The ultimate Great Barrier Reef island and reef combo package tour deal. See the best of both worlds from Cairns. Visit 2 stunning, distinctly different locations, Green Island and the outer Great Barrier Reef.
Tour 1: Cairns to Green Island Tour
You will spend two hours on stunning Green Island, located just 27km (17 miles) from Cairns. Green Island is the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest which is home to a vast array of unique plant and bird species.
For more relaxed activities you can take a leisurely island eco-walk, laze on the white sand beaches, or choose from a range of optional activities including a relaxing oil massage and see the largest crocodile in captivity in a Marineland Melanesia visit.
Adventure lovers and families with teenagers will relish the action-packed optional activities on offer including:
Tour 2: Green Island to Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour - Activity platform
After two hours on Green Island, it's time to head out on your Great Barrier Reef tour to the spacious activity platform on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Here you'll enjoy an unforgettable three hours of snorkelling and scuba diving the reef and enjoying the pontoons interactive experiences which range from adrenaline-filled to just relaxing and gazing out across the reef.
You can also choose from a range of optional extra upgrade activities including:
A stunning 6000-year-old coral cay, Green Island is situated like a jewel in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
What makes the 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
You'll enjoy a range of amazing island adventures and fun activities during your two-hour visit.
Snorkel On Green Island
Ready to snorkel? Make your way to the Island Dive Shop where you will be fitted with your snorkel, mask and fins.
Prescription masks, flotation vests and full-length lycra suits are available at an extra cost.
You're then ready to snorkel straight off the beach to explore this magical underwater world.
Green Island attracts many turtles so there is a high chance you'll find your snorkel companion has a hard shell!
Self-Guided Green Island Eco Walk
Enjoy a nature-packed self-guided eco walk through the island's unique mixture of coastal and rainforest plants.
The walkway is boarded and you'll learn fascinating facts about the island's flora and fauna from information signs along the way.
Keep your eye out for some rare native Australian birdlife, including:
Marineland Melanesia (optional activity)
Head to Marineland Melanesai to see the world's largest crocodile in captivity!
The colossal Cassius boasts a weight of over one ton, is 5.48 metres long and over 112 years old.
He resides at Marineland Melanesia along with 50 of his smaller crocodile friends.
Don't let the family miss 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 historic exhibits.
Parasailing the Great Barrier Reef (optional activity)
This is the closest you will get to parachuting without jumping out of a plane!
Experience a rush of pure adrenaline as you're pulled behind a speedboat on a specially designed seat for two, and soar above the crystal blue shimmering waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
You’ll have a bird’s eye view over the tops of the rainforest trees and across to stunning Green Island and be able to peer down into the coral gardens below.
Seawalker Helmet walking (optional activity)
If you would like to explore the reef but don't want to get your hair wet, smudge your makeup, or mist up your glasses, then Seawalker helmet diving is the perfect underwater activity.
It's quick and easy, all you have to do is pop a Seawalker helmet on your head and shoulders and then be lowered into the coral gardens below.
Seawalker helmet walking is great for non-swimmers who want to still see and experience the Great Barrier Reef just like everyone else.
They too can immerse themselves in this amazing underwater environment to interact with the cheeky local marine residents and the well known Parrot fish Gavin who simply cannot resist a selfie.
Gavin is very famous he is on facebook and has his own youtube page!
The Seawalker tour is an unforgettable experience that lasts from 45 to 60 minutes from the beginning of your briefing to when you arrive back to dry land.
This activity is ultra safe and throughout your experience, trained guides will be beside you all the way to give you extra support.
As you walk along the smooth sandy sea floor through this amazing underwater world, you will see vibrant coloured reef fish, intricate shapes of hard and soft corals and you might even walk past a grazing sea turtle!
Ensure you pre-book your Seawalker Green Island tour as spaces are limited.
After two hours on Green Island, you'll head to the outer reef interactive activity pontoon.
This stable platform offers the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore the Great Barrier Reef from both above the water and below the water.
Choose to snorkel, visit the underwater observatory or cruise the reef on a semi-submersible submarine tour.
Or choose from a range of optional extra activities including scuba diving and low level scenic helicopter flights over the coral reef. Please note: infant age 3 must pay child price
Experience the wonder of the coral reef and encounter colourful marine life such as clownfish, parrot fish, Maori Wrasse and sea turtles as you snorkel the outer reef coral gardens.
All snorkel equipment (fins, masks, snorkel and flotation devices) is included with your Great Barrier Reef tour.
The friendly staff will help fit your equipment and assist first-time snorkellers.
Semi - Submersible Submarine Tour
Imagine exploring the vibrant reef and marine life from the comfort of an air-conditioned semi-submersible submarine.
You will meander slowly through the stunning coral gardens of the outer reef and as you look out of your viewing window what you see will be accompanied by a running commentary.
This is a wonderful way to view the Great Barrier Reef for people of all ages and abilities and again perfect for families with young children and for non-swimmers.
The tour takes 25 minutes and one leaves every 30 minutes.
Underwater Marine Observatory
View the Great Barrier Reef activity from the comfort of the underwater observatory.
You'll be amazed by the array of incredible marine life that passes by the glass perspex windows.
Snap some piccies of your family as they snorkel and dive in front of you.
Stay for the Eco Reef talk by a marine biologist to learn lots of fascinating facts about the Reef.
Guided Snorkel Tour (optional activity)
If you'd like more of an immersive and informative underwater experience you can choose to join a guided snorkel tour.
Your knowledgeable guide will swim with you and provide lots of fascinating information on the marine life that you encounter.
Scuba Doo (optional activity)
Imagine riding an underwater scooter around the reef!
Scuba Doo is a truly unique experience and not available anywhere else in Australia.
No previous experience is necessary and it’s ideal for non-swimmers, people who don’t want to get their hair wet or wear glasses, or for anyone wanting a one-of-a-kind reef experience.
Pre-book your Scuba Doo tour as spaces are limited.
Introduction to Scuba Diving (optional activity)
First-time divers, here's your chance to dive the world famous Great Barrier Reef!
You will be given a briefing and carry out some basic skills before you dive.
Your dive will be in shallow water, within a small group (maximum four people) and you will be close to your diving instructor throughout.
We guarantee you won’t want to come up!
Certified Scuba Divers (optional activity)
This is one to tick off your bucket list. As any diver will know, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most iconic reefs in the world.
With crystal clear waters and visibility, low currents and one of the most diverse underwater environments in the world, this is the ultimate scuba divers' playground.
If you have forgotten your certification card, no problems if you are PADI certified this can be checked online.
Scenic Helicopter Flight (optional activity)
Enjoy spectacular views from the seat of of your scenic helicopter flight over the world’s largest coral reef on a 10 minute scenic flight from the outer reef pontoon. Please note: infant age 3 must pay child price
Seeing the beauty of this World Heritage-listed site from above in the seat of a helicopter is a memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Please note: infant age 3 must pay child price
During July – August, you might even see the dark shadows of migrating humpback whales and Dwarf Minke whales or a pod of playful dolphins.
You can also choose to book a fly cruise or cruise fly from Cairns to and from the pontoon for an extra special way to see the Great Barrier Reef from another perspective.
See more Cairns and Great Barrier Reef tour options.
Please note: All return transfers will depart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal 17.30pm. Ocean Sprit and Silverswift
passengers will need to wait for up to 1 hour for their return bus.
Reservations staff will be contacting all passengers with transfers the day prior to travel to update them
on locations and times if it will be a Taxi etc and also advise the OS and SWS pax of the delay with the return
Please see below timetables:
Pick up time@ 06:40
MANTRA AMPHORA (49-63 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
PARADISE ON THE BEACH RESORT (119-121 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
PEPPER'S BEACH CLUB & SPA PALM COVE (123 Williams Esplanade)
PULLMAN PALM COVE SEA TEMPLE RESORT & SPA
REEF HOUSE (99 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
REEF RETREAT (10-14 Harpa Street Palm Cove)
SANCTUARY PALM COVE (6 Cedar Road)
Pick up time @ 06:45
MANGO LAGOON (81-85 Cedar Road Palm Cove)
Pick up time @ 07:00
CNR Moore & Trinity St Bus Stop
Pick up time @ 07:30
CAIRNS SHERIDAN (295 Sheridan Street)
THE LAKES CAIRNS RESORT & SPA (2 Greenslopes Street)
PALM ROYALE HOTEL (7-11 Chester Court)
CAIRNS COCONUT HOLIDAY RESORT (23-51 Anderson Road)
HOLIDAY INN CAIRNS HARBOURSIDE (209-217 The Esplanade)
CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB (18-26 Cannon Street)
QUEEN'S COURT (167-171 Sheridan Street)
RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT (Bus Area - Esplanade Side)
Pick up time @ 07:35
181 ESPLANADE P/Up Lake Street Side (181 Esplanade)
BAY VILLAGE (Cnr Lake & Gatton Streets)
CORAL TREE INN (162-172 Grafton Street)
TROPICAL HERITAGE CAIRNS (8 Minnie Street)
CAIRNS PLAZA HOTEL (145 Esplanade)
Pick up time @ 07:40
RILEY (p/u from DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - Abbott St side)
WYNDHAM RAMADA( (p/u from DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - Abbott St side)
IBIS STYLES CAIRNS (p/u DOUBLETREE BY HILTON)
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON (121-123 Esplanade)
Pick up time @ 07:45
BAILEY CRYSTALBROOK COLLECTION (163 Abbott St)
FLYNN BY CRYSTALBROOK (p/u Abbott Street entrance near Night Markets)
MANTRA TRILOGY (p/u Abbott Street entrance near Night Markets)
NOVOTEL CAIRNS OASIS RESORT (122 Lake Street)
THE BENSON HOTEL (Cnr Grafton & Spence)
GILLIGANS - P/up The Benson (50 Grafton St)
Pick up time @ 07:50
PARK REGIS CITY QUAYS APARTMENTS (2-4 Lake Street)
Pick up time @ 08:00
SOUTHERN CROSS ATRIUM APARTMENTS (3-11 Water Street)
YHA CAIRNS CENTRAL (20-26 McLeod Street)
Departure from Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St Cairns. It is recommended to check-in fourty-five minutes prior to departure. Coach transfers are not available
January - December
Between the months of Feb – April, availability is dependent on numbers and maintenance.
For Christmas and New Year there is a high demand so advance booking is advised.
All activities are subject to weather conditions.
7 hours (approx)
Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, swimming costume, towel, cash or credit card, camera. Souvenirs available for sale on board the boat.
Loved the staff and the captain. Tour was very organized and we were glad that the staff knew who we were and what activity we were participating in. They were great in keeping in contact during the trip across to the reef.
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thank you Susan, We love the 2 in 1 Deal that visits Green Island & Outer Reef as it offers such great value! We are glad you loved it as much as we do. We hope to see you again on the Great Barrier Reef soon. Belinda - The Tour Specialists
Greatly enjoyed our day out to the reef
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
The tour specialists are delighted you enjoyed your day with Great adventures experiencing Green Island & the Great Adventures outer reef pontoon. It is a great value tour and perfect if you are limited on time and want to experience the most in 1 day.
it was an unforgettable experience. The crew was very helpful. Instructor Katrina really had been very supportive in training session and the dive. I am very thankful to your team.
All cancellations must be in writing.
Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.
Please see our terms and conditions page here for details prior to booking.
Operator's Cancellation policy:
Cancellations received within 24 hours are subject to full cancellation.
Note: Infants age 3 will be charged the child price for any helicopter component booked, this charge will be added to your booking total
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 127