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Cairns: Green Island & Reef Full-Day Sailing Cruise

Cairns: Green Island & Reef Full-Day Sailing Cruise

From US$ 150.51 per person

Board a 16-meter sailing boat with a maximum of 25 people and head to an exclusive reef site. Experience snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef and spend time on lush and tropical Green Island. Enjoy food and refreshments and lunch on board the boat.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group available

Experience

Itinerary
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
Highlights
  • 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 grab a Danish pastry, a piece of fresh fruit, and tea or coffee. Settle in the aft section or anywhere on the foredeck. Once all guests have boarded, the boat pulls away from the dock and the sails are hoisted. Lend a hand or just relax and watch. 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, Pinnacle Reef awaits, and it’s just a step off the boat.

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.

Pinnacle Reef 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. You’ll arrive back in Cairns at around 5:00 PM to 5:15 PM.

Includes
  • 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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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

4.9 /5

based on 224 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Amazing day! Such a personal and enjoyable experience. Pascal and Liam were awesome and made our day really special. Their service, conversation and wit were appreciated. Had a great time snorkelling and diving off Green Island and our trip to the beach was lovely. The constant trickle of food was spot on and the sailing experience was fun. Highly recommend!

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September 29, 2021

It is a great day out for anyone who loves the ocean and wants to snorkel/dive. We were lucky to see a great variety of fish, a turtle, dolphins and some of us even saw a shark. It was also great to be able to spend some time on Green Island. The boat itself is a great option for those who don't want to be in a crowd and its crew was very friendly and fun. They made the day a great one for everyone.

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June 15, 2021

Having done the barrier reef before we thought the experience could not get better but this sailing experience is a must do. Fantastic crew and great selection of food including beautiful lunch, cheese wine beer etc. reef diving and snorkelling plus green island drop off for a few hours which was beautiful. Sailed all the way back to cairns. Honestly it’s all I will recommend to my friends who visit cairns.

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May 25, 2021

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