Spend a morning or an afternoon snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef for two hours or riding in the Glass Bottom boat. Great Deal tour for family budgets makes it a cheap day on the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island.
Jump on board our Great Barrier Reef tour to Green Island for two hours of fun and adventure for the whole family.
This is a perfect option for cruise ship passengers in Cairns and Yorkeys Knob.
You may even upgrade your island activity options on this great value Green Island tour to try scuba diving, take a helicopter scenic flight from the beach or put on a Seawalker helmet and walk on the bottom of the ocean and meet Gavin the famous Parrot Fish.
On this Green Island tour you have the privilege of free access to the island swimming pool and use of the day visitor facilities.
In the ferry ticket price you have the choice of Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour or the use of Snorkel Equipment or you may upgrade to both activities.
We have the fastest catamarans from Cairns to get you to Green Island so you may spend more time snorkelling the coral reefs and exploring all the attractions on Green Island and enjoying navigating the island on our self-guided eco pathways.
We have shops and restaurants on the island for full lunches and meals or for little treats and snacks for the family.
Firstly you need to choose your departure time from Cairns from the 3 options of 8.30am / 10.30am /13.00pm
Our advice for families that wish to add on the extra optional activities is to choose the 10.30am departure as the timing on this Green Island tour will allow you to add the helicopter scenic flight, a scuba dive or a Seawalker helmet dive.
If your idea of a half day tour to a tropical island is purely for relaxation then take the 8.30am or the 13.00pm Green Island ferry boat tour.
Whilst booking online you may choose for a coach pick up from your hotel or you may use the public car park for your rental car that is just next to the Reef Fleet Terminal.
We recommend you park underneath the Pier Shopping Centre as that will keep your car cool for the day and you pay your parking fee on the way out.
Once you have made your online booking and have your ferry boat tickets you will see that you need to check in at the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1 Spence Street Cairns at least 1 hour prior to departure time.
This will enable you to get set and relaxed for the next few hours of your half day Great Barrier Reef tour and plan your arrivals first activities.
The crew will be serving tea and coffee as a welcome gesture and once the boat is underway they will give everyone a safety briefing and lessons on how to use snorkel gear.
The crew will answer all questions you may have and are prepared to assist at all times should the need arise.
Should you have booked optional extra Green Island activities the boat crew would have given you allocated times and places to meet to complete your activities.
Otherwise all guests depart the boat and head off to the dive shop and collect all snorkel gear and then head to the island lagoons and begin their snorkel adventures
Please note: For scuba diving and Seawalker you will be subject to completing a Medical Questionairre and for the helicopter scenic flights there may be weight requirements.
Green Island is a turtle nesting island so it is highly likely if you are out snorkelling or scuba diving you very well may run into one of the resident sea turtles.
During the months of July to August it is the prime time for the annual Humpback and Dwarf Minke Whales migration and the channel between Green Island and Cairns is frequently visited by breaching whales showing off to each other to the delight of our guests, so make sure you have your camera at the ready at this time.
On the island we have many non-flight birds and many migratory birds so if you are an ornithologist or twitcher then you may well just be in heaven on this half day island tour.
We have no snakes but we do have the little cute lizards that simply love the sun and the tropics.
Marineland Melanesia is a high recommendation from us as you will see the world’s largest crocodile in captivity.
His name is Cassius and he is simply awesome so you have to see him for yourself to believe it!
As you are in one of the world’s most iconic aquariums your snorkel tour will have you seeing a myriad of fish and corals dependent on how far away from the island you dare to snorkel.
As the island is like a pyramid coming up from the ocean floor the water immediately around the island is warmers so the corals tend to be softer and less vibrant in colour.
As you get into the deeper colder water the corals thrive and this is where the hard corals can be found along with the brilliantly brightly coloured fish and marine life.
If you are not a confident swimmer always ensure you have on a bouyancy jacket or a noodle to keep you floating above the water
A half day on Green Island is sometimes never enough as there is so much to see and do and if you and your family are quite active we recommend our full day Green Island Tour
Departure from Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns. Check in 45 minutes prior to departure. Coach transfers are available from Cairns city and the Northern Beaches at additional cost.
January - December
Half Day Tour
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions
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.
The company reserves the right to cancel the trip due to poor weather conditions or mechanical problems, or to use another vessel or select the sights used. There is no refund if the tour is cancelled by the customer within 24 hours