Green Island Half Day tour

Create fabulous memories on beautiful Green Island with this Green Island Half-Day Tour.

Surrounded by white sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforest and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  There is no better way to get there and experience this than with the Green Island Half-Day Tour.

Choose not only to snorkel or dive but stay dry and see the spectacular reefs on a glass-bottom boat tour.  Alternatively, laze on the white sandy beach.

Green Island offers various activities to suit all abilities and is subsequently ideal for non-swimmers.

About Green Island 

Green Island is a coral cay formed over thousands of years by building sand and coral rubble. The island is a unique rainforest environment covered in tropical forests and, as a result, supports an array of birds and insects.

The surrounding coral reef is home to many kinds of corals, clams, fish and stingrays, to name a few.  Consequently, it is a popular area for Green Sea Turtles and the Hawksbill turtle, so you may be lucky enough to see one while snorkelling.

Guru-Gula Gungandji is the indigenous people of this island and surrounding reefs.  To them, Green Island is known as Wunyami.

Where is Green Island?

Green Island is only 27km northeast of Cairns and approximately 45 minutes by boat.  It is a National Park and home to over 120 native plant species and birdlife.  Coral Gardens and marine life are abundant and waiting for you to explore.

Plan your day to Green Island

Stroll through tropical rainforest, laze on white sandy beaches, swim, dive or snorkel. There is a wide range of optional activities to experience on Green Island. Scuba dive, join a snorkel excursion or walk on the ocean floor with Seawalker helmet diving.

We recommend taking part in the Self Guided Eco Island Walk to gain insight into the flora, and their Indigenous uses.

Green Island Half-Day Tour departs from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.   Choose from several departure times on offer.

For the ultimate Green Island experience, why not stay at the beautiful Green Island Resort.

Next, if you want to spend more time on beautiful Green Island, see our full-day tour.



  • White Sandy beaches to relax and also build sandcastles
  • Deck Chairs to relax and then work on your suntan
  • Tropical rainforest with a boardwalk throughout
  • Snorkeling
  • Tropical Island Getaway
  • Green Sea Turtles are frequent visitors


With a choice of departure times from Cairns and Green Island!

Travel time from Cairns to/from Green Island Day Tour is approx. 45 minutes


Daily departures: 8:30 am and 10:30 am


Daily departures: 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm


Return transfers on board Great Adventures
Up to 7 hours on Green Island
Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
Self Guided Eco Island Walk
Use of day facilities (toilets, showers, pool etc)
Snorkel equipment hire OR Glass Bottom Boat tour

Optional Extras

  • Coach Transfers
  • Optional Lunch

Optional activities available on Green Island include:

– Introductory scuba diving
– Certified Scuba Diving (subject to availability on the day)
– Snorkel boat trips
– Seawalker Helmet Diving
– Parasailing
– Beach Hire: Kayaks, windsurfing, beach volleyball
– Scenic helicopter flights
– Marineland Melanesia

What to bring

  • Towel, hat, sunscreen as well as swimwear and sunglasses
  • Cash for snacks, drinks, souvenirs or underwater cameras
  • Credit card for purchases
  • In addition, you can bring along a picnic lunch with you too, however, no alcohol is permitted due to the Resort liquor licensing.

How to get there

Reef Fleet Terminal Cairns









Green Island Transfers depart from the Marlin Jetty in Cairns.

Check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street,  30 minutes before departure.

Green Island Half-Day Tour transfers via Green Island Ferry.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Diving and Seawalker 

Our mission is to provide our passengers with the best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the strictest scuba diving rules globally and, as a result, the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations.

We recommend that all clients purchase travel insurance.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking. Some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected].

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1.

flying After Scuba Diving 

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  You should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive for multiple dives.  If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible.

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Reef Fleet TerminalCairnsQueensland, 4870
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Green Island Half Day Tour Tours


HALF DAY (~3 hours Island Time) -Depart marina 10:30am - Depart Green Island 2:30pm


1030-1630: Standard

FULL DAY (~5 hours Island Time) -Depart marina 10:30am - Depart Green Island 4:30pm


0830-1630: Standard

FULL DAY (~7 hours Island Time) - Depart marina 8:30am - Depart Green Island 4:30pm


1030-1430: Standard

HALF DAY (~3 hours Island Time) -Depart marina 10:30am - Depart Green Island 2:30pm