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Green Island Adventure

Fast, Comfortable, Flexible ferry times
  • Ideal for families, 45 minute ferry
  • Great facilities, Tropical paradise!!
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Green Island Adventure Tours

Green Island Eco  
FROM $86 per adult
Green Island Discovery  
FROM $106 per adult

Green Island Adventure Info

Green Island is a nature lover's paradise.  There's fun for the whole family at this beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park a premier world heritage site. Only a 45 minute journey from Cairns, Green Island features a unique reef and rainforest environment, this beautiful island provides the one-stop tropical experience.

Why we like it:

  • Only 45 minutes by fast catamaran from Cairns
  • Calm waters patrolled by Aussie lifeguards!
  • Frequent ferry departures
  • Family Friendly
  • Flexible day
  • Excellent value! 
  • Exclusive use of Island Swimming Pool
  • Self-guided eco walk booklet
  • Home to world's first glass bottom boat in 1937

 Ferry Departures:

  • Depart Cairns -  8:30am; 10:30am; 1:00pm
  • Depart Green Island-  12:00pm; 2:30pm; 4:30pm
  • (allow 45 minutes travel time each way)
    Please advise preferred ferry times when booking

Eco Adventure Includes:

  • Return fast catamaran cruise
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Self-Guided Eco Island Walk
  • Choice of Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour OR use of snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkl & fins)
  • Use of Island swimming pool exclusive for Great Adventures guests
  • Use of day visitor facilities

Discovery Adventure Includes:

  • Return fast catamaran cruise
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Self-Guided Eco Island Walk
  • Choice of Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour AND use of snorkelling equipment
  • Use of Island swimming pool exclusive for Great Adventures guests
  • Use of day visitor facilities
  • Complimentary Beach Bag

Additional Costs : 

  • Introductory / Certified Diving
  • Floation Vests ($12), Lycra stinger suits
  • Sea Walker - walk underwater with Sea Walker helmet diving
  • Scenic Heli flights
  • Lunch
  • Hotel return transfers from Cairns or Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove)
  • Guided Snorkelling Tour (Boat Snorkel Trip)- Experience the best snorkelling sites at Green Island. You will be taken to one of  four dive sites about 1.5km from Green Island to explore and swim amongst colourful marine life and coral gardens. The snorkelling safety officer [lifeguard] is on hand to supervise and direct you to the best areas of the site. Duration approx 1 hour.
  • Green Island Beach Hire- Enjoy activities such as canoeing and glass bottom kayaks, beach volleyball, windsurfing or relax on a sunlounge under a beach umbrella
  • Marineland Melanesia- See exciting crocodile shows and hold a baby croc.  Tropical fish aquariums, primitive art and marine artefacts on display.  Home to Cassius - Guinness World Record Holder of Largest Crocodile in Captivity.

What to bring:

  • Swimming costume and beach towel
  • Hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes
  • Money for drinks, souvenirs and optional activities

Green Island is the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest growing on it, which is home to 126 native plant species, colourful birdlife, surrounded by magnificent coral gardens and is some 15 hectares (approx 37 acres) in size.

With the choice of three daily departures, this Green Island cruise is perfect for visitors with limited time, offering a half or full day experience. With a range of exciting optional activities, you can design your day at your own pace. You'll also have the choice of glass bottom boat coral viewing or snorkelling equipment.

You can spend from as little as 2 & 1/2 hours and up to 7 hours at Green Island, depending on the departure times that you select. We do need to book return times when making the reservation, however you can change your return times at a later time subject to availability.

Discover the island's unique flora and birdlife at your own pace with a self guided island walk.  See the crew at the information counter for your booklet.  Green Island is an ideal daytrip for families with soft sand and shallow waters directly off the beach. 

Multi-lingual staff members:  Great Adventures does have Japanese and Chinese crew members on this boat all year round.  Please request this option when booking so that we can make sure the staff member is working on your day of travel.  German, Italian and Korean speakers also work as crew on Great Adventures.