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Great Adventures: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 8.30am | Transfers available: Yes, extra

This is the only Cairns day tour to include time at both a tropical island and the Great Barrier Reef. Suitable for people of all ages and experience levels, you can spend two hours exploring Green Island, before continuing on to the Outer Great Barrier Reef where you have another three hours to swim, snorkel, dive (for more information on these activities, please see below tabs) and more.

Your ride for the day is aboard a fast 28.77m long catamaran, which has two levels of air-conditioned interior and two exterior sun decks, one shaded and one not. The Great Adventures boat is licensed to carry up to 325 people on its trip to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and complimentary tea and coffee is served on boarding. The boat takes you first to Green Island and then onwards to the Great Barrier Reef, before operating the journey in reverse later that day.

At Green Island there is plenty of time to walk the rainforest boardwalks or snorkel from the sandy beaches. Meantime, the Great Adventures outer reef pontoon offers a range of included and optional activities. Inclusions are: snorkelling, semi-submersible tour and the underwater observatory, as well as a hot and cold buffet lunch. Optional extras are: introductory and certified scuba diving, guided snorkel tours, helmet diving and scenic helicopter flights. The pontoon has shaded seating and a sundeck, as well as showers and change rooms for your comfort. Water entry is via a submerged platform and easy access steps into the water. This is an expensive day, but has a lot of inclusions.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total
Snorkeling (Adult) Snorkeling - $252.00 $6.50 $258.50
Snorkeling (Child) Snorkeling - $133.00 $6.50 $139.50
Snorkeling (Family) Snorkeling - $637.00 $26.00 $663.00
Cert Diving (1 Dive) Certified Diving 1 $368.00 $6.50 $374.50
Cert Diving (2 Dives) Certified Diving 2 $420.00 $6.50 $426.50
Introductory Diving (1 Dive) Introductory Diving 1 $416.00 $6.50 $422.50
Snorkeling (Adult) + 10-Minute Helicopter Flight Snorkeling - $431.00 $6.50 $437.50
Snorkeling (Adult) + 10-Minute Helicopter Flight + 1-Introductory Scuba Dive Introductory Diving 1 $595.00 $6.50 $601.50

Inclusions: Return luxury air-conditioned fast catamaran to Green Island & Outer Reef, Two (2) hours on Green Island & Three (3) hours at Outer Reef Activity Platform, Morning and afternoon tea & coffee, Hot & cold buffet lunch, Coral viewing from semi-submersible craft, Snorkelling equipment is included at Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef, use of buoyancy vests, Underwater observatory, Reef education presentation

Extras: (Pay Later) An additional $6.50 per person ($3.50 Environment Managment Charge + $3.00 administration fee) is payable at the time of check in.

Extras: Return transfers $24 per person from Cairns & $30.00 per person Northern Beaches.

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

Check-in commences at 7.30am in the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, with boarding on the Great Adventures catamaran from 8am. Tea and coffee is served on boarding but must be consumed prior to departure at 8.30am. It’s a quick, comfortable 45-minute transfer to Green Island where you depart the boat to spend two hours exploring. You have to take your bags with you, so make sure you pack light for this day tour (lockers are available for hire on the island, if required). There’s lots to see on the island, from the self-guided walking trail (takes about an hour to complete the whole trip) to the sandy beaches and resort facilities. Snorkelling equipment is included and you have time to do this, should you want too. You are back on the jetty around 11.15am for the 11.20am boarding on to the catamaran. From here, it’s a one hour transfer to the Outer Reef pontoon and a safety presentation is played during the journey. Activity briefings (such as diving, if booked) are also completed during this time.

Arriving at the pontoon around 12.30pm you can commence your Great Barrier Reef activities. Snorkelling equipment and buoyancy vests are available on the pontoon. The hot and cold buffet lunch is served on the pontoon between 1-2.30pm and includes curry dishes, cold meats and salads and fresh prawns. You have until around 3.10pm to enjoy all water activities, before being called back to the boat for a 3.30pm departure. The catamaran stops to collect guests from Green Island on the homeward journey (you do not get off the boat this time) before arriving back into Cairns around 5.30pm

You can choose between one (1) and two (2) scuba dives on the Great Adventures Green Island and Outer Reef tour. All dives are completed at the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon and are guided. Scuba diving is available for certified and introductory (no experience necessary) divers: all equipment and briefings are included in the dive price.

INTRODUCTORY DIVES: This is a great opportunity to try scuba diving for the first time. No experience is necessary and all training and equipment is included in the introductory dive price. Introductory dives are guided, by professional dive crew, and there is comfortable water entry by lowered steps into the water.

CERTIFIED DIVING: Certified divers can choose between one (1) or two (2) certified dives, both of which will be completed at the Great Adventures Outer Reef pontoon. Based on a standard itinerary, your first dive will be started as soon as you arrive to the pontoon (at 12.40pm) with a second dive at 2.30pm. Briefings are provided on the boat and equipment is allocated on the pontoon. All certified dives are guided and will reach a maximum depth of 14m, lasting around 40-minutes each. Water entry is via steps under the pontoon. This gives you time to complete other activities on the pontoon, during your day tour. Equipment is included in the dive price: you will be required to show your dive license and complete dive medical paperwork on board.

Snorkelling at the Great Adventures outer reef pontoon is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Water entry is via a lowered platform, allowing you to put on and take off your mask and fins in the water. The coral gardens are a short swim from the pontoon and flotation devices are available. Lycra suits are available for hire on the pontoon: we recommend them for sun protection purposes.

GREAT ADVENTURES: GREEN ISLAND + REEF REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Friday 16th of December 2011

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Great Adventures is the only tour operator to combine Green Island with the Outer Great Barrier Reef. The boat carries hundreds of guests, so you can expect the pontoon and boat to be quite busy. There is ample time to explore Green Island and then enjoy the Outer Great Barrier Reef, with the pontoon activities and options catering to people of all interests, from non-swimmers to snorkelers, introductory and certified divers. The pontoon has lowered, in-water platforms for entry and exit: there is also an elevated sun deck with lounges to just relax and soak up the views... read full review



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