Just a short but exhilarating boat ride from Cairns is Green Island: a pristine location in the crystal blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The shallow waters off this lovely island are filled with colourful coral reef and abundant sea life, making for a magical visit on a snorkelling tour or cruise excursion. Choose a half day or full day tour and see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of The World in all its stunning glory.
Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Getty Images
Catch a catamaran or speed boat out to this secluded spot and be prepared to be dazzled. The average water temperatures are an ideal 28 degrees Celsius (82F) in the summer and low 20s (70sF) come winter, so there is never a bad time to dive in and enjoy this aquatic playground. Snorkelling equipment is provided on tours, as are beverages and light snacks depending on the length of the outing.
Relish the romance of the reef
Cruises around Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef are wonderful ways to experience the site without having to get wet. Romantic sunset excursions with extravagant full-course meals or just an afternoon jaunt in a glass bottom boat are both relaxing ways to see Green Island and the iconic coral-filled waters of North Queensland.
There are various tour operators that offer snorkelling, scuba diving and harbour / reef cruises, departing from the Cairns jetty near The Esplanade at The Pier. Full day excursions usually depart around 8AM - 9AM, with harbour and reef cruises continuing throughout the morning and afternoon.