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Our most recommended Great Barrier Reef Sailing Trips & Tours

  • Cairns: Full-Day Glass Bottom Boat Snorkel Tour

    1. Cairns: Full-Day Glass Bottom Boat Snorkel Tour

    Discover the lush rainforest of Green Island on this full-day snorkel tour and encounter some of the many marine animals that call the island home. Climb aboard the modern, air-conditioned catamaran "Reef Rocket" to cruise over to this idyllic part of the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy a full-day reef tour just 45-minutes from Cairns. Snorkel and dive among the reef fish and coral gardens, or stay dry on a spectacular semi-submersible submarine or glass-bottom boat to discover the underwater life in comfort. Alternatively, simply laze on the white sandy beach and soak up the sun. These are just a few of the many activities available at Green Island. The friendly crew will help you organize your day to make the most of your time at this stunning Marine National Park.

  • From Cairns: Green Island Eco Adventure

    2. From Cairns: Green Island Eco Adventure

    Boasting a lush rainforest that is home to over 120 native plant species and colorful bird life, Green Island is surrounded by coral gardens and abundant marine life. The tropical island, just 45 minutes from Cairns offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest tour. And with the choice of 3 daily departures, the Green Island eco adventure is perfect for a half or full-day experience with up to 7 hours on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef island. Your cruise includes the choice of an informative glass bottom boat coral viewing tour, or use of snorkeling equipment to snorkel directly off the sandy white beaches. Whether you’re up for adventurous activities or island relaxation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can explore the island’s lush rainforest with a leisurely self guided walk, see the reef from the glass bottom boat coral viewing tour, snorkel from the beach, o...

    I really enjoyed the day out to Green Island. It's a small, quiet, relaxing place to be. All the stuff of restaurants, shops, the boat are very friendly and informative. If you want to meet up with turtles, this is the place to go.

  • Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

    3. Cairns: Outer Great Barrier Reef Pontoon with Activities

    Take a cruise out from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. Encounter an outstanding landscape of marine life, and enjoy a choice of activities including snorkeling, a visit to the underwater observatory.

    Prior to departure from the marina, sup on some complimentary tea and coffee. Depart from Cairns’ Marlin Marina at 9:30 AM and enjoy a cruise out of the Harbour. Witness the stunning landscape before the catamaran makes its way out to open seas.

    Sail in air-conditioned comfort onboard the catamaran to the state-of-the-art activity pontoon at Moore Reef. Moore Reef is a prime location on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, abundant with soft corals and marine life. Learn about the reef and its diverse ecosystems on the outward journey with presentations given by resident marine experts. Upon arrival at the pontoon at 11:30 AM, choose from an array of activities sui...

    We had such an amazing experience, 10 out of 10, I wish I could give extra rating stars! The crew are super friendly, buffet was great, semi submersible tour is very cool! Highlight of the day was the guided snorkel tour, very knowledgeable guide, my wife doesn't swim at all and had a fantastic time! There's also an underwater photographer onboard who takes great photos!

  • Cairns: Green Island & Reef Full-Day Sailing Cruise

    4. Cairns: Green Island & Reef Full-Day Sailing Cruise

    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 gar...

    We loved being spoilt by the crew! Only 25 people on the sailboat made it very enjoyable! The lunch was excellent! Snorkeling from the private mooring was superb! I highly recommend this sailing experience to any who travel to Cairns!

  • Green Island Fly & Cruise Package

    5. Green Island Fly & Cruise Package

    Experience the best of both worlds with this Fly and Cruise package. GSL Aviation have partnered with Big Cat Green Island to offer an amazing full-day experience. Start your day with a birds-eye view of Cairns, Green Island, and the Great Barrier Reef. Soar overhead with GSL Aviation aboard a high-wing aircraft, with guaranteed window seats for everyone on-board. The 40 minute ‘Reef Hopper’ flight departs Cairns Airport and gives you an appreciation of the region that you can only get from the air. Following the flight and your complimentary bus transfer, you’ll find yourself at the Cairns Reef Terminal ready to depart on a full day adventure cruise to Green Island with Big Cat on board Reef Rocket. Your full day cruise includes everything you need for the day, with a range of extras and activities available for no extra charge. Included in your cruise is a buffet lunch, and glass bott...

    le vol était au top ! une vue incroyable et équipe au top aussi . excursion un peu moins bien mais l'île était superbe

  • Fly to Green Island: Full-Day Discovery & Cruise Return

    6. Fly to Green Island: Full-Day Discovery & Cruise Return

    Marvel at the only coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef with its own rainforest, Green Island, a destination that offers the unique opportunity to discover both its Reef and Rainforest. This is a truly unique and picturesque part of the world that you will be able to see from a totally unique perspective.  Complete with helicopter arrival, the tour offers complimentary island-based activities and a scenic return cruise to Cairns via catamaran. This package is the ultimate Great Barrier Reef Island adventure.

    The chopper ride was amazing. And choosing the cruise back home gives you just the right time to enjoy the island. Didn't fee rushed or anything. The food though wasn't great. It was packed lunch of cold sandwiches and wraps. It would have been better if you just get your lunch from the island.

  • Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Semi-Submarine Catamaran Tour

    7. Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Semi-Submarine Catamaran Tour

    Explore the heart of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on this day trip from Cairns. Journey on a semi-submarine catamaran that's perfect for all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike, with a range of onboard and water activities. Travel to a spacious activity platform moored at a site on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend 3 hours enjoying the activities and facilities of the platform and discover the marine biodiversity of the reef is at its most extreme. Snorkel amongst vibrant coral gardens that are home to extraordinary marine life and rainbow-colored tropical fish. Enjoy easy access to the water from the snorkel platforms. You might even meet Wally, the most friendly fish in the reef. If you choose to stay dry, discover the reef from the underwater observatory. Enjoy the comfort of the air-conditioned semi-submarine with expert commentary.

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What people are saying about Great Barrier Reef

An absolutely memorable day for three novice snorkelers, including a young child and me (not a sea person, really out of my comfort zone…). However, sooo glad we did this. The boat, snorkel equipment and especially the crew were fabulous: super professional and friendly. We were also VERY lucky with the weather today, which ensured a smooth crossing and some excellent snorkeling, even at low tide. I think that some of the poor reviews on this site haven’t taken into account how much the weather can affect the whole experience. I’d really recommend paying the $40 for the hire of sun umbrella and two sun loungers, as you don’t quite realise how much sun exposure you’re getting until it’s too late…make sure you slap on that sunscreen and get shade where you can! On the day we saw a magnificent turtle (about three feet long) and some incredible coral. So grateful to have had these experiences. Thanks to the amazing Big Cat crew!

We had such an amazing experience, 10 out of 10, I wish I could give extra rating stars! The crew are super friendly, buffet was great, semi submersible tour is very cool! Highlight of the day was the guided snorkel tour, very knowledgeable guide, my wife doesn't swim at all and had a fantastic time! There's also an underwater photographer onboard who takes great photos!

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!

Excellent trip, well run, knowledgeable & friendly, professional staff. We were lucky enough to see 3 turtles and an array of beautiful coloured corals. Fantastic!

Lovely cheerful crew, we felt safe, yummy lunch with lots of GF options