Great Barrier Reef and Green Island tour packages.
Great Barrier Reef and Green Island Adventure is perfect for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. Explore the outer reef and a tropical island all in a day!
First, you will jump aboard our modern, fast catamaran for the 45-minute Ferry Ride from Cairns to the idyllic Green Island.
Green Island (Dabuukji)
Once you arrive at the island, spend a little time exploring this beautiful 6000-year-old coral cay and its heritage. Since the island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, you will find yourself surrounded by protected landscapes. Boasting white sandy beaches and lush, tropical rainforest, you will certainly be in paradise!
You will have 2 hours to wander around the island, with plenty of activities on offer. Join a self-guided island walk, and learn about the Flora and Fauna you may find.
Snorkel straight off the beach in any direction. Not only can you snorkel in shallow waters off the beach, but you can also venture further out and find some deeper waters.
Among the coral, wherever you snorkel, don’t forget to keep an eye out for Green Sea Turtles. They love to eat the seagrass, which can be found growing in the waters around the island.
If you are a non-swimmer or wanting to take a break from swimming, why not join one of the Glass Bottom Boat Tours.
This guided tour will take you further offshore to see the Coral and Marinelife found in areas out of reach of snorkelling.
After finishing your activities, why not grab an ice-cold drink, relax on the sand and soak up the tropical island vibes before heading onto the next stop at the Outer Barrier Reef.
Sooner or later, it will be time to re-join the fast catamaran for another 45-50 minute journey out to the Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon.
The Outer Great Barrier Reef
Secondly, your next stop on the trip will be to the activity platform, a permanently positioned pontoon at the Outer Barrier Reef. By all means, everyone should come and visit Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. To put it another way, this is definitely one activity you should tick off the bucket list!
Not only does the Great Barrier Reef hold the world’s biggest collection of coral reefs, but it also has over 1,500 species of fish and 400 types of coral. All that amazing marine life is just waiting to be discovered.
This extensive ecosystem was recorded as a World Heritage-listed site in 1981. There are around 2,500 individual reefs along with 900 islands. There are also thousands of species of tropical fish that provide countless brilliant colours.
Pontoon Activity Platform
Scuba dive and snorkel amidst spectacular coral gardens, home to incredible marine life and bright tropical fish. However, if you don’t want to get wet, you can still get the most out of the Great Barrier Reef.
Observe the reef and marine life from the comfort of our spacious semi-submersible submarine. Meanwhile, you can head below to the underwater observatory. Let our reef naturalist explain all the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef to you.
In conclusion, the friendly and experienced crew can’t wait to welcome you aboard and share with you the wonders of this extraordinary part of the world.
Frequently asked questions
What is better, snorkelling on the outer barrier reef or Green Island? The outer barrier reef will always win for better visibility and more marine life. This tour will give you the best of both worlds.
- Green Island
- Great Barrier Reef Pontoon
- underwater observatory
- semi-submersible submarine
- 07:30 – 08:30 Check-in at the Great Adventures counter in the Reef Fleet Terminal.
- 08:30 Departure from the Marlin Wharf.
- 09:15 Arrive at Green Island before spending 2 hours exploring the island.
- 11:20 Depart Green Island.
- 12:30 Arrive at outer reef pontoon.
- 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch is served.
- 15:30 Return to the vessel, ready for departure.
- 15:40 Depart the reef, heading back to cairns.
- 17:30 Arrive back into Cairns.
- Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise.
- Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns.
- Morning tea cake selection on the outward journey.
- 2-hour stopover on Green Island. Use of snorkelling equipment on the island is also included.
- 3 hours on the outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
- Hot and cold buffet lunch with prawns.
- Use of snorkelling equipment.
- Buoyancy vests and lycra suits.
- Reef education presentation.
- Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour.
- Underwater observatory.
- Eco reef talks with a marine naturalist in the underwater observatory.
- Afternoon tea and coffee available while at the pontoon. Cheese and biscuits on the return journey.
Let our experienced instructors guide you on an underwater adventure! See all the spectacular marine life up close. Wetsuit included. Minimum age 12, and subject to a medical questionnaire.
Scuba-Doo Underwater Scooter
The only place in Australia where you can cruise the reef on this unique underwater scooter. No experience necessary. Good for swimmers and non-swimmers. Minimum age 12, and subject to a medical questionnaire.
Guided Snorkel Tour
Maximise your snorkel experience. Explore the reef with one of our knowledgeable reef interpreters by your side.
Helicopter Scenic Flight
Enjoy spectacular views over the Great Barrier Reef.
What to bring
- Swimming costumes, beach towel as well as sunglasses
- Sunscreen, Hat and also comfortable shoes
- Money for souvenirs, drinks and optional extras
How to get there
Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Adventure departs from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns.
Where Can I Park?
There are several parking stations throughout Cairns in walking distance of the Marina. Click here to see where
Coach transfers from most Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels/accommodation are available at an extra cost.
Pick up times will be confirmed on the booking confirmation.
We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Therefore, please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.
Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world. However, also the safest scuba diving record. The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us. Also, we comply with all rules, including medical, as is the law.
Want to Scuba Dive?
Most importantly, avoid disappointment on your Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Adventure. We strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking. Some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.
It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.
We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have. Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us.
However, you may like to consult your own Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1
Flying After Scuba Diving
For a single no-decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.
If you complete multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.
For example, if Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.
Also, we recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible