Cairns Reef Tours | Green Island Snorkel Tour | FULL DAY Great Barrier Reef Tour

Tour Code: 11

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE
  • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island aboard a luxury, air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran 
  • Take a rainforest walk and discover the Green Island’s prolific birdlife and unique tropical rainforest
  • Jump aboard a custom glass bottom boat for 30 minutes of reef viewing pleasure around Green Island
  • Snorkel straight off the beach and explore stunning coral gardens and colourful marine life on Green Island

Included In Price

  • High speed catamaran transfers to Green Island
  • Choice of snorkeling gear or glass bottom boat tour OR for an additional fee you can get both
  • Snorkeling demonstration and reef presentation en route to Green Island
  • Self guided island walk
  • Free WiFi on all vessels

Green Island tour, air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran for an unforgettable Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns to Green Island – the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest.

Great Barrier Reef tour deal - 2nd Child Travels Free Save $48.50 

Snorkel straight off the beach, glass bottom boat, island rainforest walks, pristine beaches.

With Green Island ferry tours leaving Cairns at both 9.00am and 11.00am, this is the perfect Great Barrier Reef tour choice for both the early riser and those wanting a holiday sleep in. 

Your Great Barrier Reef tour to Green Island includes a great range of activities:

  • Snorkelling straight off the beach on Green Island
  • Stay dry and view the spectacular underwater reefs from a glass bottom boat
  • Laze on the white sandy beach
  • Take a walk through the island rainforest and spot native wildlife

On the trip out to Green Island, a friendly crew member will provide a snorkelling demonstration and detailed descriptions of some of the amazing marine life you’re likely to encounter on the reef and around the island.

Your snorkel, fins and mask are included in the Green Island ferry tour price.

From the boat to the jetty, you’ll then be transported to a magical stretch of shoreline and it's time to enter an underwater world of coral gardens, dazzling reef fish, sea turtles and giant clams.

Nature enthusiasts will love the self-guided eco walk around Green Island.

You can also choose from a range of fun-filled optional extra activities:

  • Visit Marineland Melanesia - See world's largest crocodile in captivity 
  • Scenic helicopter flights from the beach
  • Semi-submersible submarine tours
  • Snuba Diving
  • Snuba Doo - Power Snorkelling

Cairns Island Tour - Green Island - Great Barrier Reef Tour

Choose from rising with the birds to board the early 9.00am Cairns Island Tour to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef (you may see sea eagles and osprey soaring alongside the boat) or sleep in and take the 11.00am reef tour.

Your trusty steed for the day is a luxurious, air-conditioned 35-metre catamaran, equipped with spacious air conditioned cabins. 

Sip a complimentary coffee or tea upon boarding then get ready for the trip of a lifetime. 

Travel time to the beautiful coral cay of Green Island is just under an hour. 

Snuba Diving & Snuba Doo - Power Snorkelling

Snuba is a new way to see the Great Barrier Reef.

Very easy and you don't need any experience or training.

You can choose either Snuba Diving or Snuba Doo - Power Snorkelling.

With Snuba (diving) you can descend to a maximum depth of 3 metres, with Snuba Doo you stay on the surface making it a great activity for family with children (minimum age 6) or guests wanting to build their confidence.

Easier than snorkelling: the air tank stays on the surface and you simply breathe through hoses connected to it.

Just like scuba diving, Snuba is available top anyone over 12 years of age and is subject to a medical questionnaire.

Both Snuba and Snuba Doo are guided tours taking a maximim of 4 guests at a time.

Glass bottom boat tour

Jump aboard a custom built glass bottom boat tour for 30 minutes of reef viewing pleasure.

You'll view the coral gardens and colourful fish from a different perspective and hear all about the Great Barrier Reef and its eco-system from a marine naturalist. 

This small but unforgettable facet of the tour even includes fish feeding!

The perfect Great Barrier Reef tour activity for non-swimmers.

Learn to Snorkel (optional)

Excellent for beginners or to help build your confidence in the water.

During this 45 minute session you will practice using your equipment in the shallow waters at Green Island straight off the beach.

Once you are comfortable you will explore the coral gardens with the assistance of an experienced snorkeller.

Maximum 4 people per guide, includes Snorkel Equipment (Mask & Fins), Lycra Suit and Floatation Vest.

  • Great way to get your confidence in the water
  • Snorkelling techniques
  • 45 minutes experience
  • Ideal for beginners
  • Practice in the shallow waters straight off the beach
  • Explore the coral gardens
  • Experienced Snorkeller to assist and supervise
  • Includes Snorkelling Equipment – Mask & Fins, Lycra Suit and Floatation Vest
  • Use of the above equipment for the rest of the day

Semi-submersible submarine tour (optional)

Imagine exploring the vibrant reef and marine life from the comfort on an air-conditioned semi-submersible submarine tour.

You can marvel at the multi hued coral gardens and rainbow shoals of tropical fish while listening to an informative briefing of how the two have co-existed for millions of years. 

This is a wonderful way to view the Great Barrier Reef for people of all ages and abilities – perfect for non-swimmers or if you don't feel like getting wet. 

Lunch on Green Island (optional)

If you’re just in need of a few snacks and a cold drink, these can be purchased on the boat.

You might want to bring a little spare cash for these goodies.

Or for a small extra fee, you can order a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch with seasonal tropical fruits.

Marineland Melanesia Wildlife Park (optional)

Head to Marineland Melanesia Wildlife Park to see the biggest crocodile in captivity!

The colossal Cassius boasts a weight of over one ton, is 5.48 metres long and 116 years old.

He resides at Marineland along with 50 of his smaller mates. 

Catch the feeding of the crocs daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm. 

While you're there, visit Marineland's aquarium, and view the collection of primitive tribal artefacts and other fascinating exhibits. 

Green Island Rainforest Walk

What makes Green Island so unique is it is the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef to have a rainforest and is home to over 120 species of plants and over 55 species of birds. 

Explore Green Island’s unique flora and fauna on a rainforest walk.

Stroll along the beautiful island boardwalk, which winds around sandy coves and threads through lush rainforest.

You’ll find little gems of information about the island's unique flora and fauna on placards along the way.

Keep your eye out for some of the rare native birdlife, including:

  • Silvereye
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Reef Heron
  • Torres Strait Pigeon
  • Bull Branded Rail
  • Osprey 

Cairns Scenic helicopter flight (optional)

Enjoy spectacular views as you soar like a bird over the world’s largest coral reef in a scenic helicopter flight from Green Islands golden beaches.

Seeing the beauty of this World Heritage-listed site from above is a memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

During June  – September, you might even see the dark shadows of migrating humpback whales and Dwarf Minke whales or a pod of playful dolphins. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Departs From


Departure Time

9:00am or 11:00am

Departure Instructions

Cruises depart from Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Passengers making their own way should check in at least 30 minutes before departure time. Please advise at time of booking if you require accommodation transfers.

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • 9.00am cruise: 7.20am and onwards pick up from Palm Cove and Northern Beaches accommodation
  • 9.00am cruise: 7.55am pick up from Cairns City accommodation
  • 11.00am cruise: 9.45am and onwards pick up from Palm Cove and Northern Beaches accommodation
  • 11.00am cruise: 10.25am pick up from Cairns City accommodation
  • Green Island
  • Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Surcharge applies on Christmas Day


5 Hours on Green Island - 9:00am Departure (Big Cat)
4 Hours on Green Island- 11:00am Departure (Reef Rocket)
Return to Cairns at 5:00pm for both tours

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Snuba
  • Snuba Doo
  • Semi-submarine coral view tour
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Marineland Melanesia
  • Snorkel Tour Experience
  • Helicopter Scenic Flights (subject to availability on the day)
Fitness Level Required


Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, towel, shirt to swim in (slip, slop, slap) cash or credit card for snorkel deposit, cash for drinks and snacks. Film, sunscreen and souvenirs available for sale on board the boat tour. Snorkeling deposit: $30 "Refundable Deposit" is required for the hire of snorkeling gear — cash or credit card imprint.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Dan D

Reviewed on October 31, 2018

Wonderful snorkeling, great service and beautiful island

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thank you for sharing your feedback about beautiful Green Island. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip to The Great Barrier Reef!

Maryann K

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

The catamaran ride out to Green Island was beautiful, weather sunny though very windy and rough conditions on the water. The boat rocked more than usual though felt safe and must admit, quite a fun ride going over the waves! Green Island is magical. Took my Mum there for the first time, she loved it. Walking through the national park and swimming in the waters were highlights.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Maryann thank you very much for your review on your Great Barrier Reef tour to Green Island Glad to hear your mum enjoyed it and it will be a memory you will both share forever Thank you from The Tour Specialists team and we look forward to seeing you again soon as we know you love visiting Cairns

Mark F

Reviewed on March 13, 2018

My trip was superb. The staff on board the boat were all consummate professionals, very friendly, and very very helpful.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Thanks for the great feedback Mark. The Tour Specialists are pleased you had a great day on Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Brett R

Reviewed on November 22, 2017

was a great day out with our 3 year old son. lots of swimming and fish seen on the flat bottom boat plus five turtles

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Green Island is the ideal location for families with a variety of activities for all ages. We are happy to hear you had a great day and look forward to see you back again soon.

Maryann K

Reviewed on October 18, 2017

What an amazing day! Absolutely loved the big cat ride out to/coming back from Green Island. The island is quite special. Highlight for me is swimming in the waters... so clear, fresh and a gorgeous turquoise 'paradise' colour. A place I will never forget and will definately return to. To sit above deck and feel the reef breeze riding along the Coral Sea, was the best feeling. Snorkelling is something I will try next time. Marineland Melanesia was nice to look through, the croc show was the highlight there! Lovely to see crocs looking relaxed!

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Dear Maryann, Thank you for your feedback, we are very pleased to hear that you had the best time on Green Island! We are looking forward to hear from your whenever you are planning to visit Far North Queensland again!

Kerrie K

Reviewed on September 13, 2017

Had a great day here. Green Island is lovely and Melanesian Marineland was terrific as well. Would highly recommend a visit. Trip across on the Big Cat was very quick and most enjoyable.

Response From Barrier Reef Australia

Hi Kerrie, Big Cat Cruises- Green Island is a great way to experience not only great snorkelling but also the largest crocodile in captivity- Cassius as the star of the show at Marineland Melanesia

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Containes notes on wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessibility
Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access for folding wheelchair only.

Boarding Access

Wheelchair ramp

Onboard Access

Limited wheelchair ramps

Pre-order Local Transport

You must arrange your own local transport in advance.

  • Child Fare 4 - 14 years inclusive
  • Infants 3 and under travel free
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (not applicable with other discounts)
  • All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operator’s Cancellation Policy:

Subject to availability, changing of travel date is possible and permitted at no extra charge. Please provide as much notice as possible. Subject to circumstances, tour operator reserves the right to apply a cancellation fee for bookings cancelled within 24 hours of travel. Please note – cancellation fees apply to group bookings.

  • Subject to availability, changing of travel date is possible and permitted at no extra charge
  • Subject to circumstances, tour operator reserves the right to apply a cancellation fee for bookings cancelled within 24 hours of travel
  • COMBO Cancellation Policy: Full refund for cancellations received outside 48 hours of departure time. No refund for no-show.

Cairns Reef Tours | Green Island Snorkel Tour | FULL DAY Great Barrier Reef Tour

Tour Code: 11

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

2nd Child Travels FREE



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$49.50
Family: au$247.50

Tour Code: 11



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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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