Green Island Discovery Cruise

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One of nature's rare gifts!

Green Island is a beautiful 6000-year-old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – a premier world heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Our guide to Green Island Discovery Cruise

Surrounded by a reef filled with diverse marine life, and home to a unique rainforest environment, Green Island awaits to provide you with a memorable holiday experience.

Take part in all the activities that the island has to offer or relax on the beach and let your day unfold in this tropical paradise. Stroll through magical rainforest, laze on white coral sand beaches, swim, dive or snorkel …

Once onboard the catamaran, you will enjoy complimentary morning tea and coffee before departing Cairns for an exciting 45-minute journey to the picturesque Green Island.

At your destination, how you choose to spend the time is up to you. Maybe go snorkelling or take a glass-bottom boat coral viewing tour? Laze on white coral sand beaches? Take a dip in the island's swimming pool? Alternatively, why not explore the island's 120 native plant species on a self-guided Eco Island Walk?

One thing is for sure, surrounded by coral gardens and an abundance of marine life, you won't forget this fantastic day tour.

Optional Activities (at additional cost, booked locally)

There’s a wide range of optional activities to experience on Green Island. Scuba dive, join a snorkel excursion and even walk underwater with Seawalker helmet diving. For an exhilarating top-side perspective of the reef, there are parasailing and scenic helicopter flights too! There’s even the Marineland Melanesia Crocodile Habitat with daily crocodile shows.

Start times:

 8.30am; check-in starts 60 minutes before the cruise departure time.


Up to 7 hours on Green Island

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Green Island Discovery Cruise

  • If you did not select hotel transfer, please make sure to check in at the Great Adventures counters inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (1 Spence Street in Cairns) 1 hour before your departure time.
  • Morning tea and coffee are served until departure from Cairns.
  • 2-course set lunch at Green Island Resort’s Emeralds Restaurant is not available on Christmas Day. 
  • On very 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 or a refund authorised.
  • Those wishing to dive will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire on board before diving. Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from diving. It is recommended a wait of 12 hours but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. Snorkelling can be a strenuous activity. Please use caution and inform the crew of any medical conditions. The minimum age for diving is 12 years.
  • Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear, spending money for drinks, souvenirs and optional activities and camera to capture your memories. Limited underwater digital cameras are available to hire onboard.
  • Surcharge: Due to potential significant volatility in supply & operational costs a surcharge may be applied due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, any charge will be collected on departure
  • What to bring? We recommend a Camera (underwater cameras are available for purchase and underwater digital cameras are available for hire), Swimming costume and beach towel, Hat, sunscreen and shirt for sun protection, Cash for drinks at the bar and Cash/credit card for shopping and additional dives.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled before your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post-departure.


Frequently Asked Questions for Green Island Discovery Cruise

  • How do I check-in before departure?
    Please check-in at the Great Adventures counters inside the Reef Fleet Terminal (1 Spence Street in Cairns) 1 hour before your departure time.
  • Will I get seasick?
    Hopefully not. The large, stable fast catamarans provide very good seakeeping even in rougher ocean conditions. Where there is motion, whether a car, bus, plane or boat, some people will suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness tablets are available onboard for purchase. There are also ginger tablets as a natural alternative motion sickness medication on a complimentary basis. To be effective, motion sickness medications should be taken immediately on boarding. If you are concerned about potential motion sickness, being closer to the coast, Green Island is a shorter 45-minute journey and is more protected than a cruise to the Outer Reef.
  • Do you supply life jackets?
    Life jackets are onboard for emergency use only. However, flotation/buoyancy vests are available for use whilst swimming or snorkelling. At Green Island, these can be hired from the Dive Shop. For passengers continuing on to the Outer Reef, please help yourself to these from the front of the platform with the rest of your snorkelling equipment.
  • What is the temperature of the water?
    The warm waters of Tropical North Queensland range in temperature from 22-29 Celsius (75-85 Fahrenheit) and make for year-round comfort for water activities.
  • What time does the boat depart Cairns? For the “Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Adventure”, your vessel departs Cairns at 8.30am, departs the island at 2.30pm, and returns to Cairns at approximately 4.30pm.
  • If we book a certain return time for a Green Island cruise, can we change to an earlier or later departure once we are over on the Island?
    Yes, if there is availability the crew at the Information Counter on Green Island can amend your return times. If it is fully booked, however, you will have to return on your originally scheduled departure time.
  • Is Green Island still part of the Great Barrier Reef?
    Yes, Green Island is situated in the Inner part of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Do you have prescription masks available?
    Standard masks magnify objects underwater by about 25%. We do have prescription masks up to -8.0 available. If you need a prescription mask, please advise when reconfirming your booking locally as there is a limited supply, especially in the higher prescription strengths.
  • Do you cater for vegetarians?
    Yes, the daily buffet lunch at the Outer Reef provides food options for vegetarians. All menu options are labelled with ingredient lists. On Green Island, the restaurant and food outlets provide a wide range of food options suitable for vegetarians. If you have special dietary needs, please advise when reconfirming your booking locally.