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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns provided by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises - Day Tour

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
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Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
By Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises - Day Tour
Discover the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on a catamaran cruise to Green Island, a coral cay surrounded by spectacular reefs and marine life. Enjoy activities like snorkeling, relaxing in the sun, and a glass-bottom boat tour. Visit Green Island Resort to enjoy a spot on the sandy beach, with the option to add a trip beneath the surface in a semi-submersible and a buffet lunch.
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$73.20
per adult
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$73.20
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 150 per group
Duration:
8h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • See spectacular marine life and vibrant corals of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spend half a day exploring and relaxing on Green Island
  • Enjoy access to Green Island Resort facilities and showers
  • Choose from two departure times suit your schedule

  • Cruise transfers to and from Green Island by modern air-conditioned catamaran
  • Morning tea / coffee (served on 9am full day only)
  • Buffet lunch (if option selected)
  • Choice of a glass-bottom boat tour or use of snorkeling gear for the day (if option selected)
  • Semi-submersible tour (if option is selected)
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Great Barrier Reef
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Optional activities. (Can be booked locally, subject to availability. Payable locally. Introductory Scuba Dive AU$152, Seawalker Helmut Dive AU$165, Semi-submersible Coral Viewing Tour AU$20)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Flotation vests and lycra suits are available for hire

Travel to the Reef Fleet Terminal on your own to meet your boat. Board a catamaran bound for Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Upon arrival at Green Island, you have the day to explore and relax, choosing from a wide variety of activities offered by Green Island Resort. When booking, select a snorkeling trip to the coral reef, a glass-bottom boat tour, or a trip in a semi-submersible that gets you below the surface without getting wet. The resort’s facilities are available for your use, and you can rent beach loungers, canoes, sailboards, shade umbrellas, and more. If you’ve selected the lunch option when booking, return to the catamaran for a fresh buffet, or just purchase a meal on the island. After your island time, the tour concludes with the return trip to Cairns.

Departure details
  • 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia Please proceed directly to the vessel located at Marlin Wharf, 1 Spence St, Cairns, check-in will be directly on the vessel. Check in is at 8.30am, the boat will depart at 9am sharp.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2438FDBIGCAT_CNS

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available but limited. Passengers must have some mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist them.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Green Island Day Trip from Cairns
  • Prior to travelling with us, you will be required to provide, your full name, a current phone number and residential address (address of accommodation if travelling) in order to complete your activity. We are following all guidelines set out by the Queensland Government.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
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How much is Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns price starts from $70.76. Discover and book Green Island Day Trip from Cairns on Tripadvisor
What is the Green Island Day Trip from Cairns cancellation policy?
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Green Island Day Trip from Cairns on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Green Island Day Trip from Cairns?
Green Island Day Trip from Cairns is hosted by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises - Day Tour. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises - Day Tour on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Green Island Day Trip from Cairns on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2438FDBIGCAT_CNS

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1 Spence St
    1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    Please proceed directly to the vessel located at Marlin Wharf, 1 Spence St, Cairns, check-in will be directly on the vessel. Check in is at 8.30am, the boat will depart at 9am sharp.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Green Island Cruise - Day Tour (Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruise)
    Stop: 6 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Green Island
    Stop: 6 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Fdan1959
Fdan1959
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Wonderful
Visited Cairns with daughter and granddaughter. Enjoyed the cruise and then day tremendously. Crew were very helpfu
L C
L C
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Get ready to snorkel!
As the island is not that large it is easy to walk around and there are a number of things to do on it. (a) has a
wadeandnat
wadeandnat
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Nice crew - equipment was terrible
The seas were very rough on the day we sent our and our very sea sick daughter was well looked after by the crew. G
Jennifer1969C
Jennifer1969C
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Snuba/Snuba Doo with Benny an absolute delight!
Benny taking us for a professional Snuba-Doo experience was unforgettable. It included feeding fish. Dozens of ree
chattam2013
chattam2013
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Brilliant Day Trip
We are visiting from Canberra and joined friends who live here to go to Green Island for the day. The weather was
S6748WUwendyp
S6748WUwendyp
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The most amazing experience
I have never snorkeled or scuba dived in my life. We went Snuba Dooing with Benny and he made the entire experienc
melscho14
melscho14
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Awesome Dive Experience with Stephanie
As a group of 9, I must say we all thoroughly enjoyed the Big Cat cruise to Green Island. The crew on board we very
kimdenisehoile
kimdenisehoile
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Amazing experience
We had an amazing experience . Michelle took us over the reef snorkeling, she was knowledgeable , patient and made
yardenak2017
yardenak2017
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Amazing day out!
A beautiful day on a stunning island which was made even better with amazing staff! Thank you marine biologists Cal
Y1367CMlisad
Y1367CMlisad
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Super snuba!
Benny was a fantastic instructor and kids had a blast experiencing snuba for the first time. Benny really made sure
jezzaraaz
jezzaraaz
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Best Trip Ever!
This is the highlight of our Cairns trip! The tour is amazing! Green Island is such a wonderful place! The water is
Marniemartil
Marniemartil
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Exciting and so worthwhile.
We did the Snuba diving with Benny. It was an incredible experience. The kids love every minute. My daughter and
B1231CJianp
B1231CJianp
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Amazing
I had the most amazing experience today doing the Snuba & snuba doo with my family on the great barrier reef at gr
Teahforwood
Teahforwood
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SNUBA DIVING
Went to green island today and got to experience snuba diving with Benny and his crew, best way to see all the reef
671ruchib
671ruchib
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Snuba diving
13 minutes ago Fantastic experience We did SNUBA diving , honestly was quite nervous being a person who doesn't kn
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4.0
171 reviews
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Very good
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CDAussie
Wodonga, Australia567 contributions
The trip there and back was choppy buy I don't get sea sick. Otherwise an interesting trip. The reef tour in glass bottomed boat was really interesting. Good commentary and plenty to see. Could have been longer as Green Island is not much to rave about. Smell of guano and little to do other than walk around. Bonus on return trip was siting of a pod of whales which captain followed for a bit so we could all get a look.
Written August 7, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hi Paul, Thank you for your review and feedback. We're sorry to hear that your visit to Green Island wasn't quite what you'd expected, however we'd like to mention that we do not actually operate the resort or any of its facilities. We are glad to hear you were able to enjoy the reef and even spot some whales! Hopefully we will see you again on another adventure soon :)
Written August 7, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jez
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions
Green Island is absolutely stunning! The rainforest is unlike anything I've ever seen before. There are plenty of coral and fish to see if you choose to do snorkelling, and you don't even need to go out that far from shore (was still able to be up standing in the water). The coral has been subjected to coral bleaching, but I think that is the entire GBR, so don't expect to see amazingly bright colours.

The major downfall was how rough the boat ride was to and from Cairns. We arrived in Cairns via a cruise ship, so we had been dosed up with plenty of ginger tablets, and that still did not make a difference. We noticed it was not only us experiencing this, at the end of the 45 minute ride most people were trying not to vomit. Definitely worth going to Green Island (and would go again) but the boat ride is just something to be wary of.
Written August 6, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you for your review and feedback, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time on the reef. We are sorry to hear you were feeling unwell during the cruise; Sometimes it can get a little rough on choppy days, unfortunately this can be unavoidable at times, however we do our best to make all customers feel as comfortable as possible. Hopefully we will see you again on another adventure soon :)
Written August 7, 2022
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Hong Anh Vo
5 contributions
Friends
We had an enjoyable time on the day trip to Green Island. The weather was nice, the staff were very helpful and nice, and there was plenty of time for your chosen choice of activities :)
Written August 4, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hi there, We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful time on Green Island and had a pleasant experience with us. Thank you for the 5 star review and positive feedback, we really do appreciate it. We hope to see you again soon on your next adventure :)
Written August 7, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Flyinglarks
Wollongong, Australia181 contributions
Four of us travelled to Green Island with Big Cat. Boarding the vessel was handled very smoothly and everyone appeared to get on quickly. We sat upstairs to enjoy the view and fresh air. We took took the snorkel gear as our option and had a great day snorkeling in the shallow water. Two of our party also went our with some of the crew further on to the reef for more snorkeling and were really excited and happy upon their return. On the way back it was very rough so we sat inside. The crew did a very thorough head count to ensure everyone was on board. At all times the crew were friendly and polite. The boat was really clean an well looked after. We had a great time and would happily go with the Big Cat again.
Written July 22, 2022
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Hey there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review - we really appreciate it! It sounds like your entire group had a fantastic day visiting Green Island with us :)
Written July 25, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andrea C
4 contributions
Great day out, we have done the outer reef before but saw far more on this inner reef trip. Glass bottom boat was an absolute highlight.
Written July 21, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hey there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review - we really appreciate it :)
Written July 25, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MPear40
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
Great trip across to Green Island. Boat crew were helpful. Good communication around impacts of very low tide on snorkelling opportunities.
Written July 18, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hey there, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and review - it sounds like you had a great time visiting the beautiful Green Island with us. Hopefully we will see you again on your next adventure :)
Written July 18, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

serena m
Kilmington, UK13 contributions
Oh dear, the boat trip was fine, but the island is smelly, dirty and needing an overhaul. Boats full of guest arrive every hour and head to the centre of the small island where there are shops, and cheap restaurants. there's a pool which is only for hotel guests, the paths are covered in bird pooh, litter in the bushes - it really was disappointing as a resort. the beach was lovely as was the sea, it wasn't cheap to get there so we expected more.
Written July 15, 2022
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Hi Serena, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review - we really appreciate it. However, you have left us a poor review in regards to the island itself and the resort areas, of which we have no control. We hope that your experience onboard Big Cat during your transfers to and from Green Island was enjoyable. We offer a range of optional activities, as well as a delicious buffet lunch option, onboard the Big Cat during your day on Green Island, including a snorkel safari, glass bottom boat tour, and semi submarine tour. If you enjoyed your time on the boat, we would love for you to update you rating to which you think Big Cat deserves. Thank you in advance :)
Written July 18, 2022
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rozzQld
qld2 contributions
Family
I just want commend Cody Graham.
He provided excellent service and very attentive to every guests needs. He is a credit to your team
Written July 9, 2022
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Hi Rozz, Thank you for your feedback on Cody and 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your day on Green Island and hope to see you again on your next adventure :)
Written July 18, 2022
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Elise C
5 contributions
A full-day trip was well worth it on Green Island. You don't need to snorkel too far from shore to see great variety of fish, some smaller bits of reef and if you're as lucky as I was, a reef shark, an octopus and
Written July 4, 2022
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Hi Elise, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and 5 star review - it sounds like you had a great time visiting the beautiful Green Island with us. Hopefully we will see you again on your next adventure :)
Written July 4, 2022
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Sansom1978
270 contributions
We booked the half day option to Green Island.

The Reef Rocket boat was modern, clean and super quick. Crew were great and super friendly.

An epic arrival awaits you at Green Island - it’s a touch of paradise.

We were really blessed and saw a beautiful turtle from the jetty near the boat.

Beautiful scenery all around the island. Easy to walk around and explore.

Loved just sitting on the beach looking out to sea.

We opted for the semi-sub option. Seeing the coral and the colourful fish is truly magical.
Written June 26, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and 5 star review - it sounds like you had a great time visiting the beautiful Green Island with us. Hopefully we will see you again on your next adventure :)
Written June 27, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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