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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

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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.
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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
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
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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
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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
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What is the maximum group size during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers.

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  • "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


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Great Cruising experience but what up with that buffel lunch?
, Jun 2021
I absolutely loved my trip to Green Island with Big Cat Green Island Cruises. I found this company very helpful and professional in dealing with their guests. However, I suggest you take sandwiches for lunch, as I found the buffet lunch inedible. With every other detail of the cruise so well managed, I believe if this were upgraded even to freshly cut and prepacked sandwiches, it would be a five star rating from me.
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, Jun 2021
Fabulous day out! Well organised, free time to explore and great lunch on board. Friendly, helpful staff and beautiful scenery. Recommend to all, get out and explore!
5 star green island
, Jun 2021
We had the full day green island tour was absolutely amazing. We had snorkeling so many amazing fish one reef shark and we did get to see a sea turtle. We also had the opportunity to go to the crocodile feeding show there highly recommended $25 per person for full day entry Food on the island was good . Pricey but good. Ben one of the staff members on board was amazing took the time to go over everything and even offer other options as well Water was a good temperature nice and warm in the water just very windy when getting out
Lovely day
, May 2021
The crew were friendly, lunch was lovely and it was the right amount of time. I would recommend this trip.
Great day all around😊
, May 2021
Good service on time and very caring informative crew. Short ride from Cairns, excellent location for people who may not want to spend all day on boat or in the water.
A lovely day out. Friendly and helpful staff.
, May 2021
The glass bottom boat was a great experience and staff were great at explaining what we were seeing and telling us about the reef. A swim in the pristine waters was also great.
A great day out. Snorkeling was terrific and the buffet lunch was good too.
, May 2021
Snorkeling was great. We didn't see turtles when snorkeling, but others did earlier that morning, and we got to see them from the semi submersible and from the jetty. The buffet lunch was good, as were the icecreams (extra charge) on board the boat. Stinger suits were provided along with the snorkeling equipment, which gave more peace of mind when swimming.
A slice of heaven
, Apr 2021
We had a fab day at Green Island. It has something to offer for all ages, our 17 year old went diving and we just chilled by the beach with our 3 year old.... very relaxing day despite the average weather.
, Apr 2021
Our day trip to Green Island was amazing! We were very lucky with the weather but the Big Cat experience and staff made it even better. The buffet lunch was very generous and quite tasty. We chose the snorkelling option and added on the semi submarine tour. Both were fantastic. We also walked a lap of the island which only took about 30 minutes. Overall, a spectacular place to visit and we highly recommend.
Day trip to Green Island
, Apr 2021
It is a life time experience Snorkelling and swimming in the Great Barrier Reef. Strongly recommend a family with young kids.

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