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Cairns: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

1. Cairns: Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Marineland Melanesia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 234 reviews

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.

Excellent trip. Highly recommended if you really want to enjoy the beauty of the reef. Very friendly, knowledgeable and professional team. They make sure to guide you step by step insure your equipment are working and give you heaps of information. You will be also spoilt with the good food they serve. Absolutely amazing day we had. Thanks Ben, kate, Cassy, liam amazing team. See you next year

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

We had a wonderful day on the yacht, then a short 1 hour tour of Green Island. The crew were fabulous and friendly and set the tone for a great day. Great spot for diving too, lots of fish, coral and a reef shark. Highly recommended!

Sailing was such a lovely way to see the area. Smaller group size was also fantastic. Crew super knowledgeable. A wonderful day definitely worth the money!