Ocean Free Sail to Green Island & Great Barrier Reef

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What are you waiting for? Book now and discover the Great Barrier Reef!

Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended and explore the stunning Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This unforgettable full-day tour allows you to fully relax, sunbathe, explore the incredible underwater world as you snorkel and enjoy a delicious lunch onboard Ocean Free's 16.5 metre sailing schooner.

Our guide to Ocean Free Sail to Green Island & Great Barrier Reef

Your tour starts once you have been picked up from your hotel in Cairns. Upon arriving at Marlin Marina in Cairns, the bus driver will guide you to the Reef Fleet Terminal for check-in, which begins at 7:15am, at the Ocean Free/Freedom desk. Following check-in you will board the Ocean Free.

As you step on board, you'll be welcomed with a fresh piece of fruit and a delectable Danish pastry, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. The Ocean Free, a 16-meter sailing schooner, will set sail from the dock at 8:00am to embark on a full-day cruise to Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef. To ensure a personalised experience with ample comfort and space, the guest count is limited to a maximum of 25 passengers.

Your journey will take you to Ocean Free's exclusive mooring on Pinnacle Reef, located just 1 kilometre offshore from Green Island. This Marine Park Reserve is protected from fishing activities and teems with an abundance of marine life. Upon arrival, you can step directly off the boat into a vibrant coral garden and partake in activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving (additional cost), all under the watchful eye of your experienced crew. Alternatively, you can simply relax and take in the surroundings.

After enjoying the morning activities, you'll savour a substantial smorgasbord lunch featuring a variety of seafood options. Transfers to Green Island are available throughout the day, providing you with the flexibility to explore the island's walking tracks, rainforest, or relax on the beach – the choice is yours. After approximately 4.5 hours of reef and island exploration, Ocean Free will depart the reef and sail back to Cairns (weather permitting). During the journey back, your attentive crew will serve snacks and a glass of wine.

You can expect to return to Cairns at approximately 5:00pm, at which point you'll meet the bus at the same pick-up point for your return transfer to your hotel.


Daily, year-round except 25th December and 1st January.

Start Time:

The tour starts at 8.00am. This tour picks up from centrally located Cairns accommodations. Your pick-up time will be confirmed locally. 


Around 9 hours.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Ocean Free Sail to Green Island & Great Barrier Reef

  • Please note: Environmental Management Charge and Cairns Port Authority $20 per person Administration Fee is payable directly on the departure of the tour, and is subject to change without notice.
  • A bus with a small Ocean Free/Ocean Freedom sign on the side will pick you up from your hotel - please ensure you are at the pick-up point on time for your transfer.
  • The tour departs from the Reef Fleet Terminal. Departure from A Finger Number 4.
  • Please bring swimwear, sunscreen, a towel, a hat, sunglasses, cash or credit card for onboard purchases and a light jumper in winter months for the journey home or a light raincoat if some tropical showers are around.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • Guests must be mobile enough to get in and out of a dinghy from the main vessel and on and out of the dinghy onto the beach - Guests must be mobile enough to move around a sailing vessel.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel the trip on very rare occasions due to adverse weather conditions or mechanical problems, or to use another vessel or select the sites.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers.
  • Infants aged 0-3 years travel free.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled before your holiday departure date. No refunds for bookings cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel or in the event of a no-show.