Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour in 1 Day

Explore the outer reef and a tropical island all in a day! This Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour is perfect for swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

Jump aboard our modern, fast catamaran. You will enjoy the trip out in spacious, airconditioned comfort. The first stop is Green Island.

Green Island

Firstly, discover this beautiful 6000-year-old coral cay. It is also a National Park on the inner Great Barrier Reef. It is located just 45 minutes by boat from Cairns. Boasting white sandy beaches and palm trees with sparkling blue water.

You have 2 hours to wander around the island. Snorkel straight off the beach if you like. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for Green Sea Turtles. They love to eat the seagrass which surrounds the island.

Grab an ice-cold drink, relax on the sand and soak up the tropical island vibes.

Outer Great Barrier Reef

Everyone should come and visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Most importantly, it is one to tick off the bucket list.

It holds the world’s most extensive collection of coral reefs. Not to mention, you can find 1,500 species of fish and 400 types of coral.

This extensive ecosystem became 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.

Reef 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
  • 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
Cake selection served for morning tea
Two (2) hours on Green Island
Three (3) hours on Outer Reef platform
Snorkelling equipment included at Green Island and the Outer Reef
Lycra/Stinger suit included at the Outer Reef
Use of buoyancy vests at the pontoon
Reef education presentation
Hot and cold buffet lunch with fresh prawns
Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
Underwater observatory
Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform
Cheese and crackers served on the return journey

Optional Extras

  • Coach Transfers
  • Scuba Diving
  • Seawalker Helmet Diving
  • 10 minute scenic helicopter flight

What to bring

What to bring

  • Hat and shirt for sun protection
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Camera
  • Professional photo service on board (additional cost)
  • Cash or credit card for optional activities and onboard purchases

How to get there

Check-in opens at 7.30 am at the Great Adventures counter, located at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns.

Where to park

There are several parking stations throughout Cairns within 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.

Important Information

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 globally. However, it also has the safest scuba diving record.   The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us. Also, we comply with all regulations, 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 passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking. Some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Our mission is always to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Medical Questionnaire

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 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.


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