Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises

Multiple Locations

With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it from the spacious reef platform or at the tropical reef and rainforest surrounds of Green Island. Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans depart from Cairns daily.

Outer Reef: Guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers alike can experience this World Heritage environment from the spacious reef activity platform. Snorkel and dive amongst beautiful coral gardens, or if you choose to stay dry, you can embrace the natural wonderland below in the underwater observatory, or from the comfort of the semi-submersible.

Green Island: For a tropical island adventure, beautiful Green Island offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience. On a Great Adventures fast cat, you'll be there in just 45 minutes and with three departures daily, it's perfect for a full or half day visit.

Ocean Spirit: Luxury 32 metre sailing catamaran Ocean Spirit sets sail to Michalemas Cay, a picturesque vegetated sand cay and important bird sanctuary.

Our Tours

Green Island Discovery

For a day of adventurous activities or island relaxation, your Green Island Discovery gives you the choice of three daily departures and up to seven hours on this tropical island paradise.

Discover the reef in a glass bottom boat and snorkel directly from the white sandy beaches (included activities). Nature lovers will be enchanted by island's lush rainforest and walking tracks. A delicious lunch or snacks can be purchased from the island's food and refreshment outlets.

As a Great Adventures guest, you'll enjoy many exclusive inclusions such as the use of the island swimming pool and a self guided eco island walk to discover some of the island's unique rainforest flora. The island's well-appointed day visitor facilities include a pool bar, plus refreshment and retail outlets.

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$118 $118
Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Cruise

Set sail from Cairns aboard Ocean Spirit, a beautiful 32m sailing catamaran, to the unique and pristine reef environment of Michaelmas Cay. Encircled by fringing reef teeming with colourful marine life including sea turtles and giant clams, it is also a protected seabird sanctuary. Access to the cay is restricted to preserve this special environment.

Snorkel directly from the beach in the cay's protected shallow waters, cruise in the semi-submersible for a diver's view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation and observe the fascinating island birdlife. The "beach buggy" will shuttle you between the boat and cay throughout the day. For the more adventurous, you can experience the underwater delights of the reef with an exciting introductory scuba dive. Guided snorkel tours are also available. Or if you prefer just relax on the beach or onboard and enjoy a leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef. An informative marine biologist reef presentation, delicious hot and cold buffet lunch and morning and afternoon teas are also included in your day.

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$208.50 $208.50
Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Adventure

The complete reef and island experience awaits with this exciting cruise! A fast 45 minute catamaran ride across the Coral Sea will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay.

A day of adventure and discovery continues onto Great Adventures' spacious activity platform moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef. Here, guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers can enjoy a magical day. Features at the platform include undercover seating and tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, full bar facilities, change rooms with freshwater showers, sundeck, semi-submersible, snorkel platforms and scuba diving facilities.

Optional activities to include scenic helicopter flights, introductory and certified scuba diving, guided snorkel tours and the 'Scuba-Doo' underwater scooter.

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$258.50 $258.50
Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Escape into a world of surprises and experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with Great Adventures exciting Outer Reef cruise.

Departing from Cairns, you’ll cruise in comfort aboard a fast catamaran to a spacious activity platform moored at a magnificent site on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Guests of all ages, swimmers and non-swimmers can enjoy a magical day of discovery. You can stay dry and explore the reef in a semi-submersible and underwater observatory or snorkel and dive amongst beautiful coral gardens and colourful marine life. Relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch and enjoy the amazing marine-scape!

Exciting optional activities include the exclusive Scuba-doo underwater scooter, scenic helicopter flights, introductory and certified diving and guided snorkel tours.

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$238.50 $238.50
Green Island Eco Adventure

With a lush rainforest home to over 120 native plant species and colourful bird life, surrounded by coral gardens and abundant marine life, Green Island offers the unique opportunity for a combined reef and rainforest experience.

And with the choice of three daily departures, the Green Island Eco Adventure is perfect for a half or full day experience with up to seven hours on this beautiful Great Barrier Reef island - just 45 minutes across the Coral Sea from Cairns.

Your cruise includes the choice of a glass bottom boat coral viewing tour or use snorkelling 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. Explore the rainforest with a leisurely self-guided walk, see the reef from the glass bottom boat, snorkel from the beach or take a refreshing dip in the island swimming pool.

With an abundance of optional activities, you can scuba and helmet dive, take an offshore snorkel excursion, kayak, or even parasail and take a scenic helicopter flight.

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$93 $93
Silverswift Adventure Dive and Snorkel

Departing daily from Cairns, the luxurious Silverswift is ready to whisk you away to three spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef sites - custom-designed for small groups of adventure-minded people to revel in snorkelling and diving.

You will have five hours in this aquatic playground to enjoy unlimited snorkelling, a guided snorkel tour, and the option of up to three certified dives and introductory diving.

Silverswift features a state-of-the-art ride control system for a smooth journey and a large hydraulic platform for easy water access.

Onboard, enjoy the comforts of the air-conditioned lounge, hot freshwater showers and change rooms. Hot and cold buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas are included in your day.

Coach transfers available from Cairns and Northern Beaches (additional cost). Tariffs quoted are for snorkelling only.

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$222.50 $222.50

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$51 - 210
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests. Spanning seven and a half kilometres in the Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides just metres over the canopy, its comfortable six-person gondola cabins providing spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands.

Green Island National Park

Green Island, Cairns Area
Free Entry
This small rainforest-clad coral cay is surrounded by coral reefs and is one of the Great Barrier Reef's most popular destinations. A true coral cay, it was formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble deposited on the calm side of a platform reef.

Three Sisters Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
The Three Sisters, part of the impressive Milln Reef, can be found just a short boat trip from Cairns. The three large, colourful bommies are perhaps most famous for the Gorgonian Gorge, with the second and third sisters rising to within one metre of the surface - the three metre gap between them is constantly filled with schools of fusiliers and snapper.

Michaelmas Reef Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Michaelmas Reef is another of the wonderful dive sites off Cairns. A coral cay is located at the southern end of the reef and is home to thousands of sea birds, but more interesting for divers is the fact the island is a nesting place for turtles.

Admiralty Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Located at the southern entrance of the Osprey Reef lagoon, Admiralty is named after a large anchor wedged into a gutter at this wonderful dive site. Admiralty is a maze of gutters, ridges and bommies in depths from 10 metres to 30 metres.

Steve's Bommie Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Located north of Cairns, Steve’s Bommie is an incredible dive site located at Ribbon Reef No.3. The bommie rises from 30 metres deep up to just five metres below the water, and attracts schools of bigeye trevally, barracuda, yellow-lined snapper, Moses perch, yellow-lined goatfish and many others.

Turtle Bommie

Cairns, Cairns Area
Turtles are often encountered on the dive sites off Cairns and a good place to encounter one is Turtle Bommie. This magic dive site is located off Saxon Reef, with the terrain made up of coral gardens and a collection of small and large bommies in depths to 15 metres.

Kuranda

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
Colourful, quirky Kuranda in the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics rainforest has daily markets and a quaint main street lined with shops and galleries as well as wildlife experiences perfect for close encounters.

Northern Great Barrier Reef

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is the closest point in Australia to experience the Great Barrier Reef. When travellers visualise themselves on the Great Barrier Reef - they think of Tropical North Queensland.

The Oasis Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Divers exploring The Oasis at Milln Reef, off Cairns, have a choice of exploring coral gardens in the shallows or a series of bommies in deeper water. The bommies are quite spectacular, rising from 20 to 30 metres and coloured by beautiful whip corals, soft corals and gorgonians.
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