Snorkelling Green Island Tour | By Big Cat | Families Save $58

Tour Code: 11

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Family Deal Save $58
  • 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
  • Family Deal - Save $58 based on 2 adults & 2 children

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:

  • Scenic helicopter flights from the beach
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour

If you are a cruise ship passenger looking for the best shore tours in Cairns read more on our cruise ship shore tours page.

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. 

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.

Snorkel Safari Tour - Optional Extra - Min Age 6

Exclusive access to areas not accessible to other guests at Green Island. A tender boat will take you and our marine biologist to drift snorkel one of Green Islands magnificent walls, famous for their extensive coral formations and schools of fish & marine life.

Pre book your Snorkel Safari tour via our booking cart.

  • Exclusive access via tender boat to our site
  • Marine biologist commentary
  • 50 minutes experience
  • Ideal for competent swimmers & snorkellers looking for a more advanced snorkelling experience.
  • Practice in the shallow waters straight off the beach
  • Explore the outer Green Island walls with magnificent coral formations.
  • Experienced Snorkeller to assist and supervise

Snorkel Tour Experience - Optional Extra - Min Age 6

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. Minimum age is 6 years old for this activity.

Pre book your Snorkel experience tour via our booking cart.

  • 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

Semi-submersible submarine tour

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 Extra

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.

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 Extra

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
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

9.00am & 11.00am

Departure Instructions

Check in 30 minutes prior to departure time

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Transfers available for full day 0900 departure only.
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Green Island
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Surcharge applies on Christmas Day


FDBC - 9AM to 5PM - 5 hours on Green Island, tea & coffee upon boarding & choice of snorkel gear* or glass bottom boat tour
FDRR - 11AM to 5PM - 4 hours on Green Island & choice of snorkel gear* or glass bottom boat tour

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Snorkel hire
  • Snorkel Safari Tour - Min age 6
  • Snorkel Experience Tour - Min age 6
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
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (not applicable with other discounts)
  • Snorkel Safari Tour & Snorkel Experience Tour - Min age 6

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operators policy:

  • A cancellation fee of 100% will apply if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure.
  • Some services may be cancelled or modified as a result of weather/tidal conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • In the rare event that Big Cat Green Island Cruises needs to cancel, the guest will be provided with an alternate day of travel, offered another Reef Unlimited product, or a full refund.
  • Note: A $20 refundable deposit  is required for the hire of snorkelling gear

Snorkelling Green Island Tour | By Big Cat | Families Save $58

Tour Code: 11

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Family Deal Save $58



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

Child: au$58.00
Family: au$290.00

Tour Code: 11



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