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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.


  • Full-day cruise by two-masted sailing schooner to Green Island, from Cairns
  • Enjoy the only engines-off sailing cruise from Cairns (winds permitting)
  • Spend 4.5 hours at an exclusive Green Island mooring in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim, snorkel and dive in pristine waters
  • See the colorful fish and other marine life that inhabits the reef
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea aboard the schooner
  • Have free-time to relax on the sandy beach or explore Green Island

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What You Can Expect

Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Green Island

Make your own way to the marina in Cairns where you board your spacious 54-foot (16.5-meter) two–masted schooner for the sailing excursion to Green Island, located only 16 miles (26 km) away on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sip a cup of complimentary tea or coffee and snack on fresh muffins and fruit as your vessel prepares for departure. Receive a safety briefing then perhaps assist the crew with hoisting the sails before relaxing and soaking up the scenery as you motor-sail to Green Island.

Green Island is a protected Marine National Park, topped with emerald rainforest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs, the perfect place for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you plan to scuba dive, complete your paperwork and site briefing during the journey over to the island so that you can hop in the water upon arrival.

Your captain moors the boat at Pinnacle Reef just offshore from Green Island. Hit the water and snorkel or dive among schools of tropical fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones in this underwater paradise.

After a morning of snorkeling and scuba diving, a delicious buffet lunch is served onboard your boat before transferring by dinghy to Green Island. Relax on the beach or explore the island. Visit Marineland Melanesia to watch the crocodile feeding and see a variety of marine life up close.

After more than four hours on the Great Barrier Reef, sail back to Cairns (wind permitting). Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your tropical afternoon tea, a perfect way to end your day out on the reef.

This tour is perfect for all levels of water experience with instruction and in-water assistance provided.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was the most amazing trip. The crew were so helpful especially the German girl, so sorry I forgot her name. We had a variety of excellent food all day so you will certainly not be hungry during this trip. The Snorkeling was incredible and we had plenty of time to enjoy it. It was a beautiful location and the trip on the smaller boat to Green Island was wonderful. It felt like we were on a paradise island and had it all to ourselves. There were just enough people on board to make it comfortable and it was very relaxed, All the crew were so helpful and attentive and I would highly recommend that anyone looking for a very special day out on the Reef for either diving or snorkeling take this trip. They even provided sun lotion if you forgot to bring some.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great adventure to the reef, nicely paced and saw it all. Friendly people and guides.

Lynn Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I recommend this to everyone who wants a more personal experience of the Great Barrier Reef. The tour had only 28 passengers and we had two sessions of snorkelling on the reef. The crew are multilingual and friendly and take time to ensure you are having a wonderful trip.

John U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The green island sailing cruise is AWESOME!! Plan for a great experience all day!!
Make sure to take a towel, you will get wet:


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was one of the best snorkeling tours I have taken. Crew was attentive and informative. All gear is provided, including wet suits. Crew accommodated all levels of swimming so that everyone had the chance to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Viator needs to indicate tour provider on voucher as it was difficult to determine who to check in with at the Reef Terminal.

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great crew!! Super knowledgeable of marine life.

Traci T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great time! I wasn't able to complete the dives due to health restrictions, but they were very apologetic about it. It's not their fault and I understood, but they were still very apologetic. Everything was great!

anthony h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great crew, fantastic fun, Snorkelling and a look around Green Island, great day out.

Elizabeth T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was a highlight of our two week Australian holiday. If you really love to sail, like we do, this is the trip for you. Our crew were friendly, easy to talk with and knowledgeable. As a first time, somewhat-nervous, middle-aged snorkeler, Pascal got me well prepped ahead of time and Matt kept me calm in the water and helped me enjoy my first experience snorkeling despite the less than perfect and very wavy weather conditions. Our short extrusion to Green Island was very enjoyable too. We returned to shore with big smiles and happy memories of our sail.

Margaret A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our sailing trip was cancelled because we were the only ones signed up. However, we went on Ocean Freedom instead, and had an amazing day.

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