Green Island and Great Barrier Reef Sailing Day Trip

Sail away and explore the Great Barrier Reef in boating style

 

Ocean Free leisurely sails you to an exclusive mooring at Pinnacle Reef, on the eastern lee of Green Island. The small number of passengers (ONLY 25!), ensures a truly personalized and unforgettable reef experience.

Green Island is a fully developed coral island situated only 26 km from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected waters are the perfect location to discover the reef snorkelling and scuba diving. Ocean Free sails you leisurely to Pinnacle Reef, an exclusive mooring on the eastern lee of Green Island. You may even want to try your first ever scuba dive, or for the certified diver, enjoy being guided by our qualified instructors on one of the best kept secrets on the Great Barrier Reef.

Ocean Free ... not just a reef trip, it's an experience!!

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: Min 12 years old for Scuba Diving Activities

Fitness Requirement: Good Physical Fitness - No Medical Conditions

What's included

  • Morning Tea & Coffee
  • 4.5 hours on our Exclusive Mooring on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Tropical Smorgasbord lunch
  • Fish Feeding
  • Snorkeling tuition
  • Use of all snorkeling equipment, Buoyancy vest
  • Scuba Diving Demonstration
  • Transfers to & from Green Island
  • Afternoon Tea (tropical)
  • Complimentary glass of wine
  • Fuel Levy
  • High crew to guest ratio

What To Bring

  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • & a BIG SMILE!

Itinerary

Day 1 : Ocean Free: 1 day Sailing to Pinnacle Reef & Green Island
Your day on Ocean Free, a 16m sailing schooner begin at 7:30am at A Finger no 4. Enjoy a morning tea or coffee with fruit and Danish pastries, before departing at 8:00am. Sail to our exclusive mooring on Pinnacle Reef - just 1km from Green Island. Guests can enjoy a swim, snorkel, dive or just relax. Ocean Free's exclusive mooring ensures a very personal experience for guests. The bommies or coral outcrops and coral gardens come to just 1m under the surface to make viewing of the teeming life easy. Green Island is famous for turtles, with large giant clams, many beautiful fishes, staghorn coral and spaghetti coral all common at Pinnacle Reef. We are even lucky enough to be visited by friendly black-tipped reef sharks most days - something for the bucket list! Trips to Green Island are by tender - Guests need to be mobile enough to get into and out of a dinghy onto the beach and into and out of a dinghy from the main vessel. Guests can then split their time on the reef and the island as they wish. A large smorgasbord lunch with a mixed meat platters/chicken platter/3 salads and assorted breads is served on board the vessel. Platters of fruit, cheese and crackers and cake are served on the sail home. Extremely low guest numbers (max 25) ensures a personal snorkel and dive experience. All guests are assessed for their snorkeling and diving abilities and are appropriately assisted to ensure that all are able to experience and enjoy the reef. On the island guests can swim, sunbathe, or explore the interpretive walking tracks and beach. Glass Bottom Boat tours or semi-sub tours, or even a visit to Marineland Melanesia (crocodile park and turtle rehabilitation clinic) can be arranged on the island. Over 4 and half hours ensures that guests can enjoy both the island and reef. Enjoy the sail home - where engines do get switched off (weather permitting). Returns Cairns around 5.00pm (depending on the wind).
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups

Departs daily from Marlin Marina A finger 8am, returns around 5 - 5.15pm (depending on the wind). Check in at the 'Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom' desk in the Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street at 7.15am

Transfers pay on board:-Inner city: $15.50 return per person - Outer city and Northern Beaches including Palm Cove: $23.00 return per person

AUD $20
Some of our tours require a local fee for National Parks that need to be paid directly to your guide while on tour.

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Sailing
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling

Available Extras

  • Certified Diving (can do 2 on the day)
  • Introductory Diving (can do 2 on the day)
  • Refreshments from the licensed bar
  • Underwater cameras
  • Range of quality merchandise

Transfers pay on board:

  • Inner city: $15.50 return per person
  • Outer city and Northern Beaches including Palm Cove: $23.00 return per person

Green Island Activities:

  • Semi-submersible - AU$30
  • Glass Bottom Boat - AU$16

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

Need More Information

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Ocean Free are the only boat to go to Green Island with a private reef mooring. With other Green Island Tours must wait for either an organised snorkel tour with guide / OR go with divers to an area on the reef but with no guide. Ocean Free parks just 1 km off the island so you can snorkel at any time just off the boat with incredible coral and sea life.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Real Aussie Adventures

    Heading out from Cairns with the wind in your hair on a sailing vessel. A great day out on the reef to see Nemo and all of his friends. Visit Green Island for a day out on the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and exploring.