Green Island Day Trip – Ferry transfers

Spend a full day exploring beautiful Green Island, a 45-minute boat trip from Cairns.

  • Departs: Daily from Cairns
  • Check-In: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Things to do: snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat tour
  • Suitable for the whole family, including young children.
Plan your day at Green Island

Green Island day trip has several daily departures.  Choose the one that suits you best.

White sandy beaches surround the island with an interior of tropical rainforests on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

While you are on the island, there are fantastic activities to enjoy

  • Snorkelling
  • Eco walk in the rainforest
  • Sandcastles
  • Hire a kayak
  • Build sandcastle
  • Circumnavigate the island
  • Relax on a sunbed
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Scenic helicopter flights
About Green Island

On the Great Barrier Reef, visitors flock to Green Island, one of the most popular stops.  Coral rubble and sand have built up over thousands of years on the calmer side of a platform reef, creating a real coral cay.

Here you will find an abundance of birds and insects in the island’s tropical vine forest.  Visitors can see Many different varieties of coral, clams, fish, stingrays, and other reef life found on the nearby coral Reef.  Offshore, you may spot green and hawksbill turtles.

The island and Reef belong to the Guru-Gulu Gungandji Aboriginal people’s traditional marine territory.

The Guru-Gulu Gungandji people have a close relationship with the island today.  The traditional name for Green Island is Wunyami.

Today visitors can learn about the ancient Culture on a Wunyami walk.

Tourists have visited Green Island for over a century.  As a national park in 1937, it became a marine park in 1974, and as a World Heritage Site in 1981, it became part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. 

In addition to the national park, Green Island has leases for research, tourism, and management.

Where is Green Island?

Green Island is approximately 45 minutes northeast of Cairns.  This National park is home to over 120 native plant species and also 55 species of birdlife.  Coral Gardens and an abundance of marine life surround the island.

Or, if you would like to see the outer barrier Reef click here for our favourite Reef tour, Reef Experience.

During the winter months, keep an eye out for migrating humpback whales.


  • White Sandy beaches to build sandcastles
  • Deck Chairs to work on your suntan
  • Tropical rainforest
  • Snorkelling
  • Tropical Island Getaway
  • Green Sea Turtles are frequent visitors


You may choose your preferred departure times from Cairns and Green Island.

  • Departs Cairns at 8.30 am or 10.20 am
  • Departs Green island at 2.30 pm or 4.30 pm

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


  • 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)

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: Canoeing, windsurfing, beach volleyball
– Scenic helicopter flights

What to bring

  • Towel and swimwear
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Cash for snacks, drinks, souvenirs and underwater cameras
  • Credit card for purchases

How to get there

Green Island Transfers depart from the Marlin Jetty in Cairns.

Check-in is at the Reef Fleet Terminal 1 hour to 30 minutes before departure.

Green Island Tour transfers via comfortable catamaran.

Important Information

Important Information for Scuba Diving and Seawalker

The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates scuba diving, and operators must comply with all regulations.

Please complete our scuba dive medical questionnaire as some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from diving.
Can I go Diving?

We are delighted to help you with any questions you may have.   Please get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

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 di for multiple dives.

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Green Island Day Trip – Ferry transfers Tours

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Depart Cairns marina 8:30am - Depart Green Island 2:30pm



8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Depart Cairns marina 8:30am - Depart Green Island 4:30pm



10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Depart Cairns marina 10:30am - Depart Green Island 2:30pm



10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Depart marina 10:30 am - Depart Green Island 4:30 pm