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Cairns: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

Cairns: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

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From US$ 157.16 per person

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Board a 16-meter sailing boat and head to an exclusive reef site. Go snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef and spend time on lush and tropical Green Island. Enjoy lunch and refreshments on board.

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Duration 9 hours
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5 hours
  • Reef Fleet Terminal

  • 2 hours
  • Green Island (snorkeling, free time, swimming)

  • Lunch

  • 2 hours
  • Cheese tasting, wine, dessert

  • Reef Fleet Terminal

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Snorkel along an exclusive reef site straight off the boat
  • Enjoy a complimentary snorkeling tour with a marine naturalist
  • Relax on the beach on Green Island or enjoy some of the island’s activities
Full description

Board a classic sailboat with its crew and head out on a Green Island and Great Barrier Reef sailing cruise. Onboard, grab a Danish pastry, a piece of fresh fruit, and tea or coffee, and settle in the aft section or anywhere on the foredeck. Lend a hand or just relax and watch, feeling the salty breeze in your hair as you glide over the waters. Enjoy the journey as your full-day program begins and Cairns disappears in the distance. Within 2 hours, arrive at the exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring that’s just 1-kilometer off Green Island. From there, make your way to the pinnacle part of the reef.

After a snorkeling briefing, receive your snorkeling equipment, including a wet suit or lycra suit and snorkeling jacket. Be assisted as needed for the first snorkeling adventure. The crew will conduct many small, personal snorkeling tours that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Explore the pinnacle area of the reef which is a coral garden featuring several outcrops that allow for easy viewing. Expect to see hard and soft corals and numerous schools of colorful reef fish meandering through the coral garden. Stingrays, turtles, and black-tipped reef sharks (very shy and perfectly safe) are also a common sight. Enjoy a personal first dive (optional extra) with just 2 divers per instructor. No previous experience is required. If you are a certified diver, expect a small group with a complimentary dive guide. This tour is great for conservative diving, but not for deeper water or drift dives. After a morning of snorkeling and/or diving at this exclusive site, enjoy a large smorgasbord lunch back on board the boat. Feast on fresh Tasmanian salmon, prawns, mixed meats, chicken, and 3 different salads. Enjoy some land time on Green Island and relax on the beach or enjoy island activities (not included in the tour price). The short transfers to the island are by dinghy. You can opt to enjoy a cocktail at the island’s resort, walk across the island along an interpretative trail, or visit Marine Land Melanesia where you can see crocodiles (in captivity) and other marine life. Glass bottom boat tours and semi-submersible tours are also available.

If you are interested in any of these optional island extras, inform the skipper when boarding the boat in the morning so that they can be booked. Note that the cost of these options is payable directly to the island operators on the day. You’ll have 4.5 hours to enjoy the reef and island, and how you divide your time between the reef and the island is up to you. Some opt to spend all day on the reef. After a day of reef and island activities, set sail for the return trip. Enjoy fresh fruit, cheese, and crackers, a glass of wine, and finally, a piece of cake to end on a sweet note.

  • Snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance as required
  • Top-quality snorkeling gear including wetsuits, lycra suits and buoyancy vests
  • Diving equipment (for diving included options)
  • Snorkeling tours with marine naturalist
  • 1 or 2 scuba dives (depending on option selected)
  • Coffee, tea, fresh fruit and Danish pastries on boarding
  • Coffee and tea throughout the day once moored
  • Fish feed
  • Large smorgasbord lunch
  • Transfers to and from Green Island beach
  • True sailing experience on return journey
  • Tropical afternoon tea: platters of fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, cake
  • Glass of wine
  • 20 emc/port/administration fees per person, which can be paid directly at check-in
  • Island activities (glass bottom boat/semi sub: inform skipper on boarding and pay directly on the island)
  • Underwater cameras
  • A range of merchandise (available for purchase)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Pen

Know before you go

  • All potential divers will be required to fill out a medical questionnaire on board the boat to assess whether they are fit to dive. Minimum diving age is 12 years old.
  • Introductory dives are available for guests with no previous experience of scuba diving
  • Certified dives are available for guests with scuba diving certification
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 242 reviews

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This was a fantastic trip from start to finish. The crew were excellent, very friendly. The snorkelling and scuba diving experience were amazing, we saw lots of fish, a turtle, octopus and beautiful coral. The stop off at green island was serene and made the tour extra special. I would 100% recommend booking this trip as it was great value for money

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April 19, 2022

It was an eye opening experience being able to snorkel in the reef. There was lots of food on board (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea) and the crew was very helpful. Unfortunately my partner and I got extremely sick from the motion and the currents were really strong leading to a very very long ride back to Cairns from Green Island (3 hours of sailing). If you suffer from motion sickness I’d recommend you to take the ferry instead as that is a much quicker ride to and fro the island. Green Island was beautiful, I wish we could have stayed for longer. Once on the island we entered the crocodile captivity where we watched a feeding show and that was really cool. Overall a great experience!

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April 14, 2022

We had an absolute cracking day. Snorkelling was great with excellent guidance from the crew. Being a small group outing really made us feel like we were on a VIP trip! The guys went above and beyond to make this a special day. The whole experience, from sailing to special food spreads, from snorkelling to introduction to diving, was absolutely fabulous. I would definitely recommend this experience to everyone.

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February 12, 2022

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