Great Adventures Island & Reef Info

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   
Pontoon Facilities:   
  • 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

Your Day: 

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.

Additional Costs: 

  • 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
  • Camera

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.  

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