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Green Island HALF Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the tropical paradise of Green Island on a half day trip from Cairns. Enjoy around two hours exploring the Great Barrier Reef island with time to snorkel and take a glass-bottom boat. You can even take an optional semi-submersible submarine tour to get close to the reef without getting wet.
  • Luxury catamaran cruise to and from Green Island
  • Access to the Green Island Resort for use of its facilities 
  • Use of snorkel gear or a glass-bottom boat ride to explore the Great Barrier Reef
  • Option to upgrade with a semi-submersible cruise
What to Expect
Opt for morning or afternoon departures when booking this tour of Green Island from Cairns.  Once you've stepped aboard the luxury catamaran, find a comfortable spot to sit and take in the scenery on the ride to Green Island and the National Marine Park, located just 15 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Cairns.  Upon arrival, choose how you'd like to spend your time on Green Island. Slip into the provided snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world, populated by sea turtles, giant clams, and a variety of tropical fish. Upgrade your experience with a guided scuba tour (additional expense). If you’d rather not get wet, choose from a glass-bottom boat tour or a ride on a semi-submarine (select these options when booking). This tour also gives you access to Green Island Resort, where you can use the resort’s facilities, rent water sports equipment, or browse the shops. Drinks and food are available for purchase both at the resort and on board the catamaran.
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Departure Point
1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Cruise transfers to and from Green Island by modern air-conditioned catamaran
  • The 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)
  • 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)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour gets a lot of bad reviews but honestly I have no idea why. Boat was completely comfortable and the island is gorgeous with white sand beach and clear water. Do not miss the semi submersible, this was the highlight of the trip- saw...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Marc P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the half day trip and glass bottom boat it was a great experience and the crew were very helpful

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank muja62
Reviewed 11 August 2019

We decided to visit Green Island Half Day Tour onTuesday 06/08/19 for the boat departure at 9am, Suffering on occassions from motion sickness I managed to hold on without the cruise being too rough. The one way cruise took approximately 50 min's arriving at 09:50am...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank STEPHEN N
Reviewed 1 August 2019

Excellent service provided by the crew especially the instructors Benny and Laurence..worth every dollar spent for the experience.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Mala69
Reviewed 27 May 2019

First time to Cairns and only a half day available to look around. Ferry to Green Island was fun as the seas were choppy. Unfortunately, weather wise the day was dull and no bright corals were seen. The glass bottom boat and the sub were...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Refmanwpba
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15 September 2018|
Response from gnt255106 | Reviewed this property |
If you depart Green Island at 9am, you should get into the wharf at Cairns just before 10am when using the fast catamaran.
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