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Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

  • Snorkel or dive at Green Island, a protected Marine National Park
  • Enjoy Australia’s rain forest, white-sand beaches, and Great Barrier Reef
  • Choose to spend more time in the water or to explore on land
Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns
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Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns including snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
From $157.61
One Introductory Dive
Includes one introductory dive
From $234.59
One Certified Dive
Includes one certified dive
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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef at Green Island on a full-day sailing tour from Cairns that offers swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving options. See the colorful coral reefs up close, lounge on the white-sand beaches, or walk through the island’s rain forest. This tour, which is suitable for all levels of water experience, includes snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance as well as lunch and light refreshments.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the Cairns marina to board your deluxe 2-masted schooner for the sail to Green Island, located on the Great Barrier Reef only 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Cairns. The spacious 54-foot (16.5-meter) sailboat is stocked with complimentary tea, coffee, muffins, and fruit for your morning tea. If interested, learn some sailing skills from the crew as you motor-sail to Green Island.

Stop at Pinnacle Reef, just off Green Island, for snorkeling or scuba diving at this underwater paradise. Around midday, the crew serves your buffet lunch onboard the boat, then transfers you by dinghy to Green Island. There, have time to enjoy the beach or visit attractions like Marineland Melanesia.

After more than four hours at the Great Barrier Reef, sail back to Cairns. Your onboard afternoon tea includes a glass of Australian sparkling wine to top off your tour.
Reviews (77)
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a wonderful day out in the ocean. What a great experience! All due to the wonderful staff that were so patient with people like me who was unsure about going in the water. Enjoyed the experience immensely and am ready to do it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ClaudiaVDH
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hey Claudia! Well done for facing your nerves and joining us in the water :) we really specialise in taking first time snorkelers and divers, due to our high ratio of staff to guests, which means we can offer personalised assistance to anyone who requires...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ocean Free sailing and diving was amazing!

Highly recommend the Ocean Free. Crew was very friendly and capable, and the diving was good. Lots of giant clams! We also got to spend some time on Green Island. We motored out and sailed back which was great. Since it's a sailboat it's smaller...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 271roba
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there Rob! Thank you so much for taking the time out to leave such a wonderful review! We believe our crew are our best asset, as they are all extremely passionate and knowledgeable, and work together as one big family to provide a day...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Best tour

This was an unforgettable experience with the beautiful sailing cruise and the great staff on board. The tour size was small, so everyone enjoyed the ocean and the sail to and from Green Island. There was plenty of time to snorkel, swim and dive, a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tianqinsheng
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey there! Thanks so much for writing to us, we are really glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time :) as we only take 25 passengers, even when we are full, it never feels crowded and always feels personal. with 4.5 hours...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Never too old when in capable hands😀

The crew on this trip were amazing. I am in my 60s & had never snorkeled before. I was scary but I was well minded & reassured all would be fine. It was. I had an amazing time & enjoyed my first snorkel. Loved Green...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, thanks so much for writing to us :) we are thrilled that you had a great time under the care of our wonderful crew. We love helping people of all ages and abilities enjoy all that the reef has to offer - and...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018
What a special day

My husband and I did this same trip 2 years ago. I wanted to take my mother to enjoy the same experience I had. She had an absolute ball and the team on board where unbelievable with her. My mother had never snorkelled and is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul290
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Hi there Paul. Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful review. It is always great to see familiar faces! All our crew are specially chosen for their safety consciousness, customer care and professionalism, and it is great to hear that you could see this...More

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Jessie B
August 31, 2018|
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Response from Jessicalin289 | Reviewed this property |
Everyone gets the first dive for the price of the tour. If you choose to do the second dive, you pay extra (I believe it was 75$). Some people might skip the second dive to explore the island or snorkel.
Geoffrey K
May 9, 2018|
Response from 956bartk | Reviewed this property |
They offer both a snorkel or a dive trip. You pay extra for the dive experience and it comes with full gear and if it’s your first time, they give you the complete introduction. I only went snorkeling so I don’t know the... More