Green Island Tour & Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour on Pontoon by Great Adventures

Tour Code: 127

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Family Deal Save $164
  • This is the best Great Barrier Reef combo package tour in Cairns. Spend 2 hours in the morning on Green Island and 3 hours on an interactive floating pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef. This is  the best value for money you can buy. 
  • Snorkel with turtles and explore the colourful coral gardens at Green Island. Take a self-guided eco walk on the only island with a rainforest in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Glide through the reef on an underwater semi-submersible submarine tour. See the largest crocodile in captivity in Australia, 112-year-old Cassius, who resides at Marineland Melanesia on Green Island
  • Book the optional extra scenic helicopter flights and see the Great Barrier Reef from above and below the water
  • Whilst on the outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon try scuba diving or a ride on the underwater scooters with Scuba Doo (optional extras)
  • Family Deal - Save $156 based on 2 adults & 2 children

Included In Price

  • Includes a 2 hour stopover on Green Island
  • Return air- conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Tea & Coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Morning Tea cake selection on outward journey
  • 3 hours at the outer reef floating activity platform - pontoon
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch with seafood - served by crew
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Buoyancy vests
  • Reef Education Presentation
  • Semi-Submersible Submarine coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater observatory
  • Eco Reef Talk with marine naturalist in underwater observatory
  • Afternoon Tea & Coffee

Cairns best value 2 in 1 Deal for Great Barrier Reef tours! This is the one and only reef trip day tour from Cairns to visit an Island and outer reef pontoon in one day!

What we like about this Great Barrier Reef Tour Combo:

  • You get to see two iconic locations on the Great Barrier Reef in the one day
  • Save approximately $80.00 per person when you combine the two reef tours
  • 2 hours on Green Island - includes snorkelling gear
  • 3 hours on the interactive floating pontoon on the outer reef
  • Ride around the reef in a semi-submersible submarine
  • Watch all the diving and snorkelling activity from the underwater observatory lounge - eco talk
  • Reef education presentation
  • Delicious meals
  • Fast catamaran boats
  • Multi award winning marine tour operators   
  • Optional extras available - Helicopter Rides, Scuba Doo, Diving & Guided Snorkelling Tours

Great Barrier Reef Tour - Cairns 2 in 1 Outer Reef Pontoon and Green Island Tour

Spend two hours exploring Green Island and then continue by boat on to the Great Barrier Reef Activity platform on Norman Reef, where you can choose to try diving, snorkelling, Scuba Doo, helicopter scenic flights and much more! 

This is value for money and you get to see and experience more than any other Cairns Reef Tour can in one day.

This Outer Great Barrier Reef Interactive Pontoon and Green Island Combo Package Deal is our most popular reef tour from Cairns as you get to experience a tropical island for 2 hours and then spend 3 hours out on the edges of the Great Barrier Reef on an Interactive Activity Platform.

By combining these two Cairns reef tours into one day, you will see nothing but the best that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer and also enjoy the full range of optional extras available like scenic helicopter flights, Scuba-doo, guided snorkel tours, scuba diving and more. (see booking forms)

Perfect For non-Swimmers

This 2 in 1 Great Barrier Reef tour is great for all age groups, and great for those that do not swim but still wish to see the reef without getting wet.

The non-swimmers can ride around the coral reef on a semi-submersible submarine tour, watch all the underwater activity from the interactive pontoons underwater observatory, or take a low level scenic helicopter flight over the reef.   

Be quick to book this Green Island and Outer Barrier Reef Combo Package Deal experience as it is so popular not only for the great price but for the full adventure and experiences it offers in a one day Great Barrier Reef tour.

Leaving from Cairns you spend 2 hours exploring a tropical island and then 3 hours snorkelling the mesmerizing Great Barrier Reef.

This Cairns reef tour departs at 8.30am and returns to Cairns at 5.30pm.

Cairns Combo Package Tours - Green Island Tours

2 Hour Green Island Stop Over Adventure. Green Island is a short 45 minute reef boat ride from the City of Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal in Spence Street.

Green Island is a 6000 year old Coral Cay that has built up naturally over the years into a quaint tropical island with fringing reef that has now become a tourist mecca for half day tours, full day tours and overnight accommodation in a five star island resort.

Green Island is very popular with families and the elderly folks as you can take your prams on walks around the islands well laid pathways and browse thru the shopping village that is located under the canopy of the trees.

Please note: Your stop on Green Island includes the snorkel equipment only.

Cairns Combo Package Tours - Green Island Facts

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.

A favourite place for giant Green turtles to lay their eggs, migrating whales to play in the azure clear waters that surround Green Island along with a vast array of exotic tropical fish that call the fringing reefs their home.

Green Island itself is located amidst one of the Seven Wonders of the World; The Great Barrier Reef, and is approximately 30 acres of protected coastal rainforest.

Green Island Activities – Things To Do, Things To See

Beyond snorkelling the waters of Green Island, there are plenty of other optional activities for you to do also.

While on Green Island join an interpretive rainforest walk to learn about the 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 souvenir shops on the island for you take home some memorabilia. 

Seawalker is a great underwater experience where you pop on a helmut and walk on the ocean floor as fresh air is pumped up from above. This is where you will meet the famous Parrot fish Gavin who simply loves being in every single selfie shot possible.   

Parasailing is another optional extra activity the whole family can enjoy on Green Island.

Marineland Melanesia* (entrance fees apply) on Green Island houses the largest crocodile in the world called Cassius, and when you are up beside him it is scary to think what he could do to you if he gets out of there.

Here you will see crocodile feeding displays and learn about these pre-historic predators along with seeing rescued sea turtles in rehab and also see old pictures of days gone by when crocodile hunting was permitted. 

Cairns Combo Package Tours - Great Barrier Reef Tours

Cairns Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon

After spending two hours exploring Green Island it is time to board the catamaran and head to Norman Reef on the outer Barrier Reef where you will be snorkelling and scuba diving amongst some of the most beautiful corals and a huge array of tropical fish and other marine life for 3 hours of fun.

You will cruise in air conditioned comfort on the catamaran to the secure spacious interactive platform moored at the magnificent Norman reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns. 

This is the only Great Barrier Reef tour where you can do an island and ocean hop by adding a visit to Green Island to the itinerary first thing in the morning.

Spend two hours exploring the islands sites and then continue on to the outer Barrier Reef to the platform on Norman Reef.

You will be dropped off and picked up from the Green Island jetty. This day tour departs at 8.30am and returns to Cairns at 5.30pm  

Why Go Out To A Great Barrier Reef Pontoon from Cairns?

A pontoon platform that sits out on the reef permanently is just perfect for those guests that want to see the Great Barrier Reef but do not fancy spending the whole day in the water snorkelling or scuba diving.

It is also perfect for families with children as they have plenty of room and plenty of activities for them to participate in and you can even bring a fold up pram on-board the boat.

The multi-level deck ensures plenty of room for everyone to move about or even relax on a sun lounger.

A pontoon is also a great option for those days when the weather may be a little blowy and also a bit rough as it offers you some protection from the wind.

Whether you are a total non-swimmer and do not wish to swim or a scuba diver the team at Great Barrier Reef adventures will help you every step of the way.

What can you do and see on a Great Barrier Reef Pontoon?

A floating pontoon on the reef offers all the in water toys and the complimentary activities on board the pontoon include a Semi-Submersible Submarine Boat ride that has glass windows all around for you to see the reef and marine life from your comfortable seat, an underwater observatory which is located on the platform where you can take photographs of your friends and family snorkelling and or scuba diving*, snorkelling gear with instruction and supervision provided.

If you are not a very strong swimmer or you have children with you just ask the crew for a pool noodle and or a floatation vest so you can float around in the water for as long as you like.

Optional extras are guided snorkelling tours with a marine biologist or marine naturalist, scuba diving, Scuba Doo and helicopter scenic flights over the reef (infant age 3 must pay child price).

We strongly suggest you pre-book these extra activities to ensure you do not miss out on these experiences as there are only so many slots available per tour. (*Optional Activities attract additional fees).

Interactive Activities on the Pontoon

Once arriving at the platform the boat crew encourages you to actively participate in the day’s activities.

The floating pontoon, situated on picturesque Norman Reef is without a doubt the most comfortable pontoon on offer in this area.

Once you have decided which activities you would like to enjoy for the day it’s time to begin your Great Adventure! Whether you are a non-swimmer or a scuba diver the team will help you every step of the way. 

The platform also has an underwater observatory where you can spot the divers and snorkellers and view the colourful array of reef fish swimming around and listen to a reef eco talk with one of our experienced marine naturalists.

Semi-Submersible Submarine Tours (included)

The semi-submersible submarine tours operate from the stable platform on a regular basis and this is a great activity for families and for the non-swimmer as the semi-submersible submarine travels around the huge coral bommies and give you a similar perspective of a scuba diver while staying dry! 

From the semi-submersible submarine tour the amount of marine life and coral that you have the chance to see is endless. 

Make sure you keep an eye out for the elegant green sea turtles, the giant clams and the ever popular Nemo and his friends hiding in his anemone.

Guided Snorkel Safaris

We cater for a range of people and different levels and abilities.  The boats crew are very patient with beginner snorkelers and offer full instructional guidelines to help you in the water.

Guided snorkelling trips are available at an additional charge and the crew take you away from the pontoon to some of the most beautiful coral you will ever see.

They take you to the coral reef bommies that hide spectacular marine life such as green sea turtles, giant Maori Wrasse and all types of tropical fish in brilliant colours.

Scuba Diving (Introductory & certified)

If you have ever wanted to try scuba diving for the first time or it has always been your dream to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef the crew will be more than happy to make that dream a reality as you see that their passion for underwater is second to none and they appreciate the smiles on the divers faces as they resurface and get told that was the best experience they have ever done. 

It’s a lot of fun and no scuba diving experience is necessary to try an introductory scuba dive (medical questionnaire to be filled out on board) as all dives are fully escorted and guided by the experienced crew. 

For the certified scuba divers the dive instructors will guide you on an underwater adventure to see the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and marine life in all its wonder.

Please note: You will need to be fit and have no medical conditions at all so please ensure you fill in the medical questionnaire correctly and honestly as it could save your life.

Children must be 12 years and older to scuba dive.

Scuba Doo

If scuba diving isn’t your thing why not try the Scuba Doo, the only place in Australia where you can ride a scooter (underwater motor bike) underwater! 

Cruise the Great Barrier Reef from the platform where your professional guide will take you on an underwater scooter journey to remember. 

No experience is necessary and non-swimmers are welcomed to join this Scuba Doo activity. (Medical questionnaire to be filled out on board)

Please note: You will need to be fit and have no medical conditions at all so please ensure you fill in the medical questionnaire correctly and honestly as it could save your life.

Children must be 12 years and older and a certain height.

Fly/Cruise and Cruise Fly Helicopter Tour Options

1.) Cruise by boat to Green Island, then cruise to the outer reef pontoon and return to Cairns by helicopter on a 25 minute scenic flight.  

2.) Take a 15 minute helicopter flight from Cairns to Green Island, then cruise to the outer reef pontoon, and cruise back to Cairns by boat

Oh and you will be pleasantly surprised on the cost of this activity it will definitely not break the bank.

***Infant age 3 must pay child price***

See the biggest choice of Great Barrier Reef & Helicopter fligth combo tours here.

10 Minute Scenic Helicopter Flights

See the Great Barrier Reef From Above and Below

We offer spectacular scenic helicopter flights around Norman Reef and the option of flying out to the pontoon or returning to Cairns in a helicopter. 

As you fly around 500 feet over this remarkable decorative reef system you may be lucky enough to spot turtles, manta rays and sharks. 

The scenic helicopter flights must be pre booked as this is an extremely popular way to see the reef and you would not want to miss the opportunity to see this natural wonder from above.

***Infant age 3 must pay child price***

Lunch on Board Great Barrier Reef Platform

After a busy morning snorkelling, scuba diving or enjoying your trip on the semi- submersible submarine then there’s no better way than to head back to the platform and enjoy the sumptuous lunch the crew have been waiting to serve for you. 

With a full hot and cold tropical buffet lunch there is no nicer setting then to sit under the shaded platform and view the Great Barrier Reef while having a glass of wine or beer and enjoying a full buffet lunch that includes some fresh prawns and various hot and cold meats and meat dishes or a warm vegetarian curry.

The buffet caters for all sorts of special dietary requirements you may have.

As your day at the Great Barrier Reef starts to wind up the pontoon offers fresh water showers and change rooms to wash all that salt off you.  On the return journey to Cairns you are offered afternoon tea with cheese and biscuits.

See more Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns. 

Accommodation Return Transfers

Please note: All return transfers will depart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal 17.30pm. 
Reservations staff will be contacting all passengers with transfers the day prior to travel to update them
on locations and times.

Please see below timetables:

Pick up time@ 06:40
MANTRA AMPHORA (49-63 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
PARADISE ON THE BEACH RESORT (119-121 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
PEPPER'S BEACH CLUB & SPA PALM COVE (123 Williams Esplanade)
REEF HOUSE (99 Williams Esplanade Palm Cove)
REEF RETREAT (10-14 Harpa Street Palm Cove)

Pick up time @ 06:45
MANGO LAGOON (81-85 Cedar Road Palm Cove)

Pick up time @ 07:00
CNR Moore & Trinity St Bus Stop

Pick up time @ 07:30
CAIRNS SHERIDAN (295 Sheridan Street)
THE LAKES CAIRNS RESORT & SPA (2 Greenslopes Street)
PALM ROYALE HOTEL (7-11 Chester Court)
CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB (18-26 Cannon Street)
QUEEN'S COURT (167-171 Sheridan Street)
RYDGES ESPLANADE RESORT (Bus Area - Esplanade Side)

Pick up time @ 07:35
181 ESPLANADE P/Up Lake Street Side (181 Esplanade)
BAY VILLAGE (Cnr Lake & Gatton Streets)
CORAL TREE INN (162-172 Grafton Street)
CAIRNS PLAZA HOTEL (145 Esplanade)

Pick up time @ 07:40
RILEY (p/u from DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - Abbott St side)
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON (121-123 Esplanade)

Pick up time @ 07:45
FLYNN BY CRYSTALBROOK (p/u Abbott Street entrance near Night Markets)
MANTRA TRILOGY (p/u Abbott Street entrance near Night Markets)
THE BENSON HOTEL (Cnr Grafton & Spence)
GILLIGANS - P/up The Benson (50 Grafton St)

Pick up time @ 07:50

Pick up time @ 08:00
YHA CAIRNS CENTRAL (20-26 McLeod Street)

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Cruise/Cruise: departs Cairns 8.30am
  • Cruise/Cruise/Fly: departs Cairns 8:30pm - departs Green Island 11:30am - departs Pontoon/platform 3:15pm
  • Fly/Cruise/Cruise: departs Cairns 10:00am - departs Green Island 11:30am - departs Pontoon/platform 3:15pm
Departure Instructions

Check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal PRIOR TO DEPARTURE to obtain your boarding pass at 07:45 ready for a 08:30 departure. Vessel returns to Cairns Marina at 17:30.

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Please note: All return transfers will depart Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal 17.30pm.
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Green Island
  •  Green Island & Outer Great Barrier Reef: Moore Reef or Norman Reef depending on weather conditions.
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


For Christmas and New Year there is a high demand so advance booking is advised.
All activities are subject to weather conditions.


7 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Introductory scuba diving (no experience necessary, subject to medical questionnaire) - minimum age 12
  • Certified scuba diving - minimum age 12
  • Guided Outer Barrier Reef Snorkel Tour
  • Scuba-Doo Underwater Scooter
  • Note: Infants age 3 will be charged the child price for any helicopter component booked, this charge will be added to your booking total
Fitness Level Required


  • Helicopter Weight Restrictions
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12

Scuba Diving, Scuba Doo and Helmet Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo.
  • Participation is subject to medical questionnaires completed on board with the tour operator.
  • Minimum age for scuba diving and helmet diving/scuba doo is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended after one dive, 18 hour after 2 dives and at least 24 hours after multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Intro Dive Medical Advanced Dive Medical Seawalker Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • For scuba diving and helmet diving, medical, height and age restrictions apply; must be 12 to 70 years.
  • All schedules, activities and prices may be varied without notice.
  • All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST
Eco Certifications
Eco Advanced Tourism

Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, swimming costume, towel, cash or credit card, camera. Souvenirs available for sale on board the boat.

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Susan W

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Loved the staff and the captain. Tour was very organized and we were glad that the staff knew who we were and what activity we were participating in. They were great in keeping in contact during the trip across to the reef.

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thank you Susan, We love the 2 in 1 Deal that visits Green Island & Outer Reef as it offers such great value! We are glad you loved it as much as we do. We hope to see you again on the Great Barrier Reef soon. Belinda - The Tour Specialists

Hugh M

Reviewed on June 17, 2016

Greatly enjoyed our day out to the reef

Response From The Tour Specialists

The tour specialists are delighted you enjoyed your day with Great adventures experiencing Green Island & the Great Adventures outer reef pontoon. It is a great value tour and perfect if you are limited on time and want to experience the most in 1 day.

Dhanashree B

Reviewed on September 23, 2015

it was an unforgettable experience. The crew was very helpful. Instructor Katrina really had been very supportive in training session and the dive. I am very thankful to your team.

  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (not applicable with other discounts)
  • Child Fare 4-14 years inclusive
  • Infants age 3 will be charged the child price for any helicopter component booked, this charge will be added to your booking total

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:

Cancellations received within 24 hours are subject to full cancellation.

Note: Infants age 3 will be charged the child price for any helicopter component booked, this charge will be added to your booking total

Green Island Tour & Outer Great Barrier Reef Tour on Pontoon by Great Adventures

Tour Code: 127

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Family Deal Save $164



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

Child: au$164.00
Family: au$780.00

Tour Code: 127



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