Great Adventures: Green Island – Full Day
Great Adventures, a part of the Quicksilver Group, provides full and half day tours from Cairns to Green Island. They have a fleet of boats running between Cairns, Green Island and the Outer Great Barrier Reef all day. This means they are able to offer a few different departure (8.30am and 10.30am) and return times (2.30pm and 4.30pm) for their full day tours, making this a very flexible option for those who might want to sleep in late or are travelling with young children.
Why choose Green Island for your day tour destination? Green Island is a 12 hectare coral cay island which has developed over hundreds of years and boasts rainforest vegetation and sandy beaches with offshore seagrass beds and fringing reefs. The island has a private resort on it with day tour facilities including a swimming pool, bar, bistro, café and restaurant. Great Adventures also offer day tour visitors the option of scuba diving (introductory or certified) [more on this in the tabs below], glass bottom boat tours and guided snorkel tours. Other optional activities include seawalker, scenic helicopter flights and a visit to the Marineland Melanesia Crocodile Habitat.
The Great Adventures Green Island full day tours include return transfers from Cairns to Green Island, aboard their fast, air-conditioned catamarans, tea and coffee (on boarding the boat, prior to departure from Cairns), self-guided island eco-walk, choice of glass bottom boat tour or snorkelling equipment and use of the resort’s day facilities. Snorkelling can be done from the beach and we’ve got some tips on the best Green Island snorkeling locations.
Optional Extra – The Boat Snorkel Trip – The boat snorkel trip gives you the opportunity to experience much more of Green Island’s amazing marine life. After a short 7-minute boat ride offshore, you will be at one of our four snorkel sites, about 1.5km from Green Island. Be ready to snorkel amongst colorful marine life and coral gardens, lifeguards will supervise and direct you to the best areas of the site. (buoyancy vests included on the boat snorkel trip)
|Rate Option||# Dives||Price||Taxes||Total|
|Adult Snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat||Snorkeling||-||$93.00||-||$93.00|
|Child Snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat||Snorkeling||-||$48.00||-||$48.00|
|Family (2 x Adults 2 x Children Age 4-14 years)||Snorkeling||-||$234.00||-||$234.00|
|Adult Snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat + Introductory Diving||Introductory Diving||1||$257.00||-||$257.00|
|Adult Snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat + Certified Diving||Certified Diving||1||$209.00||-||$209.00|
|Adult Snorkel or Glass Bottom Boat + Boat Snorkel Trip||Snorkeling||-||$141.00||-||$141.00|
|Adult Snorkel and Glass Bottom Boat||Snorkeling||-||$118.00||-||$118.00|
|Child Snorkel and Glass Bottom Boat||Snorkeling||-||$62.00||-||$62.00|
|Family Snorkel and Glass Bottom Boat||Snorkeling||-||$298.00||-||$298.00|
Inclusions: Tea & coffee served on the boat until departure from Cairns, choice of glass bottom boat tour or use of snorkelling equipment, use of resort’s exclusive swimming pool and self-guided island eco walks.
NOTE: Tour can be booked with two departure / return times (please see below) you will need to specify which time in your enquiry.? Also, you have a choice of a glass bottom boat tour OR snorkelling equipment.? Please advise your preference on this.
FDA1: Departs Cairns 8.30am – Departs Green Island 4.30pm
Additional Extras: Express coach transfers from Cairns $24 per Adult & $15 per Child | Express coach transfers from Northern Beaches $30 per Adult & $15 per Child
|Prices are shown in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices subject to change without notice.|
Check-in for the Great Adventures Green Island full day tour is at their counter, inside the Reef Fleet Terminal. You should aim to check-in at least 15-minutes prior to your booked departure time, to collect boarding passes and wander down to the boat. Complimentary tea and coffee are served on boarding (and packed up prior to departure) and the transfer time over to Green Island is approximately 45-minutes. There’s inside and outside seating.
Time on the island all depends on what full-day package you have booked. To return to Cairns, the Great Adventures catamaran will be moored at the Green Island jetty. You should be ready at the jetty approximately 15-minutes before your booked departure time.
Great Adventures provides introductory (no experience needed) and certified diving at Green Island. All diving is conducted on the offshore fringing reefs, with a boat tender transfer from the island. Great Adventures has a Dive Shop in the Green Island Resort facilities and divers must ‘check-in’ here before their booked dive times.
There are three (3) dive times available during a normal day: 10.30am – 1pm – 2.30pm. Certified divers can choose to take one (1) or two (2) dives (as long as you catch the 8.30am boat with a 4.30pm return time) during their Green Island day tour. All Green Island diving is guided and all equipment and training is included in the dive price and provided on the island. Please note: Divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire prior to diving.
INTRODUCTORY DIVES: This is one of the easiest places to try an introductory dive, with your initial scuba session conducted in the Green Island resort swimming pool. You do not need any experience to try an introductory dive: all equipment and training is provided. Once you have completed the pool session, it’s out to the offshore reefs for some guided diving with your dive master. You must be at least 12 years of age to participate in an introductory dive and you will need to complete a dive medical questionnaire prior to diving.
CERTIFIED DIVING: Certified divers can choose one (1) or two (2) guided dives at Green Island (see times / details outlined above). All diving is guided and all equipment and briefings is included in the tour price. Scuba diving at Green Island is conducted on the offshore fringing reefs. Due to the proximity to the island visibility varies, pending current and conditions. Maximum dive depth is generally no more than 12m. You will be required to show your Divers License and complete Dive Medical paperwork, prior to diving.
Green Island has fringing reefs and offshore sea grass beds. Snorkelling can be done in a few different ways. Great Adventures day tour visitors can choose between including snorkelling equipment or a glass bottom boat tour in their standard tour price. If you have chosen snorkelling equipment, then you can snorkel for free from the beach. Some of the beaches are patrolled by lifeguards and we have tips on the best Green Island snorkelling locations. You can also choose to book a boat snorkel trip. This takes you to the offshore fringing reefs (too far to swim from the beach) where you can snorkel with hard and soft corals and see more reef than you will from the beach. The boat snorkel trips are in addition to your standard day tour price and can be booked on board the boat, on the day.
FAMILY DAY TRIP TO GREEN ISLAND REVIEW - Reviewed by Richard on the Tuesday 15th of October 2013
Green Island is a great reef day tour option for the family, especially those with young children and toddlers. Its sandy beaches slope gently into the sea and there are lots of shady trees. Several boats visit the island, but you must book Great Adventures to take advantage of the resort’s day facilities, including the freshwater pool. ... read full review