Cruise to Green Island / Cruise to Great Adventures Pontoon / Fly back to Cairns

Starting from: $AU531.00

Tour Overview

  • Tour: Cruise to Green Island / Cruise to Great Adventures Pontoon / Fly back to Cairns
  • Departure location: Cairns
  • Ideal for snorkelling
  • Suitable for families & couples
  • Number of passengers: 400
  • Number of reef sites visited: 1 site
  • Reef location(s): Green Island & Norman Reef
  • Tour duration: 8:30am – 3:45pm
  • Travelling time to the reef: 2hrs by boat / 30min by helicopter
  • Time exploring the reef: 2hrs on Green Island / 2hrs 45min on Norman reef
  • Vessel type and size: Catamaran / 30m with 3 levels
  • Morning tea & Buffett Lunch included


Cruise to Green Island / Cruise to Great Adventures Pontoon / Fly back to Cairns

This is an exciting day tour where guests get to see two amazing locations, the outer reef and an tropical island. 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.

From the air the colours of the reef are brighter and even more beautiful and visitors get to see how big the Great Barrier Reef really is! Have the camera ready for some great photos of islands, cays and hopefully turtles, rays and whales.

The day starts with a 45 minute boat cruise to Green Island where visitors enjoy two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. Green Island is a beautiful tropical island part of the Great Barrier Reef with rainforests surrounded by white sandy beaches, coral reefs and extensive marine life. Snorkelling equipment is provided to all clients so they can explore the island reef 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)

After this amazing day the return to Cairns is in style, by helicopter. Enjoy a low scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, sandy cays and islands before landing at Cairns CBD where passengers get to also see views of the city.

What's included in the main price

  • Coach pick up & drop off from accommodation
  • Cruise by catamaran to Green Island in the morning
  • Cruise by catamaran to the luxury multi level pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spectacular helicopter scenic flight from the reef back to Cairns
  • Two hours on Green Island
  • Snorkelling equipment included at Green Island and outer reef platform
  • Marine Biology presentation
  • Semi-submersible tours with interactive commentary
  • Glass bottom boat tours with interactive commentary
  • Fish feeding and identification session with a Marine Biologist
  • Underwater observatory
  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers and changing rooms
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Full hot and cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water available throughout the day
  • German & French speaking crew are available to assist international visitors
  • Introductory dive
  • Certified dive
  • Scuba-doo scooter
  • Guided snorkel tour
  • Helmet dive at Green Island

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
7:00-7:30 Coach pick up from accommodation
7:30 Check in at the Great Adventures desk inside the Reef Terminal, Cairns marina
08:30 Boat departs the Reef Terminal, Cairns
Travel time is 45 minutes direct to Green Island on a fast stable motor catamaran
09:15 Boat arrives on Green Island
Enjoy 2 hours exploring this tropical island
11:15 Boat departs Green Island to Norman Reef
Travel time is 1 hour & 15 minutes directly from Green Island to Great Adventures pontoon
12:30 Boat arrives at Great Adventures pontoon
Enjoy around 2 hours & 45 minutes exploring the outer reef
15:15 Helicopter departs Great Adventure pontoon
15:45 Helicopter arrives in Cairns
15:55 Coach transfer back to accommodation
  • Beach clothes and accessories such as swimmers, towel, hat, sunglasses, sun screen
  • Camera
  • Dry change of clothes for the trip home
  • Extra cash or a credit card for any onboard purchases including optional activities
  • Motion sickness tablet is recommended to take 30 minutes prior to the boat departure
  • Dive card and log book for certified divers

Please Note:
Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years
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
All Divers: In accordance with the Australian diving law, ALL DIVERS must complete a medical questionnaire on board, before diving.
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.
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.
Helicopter Passengers: Weight Check: Please note that client’s body weight must be advised prior to the reservation being confirmed as per Australia's Aviation Policy. Should a client advise a weight variance of more than 10%, the right is reserved to charge a 100% cancellation fee.
Insurance: The helicopter operator carries full insurance including Public Liability Insurance of $50,000,000.00.
Scooba-doo Scooter & Sea Walker: Min age is 12 years old.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2020 - 2021 Rates Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021 Action
Cruise / Cruise / Fly $531.00 per adult
$531.00 per child
Additional Extras Dates: 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021
Introductory Dive $268.00 per adult / $268.00 per child
Certified Dive $126.00 per adult / $126.00 per child
Guided Snorkel Tour $68.00 per adult / $36.00 per child

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
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.

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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