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.
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Address: Green Island National Park, Green Island 4871, Australia
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Green Island Half-Day Trip from Cairns

Discover the treasures of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with this half-day tour to the lush paradise of Green Island, a protected coral cay. Cruise from Cairns aboard a luxury catamaran and enjoy 2 hours on the island to spend as you wish, from snorkeling to observe the underwater world where you might spot giant clams, tropical fish and coral gardens aboard a glass-bottom boat or semi-submarine tour. You can also explore the emerald rain forest on walking tracks or simply soak up the sun on sandy beaches!
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$71,10
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Green Island Day Trip by Scenic Helicopter and Cruise

Travel by helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns to Green Island on a scenic flight, viewing the rainforest and coral reef from the air. Then spend four hours on Green Island where you can go swimming and snorkeling, take a glass-bottom boat tour, and enjoy beach or rainforest walks. A buffet lunch is included before your return to Cairns by high-speed catamaran.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$365,75
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$157,59
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Cairns 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour Including a Great Barrier Reef Island Tour

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$182,51
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including SNUBA or SNUBA Doo Experience

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$165,65
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Afternoon Reef

Take part in two popular activities in one day on this ATV adventure paired with a Great Barrier Reef excursion. Get picked up from your hotel and taken to your ATV, and then venture into the rainforest for about an hour and a half.  Afterward, head to Green Island—a Marine National Park—for a few hours of snorkeling or cruising on a glass-bottomed boat. All the equipment you need is provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns Including Snorkel Tour Experience

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$114,34
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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 or semi-submarine. Upgrade to include a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran and hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns. It’s a fantastic way to discover the underwater wonders of the world’s most famous reef!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$71,10
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$219,16
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Oyster Reef, and Heart in the Reef

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.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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US$190,57
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Ultimate Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest 45-minute Helicopter Tour

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.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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US$365,75
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

Explore the Great Barrier Reef exactly the way you want and save with this great-value, customizable 3-day pass. Choose three different full-day cruises to suit your style and preferences, from certified and introductory scuba dive trips to snorkeling and glass bottom-boat adventures. Get a new perspective on the world-famous reef on every cruise, with diverse destinations including Green Island, Agincourt Reef and Low Isles. Tours depart from Cairns or Port Douglas can be taken over a 7-day period to suit your sightseeing schedule. It’s a fantastic way to discover Australia’s spectacular underwater world!
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

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.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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US$131,20
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Great Barrier Reef 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour from Cairns

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.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Small-Group Cairns City and Surrounds Tour

First time in Cairns? Discover the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north on this 5.5-hour sightseeing tour. Visit city attractions like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and St Monica's Cathedral, and stroll along the scenic Cairns waterfront. Indulge in a delicious Devonshire afternoon tea (included) taking in the stunning views from the jetty at Palm Cove before taking a short hike through the Barron Gorge National Park. For the full experience, upgrade to include a 2-hour morning cruise to Green Island in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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US$63,77
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Arlington Reef and Michaelmas Cay

Enjoy awe-inspiring aerial views of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef as you soar overhead on this 1-hour helicopter tour. Swoop over the colorful corals of the Arlington Reef and Koala Reef; spot landmarks like Green Island; and get a unique perspective of Michaelmas Cay and Vlasoff Cay. Best of all, you’re guaranteed a window seat, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the views and take photos. This tour also includes hotel pick-up from Cairns.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$131,93
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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2-Day Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

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.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$279,26
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  • Duration: 2 days
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