Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

8 hours Cairns City, Australia

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Cruise to Green Island from Cairns and find a tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll spend either four or five hours at Green Island, with plenty of time to snorkel or scuba dive, tour the reef on a glass-bottom boat or view coral from a semi-submersible submarine.
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Stop At: Green Island Cruise - Day Tour (Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruise), Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St, Green Island, Queensland 4871 Australia

Explore the Great Barrier Reef island either with a glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling equipment.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Green Island, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Walk through the rainforest or enjoy exploring the coral gardens the the beach.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Queensland Australia

View some of the amazing marine life at Green Island. View turtles, fish, sharks and stingrays from the glass bottom boat, semi-submersible or by snorkelling.

Duration: 6 hours


  • 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


  • 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

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • 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.


655 Reviews

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Lisa_C November 2021

The entire trip was awesome! Semi sub and seeing all the fish, along with great cometary from the team!

Daniel S November 2021

An amazing trip out to Green Island. We took the 11am ferry, which is the fast ferry (takes only 45mins), and beats the other ferry home too. We went for the snorkelling/lunch/semisub options, which were handled from the main cat based out at the island. The crew on the fast were great, and got us setup with snorkelling gear, lifejackets for the little ones so they could snorkel, stinger suits etc. This ferry goes back and forth, so once we arrived at Green Island, we setup on the bigger cat. The trip itself was great, and the Big Cat staff told us the best places to snorkel (basically - straight off the jetty). Lunch was a buffet, and lots of food to eat. The semi submersible tour was stunning, with plenty of fish and coral. We also saw a couple of turtles and reef sharks on the semi sub tour as well. During our snorkelling time we saw plenty of colourful reef fish, about 10 turtles, and coral. I would definitely come back out to Green Island, on the Big Cat day tours.

Abby K November 2021

We did half day trip in morning and added snorkelling! Was awesome! Staff very friendly the boat was clean and spacious. Comfortable ride to island in 45mins. The water was abit murky on beach side so did the area near jetty ad we saw turtles and lots of marine fish. Excellent for kids of all ages to get a feel fir snorkelling. Half day was enough but a full day would be better. A must to do if you dont want to travel far.

annajustinc October 2021

Comfortable big boat (3 levels) for the day trip with helpful and personable staff. Excellent snorkel equipment for all ages (including our 3year old) that contributed to the success of this day. We also purchased the buffet lunch which was great for a meal out on the reef.

lilyd844 October 2021

Had an amazing time on this day trip. While there isn’t a whole lot to do on Green Island itself, Big Cat provides some great activities that can fill up the day trip and leave you with enough time to have a little swim on your own off the island. Our activities (Glass bottom boat and Snorkel Safari) we’re really well spaced out and left us enough time to relax and have lunch between. Staff on the boat were so nice and friendly. Highly recommend adding extras to the day trip.

wwakeling1 October 2021

Best day trip on the reef. Make sure you snorkel out to the wharf. Fish life is amazing. If your lucky you might see turtles and black tip reef sharks.staff and food were great.

Richard_L October 2021

Great boat ride, friendly crew, brilliant weather and crystal clear turquoise water. Will be back again.

Wendy_U October 2021

Great day out, loved the Yellow Submarine had the best up close encounters with the coral and the fish. Such a shame the resort looks a bit run down. Overall would recommend the day trip

Fa_Cee01 October 2021

Would highly recommend! My family and I had so much fun. Great activity for the kids and gorgeous views! The Buffett food was great too. The staff from the sign in desk to the boat deck were great and very friendly. Special thanks to Ben who took us out snorkelling, super fun! And Andrew who took our booking for our large group! Would love to visit the island again.

McKenna_N September 2021

Planned a trip to Green island but due to the weather the boat had to turn around and we went to Fitzroy. We intentionally planned to go to Green and not Fitzroy because we had already done that. The weather was also too rough for the glass bottom boat which we paid for. No refunds were offered to the passengers on the boat even though it is the more expensive trip. I would like the responsible party to contact me. Thank you

Louise_C September 2021

Snorkelling about a kilometre from Green Island. A chance to see the coral reef in its full glory and the endless stream of the most colourful fish you have ever seen.

Clare W August 2021

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. They gave good clear instructions on snorkeling and explained the best places to view the coral and fish. I enjoyed the optional on board buffet lunch. Fresh prawns and salads with hot options as well.

Rose4105 August 2021

Booked for a full day trip to Green island. Perfect weather and boat about 25% full due to no international visitors. Did the glass bottomed boat and semi submersible tours and other members of the family snorkeled and swam. Enjoyed the walk to the end of the island. We had lunch on the boat which was delicious. The resort on the island is run down and suffered from the lack of overseas visitors. Boat crew were fantastic, friendly, chatty and polite. A great day out.

Amanda_A August 2021

Big Cat staff were really friendly and helpful. The glass bottom boat and submarine is a fantastic experience. The boat ride over is comfortable and the buffet lunch was delicious.

Alice July 2021

We loved the whole day at Green Island! The boat trip was great and the snorkelling was awesome, we saw a turtle on our second snorkel from the beach. If you're keen to see more while snorkeling, you MUST do the guided snorkel safari tour, it was fantastic!

Serena_C July 2021

Being able to experience the fish in the glass bottom boat Meeting Wonderful people and the staff were knowledgeable which made for a pleasant experience

Blythe_B July 2021

Crew were efficient, friendly and welcoming. I have snorkeled a lot and the snorkelling on green Island wasn’t the best but I went at low tide. Definitely recommend high tide so your not too close to the bottom. However, Worth the trip, the boat ride is fun!

Paul_F July 2021

The crew were great, however buffet lunch was ordinary not worth the money, nowhere to be able to properly shower to get the sand off before trip home. Snorkeling area was alright but again nothing spectacular

Adriana_C July 2021

Friendly staff, nice food but not enough for my 14yo and 12yo. It was a very windy day so it was very difficult to snorkel and the visibility was terrible. Plenty of time at the island to wonder around, swim, snorkel. Recommended for families with kids.

Tony_D July 2021

The Melanesian display and the Crocodile feeding was an awesome experience. We also enjoyed the semi submersible and the fabulous commentary. Overall the experience on the Big Cat and the interaction with the crew was fantastic, the lunch on board was fantastic

Leigh_s July 2021

The highlights for us were the semi submersible and the glass bottomed boat. The buffet on board was excellent. All in all a very pleasurable experience

V9737AVstephenh July 2021

Make it clear when buying on TripAdvisor link whether lunch is included as we thought it was but it wasn’t. Make the ‘option’ obvious. Island itself was lovely. Very accessible, good coral and marine life. Had to walk out 200m plus from shore before got past knee height water! Eventually got to good snorkeling and worth the effort. Thought the croc exhibit and Melanesia museum was also included but it was also an add on price so gave it a miss

SIMON_M July 2021

Great barrier reef teeming with its variety of aquatic life. Snorkel, glass bottom boat, semi- sub experience and a very good lunch.

Jay R July 2021

We recenlty went for a day trip to green island through big cat. The check in staff were very helpful and the boat was nice and clean. We booked the snorkle safari with the marine biologist and it was an incredible tour. We were taken out futher into the reef to see more coral and fish than possible closer to land it was incredible. The lunch on board was very good with a wide variety of options and large servings provided. We also took part in a glass bottom boat tour and would recommend too as it is an easy way to see more of the reef and lots of fish.
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