Green Island HALF DAY Tour Ex Cairns | Snorkel & Dive Great Barrier Reef Australia

Tour Code: 118

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Included In Price

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Self-guided eco Island walk
  • Choice of Glass bottom boat coral reef viewing tour OR use of snorkelling equipment
  • Entry to island swimming pool
  • Use of day visitor facilities

Save $56.00 on our Green Island Great Barrier Reef Family Package Tour Deal. 2nd Child Travels Free. Green island is the best value half day reef tour from Cairns. Spend a half day morning or half day afternoon snorkelling or riding glass bottom boat

Save $56.00 on our Great Barrier Reef Family Package Tour Deal. 2nd Child Travels Free.

Families just love Green Island which is only 12 hectares (or 30 acres in size) as there is so much to see and do for absolutely everyone from the novice swimmer to the certified scuba diver and the adventurous teenager who loves everything in water sports action.

This Great Barrier Reef tour is also a great option for cruise ship passengers berthing in Yorkeys Knob and Cairns

Choose from 3 ferry departure times daily for your Green Island, Great Barrier Reef half day tour.

Cairns Green Island Half Day Ferry Boat Reef Tour

Green Island is located 45 minutes boat ride from the City of Cairns and is a 6000 year old Coral Cay.

Green Island was declared a National Park in 1936 because of the unique plant and animal life on the island and the abundant marine life all around it.

Green Island is a favourite nesting place for giant Green sea turtles, a fun marine environment for migrating whales and home to a vast array of exotic tropical fish.

Green island itself is located amidst one of the Seven Wonders of the World; The Great Barrier Reef, and is approximately 37 acres of protected coastal rainforest in size.

Green Islands proximity to the Australian coastline offers you a reef experience for a half day reef tour and activities although there is plenty to do if you choose to spend the full day of up to 7 hours on the island.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are the obvious activities to undertake while on Green Island but there are plenty of other activities for you to do too.

While on the island, take the self- guided rainforest walk to learn about the Green Islands ecology, laze in the white sandy beaches or sip on a cocktail at the islands resort style swimming pool.

Bring your wallets as there are several restaurants and shops on the island that host some unique tropical inspired collections.

Green Island Ferry Boat Departure Times and Packages

The ferry boat departs to Green Island three times daily with coach pick-ups from all Cairns and Cairns beaches holiday accommodation.

Reef boats depart from Cairns at 8:30, 10:30 and 1:00pm and then the ferries leave from Green Island and return back to Cairns at 12:50pm, 3:20pm and 5:20pm.

You may visit Green Island for a full day or just a half day reef trip.

The Green Island ferry half day tour is the best budget reef trip option that includes your boat transfers as well as snorkelling gear or a glass bottom boat coral viewing tour and the exclusive use of the islands swimming pool.

Each ferry transfer boat offers the fastest cruising time to the island of only 45 minutes which means more relaxation and fun time on the island instead of sitting on a boat!

The Green Island Islander half day tour includes your boat transfers as well as a choice of snorkelling gear or a glass bottom boat coral viewing tour.

Green Island Optional Extra Activities

Green Island Scenic Helicopter Flights

A great way to admire this charming little tropical island is by a scenic helicopter flight which gives you a unique perspective of the island and the coral and marine life all around it.

You can do a 10 minute scenichelicopter flight, a 15 minute scenic flight or you can fly either to or from the island instead of travelling by ferry boat.

Green Island and Seawalker

Adventure seekers can view the oceans floor from a different perspective so why not try Seawalkerwhere you don’t even need to be able to swim or even get your hair wet.

You are able to  submerge into the oceans depth to view all  the colourful fish and coral.

Just put on your wetsuit and weight belt and the helmet sits weightlessly on your shoulders as you submerge to the azure depths below to be greeted by the very famous local celebrity Parrot fish Gavin.

Gavin is world famous and you will get to know him personally as he and his friends are permanent residents of this dive location and just love to engage with guests and photo bomb at every opportunity whilst visitors are undertaking a Seawalker adventure.

Green Island Glass Bottom Boat Coral Viewing Tours

Glass bottom boat rides are another fantastic way of viewing the Great Barrier Reef without getting your hair wet.

Kids will love spotting Nemo’s, clams and coral from the comfort and safety of a glass bottom boat; suitable for all ages.

The underwater observatory on the jetty is another family favourite and is an aquarium style observatory where you can view marine life in their natural environments.

Green Island Scuba Diving

No experience necessary so why not take the plunge into the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef for an introductory Scuba Dive.

All scuba dives are supervised by highly qualified dive instructors so don't miss out on this amazing underwater adventure to see the reef and marine life in all of its wonder.

For the certified scuba divers you can be taken on two dive adventures to see some of the better parts of this reef away from Green Island.

Green Island Boat Snorkel Trip

We urge you to take a short boat trip to one of the best snorkelling sites off of Green Island for a guided tour to explore colourful marine life and coral gardens in the deeper waters.

The further you are away from the island and the deeper the water, you will find the colourful hard and soft corals and more abundant marine life, so we really do recommend you book on one of these extra snorkelling boat reef tours.

Green Island Marineland Melanesia

Green Island holds a small native wildlife sanctuary filled with excitement such as crocodile attack shows, opportunities to hold baby crocodiles and get your photo taken, tropical fish aquariums, marine artefacts and primitive art on display.

At times you can even see rescued sea turtles and the star of the show is that they have the largest crocodile in captivity called Cassius who is over 102 years old.

Let's hope he does not escape anytime soon in the islands surrounding waters!

Green Island Underwater Observatory

The Green Island Underwater Observatory was the world’s first coral viewing underwater observatory.  Don't forget to visit this piece of marine history at the Green Island jetty.

Green Island Beach Hire

Enjoy all the activities ranging from volleyball, windsurfing, guided glass bottom boat tours, semi-submersible submarine tours, kayak tours, canoeing or relax in the sun under an umbrella! (charges apply)

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Departs From


Departure Time
  • Check In: 8am / 10am / 12.30pm
  • Departure: 8.30am / 10.30am /1pm
  • Arrives Green Island: 9.15am / 11.15am /1.45pm
  • Departs Green Island: 12 / 2.30pm / 4.30pm
  • Arrives back in Cairns: 12.50pm / 3.20pm / 5.20pm
Departure Instructions

Departure from Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence St Cairns. It is recommended to check-in forty-five minutes prior to departure. Coach transfers are available from Cairns city and the Northern Beaches for an additional cost.

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Green Island
  • Green Island
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



2 or 3 hours
Times are approx

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory scuba diving  Available on 10:30 am departure only
  • Seawalker helmet diving  Available on 10:30 am departure only
  • scenic helicopter flights Available on 10:30 am departure only
  • boat snorkel trip  Available on 10:30 am departure only
  • parasailing
  • Marineland Melanesia Crocodile Habitat
  • Green Island Resort Club Spa Massage and Beauty
  • Dine at the Resort's award winning Emeralds Restaurant.
  • Wetsuits
  • Lycra suits and optical masks are also available from the Island Dive Shop
Additional Information
  • Rates are per person per tour and quoted ex wharf
  • Rates are in Australian Dollars including GST
  • Family fare - maximum of 2 adults and 2 children of the same family
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice.
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism

Hat, sunglasses, towel, sunscreen, swimwear, money for snacks & drinks

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Darlene H

Reviewed on August 26, 2018

Thank you for the kind and friendly service even when we needed to change days and run late it was no trouble to put us on another boat to get there in time

Response From The Tour Specialists

We are so pleased to hear you had a wonderful experience to Green Island! Thank you for your feedback, we greatly appreciate it.

Robert T

Reviewed on July 10, 2017

Great day,boat staff very helpful and informative.Island is amazing.Only minor issue was the elderly tour guide on the glass bottom boat who was hard to understand and his information didn't seem to flow.

  • Child price applies to children age 4 to 14
  • Children 3 and under travel free

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions page here for details prior to booking.

Operator's Cancellation policy:

For cancellations after 4pm on the day prior to travel a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

For cancellations between 12 midday and 6pm on the day prior to travel a 50% cancellation fee will apply.

For cancellations before 12 midday on the day prior to travel no cancellation fee will apply.

On rare occasions, services can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

Should a cruise not operate for any reason passengers will be offered an alternative day of travel or a refund will be authorised.

The company reserves the right to cancel the trip due to poor weather conditions or mechanical problems, or to use another vessel or select the sights used. There is no refund if the tour is cancelled by the customer within 24 hours

Green Island HALF DAY Tour Ex Cairns | Snorkel & Dive Great Barrier Reef Australia

Tour Code: 118

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$56.00
Family: au$268.00

Tour Code: 118



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1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745

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