Great Adventures Cairns

Planning your full-day adventure to the Great Barrier Reef with us is exciting and surprisingly affordable. Here are all the details you need:

Fares and Prices

  • Adult: $274.00
  • Child (4–14 years): $149.00
  • Family (2 adults + two children): $705.00

And the best part? All taxes and levies are included in the total price. You don’t have to worry about any hidden fees or extras. One additional charge to be aware of is the government Environmental Management Charge (EMC). This small fee of $7 per person applies to all adults and children aged four years and over entering the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. But don’t fret. We’ve already taken care of this for you, and it’s included in the fare price.

Departure and Arrival

  • Depart Cairns: 10:30 AM
  • Arrive Cairns: 5:30 PM

Please check in at the Great Adventures counters inside the Reef Fleet Terminal at 1 Spence Street in Cairns. We recommend arriving 1 hour before your departure time to ensure a smooth and hassle-free start to your journey.

Great Adventures 

As part of your full-day tour, you can look forward to a range of standard inclusions that will make your experience unforgettable. From snorkelling and diving opportunities to exploring the underwater observatory, enjoying a buffet lunch on the sundeck, and more, Great Adventures Cairns has it all covered.

Great Adventures Cairns is your gateway to unforgettable experiences in the stunning tropical paradise of North Queensland, Australia.

Great Adventures Cairns specialises in providing travellers with a unique blend of reef and island adventures that showcase the unparalleled beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding islands. With a friendly and knowledgeable team, you’ll embark on journeys that will leave you with lifelong memories.

Imagine escaping into a world of surprises as you journey to experience the breathtaking beauty that awaits you. Our stable reef activity platform is not just a starting point; it’s the perfect base for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or prefer to stay dry.

 Dive into the Great Barrier Reef

For water enthusiasts, there’s the chance to snorkel and dive, allowing you to get up close and personal with the mesmerising marine life that calls the Great Barrier Reef home. If you’re more of an observer, our underwater observatory offers a unique window into this underwater world. For those who prefer to relax, picture yourself enjoying a delectable buffet lunch while sunbathing on the sundeck.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. You have many optional activities on our Outer Great Barrier Reef activity platform. If scuba diving is on your bucket list, you’re in for a treat. Join a snorkel tour to explore even further. If you’ve ever dreamed of gliding below the waves like a fish, the Scuba Doo experience is a must-try. And for the ultimate bird’s-eye view of this natural wonder, hop on a scenic helicopter tour.

About the Great Barrier Reef

Now, let’s talk about the sheer magnitude of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s not just one continuous reef; it’s a mind-boggling collection of over 2900 reefs and 900 islands. It’s so colossal that it’s visible from space, making it one of the most awe-inspiring sights on our planet.

The story of the Great Barrier Reef spans millions of years. It began its growth approximately 18 million years ago, and over time, it has faced various geological events, including the Ice Ages and fluctuating sea levels. The result? Over the past 8000 years, their ancient ancestors laid the foundations for the reefs we see today.

So, whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply someone looking to marvel at the wonders of the natural world, the Outer Great Barrier Reef promises an unforgettable journey. Join us, and let’s explore one of the true marvels of Australia and the world together.

With a commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism, Great Adventures Cairns promises a fantastic time and strives to protect the environment we all cherish.

So, prepare to embark on a fantastic adventure to the Great Barrier Reef without breaking the bank. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to make your trip enjoyable, ensuring you create lasting memories in one of Australia’s most iconic natural wonders. 

Your full-day adventure to the Great Barrier Reef includes exciting experiences and amenities to ensure a fantastic time.

  • Underwater Observatory
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Scuba doo


Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure with our Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour! Discover your day with us and make the most of this incredible island and reef combo. Here’s a breakdown of your day:

Departure Tims from Cairns and Green Island 

  • You have the flexibility to choose from two departure times: 8 AM or 10 AM.

Check-In and Boarding

  • Head over to the Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding pass.
  • Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee served until departure, ensuring you start your day on a refreshing note.

Depart for Green Island

  • At 8:30 AM (for the 8 AM departure) or 10:30 AM (for the 10 AM departure), we set sail for Green Island.
  • During the journey, you’ll have the chance to attend a snorkeling demonstration and watch a Green Island Eco video presentation, providing valuable insights into the island’s unique ecosystem.

Arrive at Green Island

  • Around 9:15 AM (for the 8 AM departure) or 11:15 AM (for the 10 AM departure), we’ll arrive at the stunning Green Island.
  • Here, you can hop on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour. You can book your tour time onboard with our friendly crew or visit the information counter on the island. The boat tours depart from the bend in the jetty.

 Activities at Leisure

  • The choice is yours! You have a range of activities to enjoy at your own pace:
    • Snorkeling Equipment: Collect your snorkeling gear from the island Dive Shop, which includes a mask, snorkel, and fins. Buoyancy vests and optical masks are also available for hire.
    • Self-guided Eco Island Walk: Pick up a booklet from the Information Counter and explore the island’s natural beauty at your leisure.
    • Swim and Snorkel: Dive into the clear waters directly from the lifeguard-patrolled beach or take a refreshing dip in the Day Visitor Swimming Pool.
    • Lunch and Refreshments: Satisfy your hunger by purchasing lunch and refreshments from the island restaurant and food outlets.
    • Optional Activities: Keep an eye out for scheduled optional activities to make your day even more exciting.

Return Journey

  • At 2:30 PM (for the 8 AM departure) or 4:30 PM (for the 10 AM departure), we’ll bid farewell to Green Island and begin our journey back to Cairns.

Arrival in Cairns

  • Around 3:20 PM (for the 8 AM departure) or 5:20 PM (for the 10 AM departure), we’ll arrive back at the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, concluding your fantastic day of exploration.

With the freedom to explore at your own pace and a range of activities to choose from, your Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Tour promises an enriching and memorable experience. So, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to create lasting memories in this tropical paradise!

Great Adventures Cairns Inclusions

  • Return Air-Conditioned Fast Catamaran Cruise

  •  Your journey begins with a comfortable and swift ride aboard our air-conditioned catamaran, ensuring a pleasant trip to and from the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Morning Tea and Coffee: We’ll start your day with a selection of morning tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns. Get ready to energize yourself for the adventure ahead.
  • Morning Tea Cake Selection: Enjoy a delightful assortment of morning tea cakes to satisfy your taste while enjoying the stunning views.

Three (3) Hours at Outer Reef Activity Platform: You’ll have ample time to explore and immerse yourself in the wonders of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re snorkelling, diving, or simply admiring the scenery, there’s something for everyone.

Snorkelling Equipment

Dive confidently into the crystal-clear waters, as snorkelling equipment is provided for your convenience.

Use of Buoyancy Vests and Lycra/Stinger Suits

Safety and comfort are paramount. You’ll have access to buoyancy vests and lycra/stinger suits to enhance your reef experience.

Reef Education Presentation

Learn about the incredible ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef through an engaging presentation. Gain insights into the diverse marine life and the importance of reef conservation.

Hot and Cold Buffet Lunch

Refuel with a scrumptious hot and cold buffet lunch on the sundeck. Enjoy a variety of mouthwatering dishes while admiring the breathtaking ocean views.

Semi-Submersible Coral Reef Viewing Tour

Dive deeper into the marine wonderland with a semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour. Witness the vibrant colours and intricate formations of the reef from the comfort of our submerged vessel.

Underwater Observatory

Get up close and personal with the underwater world at our observatory. You’ll be mesmerized by the diversity of marine life right before your eyes.

Guided Eco Reef Talk in the Underwater Observatory

Enhance your understanding of the reef’s ecology with a guided eco reef talk. Our knowledgeable guides will provide fascinating insights into this extraordinary environment.

Afternoon Tea and Coffee

While at the platform, enjoy afternoon tea and coffee, and savour cheese and biscuits on your return journey. It’s the perfect way to wrap up your day of exploration.

With these fantastic inclusions and a friendly, knowledgeable team to assist you every step of the way, your Great Barrier Reef adventure promises to be an unforgettable experience. So, get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime in one of Australia’s most remarkable natural wonders!


What to Bring:
– Hat and shirt for sun protection. We recommend marine-friendly sunscreen.
– Swimwear and towel.
– Camera.
– Professional photo service on board (additional cost).
– Cash or credit card for option activities or onboard purchases.

  • Swimming costume, beach towel and also sunglasses.
  • Hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Money for drinks and souvenirs as well as optional activities.
  • A smile and a sense of adventure!

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns from 09:45 am.

Where Can I Park?

There are several parking stations throughout Cairns in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

Important Scuba Diving Information for Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the world’s strictest scuba diving rules and the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

Would you like to try scuba diving?

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy 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],

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

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 diving.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.  If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible


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