Green Island Experience

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.

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Australian Owned & Operated
Big Cat
Established 1990
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Eco-certification

Book With Cairns' Best Reef Island Tour

Award winning Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Half or Full Day Tour

  • Up to 5.5 hours on the island
  • Choice of free tour or snorkelling gear
  • Activities for all ages
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Our Company

Operating in the Great Barrier Reef for over 28 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.

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Committed To Sustainability

Highly environmentally-conscious

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We're here to help.

Our crew get asked dozens of questions every day, some quirky some quite intelligent, some just plain entertaining. But as they say, there is no such thing as a dumb question so don’t be too scared to ask.

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Do you operate daily?

Yes, 7 days a week including public holidays (there is small surcharge for travel on Christmas day)

Do I need to check in on the day?

Yes, please check in at The Reef Fleet Terminal at least 30 minutes prior to your departure. Please present relevant vouchers or itineraries at check in exchange for your boarding passes.

Do you have hotel transfers?

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.

Can I take a pram on board?

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.

Is this tour wheelchair friendly?

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.

What do I need to bring with me?

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.

Can I change my date of travel or cancel once booked?

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.

Is the Green Island tour recommended for children?

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.

Michelle SparrowQueensland

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!

ShaniiBrisbane

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.

BeccPitt Town

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.

Michael CMelbourne

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.

VanessaPalm Cove

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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