Welcome to Green Island


Before the island was named after Captain Cook's astronomer, the Gunggandji people used it as a retreat to perform initiation ceremonies for the young men of their group. In the mid-1850s, the waters around Green Island were heavily fished for bêche-de-mer (aka sea cucumbers); the animals were cured here for export and many of the island's trees were logged in the process. Today, Green is studded with coconut palms, planted in 1889 to provide nourishment and shelter for shipwreck survivors.


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$71.10 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

The beautiful coral cay of Green Island is a protected Marine National Park, topped with emerald rainforest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs. The marine life includes endless varieties of colorful fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones. Green Island is 15 nautical miles (27 kilometers) from Cairns, and you'll cruise there aboard an air-conditioned catamaran with spacious, luxurious cabins and decks to enjoy Queensland's warm, tropical climate. En route to Green Island you'll see a snorkeling demonstration and an informative presentation on how you can make the most of your day on Green Island. There are so many activities to choose from: glass-bottom boat tours, semi-submarine coral viewing tours, scuba diving and supervised snorkeling trips. A buffet lunch is served aboard the catamaran for those who have chosen this option and a licensed bar offers refreshments throughout the day. You can also visit Green Island Resort to browse through the shops and use the facilities, including showers, change rooms and restrooms. canoes, surf skis, sailboards, shade umbrellas and beach lounge chairs are available for hire. The island also has short walking tracks through the national park. There are two departure times to choose from, 9am or 11am and different package options to select from. You have the flexibility to mix and match the inclusions to make this Green Island experience suit your needs. From a cruise only package that includes a glass bottom boat tour or the use of snorkeling equipment to the ultimate Green Island experience which is also inclusive of transfers from your Cairns hotel, a buffet lunch and semi-submarine tour, the choice is yours.

$292.48 Tours & Sightseeing

Green Island Reef Cruise, Snorkel; Kuranda Rainforest Tour

Day one: Green Island Reef Cruise Cruise from Cairns to Green Island, a protected coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. On arrival you can explore the island at your leisure or just relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches. Entry to the resort pool is included. Alternatively you can get closer to the reef. If you want to stay dry, take a semi-submarine coral viewing tour, or if you prefer to get wet make use of the snorkeling equipment for a closer look. Introductory and certified diving available at an additional cost. During the day you can return to the boat at any time to cool off in the spacious, air-conditioned interior cabins, and a buffet lunch wil be served. This is a great cruise for an introduction to the Great Barrier Reef for all ages. Day two: Kuranda Scenic Rail, Rainforestation Nature Park and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Travel to Kuranda aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of the world's most spectacular railways. On arrival in picturesque Kuranda, enjoy free time to explore the attractions and markets before a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park. Here you can meet koalas and other local wildlife, splash about on an amphibious duck tour, and experience indigenous culture with the the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers and Dreamtime Walk. Return to Cairns on the Skyrail, the world's only rainforest cableway. Glide silently over the rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops en route to enjoy a walk through the rainforest. Lunch is not included. Please note: the order of your itinerary is subject to change.

$200.85 Outdoor Activities

Reef and Rainforest Tandem Sky Dive in Cairns

A tandem sky dive is the perfect introduction to sky diving and what better place to do it then the tropical paradise of Far North Queensland. Your highly trained instructor will give you a brief 15-minute safety and training session before you strap on your parachute and get ready for the flight of your life. Soaring to a height of up to 15,000ft, the drop zone is located between the reef and the rainforest for the best aerial views of Tropical North Queensland. Feel the exhilaration of a short freefall before the parachute is released and you float gently to the ground.Nestled between the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed rainforests, the views over Cairns are nothing short of spectacular. To the north lies the ancient Daintree Rainforest, to the west the Atherton Tablelands. The blue waters of the Coral Sea lie to the west, with Great Barrier Reef islands including Green Island and Fitzroy Island visible just off the coast. There's no better way to see the natural beauty of the whole area in such a short time.Photos and videos of your sky dive are available to purchase on the day, and roundtrip transport from Cairns hotels is included.

$157.60 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Green Island Sailing Cruise from Cairns

Green Island is a coral island located only 16 miles (26 km) from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected waters provide the perfect conditions for snorkeling or diving on the reef. Board the schooner at Cairns Marlin Marina and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee served with freshly baked muffins and fruit. As you leave the dock, lend a hand to hoist the sails on the 54-foot (16.5-meter) yacht. After a safety briefing, sit back, relax and enjoy the motor-sail to Green Island. If you plan to scuba dive, you'll complete your paperwork and briefs on the journey so you are ready to dive as soon as you moor.Once moored at Pinnacle Reef just off Green Island, you’ll be greeted by schools of tropical fish. Hit the water and snorkel or dive in this underwater paradise. The protected marine life includes endless varieties of colorful fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones. After a morning of snorkeling and scuba diving, a delicious buffet lunch is served onboard before you transfer by dinghy to Green Island. Green Island is a protected Marine National Park, topped with emerald rainforest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs. Relax on the beach or explore the island keeping an eye out for turtles, blue spotted stingrays, schools of fish and many interesting shells. Visit Marineland Melanesia to watch the crocodile feeding and see turtles, corals and other marine life up close. After spending over 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef, set sail back to Cairns (wind permitting). Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your tropical afternoon tea, a perfect way to end a great day out on reef.This tour is perfect for all levels of water experience with tuition and in-water assistance provided.

$131.21 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

30-Minute Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns

Daintree Air have been showing clients the very best of the Great Barrier Reef for over 35 years. We know the best places to view from the air, snorkel from the surface and or dive from below the surface. It has taken us half a life time to learn just a little about the Great Barrier Reef. Let us pass this knowledge and information onto you.The experienced team will advise you on the optimum time for viewing and photographing the the magnificent aqua blue and opal like colors of the Great Barrier Reef. Flights organised between 9:30am and 2:30pm will always be premium times to fly. At certain times a year viewing the reef outside these hours can be disappointing as shadows and reflections in the ocean caused by low sun, partial cloud cover and haze can limit the viewing quality.Your hotel pick up will be organised for approximately 40-minutes prior to your flight. All passengers will have a window seat. A flight brief is conducted in the air conditioned terminal using maps to show where the flight will go on the day. The direction of the flight is determined by the prevailing winds, the tides and of course the weather conditions.The route flown will usually take in Green Island, Upolu Cay, Oyster, Arlington, Vlassof and Michaelmas Reefs as well as views of Cape Grafton, False Cape, Double Island and the Northern Beaches of Cairns including Palm Cove.

$374.95 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Ultimate 3-Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise Pass

Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas:Not a confident swimmer, but want to experience the Great Barrier Reef? At Low Isles you can snorkel straight off the beach, enjoy coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, take a leisurely guided walk with a marine biologist around the island or simply relax on the sandy beach. Do as much or as little as you like!Green Island Cruise from Cairns:Spend a day on Green Island, a coral cay just off the coast of Cairns for a day of relaxation and adventure. Enjoy snorkeling in shallow water, stay dry on a glass bottom boat reef viewing tour, take a self-guided rainforest walk or just laze on the beach. Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Cairns:Cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef on a day trip from Cairns. Snorkel through coral gardens and tropical fish, or stay dry onboard the semi-submersible submarine and underwater observatory. A swimming enclosure for the kids makes this the perfect trip for the whole family.Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas:Great for beginners, non-swimmers and first-time visitors. Cruise to Agincourt Reef. Watch fish feeding, go on a snorkeling expedition, try scuba diving, see the coral and marine life on a semi-submersible submarine, and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch.Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Cruise from Cairns or Port Douglas:Whether you are a snorkeler or a scuba diver, experienced or a novice, this snorkel and dive cruise is the perfect day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting 3 different dive sites you'll discover the abundant marine life and diversity of coral which the Great Barrier Reef is world-famous for. (Diving is an additional cost.)