Great Adventures Outer Reef & Green Island

Starting from: $AU292.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Great Adventures Platform & Green Island
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 2 sites
  • Reef location(s): Norman Reef & Green Island
  • Tour duration: 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2hrs
  • Time exploring the reef: 5 hours (2hrs Green island + 3hrs Norman reef)
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels
  • Scuba-doo Underwater Scooter available


Great Adventures Outer Reef & Green Island

This is the complete reef and island experience!!! In an exciting cruise on a fast 45 minute catamaran ride Great Adventures takes visitors to the beautiful Green Island to enjoy two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay.

Green Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef with unique island rainforests, surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs and abundant marine life. During the 2 hours on Green Island snorkelling equipment is provided so visitors can explore the reef around the island which is located just off the beach.

After exploring the island the journey continues to Great Adventures spacious floating platform in the outer reef. The pontoon is suitable for all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers as the platform offers activities for people who want to get in the water and also for those one who prefer to stay dry.

The pontoon features undercover seating, tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, sundeck, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform. The main activities included are unlimited snorkelling, underwater observatory, semi-submersible coral viewing and reef education presentation.

Extra activities include:

  • Introductory diving (for clients who have never dived before)
  • Certified diving (up to 2 dives)
  • Guided snorkel tours (a snorkel tour where an experienced guide stays and assists clients during their snorkelling activity)
  • 'Scuba-Doo' Underwater Scooter (cruise the reef in an underwater scooter)
  • Sea Walker - Green Island (diving with a helmet on - the air comes from the surface)
  • Helicopter scenic flights (admire the reef from 2,000 feet above the reef where clients can see the beautiful reef colors and hopefully some marine life such as sea turtles, whales, sting rays etc. Great opportunity to take beautiful photos.)

Scenic helicopter flights are offered from and to the vessel and this is an amazing experience. Visitors fly over stunning reef locations and see the beautiful colours of the Great Barrier Reef.

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What's included in the main price

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea and coffee with cake selection
  • Two hours on Green Island
  • Three hours on outer reef platform
  • Snorkelling equipment included at Green Island and outer reef platform
  • Use of buoyancy vests at the pontoon
  • Reef education presentation
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Afternoon tea and coffee with cheese and biscuits
  • Hotel coach transfers
  • Sea Walker at Green Island
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba-doo scooter
  • Scenic helicopter flight
  • Guided snorkel tour

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
07:30-8:15 Check-in at the Great Adventures desk inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
08:30 Boat departs Cairns marina
Travel time is 45 minutes direct to Green Island
09:15 Boat arrives at Green Island
Enjoy around 2 hours exploring the tropical island
11:15 Boat departs Green Island
Travel time is 1 hour & 15 minutes direct from Green Island to the outer reef
12:30 Boat arrives at Great Adventures pontoon
Enjoy around 3 hours exploring the outer reef
15:30 Boat departs the outer reef pontoon
17:30 Boat arrives back in Cairns
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases
  • Motion sickness tablet to take around 30 minutes prior to the boat departing.
  • Diving card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
Flying after Diving: If only one dive is undertaken then a minimum of 12 hours is recommended before flying. If more than one dive is conducted in the day, an interval of 24 hours is recommended. This is not applicable for low helicopter flights over the reef.
Introductory Divers - NOTE: Certain medical conditions may prevent you from diving (e.g. Asthma, Heart Disease), please contact our office. Min. age to dive is 12 years.
Scooba-doo Underwater Scooter & Sea Walker: Min age is 12 years old.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2022 - 2023 Rates Dates: 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023 Action
Main Tour (Snorkelling) $292.00 per adult
$158.00 per child
$749.00 per family
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023
Introductory Dive $184.00 per adult / $184.00 per child
Certified Dive $130.00 per adult / $130.00 per child
Guided Snorkel Tour $72.00 per adult / $38.00 per child
Helicopter Flights (10 Minute) $199.00 per adult / $199.00 per child
Scuba-Doo Scooter $175.00 per adult / $175.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Family Price: 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Reef Tax: $6.50 is levied for all adults and children entering the Great Barrier Reef. This charge and other levies are INCLUDED in the cruise fares.

Related Products

Cruise / Cruise & Fly

Passengers first cruise to Green Island, then later in the morning cruise to the outer reef and at the end of the day the return to Cairns is by an amazing low scenic flight over the reef.

  • Spectacular low scenic flight
  • Quick and exciting return home with great views
  • Great opportunity to take amazing photos of the reef from the air

Green Island & Outer Reef with a 10min Scenic Flight

Two great locations in one day!!! Enjoy 2 hours on the tropical Green Island and then travel to the outer reef to Norman Reef where guests spend the day on a floating platform filled with great water activities. This is the perfect tour for the whole family..

  • 10 minute low scenic flight
  • Great opportunity for amazing photos
  • 2 hours on Green Island & 3 hours on the outer reef

Fly / Fly & Fly

This is the ultimate Reef & Island experience combining a low helicopter scenic flight from Cairns to Green Island, then to the outer reef and then back to Cairns! All passengers will definitely feel like a VIP.

  • The ultimate Reef & Island experience
  • Amazing day with memories to be carried forever
  • 10am – 3:45pm

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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