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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns City, Australia
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Explore the Great Barrier Reef and a lush island rain forest on this full-day catamaran tour to Green Island from Cairns. Create your own perfect day on this protected coral cay with a variety of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, Seawalking, nature walks, and tours on a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to include a delicious buffet lunch on board the catamaran and/or a ride in a semi-submarine. It’s a fantastic way to discover the underwater wonders of the world’s most famous reef!
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forest on a Green Island day trip
  • Variety of activities including glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submarine coral viewing tours, scuba diving, and snorkeling
  • Buffet lunch option available
  • Choice of early or late morning departures

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This customizable tour includes a choice of departure time, pickup, lunch, and activities.
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Cruise transfers to and from Green Island by modern air-conditioned catamaran
Morning tea / coffee (served on 9am full day only)
Buffet lunch (if option selected)
Choice of a glass-bottom boat tour or use of snorkeling gear for the day (if option selected)
Semi-submersible tour (if option is selected)
Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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)
Flotation vests and lycra suits are available for hire

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

The Reef Fleet Terminal is a large building near the marina. Enter the building and check in at the Big Cat Green Island Cruises desk. Check in is at 8.30am, the boat will depart at 9am sharp.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
One of Australia’s protected Marine National Parks, the low-lying coral cay of Green Island is situated 15 miles (27 kilometers) off the coast of Cairns and provides an excellent base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Choose from two different morning departure times to suit your sightseeing schedule, and climb aboard a luxurious air-conditioned catamaran for the cruise to the island.

Once you step ashore, choose from a wide variety of activities to design your perfect day (additional expenses may apply). Snorkel straight from the beach to swim among tropical fish and coral gardens, embark on a scuba diving tour or try the unique Seawalking experience, where a helmet allows you to breathe underwater while surrounded by swimming marine life. If you prefer not to get wet, you can still get a great view of the giant clams, sea turtles, and tropical fish below the surface with a tour on a glass-bottom boat or upgrade to ride on a semi-submarine.

If you choose the lunch option at booking, enjoy a delicious buffet meal aboard the catamaran midday. (See Itinerary below for a sample lunch menu.) Grab a drink at any time from the fully licensed onboard bar (own expense). 

At Green Island Resort, feel free to use the facilities including showers, restrooms and changing rooms to stay comfortable throughout the day. You can also hire beach chairs, umbrellas, canoes, sailboards and surf skis from the resort and take advantage of several walking tracks to explore the island’s tropical rain forest landscape. 

After your time soaking up the island paradise, relax on the return catamaran cruise to Cairns.
Stop At:  
Green Island Cruise - Day Tour (Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruise)
Explore the Great Barrier Reef island either with a glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling equipment.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Green Island
Walk through the rainforest or enjoy exploring the coral gardens the the beach.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
View some of the amazing marine life at Green Island. View turtles, fish, sharks and stingrays from the glass bottom boat, semi-submersible or by snorkelling.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available but limited. Passengers must have some mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist them.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.
What is the social distancing policy during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Green Island Day Trip from Cairns.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Only two outside showers were available to rinse off the sand ." See review
  • "There’s plenty of fishes (fishing is not allowed in GBR) and I even saw a turtle and a shark." See review


656 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Make sure you keep a record of payment
, Nov 2021
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.
Green Island Visit perfect for novice snorkeling
, Nov 2021
The entire trip was awesome! Semi sub and seeing all the fish, along with great cometary from the team!
Great boat ride, friendly...
, Oct 2021
Great boat ride, friendly crew, brilliant weather and crystal clear turquoise water. Will be back again.
Fab day
, Oct 2021
Great day out, loved the Yellow Submarine had the best up close encounters with the coral and the fish. Such a shame the resort looks a bit run down. Overall would recommend the day trip
Green Island change to Fitzroy
, Sep 2021
Planned a trip to Green island but due to the weather the boat had to turn around and we went to Fitzroy. We intentionally planned to go to Green and not Fitzroy because we had already done that. The weather was also too rough for the glass bottom boat which we paid for. No refunds were offered to the passengers on the boat even though it is the more expensive trip. I would like the responsible party to contact me. Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
An opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef up close and personal
, Sep 2021
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.
Great Family Day Out
, Aug 2021
Big Cat staff were really friendly and helpful. The glass bottom boat and submarine is a fantastic experience. The boat ride over is comfortable and the buffet lunch was delicious.
An awesome day
, Jul 2021
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!
1 traveler found this review helpful
The Best
, Jul 2021
Being able to experience the fish in the glass bottom boat Meeting Wonderful people and the staff were knowledgeable which made for a pleasant experience
Worth the trip but basic snorkelling
, Jul 2021
Crew were efficient, friendly and welcoming. I have snorkeled a lot and the snorkelling on green Island wasn’t the best but I went at low tide. Definitely recommend high tide so your not too close to the bottom. However, Worth the trip, the boat ride is fun!

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