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Green Island Tours

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Marooned off the coast of Cairns in north Queensland, Green Island is a tropical paradise of lush rainforest, white sandy beaches, and crystalline waters. The idyllic island is part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and harbors an extraordinary variety of coral reefs, exotic fish, and marine life.

The Basics
As one of the most easily accessible islands in the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is a popular choice for day-trippers from nearby Cairns. The Green Island resort offers everything you need to explore the island’s underwater wonders, whether you fly in by seaplane or sail out across the reef. As well as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and seawalker helmet tours, there are island reef cruises, glass-bottom boat tours, and semi-submarine excursions, the latter of which offer the chance to peek under the ocean without having to dive in.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Temperatures can reach upwards of 86°F (30°C) in summer, so pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as a swimsuit and towel.
  • Follow the rules to avoid damaging the coral or disturbing The Great Barrier Reef, a protected conservation area.
  • Facilities at the Green Island Resort include showers, changing rooms, lockers, a bar and restaurant, and free WiFi.
  • The Green Island Resort has wheelchair access, but not all activities are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

How to Get There
Located around 16.5 miles (27 kilometers) from the mainland, the coral cay of Green Island is only accessible by boat or air. Most visitors travel to Green Island from Cairns, about a 45-minute cruise by schooner, catamaran, or charter boat. The quickest way to arrive on the island is by helicopter or seaplane, while passenger ferries set sail from the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns.

When to Get There
The most popular time to visit the Green Island National Park is during the dry season (April to September), when the weather is cooler and less humid, while in wet season (October to March) visitors can expect temperatures to average 86°F (30°C). It’s possible to visit year-round, but note that the island is occasionally inaccessible due to high winds or cyclonic activity.

The Underwater World of Green Island
Green Island’s platform reef offers more than 1,854 acres (710 hectares) of coral reef to explore. Its rainbow of corals include staghorn, plate, boulder, and mushroom corals. Look out for green and hawksbill sea turtles, dugong, giant clams, and sea urchins, as well as a spectacular variety of exotic fish, crabs, and starfish.
Address: Green Island National Park, Green Island 4871, Australia
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Green Island Day Trip from CairnsDay Cruises

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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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!
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Green Island HALF Day Trip from CairnsDay Cruises

Green Island HALF Day Trip from Cairns

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Discover the treasures of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on this half-day tour to the lush paradise of Green Island, a protected coral cay. Cruise from Cairns aboard a luxury catamaran and enjoy ample time on the island to spend as you wish. Observe the underwater world where you might spot giant clams, tropical fish, and coral gardens aboard a glass-bottom boat, snorkeling, or upgrade to a semi-submarine tour. You can also explore the emerald rain forest on walking tracks or simply soak up the sun on sandy beaches.
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Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns - only 25 guests Day Cruises

Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns - only 25 guests

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Sail on a 2-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 rain forest, 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 wine as you cruise back to Cairns.
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Green Island Fly and Cruise combo from CairnsFull-day Tours

Green Island Fly and Cruise combo from Cairns

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We have a great Fly & Cruise combo with Bigcat Green Island Cruise, it’s a fantastic deal with lot of inclusions. For only $319 per adult your tour you will save $26.00 comparing to booking individual tours. This combo includes our 40 minutes Reef Hopper flight, the Bigcat Green Island Full Day Reef Rocket Tour (FDRR), buffet lunch (Pk2), and you also get a choice between free snorkel equipment hire or glass bottom boat tour!
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns with Beaches TransfersDay Cruises

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns with Beaches Transfers

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Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty of time to snorkel or scuba dive, tour the reef on a glass-bottom boat or view coral from a semi-submersible submarine.
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Fly to Green Island - Cruise ReturnDay Cruises

Fly to Green Island - Cruise Return

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Departing Cairns, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to Green Island - a beautiful 6,000-year-old coral cay located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With its reef and rainforest environment enjoy a half day or full day in nature's lover paradise before returning to Cairns via catamaran.
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2-Day Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day TripOvernight Tours

2-Day Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

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Combine snorkeling on Australia's Great Barrier Reef with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mountain village of Kuranda. This 2-day combination trip allows you to do both, and includes pickup and drop-off in Cairns. Please note: Overnight accommodation not included.
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30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from CairnsFull-day Tours

30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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Enjoy incredible views of the Great Barrier Reef from the air during a 30-minute scenic flight from Cairns. See highlights such as Green Island, Upolu Cay, Oyster Reef, Arlington Reef, Vlassof Reef and Michaelmas Reef, taking in the sights as your guide points out the landmarks below. You also fly over Cape Grafton, False Cape, Double Island and Palm Cove and other Northern Beaches, with the route changing depending on the day’s conditions. Everyone has a window seat, allowing unobstructed viewing of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed natural wonder.
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in CairnsAdrenaline & Extreme

Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

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Get your adrenaline pumping on a skydiving adventure from Cairns. Enjoy incredible bird’s-eye views of the World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef as you jump out of a plane on a tandem skydive with an experienced diver. Fall freely from 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) in the air before floating by parachute back down to the ground. First-timers are welcome.
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Cairns 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour Including a Great Barrier Reef Island TourDay Trips

Cairns 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour Including a Great Barrier Reef Island Tour

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Journey from reef to rainforest on this action-packed full-day tour from Cairns. First cruise out to Green Island at the heart of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and marvel at the marine life as you swim, snorkel or glide around the reef on a glass-bottom boat. Then, embark on a thrilling 4WD adventure in the Barron Gorge National Park and admire dramatic views of the Barron Falls, Kuranda Mountains and the Coral Sea coast.
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns with City TransfersDay Cruises

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns with City Transfers

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Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty of time to snorkel or scuba dive, tour the reef on a glass-bottom boat or view coral from a semi-submersible submarine.
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Snorkel Tour ExperienceDay Trips

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Snorkel Tour Experience

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Experience the beautiful Great Barrier Reef with a catamaran cruise to Green Island. Board your luxury vessel at Reef Fleet Terminal and set sail for this picturesque coral cay. Watch for stingrays, Hawksbill sea turtles, and giant clams from a glass bottom boat. Then, strap on snorkeling gear to explore the cay’s crystal clear waters. Enjoy tea, coffee, and a delicious optional lunch.
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including SNUBA or SNUBA Doo ExperienceDay Trips

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including SNUBA or SNUBA Doo Experience

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Explore Green Island and use an innovative new diving system to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a luxury catamaran ride to Green Island and a delicious buffet lunch while aboard (with optional upgrade). Choose from a variety of activities, including a glass-bottomed boat trip, a rainforest walk, or a dive in the amazing Great Barrier reef using the SNUBA Doo® Power Snorkel.
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Green Island HALF Day Trip from Cairns with City TransfersSnorkeling

Green Island HALF Day Trip from Cairns with City Transfers

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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-submarine tour to get close to the reef without getting wet.
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Green Island Day Trip from CairnsDay Trips

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Savor views of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef from all angles on this unforgettable full-day tour from Cairns. First soar overhead on a 40-minute high-wing aircraft tour and marvel over the vast reef from above. Next, look out for colorful corals and exotic marine life on a scenic 45-minute cruise through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Finally, land on Green Island where you can snorkel amid the corals, tuck into a delicious buffet lunch (included) or float around the reef on a glass-bottom boat tour.
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3-Day Green Island Great Barrier Reef Package from CairnsSnorkeling

3-Day Green Island Great Barrier Reef Package from Cairns

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Enjoy a tranquil getaway at the luxurious Green Island Resort, located in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. Spend a day cruising around the Outer reefs, snorkelling amid schools of tropical fish and enjoying thrilling underwater views on a semi-sub cruise. Back on the island, take a hike through the rainforest or try water sports like kayaking or windsurfing, then sip a complimentary cocktail as you watch the sunset. This 3-day tour from Cairns includes accommodation, some meals and round-trip transfers by catamaran.
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Oyster Reef, and Heart in the ReefFull-day Tours

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Oyster Reef, and Heart in the Reef

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Take to the skies for an exhilarating 45-minute flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Set off from Cairns airport and soar over the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Barrier Reef. Fly over Green Island, swoop low over Arlington Reef and spot Vlasoff Cay, Upolu Cay and Oyster Reef from above. Best of all, you’re guaranteed a window seat, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the views and take photos.
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon ReefFull-day Tours

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Reef

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Take part in two popular activities in one day on this ATV adventure paired with a Great Barrier Reef excursion. On the ATV tour, you'll venture into the rainforest to explore the lush landscape. On Green Island—a Marine National Park—enjoy snorkeling or cruising on a glass-bottomed boat. All the equipment you need is provided.
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Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from CairnsHelicopter Tours

Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

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Enjoy unforgettable views of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as you fly over the UNESCO-listed natural wonder in a helicopter. Experience the magnitude of the vast reef as you float overhead on a 25-minute flight, spotting landmarks like Green Island and Upolo Cay and swooping low enough to see coral clusters and schools of tropical fish and rays. This tour includes pick-up from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels.
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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

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Enjoy the best of both worlds on this exhilarating 45-minute helicopter flight, crossing both land and sea. Swoop over the lush rainforest and thundering waterfalls of the Barron Gorge, then admire the vast reefs and aquamarine waters of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. Spot landmarks like Stoney Creek Falls, Green Island and Arlington Reef, and snap aerial photos of the Northern Beaches and Palm Cove. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off from Cairns.
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