Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Green Island Full Day Trip + Snorkelling OR Glass Bottom Boat

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  • Cruise to Green Island by catamaran
  • 5 hours to enjoy Green Island
  • Snorkelling demonstration
  • Reef presentation en route to Green Island
  • Island rainforest boardwalks
  • FREE choice of snorkelling gear or glass bottom boat tour (optional)
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Enjoy a scenic cruise to the popular Green Island and spend hours exploring the beautiful coral cay with a full day cruise from Cairns departing at 9am. On board the 'Big Cat', a luxury 35-metre catamaran, you'll be comfortably transported to the island to enjoy a total of 5 hours exploring the island and enjoying some of its best attractions.

With optional complimentary snorkelling equipment hire or a glass bottom boat tour, you'll be able to see the beautiful reef from either the water or from the dry and comfortable seat of the glass bottom boat. While on green island you can also enjoy the various walking trails through the rainforest to see the other side of this tropical paradise.

Tours return back to Cairns by 5pm and the journey takes around 45 minutes to an hour depending on the weather conditions.


  • Cruise to Green Island by catamaran
  • 5 hours to enjoy Green Island
  • Optional choice of snorkelling gear or glass bottom boat tour
  • Snorkelling demonstration & reef presentation en route to Green Island
  • Use of Big Cat vessel during time at island as an air-conditioned base
  • Island rainforest boardwalks


  • Hotel transfers
  • Lunch
  • Semi-submarine tour


  • Cruise in comfort aboard our modern air-conditioned catamarans
  • Ideal for both swimmers and non swimmers
  • View the reef by snorkelling, glass bottom boat, semi-submarine, scuba diving and helmet diving
  • Licensed bar on board offering refreshments and a wide selection of souvenirs


  • Check in at 8:15am for a 9am departure from Marlin Wharf.
  • Check in for your return cruise at 3:30pm for a 3:45 departure, returning at 5pm.
  • All guests will complete check-in onboard the vessel, proof of vaccination is required
  • Guests will receive a text message the afternoon prior to departure with berth number and vessel as well as a link to a map directing them to the correct location

Departure Location

  • Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, just a short walk from most major Cairns City Hotels

Booking Information

  • It is highly recommended to reconfirm your booking on arrival in Cairns. For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details are included on your tour voucher
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on the day of the tour. Vouchers presented on a mobile device are also accepted
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Dale Thomas 11 months ago
My partner and I had a wonderful day out on Green Island. We sat in the top deck and witnessed whales frolicking on way over. Was a little windy and rocky so if you’re prone to seasickness, take travel calm. We chose the snorkeling option and hired wetsuits. Managed to spot several different types of fish. Was very cool!
A wonderful experience. Take travel calm, wear sunscreen and hire wetsuits.

My partner and I had a wonderful day out on Green Island. We sat in the top deck and witnessed whales frolicking on way over. Was a little windy and rocky so if you’re prone to seasickness, take travel calm. We chose the snorkeling option and hired wetsuits. Managed to spot several different types of fish. Was very cool!

Dale Thomas 11 months ago
Was an excellent day, well managed and very informative. Highly recommend.

Loved it, well managed very organised, was informative had a great meal on the cruise and the staff were awesome. We did the glass bottom boat tour and saw heaps of fish. We had plenty of downtime to explore the island and snorkel. Saw some turtles from the jetty. Highly recommend.

Sharon Gelsi 1 year ago
Definitely recommend, an amazing day out full of snorkeling.

Amazing day out with so much to do! The crew on the boat were so lovely, would definitely book again If we come back! Had an amazing day out and finished off with some fish feeding from the boat. So many extras to do on the island too like parasailing and helicopter rides.

Chloe Dixon 1 year ago
A pleasant ferry to Green Island. 5 hours given to explore.

A very nice experience. Lots of activities to do on the island. Fairly priced and staff were super friendly, however, they were a bit unorganised doing the instructions on how to use the snorkelling equipment. Overall a good day, would recommend to first-time tourists.

Celina Le 1 year ago
Had a great day. Must see! Enjoyed the sun and the snorkeling gear provided was well maintained and clean.

The guides were professional and the trip in a whole was fairly priced. I had a wonderful day and would recommend to all my friends. In future it should be stated that you should arrive 15 mins early to the dock. Other than that small issue very happy with the experience.

Jasper Mazurkiewicz 1 year ago
Lovely day out, crew were great. Very enjoyable day on island, great activities, swimming and informative glass bottom boat tour.

Efficient staff and crew on board. A great day and very enjoyable time on the island. Well organised and informative activities. Glass bottom boat was great with knowledgeable tour guide. Great swimming experience, snorkelling and observing the marine life.

Cheryl Diggens 1 year ago
Great day on the Reef. Snorkelling was breath taking. Boat ride was heaps of fun and the staff were amazing!!

Our family of 4 had a great day on the Great Barrier Reef. We did snorkelling and walked the rainforest walk. We loved every bit of our full day there. Snorkelling was one of the best we have ever done. The wide range of fish we saw was breathtaking. The boat ride there was fun and the service was like no other. The staff did everything they could to make you feel comfortable. Would definitely recommend.

Dalia Henriquez 1 year ago
Great day, bit rough on our day and windy, lovely island. Very attentive crew to those feeling sick.

Would definitely recommend, lots of time to do your own thing, beautiful natural island, lots of fish close in great for beginners and children to snorkel. We had a rough day! Lots of spray from top deck so got drenched, but crew did say up top got lots of spray.

Emma Wood 1 year ago
Great day trip for those who wish to do as they please, excellent value for money.

Very enjoyable day. Staff were friendly and helpful. We loved that we had the freedom to do as we pleased throughout the day, submersible boat was great fun. This is a great day trip for those who wish to just relax on the beach with a cocktail, great family day out also. We will be back.

Scott Smith 1 year ago
Green Island tour was definitely well worth it. Highly recommend.

My partner and I both had a wonderful time. The catamaran ride was almost dead smooth. Once we got there we pre booked the glass bottom boat and it was amazing. We then went in to hire snorkelling gear and headed to the beach to have a look. Was an amazing experience, the water was warm which was surprising. Overall we had a wonderful time.

David Roberts 1 year ago
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