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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
$73.20 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth every penny
Do this, it's great. The company run the island and it's boats but they seem to be eco based and not so much profit based, few dollars for Tea and Coffee, everyone so helpful and truly a wonderous experience
Greg_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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A pristine island
Sue_B, Jul 2022
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
Green Island is delightful. The trip on the boat was a bit rough due to strong winds but great when we arrived. The island was quiet and clean and the waters crystal clear. Very pretty. The glass bottom boat was a highlight.
star-5
Good for a quick snorkel off the beach
Christine_C, Aug 2022
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
Lovely snorkelling although not as good as it would be further out onto others reefs Glass bottom great for my husband (who does not swim) to see coral and fishes. Not much to do on green island otherwise though. So we left at 2.30 not 4.30pm.
star-5
If you are going to do a cruise, do this one!
Sarah_D, Aug 2022
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
Amazing cruise from Cairns out to the reef. Saw a variety of coral, fish, sharks and turtles. Stopped off at the stunning Green Island. Crew was absolutely brilliant. Plentiful variety of food for lunch and wetsuits and snorkelling gear provided including prescription goggles for my 11 year old. Highly recommend this company who offer a personal touch to their trips with a less touristy feel.
star-4
Value for Money
Stacy_N, Jul 2022
Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
It was value for money & we enjoyed the croc experience on the island. However, we found The Low Isles has more to see in the water, beautiful coral and lots of fish. We would still recommend Green Island as it is lovely to visit different islands.
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Up Close to the sealife
Rachael_J, Aug 2022
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
Great staff, good experience, great way to see the sealife around green Island. Recommend this tour to anyone.
star-5
Fabulous boat, crew & reef
Kaylene_G, Mar 2022
Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
What a fabulous way to see the Great Barrier Reef. A fantastic family owned local business that couldn't do anymore for us to ensure we had the best experience. We were treated like royalty and had crew that knew all about the reef (Sharn, Matt & Perry)and its inhabitants. The day felt like going out with family with food, drinks and laughs throughout the day with safety always first for the guests. Cannot recommend more highly. Will definitely use this company again
star-5
A fantastic day. Worth...
Norman_C, Aug 2022
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
A fantastic day. Worth every cent of the cost. Snorkeling, Glass bottom boat, and semi submersible not to be missed. Crew on board were brilliant. Added bonus, whale watching on the return journey as a humpback whale began breaching near the boat. Extra half hour to get in but priceless.
star-5
Lovely day out
Cindy_R, Aug 2022
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
Had a day to spend before I left so this was ideal - boat was ready - snorkel gear handed out without fuss - which all fit beautifully! White sandy beach - rainforest walk - perfect coffee at the resort Such a lovely day out ! Snorkelled all day - visited the crocodile enclosure and even though I missed the buffet it would have been scrumptious! Highly recommend
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Breathtaking views
Angela_L, Jul 2022
Fly to Green Island - Cruise Return
The most amazing 20th wedding anniversary experience. Helicopter ride and pilot was fantastic, I would highly recommend this to everyone. The views are breathtaking, the reef is just beautiful
star-5
You’ll be coming back for more!
Matthew_K, Jul 2022
Green Island Eco Adventure from Cairns
After Fitzroy island, this place was so amazing my 8 yrs old went out by herself we confidence! A really family friendly place team we’re great and I must say we will be coming back again before the end of our trip!
star-5
Great adventure
Jayne_O, Jul 2022
Green Island Day Trip Including Seawalker Helmet Dive COMBO
Due to sickness I was unable to dive, but my daughter had an absolute great time. She loved being up close to all the fish
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Relaxed
Rowena_K, Jul 2022
Green Island Discovery Including Glass Bottom Boat Tour Departing Cairns
Absolutely loved Green Island, would recommend everybody to go out and experience it. So relaxing and chilled. Loved that it was still so close to nature
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Green Island?
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