Award winning Great Barrier Reef Tour Operating Daily
Green Island Experience
Cruising Daily to Cairns' Closest Tropical Island
Play, relax & explore with Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises. Recognised as the advanced eco certified provider, we are passionate about protecting our tropical Island and providing the best Great Barrier Reef experience to our guests. Located only 45 mins away from Cairns, you will feel a world away.
We're open and operating every day from beautiful Cairns. Come and jump on board, what are you waiting for?
Operating in the Great Barrier Reef for over 29 years
Great Barrier Reef Tours are one of the most popular things to do whilst in Cairns. Only 45 minutes from Cairns, this tropical Island is a beautiful coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with unique island rainforests, surrounded by white sandy beaches & magnificent coral reefs and abundant marine life.About Us
Committed To Sustainability
Big Cat pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainability. The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognized brand which assists travellers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction, cruise or accommodation that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
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Yes, 7 days a week including public holidays (there is small surcharge for travel on Christmas day)
We have a fleet of modern air-conditioned coaches that offer a coach service from Cairns city hotels for just $20 per adult and $10 per child, for the return transfer.
If you are staying at one of the Northern Beaches (from north of the Airport to Ellis Beach) we also can pick you up from there too. Beach transfers are $24 per adult and $12 per child return. Please contact us if wanting to add a coach transfer to your booking.
All our vessels are pram friendly. The beach areas are not practical for prams however there are boardwalks and pathways throughout the island that are suitable. Prams can be stored on ‘Big Cat’ if needed.
Passengers must have some mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist them. Depending on tides it may be necessary to embark/disembark from different levels on the boat. Coral viewing and glass bottom boat activities are subject to the weather and the extent of the passenger’s mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist. Please note that the toilets on the vessel are not wheelchair accessible but there are disabled toilets available on the island. Please advise at time of booking if you have wheelchair bound passengers travelling.
These guidelines apply to standard wheelchairs only. We are not able to accommodate electric wheelchairs on any of the vessels or coaches.
We recommend you bring a towel, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and swimwear. Also, cash for drinks, snacks or souvenirs you may want to buy. Credit cards are accepted at most shops at the Island however surcharges may apply.
We are happy to refund on direct bookings as long as we are given notice before close of business the day before departure (we are on the phones until 8pm) but we do ask for as much notice as possible as a courtesy. All refunds must go back onto the original card used for card security reasons. If booking through a 3rd party you are governed by their cancellation policy and terms and conditions.
Our cruises are suitable for people of all ages, including families with young children. Our half day option is ideal for small children, infants and babies. Additionally snorkelling directly from the beach is perfect for children and first time snorkelers.
Why Our Customers Love Us
Rated 4.5/5 stars, our team continues to ensure your experience at the reef is all we have promised and more.
“Hubby and I booked a day trip on this vessel the Great Barrier Reef with Big Cat. Cannot say enough good things about the vessel or the crew.”
Steve HLytham St Annes
“What a great experience, with Snuba you have a guide who is Scuba diving with you which leaves you free to observe the marine life and no heavy tanks to deal with!”
“Loved the service of these guys. The boat was great to travel on. Very helpful with answering any questions and not pushy with up sales either.”
“All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel transfers were on time. Everything was easy. The buffet lunch was fresh and offered a good variety of hot and cold food.”
“The boat Captain was very knowledgeable to explain all things we encountered in both cases.
It was an amazing trip to see the Great Barrier Reef in the nature life.”
“I had an amazing day with Big Cat with my mother in law and 3 year old son exploring the island. There was so many options for families and was amazing to see the turtles.”
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