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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia
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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!
  • 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.
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.
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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
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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

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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
  • "Taking photo's is not allowed and the photo's they take, well, not worth the high price." See review


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Quick Green Island Trip
, Mar 2020
This was a nice trip. I was only able to do a half day due to weather issues. Green Island is close so the Reef isn’t as ‘spectacular’ here, so I’d recommend going further out. Definitely snorkel to see it up close.
Green Island.
, Mar 2020
Excellent, good value, easy access from Carines Harbor for cruise ships. The submarine is well worth the extra couple dollars
Coral Disappointment
, Mar 2020
Out of about 8 hours trip to Green Island from Cairns; we could only see not more than 30 odd minutes of underwater corals !! That’s a bit disappointing considering we travelled all the way to Cairns for it!! This 30 minutes included add on trip of submersible !! I would have thought of at least couple of hours of coral views deeper into the ocean.
Unforgettable experience
, Feb 2020
An incredible all round experience. Our ticket at only $99 each covered the boat trip to and from green island as well as all the snorkel gear needed. Snorkelling around green island was such an amazing experience. We saw everything we could’ve wanted including a reef shark, stingray as well as turtles. Also time to chill on the island or have some food if wanted. Crew were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Would 100% recommend!
Magical Day
, Feb 2020
The crew were fantastic, the experience was great and the island was lovely. Go Snuba'ing with Benny. He is the best. I am a chicken and he made it such a fun experience!
Great Barrier Reef Tour
, Feb 2020
A great day on the Great Barrier Reef. Fast ride out on the Green Island Catamaran and good time on the glass bottom boat and semi submarine.
What a Wonderful Trip
, Jan 2020
Really loved our trip to Green Island. The employees on the ship on the way over were very helpful with setting you up with equipment and wet suits to snorkel. The island had a great restaurant, the snorkeling was amazing and there was so much to do. We also enjoyed the trip on the semi sub. We saw so many amazing fish and turtles. The total trip was about 5 hours and was perfect. I would defiantly recommend not missing this trip!
The submarine was fab saw loads of different fish including stingrays and turtles
, Jan 2020
Beautiful island and the snorkelling was fun However I would have liked to have been told about the sand flies that bit my legs !!
Must See!
, Jan 2020
This excursion exceeded my expectations! Although the weather was a bit gloomy, the clarity in the water was absolutely breathtaking! I saw so much, a few turtles, some octopi, a bunch of stingrays! Highly Recommend Green Island!
Short stay in Cairns
, Jan 2020
short Stay in Cairns and wanted to see great barrier reef. This was a great all day trip including lunch On large catamaran, our trip was a bit crowded but still found somewhere to sit. Coffee on arrival whilst waiting to sail. Could have done snorkelling they seemed really helpful to those new at it but We booked semi submersible trip as well as glass bottom boat both were great experience. Saw load of fish explanation was brilliant would definitely recommend both trips but especially the semi submersible

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