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Big Cat Green Island – Full Day

Full Day | Operates: Daily | Departs: 9am | Transfers available: Yes, extra

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises is owned and operated by a local Cairns family company and has been providing Green Island day tours for over 20 years. The full day tour departs Cairns at 9am and returns at 5pm, providing guests with up to five hours to explore, swim, snorkel (for more snorkelling information, please see below tab), walk and relax on Green Island. Please note scuba diving is not available on this Cairns reef day tour.

“Big Cat” is a 35m catamaran with spacious air-conditioned interior and exterior sun decks, with comfortable seating on all levels. Travel time to and from Green Island is about one hour each way. Committed to environmental excellence, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises has Advanced Ecotourism accreditation and Ecotourism Australia has named them a Climate Action leader.

Green Island is the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef to boast rainforest vegetation. Big Cat guests can explore the rainforest on sheltered boardwalks with interpretive signage. You can also relax on the sandy beaches, some of which are patrolled by surf life savers, go snorkelling under the pier, or grab a drink at the licensed resort bar.

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises allows you to tailor your day to suit your itinerary and budget, with a range of packages available (details outlined in the rates table). All tours include activity and snorkelling demonstrations onboard the boat, a choice of snorkelling equipment or glass bottom boat tour, coach transfers, fish feeding and tea and coffee in the morning. You may choose to ‘add on’ to your day tour by paying extra to include a buffet lunch (served onboard the boat at Green Island), a semi-submersible tour and/or the snorkelling equipment / glass bottom boat tour (whichever you choose to leave out of the standard tour price). See prices tab below for more information.

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Rate Option # Dives Price Taxes Total Deposit
Adult - Snorkel or Glass Bottom Snorkeling - $98.00 - $98.00 $24.50
Child - Snorkel or Glass Bottom Snorkeling - $49.00 - $49.00 $12.25
Family - Snorkel or Glass Bottom Snorkeling - $245.00 - $245.00 $61.25
Adult + Semi-Sub + Glass Bottom Boat + Lunch + Snorkel Snorkeling - $164.00 - $164.00 $41.00
Child + Semi-Sub + Glass Bottom Boat + Lunch + Snorkel Snorkeling - $82.00 - $82.00 $20.50
Family + Semi-Sub + Glass Bottom Boat + Lunch + Snorkel Snorkeling - $410.00 - $410.00 $102.50

Departs: 9:00am Returns: 5:00pm Tour Code – FDBC

Extras: Inner City Transfers – $20.00 per person.

Family: (2 x Adults 2 x Children Age 4-14 years)

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

The Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises day tour commences with check-in at Cairns’ Reef Fleet Terminal at 8.30am. From there, it’s a short walk to the Big Cat catamaran, moored at the Marlin Marina, with boarding in time for a 9am departure. Complimentary tea and coffee is served on arrival. Pre-recorded introductory and safety messages are played in English, Chinese and Japanese as Big Cat pulls out of the marina and begins its one hour transfer to Green Island. The onboard screens also show snorkelling demonstration videos and provide an introduction to the Great Barrier Reef environment, during your transit time.

Snorkelling equipment is issued from the middle deck. On arrival at Green Island, Big Cat moors at the jetty, allowing guests the opportunity to come and go from the boat throughout the day. Snorkelling can be done directly from Green Island’s beaches, while other pre-booked activities, including glass bottom boat tours and semi-submersible tours, are conducted throughout the day from the boat itself. Times are advised on notice boards. If you have upgraded to include the buffet lunch in your price, then this is served onboard the boat. Guests should be back on the boat by around 3.30pm for a final head count, before Big Cat makes its return trip to Cairns, arriving around 5pm.

BIG CAT GREEN ISLAND REEF CRUISES REVIEW - Reviewed by Julie on the Sunday 22nd of May 2011

Green Island Beach as seen from jetty - side 2

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises had friendly Reservations staff and on-board crew, providing advice and assistance throughout the day. The children enjoyed the day out, despite the windy start and passing rain showers. Big Cat and Green Island provided a protected environment, allowing them to run and explore in safety, with the added bonus of seeing / holding a baby crocodile and feeding the fish of the Great Barrier Reef. There is a lot to see and do on the island, keeping you busy throughout the day. Snorkeling from the beach, you can expect to see sea grass beds and patches of coral: coral gardens are further offshore and accessed on a tender transfer... read full review

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