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Big Cat Green Island – Half Day

Half Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 9am or 1pm | Transfers available: Yes, extra

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises offers half day tours to Green Island, with two convenient departure and return times. This allows you to tailor your tour to suit your itinerary, with morning and afternoon tour times available. The half day tours provide up to two (2) hours to explore Green Island. The timing is to depart at 9am and return at 12.45pm, or depart at 1pm and return at 5pm.

Half day tours are provided aboard Big Cat’s ‘Reef Rocket’, a high speed, 24m catamaran which has 45-minute travel time to and from Cairns to Green Island. Green Island is the only Great Barrier Reef island to have tropical rainforest, which can be explored on shaded boardwalks with interpretive signage.

On the half day tours, there is time for guests to explore the rainforest and swim / snorkel from Green Island’s sandy beaches. Please note that most of the beaches are surrounded by sea grass beds, home to Green Sea Turtles, with the best Green Island snorkelling around the jetty area.

Green Island has a resort and Big Cat guests can utilise the licensed bar at the island to purchase hot and cold beverages. There is also a kiosk and restaurant on the island, which sell snacks and meals. Alternatively, take your own refreshments with you.

Owned and operated by a local Cairns family company, the half day Green Island tours include either snorkelling equipment or a glass bottom boat tour as standard, with guests able to upgrade their tour to include both activities and a semi-submersible tour at extra cost. All details are provided in the price table (below).

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
PAK5 - Ex Wharf Snorkeling - $94.00 - $94.00 $18.80
PAK6 - Ex Wharf Snorkeling - $114.00 - $114.00 $22.80

Inclusions: Cruise to Green Island aboard “Reef Rocket” a modern catamaran, A half day reef cruises allows 2 hours on Green Island (departs 1pm & arrives back in Cairns at 5pm),Snorkelling demonstration & reef presentation en route to Green Island, Use of Big Cat vessel during time at island as an air-conditioned base.

PAK 5 includes choice of Snorkelling Gear or Glass Bottom Boat tour.

PAK 6 includes choice of snorkelling Gear or Glass Bottom Boat tour PLUS Semi submersible tour

Extras: Choice of glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling gear – $20 (deposit required)

Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.

Two half day tours are available, meaning you can choose a morning or afternoon excursion to Green Island. No time is better than another, so just tailor your trip to suit your itinerary. Morning tours depart Cairns at 9am and return at 12.45pm: afternoon tours depart at 1pm and return at 5pm.

Each tour provides guests with up to two (2) hours to explore Green Island. Snorkelling demonstrations and reef presentations are provided on board Big Cat’s ‘Reef Rocket’ vessel, on the way to Green Island. The boat remains moored at the jetty during your stay, allowing you to come and go. The time on the island is your own but if you have booked a glass bottom boat tour, you will need to return to the jetty at the allocated time.

There is no scuba diving on the half day option.

Green Island snorkelling is conducted directly from the island’s sandy beaches and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. You can choose to include snorkelling equipment in your standard tour price (at no extra charge) or book it as an added extra (if you want to include a glass bottom boat tour in your half day tour price: for more details, see the prices tab). Flotation vests and lycra suits can be hired from Big Cat: this is charged in addition to the standard ticket price. Snorkelling instruction is provided via the onboard video presentation. Equipment is available in adult and child sizes. The best? Green Island snorkelling is at the jetty, where your boat is moored.


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