Great Barrier Reef Island Day Tours

An island tour is the perfect option for travellers who would like to visit the Great Barrier Reef, but don't want to spend all day on the boat, or for those ones who have already visited the outer reef but would like to snorkel again. This is also a good reef tour option for families with small children.

On an island tour visitors travel on a boat for a short time and once on the island they have the whole day to relax and explore a beautiful tropical paradise. The reef around the island is considered the inner reef, however the snorkeling experience is much easier compared to boat cruises because the reef is just off the beach so clients have an easy entrance into the water making snorkelling much more comfortable.

There are three islands around Cairns and Port Douglas that offer daily visits. Two of them are located off the cost of Cairns, Fitzroy Island and Green Island; and one is located off the cost of Port Douglas, Low Isles. They are all beautiful tropical islands and a great choice of tour.

Have a look below at all Island tours departing Cairns and Port Douglas.

Big Cat Green Island Cruises - Full day

  • Tour: Full day Green Island Tour
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 200
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island reef
  • Departure times from Cairns: 9:00am or 11:00am

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$AU94.00

Big Cat Green Island Cruises - Half day

  • Tour: Half day Green Island Tour
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 200
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island reef
  • Departure times from Cairns: 9:00am or 1:00pm

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Starting from:
$AU94.00

Fitzroy Island Activity Pass 1

  • Tour: Fitzroy Island Activity Pass 1
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 175 passengers
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: 09:00am – 5:15pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 45min to the Island

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Starting from:
$AU108.00

Fitzroy Island Activity Pass 2

  • Tour: Fitzroy Island Activity Pass 2
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 175 passengers
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: 09:00am – 5:15pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 45min to the Island

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Starting from:
$AU118.00

Fitzroy Island Ferry Transfers

  • Tour: Fitzroy Island return transfer
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 175 passengers
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: 09:00am – 5:15pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 45min to the Island

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$AU78.00

Fitzroy Island Sea Kayaking

  • Tour: Sea Kayaking around Fitzroy Island
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for backpackers, couples & families
  • Number of passengers: 8 per group
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: 09:00am – 5:15pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 45min to the Island / 3 hrs kayaking

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$AU149.00

Fitzroy Island Transfers with Thunderbolt

  • Tour: Fitzroy Island return transfer
  • Departure location: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for backpackers & families
  • Number of passengers: 25 passengers
  • Number of sites visited in a day: Fitzroy Island
  • Tour duration: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 30min to the Island

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$AU78.00

Fly / Cruise Green Island

  • Tour: Fly / Cruise Green Island
  • Departure location: Cairns & Northern Beaches
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families, backpackers & couples
  • Number of passengers: Flight: Min 2 - Max 6 / Boat: 200
  • Departs: Daily
  • Duration: 40 minutes flight
  • Places visited: False Cape in Cairns, Green Island, Arlington Reef, Michaelmas Cay, Hastings Reef, Oyster Reef, Double Island & Palm Cove.

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$AU279.00

Great Adventures Outer Reef & Green Island

  • 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

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$AU258.50

Green Island Discovery

  • Tour: Green Island Deluxe Tour
  • Departure locations: Cairns Marina
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & backpackers
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island reef
  • Departure times: 8:30am / 10:30am / 1pm from Cairns & 12pm / 2:30pm / 4:30pm from Green Island

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Starting from:
$AU118.00