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Green Island

Free admission
Green Island National Park, Green Island, 4871

The Basics

As one of the most easily accessible islands in the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is a popular choice for day-trippers from nearby Cairns. The Green Island resort offers everything you need to explore the island’s underwater wonders, whether you fly in by seaplane or sail out across the reef. As well as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and seawalker helmet tours, there are island reef cruises, glass-bottom boat tours, and semi-submarine excursions, the latter of which offer the chance to peek under the ocean without having to dive in.

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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
$69.63 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great boat ride, friendly...
Great boat ride, friendly crew, brilliant weather and crystal clear turquoise water. Will be back again.
Richard_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Man_L, Nov 2021
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
Green Island is a good place to visit. The ferry trip is good. I have booked online with Viator which should be including glass bottom boat with a higher price. However when I check in, they say that my trip is only having ferry return. Not including any activity. Finally they allowed us to have the glass bottom boat trip. This shows that there is some tricks in between Viator and big cat.
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Relaxing sailing adventure
Lisa_B, Oct 2021
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
Lovely small group sail to Green island. Great snorkeling and dive experience for a novice. Staff were super friendly and food was great too.
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The best trip to Green Island!
Catherine_D, Oct 2021
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
Fantastic day sailing (sometimes just with the sails) to the surrounding reef off Green Island. The crew were brilliant and gave each guest their full attention to enjoy the day. Guests were a great crowd with an anniversary & 3 birthdays to celebrate. After a glorious day of snorkelling we sailed back to Cairns with birthday cake and bubbles. Special thx to crew "welsh" Liam, Matt & Pascal for such a fab day !
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Magical
Rooney_D, Oct 2021
Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
Amazing first time experience green island and barrier reef cannot wait to do it again with the kids am going to recommend it to all family
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Green Island Visit perfect for novice snorkeling
Lisa_C, Nov 2021
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
The entire trip was awesome! Semi sub and seeing all the fish, along with great cometary from the team!
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Amazing experience in Green Island
Andre_L, Oct 2021
Green Island Day Trip Including Seawalker Helmet Dive COMBO
It was an amazing experience. Staff are friendly and professional. The Great Barrier Reef is a true wonder of the world We definitely will be back.
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Beautiful day
Tamara_B, Oct 2021
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
All the staff were awesome and we were able to sit on the front of the Cat for the trip over. Island is beautiful just sad to see so many things shut down due to lack of tourism at the moment. We did the 10:30-4:30 trip, definitely didn’t need any longer.
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Surprised my boyfriend...
Hayley_S, Oct 2021
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
Surprised my boyfriend for his birthday with a sail boat ride filled with snorkelling in crystal blue waters, delicious food onboard followed by a little adventure on green island and topped the day off with some cheese and wines as we headed on back to the mainland, boat crew were super friendly- would absolutely recommend, we loved it!
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An opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef up close and personal
Louise_C, Sep 2021
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
Snorkelling about a kilometre from Green Island. A chance to see the coral reef in its full glory and the endless stream of the most colourful fish you have ever seen.
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Awesome
Kristy_B, Jun 2021
Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
Glass bottom boat tour with our guide Jesse, awesome experience. Pity it wasn't longer 😪 Only disappointment was couldn't get a coffee on the island after 11am
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Paradise on a tropical island
James_O, Jun 2021
Fly to Green Island - Cruise Return
The trip to Green Island was a perfect day. The helicopter ride over was breathtaking with beautiful views. The staff were professional, courteous and helpful. The time on Green Island was relaxing and enjoyable. Many activities were available, including a tour over the reef in a glass bottom boat, snorkeling, walks, and beach time. It was nice to have so much time to ourselves. The packed picnic lunch that was provided was excellent - with too much food. The boat ride back provided a good end to a perfect day.
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An awesome day
Alice, Jul 2021
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
We loved the whole day at Green Island! The boat trip was great and the snorkelling was awesome, we saw a turtle on our second snorkel from the beach. If you're keen to see more while snorkeling, you MUST do the guided snorkel safari tour, it was fantastic!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Temperatures can reach upwards of 86°F (30°C) in summer, so pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as a swimsuit and towel.

  • Follow the rules to avoid damaging the coral or disturbing The Great Barrier Reef, a protected conservation area.

  • Facilities at the Green Island Resort include showers, changing rooms, lockers, a bar and restaurant, and free Wi-Fi.

  • The Green Island Resort has wheelchair access, but not all activities are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

Located around 16.5 miles (27 kilometers) from the mainland, the coral cay of Green Island is only accessible by boat or air. Most visitors travel to Green Island from Cairns, about a 45-minute cruise by schooner, catamaran, or charter boat; however, the quickest way to arrive on the island is by helicopter or seaplane. Passenger ferries set sail from the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit the Green Island National Park is during the dry season (April to September), when the weather is cooler and less humid. In wet season (October to March), visitors can expect temperatures to average 86°F (30°C). It’s possible to visit year-round, but note that the island is occasionally inaccessible due to high winds or cyclonic activity.

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The Underwater World of Green Island

Green Island’s platform reef offers more than 1,854 acres (710 hectares) of coral reef to explore. Its rainbow of corals include staghorn, plate, boulder, and mushroom corals. Look out for green and hawksbill sea turtles, dugong, giant clams, and sea urchins, as well as a spectacular variety of exotic fish, crabs, and starfish.

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Green Island