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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 among giant clams and tropical fish to viewing coral gardens teeming with marine life 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!


  • Half-day cruise to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spend two hours on Green Island
  • Variety of activities including glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submarine coral viewing tours and snorkeling
  • Optional hotel pickup and drop off available from Cairns hotels

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Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

A postcard-worthy splash of emerald green ringed by white sandy beaches, Green Island is a perfect base for exploring Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef. The low-lying coral cay rests within a National Marine Park 15 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Cairns. Customize your tour to this island paradise with the choice of a morning or afternoon departure and optional pickup and drop-off from your Cairns hotel. 
Board a luxury catamaran and soak up the aquamarine landscape on the cruise to the island. Once ashore, choose from a variety of ways to explore the surrounding coral gardens and tropical rain forest. 
Make use of provided snorkeling equipment to swim among tropical fish, giant clams and sea turtles, opt for a guided scuba dive (own expense) or view the amazing reef on a glass-bottom boat tour. You can also get a unique perspective of the underwater world on a semi-submarine boat tour (select option at booking).
Visit the Green Island Resort to use facilities, browse shops and rent beach and watersport equipment including chairs and umbrellas, canoes, sailboards and surf skis. If you’re in the mood for a snack or refreshment, purchase food and drinks from the resort or the fully licensed bar aboard the catamaran. 
After 2 hours exploring the reef and island, relax and enjoy the tropical scenery on the return cruise to Cairns.

Customer Reviews

Anne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great trip, especially if you don't want a very long boat trip but still enjoy snorkelling.

Dean P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had an awesome time out on the reef with this tour, I cannot sing its praises loud enough-simply a must do whilst in Cairns.

Rosemary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent day ,well organised and great value for money .

Ricardo D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very Good

Sally J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great staff on the boat, very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was wonderful.

Judith M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We took a ferry to Green Island, then took a glass bottom boat to the Great Barrier Reef, and then a submarine. They're similar, but the sub gives a closer look at the amazing fish and plant life. The island doesn't have much on it, but many people went snorkeling, which looked like fun. There's time to do all 3 activities, but the snorkeling will be short. I recommend doing this half day tour, then in the afternoon, adding the gondola ride to Daintree Rain Forest and returning by train.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a limited amount of time so we did two half day tours on the same day without problem. Enough time to go on glass bottom boat better then we expected, snorkel, and walk around the vey small island.

shirley e w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

it was great had the best time every loved all off it meet some wonderfully poeple on the trip xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jackson Jerome D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Even though we did not book the sea walker tour, big cat tours helped us with the booking on board the cruise. they also refunded our tours which we did not attend.
Overall the trip was amazing and helpful staff which made the trip worthwhile.
A full day trip is recommended for people who want more of the island.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fast boat to the island and back to Cairns, good value, friendly helpful crew, great inclusions.
R Lotric

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