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From Cairns: Green Island Reef Catamaran Cruise

From Cairns: Green Island Reef Catamaran Cruise

From $72.47 per person

Enjoy a full or half-day adventure and sail to the Great Barrier Reef by catamaran. Visit tropical Green Island to snorkel among colorful coral gardens and reef fish. Laze on a sandy beach, or explore the ocean via a semi submersible or glass bottom boat.

About this activity

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Duration 6 - 8 hours
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  • Enjoy a leisurely day on a tropical island of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel and dive among abundant reef fish and coral gardens
  • See coral reefs and marine life from a glass bottom boat
  • Relax on the beach and enjoy refreshments at the island's pool bar
Full description
Boasting a lush rainforest that is home to over 120 native plant species and colorful bird life, Green Island is a paradise coral cay island surrounded by reef gardens and abundant marine life. Climb aboard the modern, air-conditioned 35-meter catamaran “Big Cat” to cruise over to this idyllic part of the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a half or full-day reef tour just 45 minutes from Cairns. Snorkel and dive among the reef fish and coral gardens, or stay dry on a spectacular semi-submersible submarine or glass-bottom boat to discover the underwater life in comfort. Alternatively, simply laze on the white sandy beach and soak up the sun. These are just a few of the many activities available at Green Island. The friendly crew will help you organize your day to make the most of your time at this stunning Marine National Park.
  • Cruise to Green Island by catamaran
  • Full or half-day cruise (depending on option chosen)
  • Free choice of snorkeling gear or glass-bottom boat (extra to do both)
  • Snorkeling demonstration and reef presentation en route to Green Island
  • Use of Big Cat vessel during time at island as an air-conditioned base
  • Island rainforest boardwalks
  • Lunch (if booked)
  • Semi-sub tour (if booked)
  • Coach transfers
  • Diving activities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia. Hotel pick-up available at an extra cost.

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Important information

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  • Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult on the optional semi-submersible tour
  • Please check in at The Reef Fleet Terminal 45 minutes prior to your departure. Present relevant vouchers or itineraries at check in exchange for your boarding passes.
  • Suitable for both swimmers and non-swimmers
  • Enjoy an air-conditioned all weather base. The supplier's ‘Big Cat’ vessel is stationed at Green Island all day and lunch is served on board between 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
  • Vegetarian dishes are available on the buffet. These include a vegetarian pasta of the day, steamed jasmine rice, fresh salads, sliced white and multi-grain bread, tasty cheese, corn kernels, beetroot, and a seasonal fruit platter. For other dietary requirements (celiac and vegan) we recommend that you bring your own packed lunch.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 484 reviews

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We did the half day, with the glass bottom boat. Had a lovely time, took a walk around the island for an hour before going on the glass bottom boat. The guide was very informative and we saw lots of coral, fish and turtles. Spent an hour swimming and sunbaking on the beautiful beach, then had a couple of drinks at the pool bar before boarding to return to Cairns

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July 15, 2021

We visited Green Island today on the Big Cat. The vessel, procedures and itinerary were all great- ran smoothly. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was great that reef options for all ages and abilities are available - beginner to experienced snorkellers to non-swimmers on the glass bottom boat. The visibility on the boat was fantastic. We enjoyed the boardwalk, spotting wildlife, and a short walk back along the beach. We were a bit unlucky with some rain / overcast skies and cold water, but still had a great day, had by all generations. The island resort does seem to be struggling through COVID and unfortunately the food served on the island was much lower than average. Great they can cater for all dietary needs. Most staff on the island were friendly and helpful. It would be great to have more ferry / cat services to the island each day so that planning the day is easier and more flexible - we would have liked more time on the island to snorkel!

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May 31, 2021

Wonderful, happy engaging crew.. always smiling A quick 45 mins to Green Island, clean , good condition Snorkeling gear, on time( both ways) easy check in & drinks & snacks on board, a smaller more personal experience than the bigger boats. Overall, a wonderful, fun & enjoyable memory. Easy & no stress

May 16, 2021

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