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Green Island

Free admission
Green Island National Park, Green Island, 4871

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, snorkeling, 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.

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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
US$70.76 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Green Island Adventure
Excellent trip, after a terrible start due to the trip over (wind picked up) but the island was protected and water clear. Seen heaps of different fish and turtles plus enjoyed the sub tour, small aquarium and crocodile feeding. The buffet was also exactly what we needed to get through the day. Staff were excellent.
Bobbie_E, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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The glass bottom boat...
Kevin_R, Jun 2022
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
The glass bottom boat experience was excellent. The cost of food and refreshments on Green Island were way over priced
star-5
Fabulous boat, crew & reef
Kaylene_G, Mar 2022
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
What a fabulous way to see the Great Barrier Reef. A fantastic family owned local business that couldn't do anymore for us to ensure we had the best experience. We were treated like royalty and had crew that knew all about the reef (Sharn, Matt & Perry)and its inhabitants. The day felt like going out with family with food, drinks and laughs throughout the day with safety always first for the guests. Cannot recommend more highly. Will definitely use this company again
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Green Island Adventure
Bobbie_E, Jun 2022
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
Excellent trip, after a terrible start due to the trip over (wind picked up) but the island was protected and water clear. Seen heaps of different fish and turtles plus enjoyed the sub tour, small aquarium and crocodile feeding. The buffet was also exactly what we needed to get through the day. Staff were excellent.
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Glass bottom boat and...
Robert_C, Jun 2022
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
Glass bottom boat and fish following the boat Snorkeling over the coral and sunbathing Food excellent and great cocktails
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If you want personalised reef experience this is for you.
Kirstie_G, May 2022
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
The crew (Matt, Alex and Skipper Pascal) were great. Lots of laughs and great reef knowledge. The water was nice and wet and green island was definitely green. Would highly recommend.
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Great experience.
Peter_M, Jun 2022
Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
The glass bottom boat experience was fantastic. Better than anticipated. The weather was magnificent.
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A wonderful intro to the GBR
Barbara_M, May 2022
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
We were lucky to have good weather and an uncrowned day. The ride out was nice with only a few bumps. We enjoyed the glass bottom boat tour and it was nice to start our snorkeling adventures on the GBR on Green Island.
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Fantastic
PETER_I, May 2022
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
Fantastic day Fantastic crew Very memorable activity Pascale and the crew were so engaging with all the guests
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Good feed back on staff
Lyn_C, May 2022
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
All the crew and staff were so brilliant. Special mention to Cody who helped me out when I missed the glass boat tour. Great staff member u have there so helpful and friendly and professional. Lyn carriage
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Great half day on Green Island
Nick_F, May 2022
Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
Great half day trip, glass bottom boat and snorkeling was fabulous and the guide and staff really helpful.
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Amazing tour
Ananda_G, Apr 2022
Green Island Day Trip Including Seawalker Helmet Dive COMBO
An amazing experience in getting yourself very close to coral and fish. The people at the booking office and cruise, seawalking are very friendly. I will definitely do it again.
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Great Experience
Haider_N, Jan 2022
Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
It was an amazing experienced and lovely staff. The Cruise was beautiful and comfortable. We had great time snorkelling at green island and saw a lot of amazing creatures under water.
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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 Wi-Fi.

  • The Green Island Resort has wheelchair access, but not all activities are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

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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; however, the quickest way to arrive on the island is by helicopter or seaplane. Passenger ferries set sail from the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns.

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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. 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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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