, scuba diving, and snorkeling
  • Buffet lunch option available
  • Choice of early or late morning departures

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This customizable tour includes a choice of departure time, pickup, lunch, and activities.
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Cruise transfers to and from Green Island by modern air-conditioned catamaran
Morning tea / coffee (served on 9am full day only)
Buffet lunch (if option selected)
Choice of a glass-bottom boat tour or use of snorkeling gear for the day
Semi-submersible tour (if option is selected)
Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Optional activities. (Can be booked locally, subject to availability. Payable locally. Introductory Scuba Dive AU$152, Seawalker Helmut Dive AU$165, Semi-submersible Coral Viewing Tour AU$20)
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Flotation vests and lycra suits are available for hire

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
One of Australia’s protected Marine National Parks, the low-lying coral cay of Green Island is situated 15 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Cairns and provides an excellent base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Choose from two different morning departure times to suit your sightseeing schedule, and climb aboard a luxurious air-conditioned catamaran for the cruise to the island.

Once you step ashore, choose from a wide variety of activities to design your perfect day (additional expenses may apply). Snorkel straight from the beach to swim among tropical fish and coral gardens, embark on a scuba diving tour or try the unique Seawalking experience, where a helmet allows you to breathe underwater while surrounded by swimming marine life. If you prefer not to get wet, you can still get a great view of the giant clams, sea turtles, and tropical fish below the surface with a tour on a glass-bottom boat or upgrade to ride on a semi-submarine.

If you choose the lunch option at booking, enjoy a delicious buffet meal aboard the catamaran midday. (See Itinerary below for a sample lunch menu.) Grab a drink at any time from the fully licensed onboard bar (own expense). 

At Green Island Resort, feel free to use the facilities including showers, restrooms and changing rooms to stay comfortable throughout the day. You can also hire beach chairs, umbrellas, canoes, sailboards and surf skis from the resort and take advantage of several walking tracks to explore the island’s tropical rain forest landscape. 

After your time soaking up the island paradise, relax on the return catamaran cruise to Cairns.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Green Island Cruise - Day Tour (Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruise)
Explore the Great Barrier Reef island either with a glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling equipment.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Green Island
Walk through the rainforest or enjoy exploring the coral gardens the the beach.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
View some of the amazing marine life at Green Island. View turtles, fish, sharks and stingrays from the glass bottom boat, semi-submersible or by snorkelling.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available but limited. Passengers must have some mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist them.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You had to pay to use the boat's lockers, so bring a bag to tote your gear if you don't want to haul it around while exploring the island or bring it back to the boat." See review
  • "It was hot and humid on the island, bear in mind when coming from the northern hemisphere." See review
  • "Note: If you get easily motion sick, please be prepared if it is windy day you will be okey, and when you are on Green Island it is not bad at all." See review

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star-5
A must do experience whilst in Cairns
Sarah_S
, Nov. 2020
Had an amazing time with my family over at Green Island. Having 3 children aging from 3 to 10 there was plenty for all of them to do. The snorkel safari and crocodile Park are a must see.
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I rate this tour a really pleasant way to spend a day away from Cairns in the peace and tranquility of the island.
Bruce_B
, Nov. 2020
The whole ferry trip was brilliantly organized from hotel pick up....to check in...to disembarking on the island and the home run back to Cairns. Tourists have the choice of snorkeling or viewing the reef from the glass bottom boat. For an extra fee, the visitor can choose the Semi Submarine for viewing the ocean floor and fish species . We were fortunate enough to see a reef shark and a very large sea turtle and many other fish species teeming below, especially the Giant Trevally and Sergeant Fish ( Collingwood Fish). The island has very pleasant shaded rain forest walks, beaches, cafes and bars and is not overdeveloped. You can easily walk around the island circumference in 30 minutes covering around 800 metres. Be sure to take your swimwear because if you are not snorkeling there are plenty of pristine places for swimming.
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Semi sub tour
Barry_F
, Oct. 2020
Arriving with a high tide after 1 pm was great timing and made snorkelling more amazing. The Semi-sub tour was a truly unforgettable experience for the family. Green is great!
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Semi Submarine
Elizabeth_N
, Sep. 2020
Staff on the Cat Green Boat were most helpful, lunch was great, glass bottom boat was amazing as was the semi submarine well worth every dollar I paid. Highly recommend.
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Average
Brittany_C
, Aug. 2020
The staff were absolutely amazing and I could not fault them at all. How ever the island itself was horrible. It stunk, was filled with bird s**t everywhere. And is major need of some up keep
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star-5
small Island, lots to do
Peter_P
, Aug. 2020
I was amaze at what there was to do on a small Island, when we arrived we thought what is there to do and low and behold plenty. When in cairns it is a must do.
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star-5
Excellent time
Tracey
, Aug. 2020
Great day out, staff extremely helpful nothing to much trouble. Family of 5 with small children and teenager all had a wonderful day.
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Good for family
Chris_R
, Jul. 2020
Friendly staff and an enjoyable day only downside was Green Island had most things closed which was no fault of anyone other than covid
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Try Snuba
Geoffery_F
, Jul. 2020
We travelled on a day trip to green island with another couple of similar age(mature) participated in several of the on board activities! I myself went on the Snuba dive first time doing anything like that and it is a must do if you ever get the opportunity it is operated by a very professional team of qualified and helpful staff, the only down side it only operates out of cairns Qld with two of the charters. more information can be found on www. SNUBA. com well done Benny and team. My main complaint is my wife and the other lady travelling have special dietary needs which were stated when booking and seemed to be completely ignored there lunch was choose from the buffet what you can eat, the help came in the form of supplying the ingredients in the dishes and they had to Decipher what they could eat and what would make them unwell. No thought shown if you have special dietary needs so why ask☹️ The day was as enjoyable as it could possibly be under fairly poor weather conditions, with the water being quite murky. But once again we’ll done Benny and team you earn tour EXCELLENT rating for this day out to Green Island on big cat👍👍👍
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Amazing
Rufino_P
, Jul. 2020
Amazing experience!! All staff are really nice, We felt really at home during our short stay on and offshore. Very recommendable!!
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