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Complete your Great Barrier Reef Experience with the ultimate day out by combining Green Island and the Outer Barrier Reef.
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Green Island is a superb coral cay with delightful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters on the Great Barrier Reef just 45 minutes from Cairns. You will have 2 hours to explore this perfect piece of paradise.
After spending time on Green Island cruise on-board a modern comfortable high-speed catamaran to the first class multi-level pontoon situated on the Outer Barrier Reef. Spend your afternoon snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, discovering exotic marine life and beautiful coral formations OR stay dry and cruise in the Semi Sub and visit the Underwater Observatory. There is something here for everybody.
Why we like it:
- Island & Outer Reef in one day
- Suitable for non-swimmers
- Family friendly
- Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
- Morning tea & coffee served until boat departure
- Morning tea cake selection
- Two (2) hours on Green Island
- Three (3) hours at Outer Reef platform
- Snorkelling equipment all day
- Use of buoyancy vests at the pontoon
- Lycra suits on pontoon
- Reef education presentation
- Hot and cold buffet lunch
- Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
- Underwater Observatory
- Eco Reef Talk in underwater observatory
- Afternoon tea & coffee whilst at the platform
- Cheese and biscuits on return journey
- Undercover seating and tables
- Full Bar Facilities
- Sun-deck with Sun-lounges
- Swimming enclosure for children
- Change rooms with freshwater showers
- Scuba diving facilities with semi-submerged platform
7.30am Check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding pass.
8:00am Vessel boarding. Complimentary morning tea/coffee served on boarding.
8:30am Depart Reef Fleet Terminal for Green Island.
9.15am Arrive Green Island 2 hours free time to explore Green Island?Included snorkel gear, (fins, mask and snorkel) can be obtained from the Dive Shop on the island. Enjoy a leisurely island walk with the self-guided Eco Island Walk or take a dip in the island swimming pool.
On arrival: Pre-booked optional activities including scuba diving, Seawalker helmet diving commence as advised.
11:20am Re-board vessel for departure to the Great Barrier Reef platform. Cake selection served on forward journey. During your journey to the reef, a Reef Presentation is shown on the vessel?s monitors. Snorkelling demonstration by crew.
12:30pm Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef platform Reef activities commence?Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary departs every 30 minutes or as advised. Snorkel directly from the platform. Collect your snorkel gear and buoyancy vests once on the platform. Underwater observatory is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing. Pre-booked optional activities including introductory diving, Scuba-Doo and scenic helicopter flights commence as advised.
1.00-2.30pm Hot and cold buffet lunch is served. Time for more reef activities or just relax on the sundeck and take in the views! Tea and coffee is available whilst at the platform
3:30pm A blast on the ship's horn will signal the time when all passengers should return to the vessel ready for departure.
3:45pm Departure to Cairns via Green Island. Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on homeward journey.
5:30pm Arrive Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.
- Introductory or Certified scuba diving
- Scuba-doo Scooter
- Scenic helicopter flights - Cruise / Fly options available
- Guided snorkel tours
- Cairns City / Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach or Palm Cove) hotel transfers
What to bring:
- Swimming costume and beach towel
- Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
- Money for drinks, souvenirs and optional activities
Multi-lingual staff members: Great Adventures does have Japanese and Chinese crew members on this boat all year round. Please request this option when booking so that we can make sure the staff member is working on your day of travel. German, Italian and Korean speakers also work as crew on Great Adventures.
Great day out
Great day out. Staff exceptional, lunch good, time at Pontoon just right.
Posted By MICHAEL COX
Great service from Travstar
We booked this tour through travstar. We received great service from travstar and the tour was very enjoyable.
Posted By Helen Brent-Jones
Staff and crew were all wonderful and very helpful. I loved the Scuba-do experience and also the helicopter ride back to Cairns - excellent day.
Posted By Rebecca Ford
My husband Scott and I had a fantastic day on our tour of the Green Island and Great Reef Pontoon 6/6/15. It was a full day creating fantastic memories we will treasure for a lifetime. Highlights were the parasailing at Green Island truley magestic flying above the waves looking as far as you can to the Island itself and beyond. The staff on the pontoon were quick to help make sure we were well decked out with gear for snorkeling and enouraged us to make the most of our visit in swimming with the fish. We always felt safe , the food was delicious the semi sub was awsome...thanks for the memories Cathie and Scott Jeffs
Posted By Catherine Jeffs
Dear Natalie and Gene,
Thanks for your terrific service. Both my daughter and myself really enjoyed the two trips booked through Travstar.
What I really appreciated, on perusing the so many day tour options on your website, was the very detailed description of each tour plan, with times and features and itinerary all provided. That was of great assistance.
Posted By Peter Femhel
Outer reef is magnificent!!
Really enjoyable, great friendly staff. Could do with better directions at Green Island for where the best snorkelling is when you only have a 2 hour stop over every minute counts. Pontoon and semi sub fantastic. Outer reef is magnificent!! Loved it!!
Posted By Heather Driscoll
Amazing experience seeing the involved sights and was all it was advertised to be.
Posted By Erol Kilki
Overall good!!!Definitely I would recommend to my friends!!!
Posted By Nurul Izza Ismail
WHAT A TIME !!!
We had the best day every the island and the reef excellent can wait to bring my family up there my girlfriend who I taught to snorkel for the 1st time WHAT A TIME !!! she had thank you .we be back .Erica.J.
Posted By Erica Jones
Helicopter flight excellent and good service.
At the pontoon. Windy but still very good. Submersible was good although water a little murky but not as bad as it could have been. Everyone helpful. Helicopter flight excellent and good service.
Posted By Ian Boyle
Posted By Mecklin Francis
My wife went scuba diving and I went for scuba doo then snorkelling.
..and everytime,Wally was there:-)) I was wondering if Wally is working for Great Adventures!!! My wife and I had a great time! The tour is highly recommended. ...by the way, Wally is a fish:-))
Posted By Ernie Marquez
This was our favourite day
This was our favourite day on our Cairns trip. Everything ran smoothly with ample time to enjoy each activity. Breaking the trip into these two components made it more enjoyable, Green Island as our first stop was very beautiful and we enjoyed the great walks and views. We then had two to three hours to snorkel and explore the outer reef. Lunch in the middle of the ocean was fantastic, offering hot and cold choices. A nice hot meal after an hour in the water really leaves you satisfied. Doing this again next year!
Posted By Anne and Nic, Canberra
What an a mazing day, the staff were great and at no time did l feel that any of the extra activites were a hard sell, I was doing the day by myself and everyone was friendly and helpful. Loved it, and would do it again.
Posted By Jane Dowsett
It was very exiting
It was very exiting
Posted By Ashok Tadakamalla
very well explained
very well explained and on the day went exactly as described
Posted By Mitchell Bland
Great Barrier Reef was fabulous
A brilliant day out, efficient courteous staff. Lunch was excellent, to expierience snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef was fabulous
Posted By Mark Guest
service was above excellent
This was the highlight of a two month vacation. The service was above excellent everyone made sure that it was a perfect day a special thanks to the dive master and the photographer -- You made it one of the most memorable days of my life -- hope to come back.
Posted By Janice Eldridge
Just a fantastic day.
Of all the things we did in Cairns this was the favourite. Thanks for a great day, it is one me and my family will never forget. Awesome being able to do Green Is as well and use the pool. Just a fantastic day.
Posted By Carol Lunt
What a day!
What a day! excellent! day, excellent people!, excellent fun at Iland and reef!
Posted By Norman Strangways
very beautiful snorking experience
beautiful coral sea, and fantastic crew on our cruise. very beautiful snorking experience on my cruise.
Posted By Ping Zhang
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