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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English


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!
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest on your 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 9:00am and 11:00am departures
  • Optional hotel pickup and drop off available from Cairns hotels

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 and hotel pickup options 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 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). 
You’ll be welcomed at Green Island Resort 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 4 or 5 hours soaking up the island paradise, relax on the return catamaran cruise to Cairns.


Sample Buffet Lunch Menu:

  • Chicken and vegetable stir fry noodles in a sweet chili sauce
  • Tasty beef and vegetable curry
  • Vegetarian pasta bake with broccoli, zucchini and corn with a sauce of sundried tomato, garlic and cheese
  • Steamed jasmine rice
  • Cold meat selection of sliced Champagne ham, roast beef, turkey and mild Hungarian salami
  • Mixed lettuce salad
  • Coleslaw salad with red and green cabbage and carrot tossed in mayonnaise
  • Tomato and cucumber salad with onion and feta cheese
  • Salads of diced beetroot and sweet corn kernels
  • Grated tasty cheese
  • Fresh Bread
  • Seasonal tropical fruit platter
Menu subject to change


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Oct 2018

brilliant day well worth the money great to see the coral fish and the catamaran ride was a smooth ride . everybody was friendly and helpful all together a day full of memories great

, Oct 2018

Sensational experience, great day out and lovely way to see more of Australia

, Aug 2018
, Aug 2018

The snorkeling wasnt that great.

, Aug 2018

Was amazing experience!

, Jul 2018

We had a great day. boat sick but its enjoyable

, Jul 2018

This trip for us was just okay. Rough seas getting to the island and once there I felt the glass bottom and semi submersible rides were rushed and very canned narration. I’m glad I can say I went to the Great Barrier Reef but trip left something to be desired.

, Jun 2018

A good tour. I chose May to visit because there'd be fewer tourists and no stingers, and I'm glad because neither the boat nor island were crowded. The ride was short and not rough by my standards, but the only time I've gotten seasick was on a 35-foot fishing boat in 20-plus-foot swells. The island was beautiful, and I was able to walk around it almost entirely except for the part just right of the pier. The sand wasn't fine and soft, so if you don't have hardy feet, you might want your sandals. I liked exploring the tide pools and saw a lot of crabs and sea cucumbers if you know what to look for, and more varieties of seaweed and new corals than I could count. I enjoyed the snorkeling and was face-down in the water for almost two hours straight--dozens of different kinds of fish, including a few flounder who blended into the sand perfectly, a couple of sea snakes, including one I watched catch and eat a fish, and a couple of rays. The shallows, grasses, and reef around the island is not as densely populated as the outer reef, but if you move slowly and stay still once in awhile, things will go your way. Also, don't just stare down--several times, schools of fish were swimming right by my head, just under the water, and I would've missed them if I hadn't looked forward. Walking the forest trail was nice, and I loved seeing all the butterflies. I didn't eat the boat's buffet because I knew there were restaurants on the island at the resort, and I had yummy green mussels that came in a very garlicky cream broth, then ice cream at the little shop nearby--mango was delicious. My biggest complaints were the company seemed to nickel and dime--I had to rent a float vest, then there was a deposit for snorkel gear that was included in the tour price. The snorkel was basic, too--no purge valve or dry valve, which would've been nice in big waves. 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. So the overall buy stuff vibe was distracting and a little off putting compared to other tours I did. And while the beginners beach is nice for new/anxious snorkelers, and the crew member who helped me was good about helping me fit my mask, you're on your own once you leave the boat, so ask all your questions while you're there. Crew interaction is minimal in that respect, though they were friendly enough when you engaged them and good about walking around during the trip to check on people, especially if they seemed seasick.

, Apr 2018

A decent tour. I saw quite a few fish while snorkeling but should have done the Great Barrier Reef tour instead. Luckily I didn't do the buffet package. My friends that did said the food was not good. Save your money and eat at one of the small shops on the island. I got burger and fries for much less than what the buffet cost and it was very feeling.

, Apr 2018

The booking staff made assured us of pickup from our location, but it subsequently was changed to a pickup at a hotel nearest to our location while this was not terrible, it was certainly inconvenient. Moreover, if the booking staff had not misinformed me, I would not have opted for and paid for the pickup, as I had my own car and would have driven up. Then, when we arrived at the terminal, they put us in a high speed boat, which was fine, but the beverage service was in the bigger slower boat again that had to be forfeited.

The semi submarine trip was ok, but the windows were dirty so, the visibility was poor. The glass bottom boat trip that followed was simply a revisit of the same vistas which had already been seen in the semi submarine trip.

Finally, while I have heard many visitors rave about the Great Barrier Reef, this green island reef tour was unspectacular: the reef is shallow and the colours dull. I have seen better on Hawaiis Napoli coast, and its closer home.

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