• Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Elana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great from start to finish. The crew was knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. Snorkeling the reef - amazing. Green Island was a bit of a tourist trap - but good for an hour of off the boat time to walk the beach. Food was magnificent!

Salma S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was the best tour we booked during our time in Australia! We were lucky that there were only about 11 people on our tour for the day and we were able to have a more personal connection with our tour guides. The whole staff was awesome and we had so much fun on this tour. I am not a swimmer but Jess who was in her last week of job training to see if she would get a permanent position and I'm hoping she was offered the position! took me out in the water and made sure I was comfortable the whole time. She was really patient with me though it took time for me to get in the water and once in explained all of the different species of fish and coral. I would highly recommend this tour and this company versus others.

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

If you want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and see beautiful green island this is by far and away the best tour out of Cairns. The crew of the ocean free is fantastic and love what they do. Don't take the big tours with hundreds of people, join these guys with a few others and you won't regret it


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a wonderful day at sea from Cairns. Crew was very helpful and friendly. They provided a wonderful luncheon, we had drinks on board, fresh fruit served after the snorkeling. I was a little apprehensive about the snorkeling but one of the guys stayed with me the whole time and made sure I saw everything!!!! when you arrive in Cairns you will be bewildered by the hundreds of offers of sailing, scuba and snorkeling trips. Do yourself a favor and book ahead of time so you can relax when you arrive and enjoy Cairns to the fullest!!!


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.

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