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Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests
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Sail on a 2-masted schooner from Cairns to Green Island for a full day of snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Have a choice of options for exploring Green Island, spending time in the water around the magnificent coral reefs, walking in the rain forest, or lazing on the white sandy beaches. Enjoy the expertise of the superb crew, in addition to buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a glass of wine as you cruise back to Cairns.
  • Full-day cruise by 2-masted sailing schooner to Green Island, from Cairns
  • Enjoy the only engines-off sailing cruise from Cairns (winds permitting)
  • Spend time at an exclusive Green Island mooring in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim, snorkel, and dive (additional cost) in pristine waters
  • See the colorful fish and other marine life that inhabits the reef
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea aboard the schooner
  • Have free-time to relax on the sandy beach or explore Green Island
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Sailing cruise to Green Island & the Great Barrier Reef
Environment Management Charge and port fees
Coffee and/or Tea
Lunch
Morning and Afternoon tea
Complimentary glass of wine on the return sail to Cairns
Snorkeling tuition, tours and in-water crew assistance if required
Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, marks, flippers, buoyancy vests)
Transfers to/from the schooner to Green Island
Reef talk by a marine interpreter
Fish Feed
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pre-book only if have no past or present medical issues nor taking any medication. Enquire if unsure
Optional diving - x 1-2 Certified / x 1-2 Intro dives possible on day .10-12m depth .
1 Spence St , 1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Enter the Reef Fleet Terminal and look for Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom desk. From the side entrance enter and look right. If entering from the entrance facing the sea look straight ahead on the right . Check-in is from 7.15 am at this desk .

7:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the marina in Cairns where you board your spacious 54-foot (16.5-meter) 2–masted schooner for the sailing excursion to Green Island, located on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sip a cup of complimentary tea or coffee and snack on fresh muffins and fruit as your vessel prepares for departure. Receive a safety briefing then perhaps assist the crew with hoisting the sails before relaxing and soaking up the scenery as you motor-sail to Green Island.

Green Island is a protected Marine National Park, topped with emerald rain forest and surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs, the perfect place for snorkeling and scuba diving. If you plan to scuba dive (additional cost), complete your paperwork and site briefing during the journey over to the island so that you can hop in the water upon arrival.

Your captain moors the boat at Pinnacle Reef just offshore from Green Island. Hit the water and snorkel or dive among schools of tropical fish, turtles, giant clams, shells, starfish and sea anemones in this underwater paradise.

After a morning of snorkeling and scuba diving, a delicious buffet lunch is served onboard your boat before transferring by dinghy to Green Island. Relax on the beach or explore the island. Visit Marineland Melanesia to watch the crocodile feeding and see a variety of marine life up close.

After ample time on the Great Barrier Reef, sail back to Cairns (wind permitting). Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your tropical afternoon tea, a perfect way to end your day out on the reef.

This tour is perfect for all levels of water experience with instruction and in-water assistance provided.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom - Cairns Premier Great Barrier Reef & Island Tours
These are the two most personal Great Barrier Reef tours in Cairns. Sail on Ocean Free - our 16M classical sailing schooner for this extremely personal Great Barrier Reef & Green Island Tour. Sail, snorkel , dive (optional extra) - reef and beach all in one day with only a small group of up to 25 guests - pure bliss!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Great Barrier Reef
Admire the beauty of the Great Barrier reef on this very personal day tour to Green Island.Ocean Free sails to its exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring just 1 km off Green Island. Step straight off the boat and see a coral garden teeming with colourful reef-fish and marine life on this highly protected Marine Park zone. Only our guests snorkel this site making it a very personal experience! Turtles and large schools of fish a common site amongst the coral "bommies" (outcrops) that rise form about 10-12M up to just under 1M under the surface making it an ideal area for great snorkelling Spend the morning snorkelling & / or SCUBA diving (optional extra) over an incredible reef system and view the most unique and colourful marine life under the guidance of our very attentive crew. Afterwards hop back on board your vessel for a scrumptious large smorgasbord lunch after which you can hop into the tender as the skipper takes you to Green Island beach - your 2nd site to explore!
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Green Island
Guests can visit this island as part of their Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef sailing tour with only a maximum of 25 guests Ocean Free actually moors on an exclusive private reef 1Km off the island where guests can split their time between snorkelling and diving (optional extra) just off the boat and going to the island in the tender to explore or just relax on the tropical beach . Guests have 4 and 1/2 hrs to experience the reef and island . Typically our guests chose to spend 1-2 hrs on the island . On the island guests can enjoy an interpretative walk across the island , relax on the beach and visit Marineland Melanesia (small fee to enter here)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Marineland Crocodile Park
Marineland Melanesia is an optional experience when visiting Green Island. For a small fee you can enter this attraction to see crocodiles, turtles, artefacts and facts for around the region
Stop At:  
Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
Cairns Premier Reef & Island tours operate 2 personal , low guest number Great Barrier Reef Tours - Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom (www.cairnspremierreefislandtours.com) Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef sailing tour Ocean Freedom Luxury Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 25 people ensures a unique and personalized experience
  • Please note: All divers will be required to complete a medical questionnaire on board prior to diving. Please only book the diving options if you have no medical conditions nor taking medication as some conditions/medication preclude you from diving
  • Tour requires you to be stable and mobile enough to move around a moving vessel and to transfer from main vessel onto tender and back
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Covid Procedures: Sanitisation stations will be available on board as well as high-touch areas being sanitised regularly, contract tracing will be followed with all details required at the time of booking, upon arrival questions will be asked regarding travel in the last 14 days, contact with any Covid-19 positive individuals and potential symptoms – answers to these questions may impact your ability to travel and will be at the discretion of the crew on the day.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cairns Premier Reef & Island Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ocean Free Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise, Cairns 25 guests.

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  • "If you get sea sick, you can bring your own pills or purchase them on board." See review
  • "I wouldn't recommend this cruise for small children, which is why I chose it." See review

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star-5
Snorkel, food and brisk...
Elizabeth_S
, Jul 2022
Snorkel, food and brisk sail home....great!. Would recommend this trip to anyone....crew were lovely.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for joining us for a fun day of sailing Elizabeth! Your recommendation and review are both greatly appreciated. We hope to see you onboard again in the future.
star-5
Great trip. The crew were...
Emily_H
, Jul 2022
Great trip. The crew were great. Lovely snorkel and visit to the island. The sailing was also brilliant. Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Emily. Great to hear you enjoyed your sailing, snorkelling, and island experience. Thank you for your review and recommendation - both are greatly appreciated.
star-5
Amazing Sail Experience
Adam_C
, Jul 2022
Staff amazing, beautiful long day out with lots of food keeping you full all day. Couldn't ask for anything more. We would love to come see you guys again hopefully soon.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review Adam. We are so glad you had an amazing sailing experience with our friendly crew! We hope to see you again in the future too :)
star-5
The stuff are awesome
Yuki_S
, Jul 2022
Super enjoyed this tour! A lot of foods and stuff are sooo nice!! They were very kind and reassuring. Highly recommend this tour and I would love to go on the boat again :)
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Yuki, So glad you enjoyed our Ocean Free Sailing tour to the reef and Green Island and the food! Wonderful you felt well looked after and thank you also for your high recommendation of our tour. We would love to have you back on board with us - see you next time!
star-1
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Ricky_A
, May 2022
Tour should be call just Green Island! Even tho it was all really good, found terrible that you think you going to the barrier reef snd they just take you to any reef near Green Island!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Ricky, We would never do any false advertising and our tour is a Green Island and Great Barrier Reef tour and in the description clearly states that the boat moors on “Pinnacle Reef” – 1km off Green Island and stays there – this mooring site and Green Island are part of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef covers 344,400 km2 in area, from shallow estuarine areas to deep oceanic waters. It is between 60 and 250 km wide. Within this massive area there are a unique range of ecological communities, habitats and species – all of which make the Reef one of the most complex natural ecosystems in the world. It includes some 3000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands. Green Island is one of the 300 coral cays and the only one with a rainforest. It is located 27kms from Cairns on the north-western edge of the reef flat. Our mooring sits 1 km off the island with a coral garden and bommies ( coral outcrops) – just off the boat. Our reef area is described as a protected midshelf reef and consists of branching acropora and soft coral colonies, with giant clams, clown fish, all the usual reef fish and also turtles, Giant Trevally, black-tipped reef sharks and sting rays a common sight I am unsure if you took part in any crew guided snorkel tour. Unfortunately no one can control what is seen on any day as it depends on water movement , visibility and just what marine life appears at different times of the day. We can’t comment further as we are unsure what may have prompted your comments in terms of “definition” of the GBR but we can assure you that in no “tours description” do we report anything that is false. It is a shame that perhaps you didn’t choose to raise your concerns with us as we would have easily clarified your queries and given you more information and also guided you to a tour that you may have preferred. It is a shame that you choose to give the tour a rating of 1 when you actually say “..that it was all really good”. We are unsure who perhaps gave you the information that we are not a GBR tour but hope that this clarifies that we are indeed a “Great Barrier Reef” tour and the Great Barrier Reef is huge and diverse and in no way can we be accused of “False Advertisement” .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic
PETER_I
, May 2022
Fantastic day Fantastic crew Very memorable activity Pascale and the crew were so engaging with all the guests
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Peter! Sounds like you had a day to remember - for all the right reasons! Pascal and the rest of our crew love taking care of our guests and helping out anyway they can. We hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
Best day eva!
Maree_M
, May 2022
We have been on quite few of these reef tours,and found this was one of the best . The locations that we were taken to were fantastic. There was so much coral and fish to see. The little sandy atol was very special too, it was great being in the middle of the ocean with coral all around. Staff were great, food good. Best day Eva.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Maree. Thank you for your review. So glad you enjoyed your day with our friendly crew. They love showing off our beautiful reef locations - only made better when the 'residents of the reef' swim along to say hello. Thank you again for joining us :)
star-5
If you want personalised reef experience this is for you.
Kirstie_G
, May 2022
The crew (Matt, Alex and Skipper Pascal) were great. Lots of laughs and great reef knowledge. The water was nice and wet and green island was definitely green. Would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review and for joining us on Ocean Free Kirstie! Our crew really do love taking care of our guests and sharing their passion for the Great Barrier Reef. We are so glad you enjoyed the friendly atmosphere onboard. Your recommendation is truly appreciated.
star-5
A day you won’t forget
joseph_l
, Apr 2022
Amazing day. Chris was a legend and great to five with. The other guys where really friendly to. Would definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Joesph for your review - and great to hear you enjoyed our personal crew service - they love to engage guests to the Great Barrier Reef! Thank you also for your high recommendation of our tour!
star-5
A great experience
Terry_D
, Mar 2022
The sailing boat was a treat. The snorkeling with the advise of the crew and the reef was amazing. So much marine life. A truly unforgettable day.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your review. Our crew love to help guests experience the wonders of the reef and all of the delightful creatures who call it home. Thanks again for joining us on Ocean Free Terry!
star-5
Fabulous boat, crew & reef
Kaylene_G
, Mar 2022
What a fabulous way to see the Great Barrier Reef. A fantastic family owned local business that couldn't do anymore for us to ensure we had the best experience. We were treated like royalty and had crew that knew all about the reef (Sharn, Matt & Perry)and its inhabitants. The day felt like going out with family with food, drinks and laughs throughout the day with safety always first for the guests. Cannot recommend more highly. Will definitely use this company again
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your review Kaylene! Our crew welcome all guests into the Ocean Free & Ocean Freedom family from the moment you step onboard. We are thrilled you had a great experience and enjoyed the personalized touches of our small operation. We look forward to having you join us again in the future!
star-5
Cyclone Tiffany 🌀
Elizabeth_D
, Jan 2022
Other than sailing through Cyclone Tiffany… it was a beautiful day and the weather cleared up for Green Island and while we were snorkelling which was fantastic. We got to swim with a few turtles, see heaps of different fish and saw a black tip shark 🦈. The crew was amazing and the food was great and very accommodating considering the conditions
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Elizabeth - as we promised the cyclone was a lot further north 🙂so great you ended up with an exciting time and a beautiful day! Sounds like all our "resident" friends also came to greet you on your snorkel - glad that our crew also made you feel comfortable too! Thank you for the review!
star-5
Great experience
Sivakumar_M
, Dec 2021
Lovely crew with dedication to work and excellent customer service. As we are a separate group we enjoyed music with the crew .
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much for the review and noting our crew service and professionalism ... from all counts a great day was had by all!
star-5
Best crew, highly recommend
HoiYan_C
, Dec 2021
Best crew!! Super friendly, attentive and caring the whole time. Cute boat. Food was good too!! Definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi HoiYan - Great to hear you found our Ocean Free sailing schooner to be cute ..we think so too! And our crew to be friendly and attentive :) Thanks for the review.
star-5
Relaxing sailing adventure
Lisa_B
, Oct 2021
Lovely small group sail to Green island. Great snorkeling and dive experience for a novice. Staff were super friendly and food was great too.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you Lisa for the review! So glad you enjoyed the sailing on our beautiful Ocean Free. It is quite a unique tour offering sail, snorkel , dive and island time. Hope to see you again some time!
star-5
The best trip to Green Island!
Catherine_D
, Oct 2021
Fantastic day sailing (sometimes just with the sails) to the surrounding reef off Green Island. The crew were brilliant and gave each guest their full attention to enjoy the day. Guests were a great crowd with an anniversary & 3 birthdays to celebrate. After a glorious day of snorkelling we sailed back to Cairns with birthday cake and bubbles. Special thx to crew "welsh" Liam, Matt & Pascal for such a fab day !
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Great to hear you had such a fantastic day!! It is always so great to be able to put the sails down and relax. I am glad you got to enjoy so many celebrations, cake, and bubbles!! I will definitely tell all the crew how much you appreciated their company.
star-5
Fabulous Day on the Reef
Jurgen_S
, Oct 2021
A wonderful experience that both my husband and I enjoyed immensely!! Staff Pasquale, Cassie and Chris were fabulous we couldn’t ask for more attentive and though people. Cruise was superb in every way and we highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you, for both your review and recommendation :) So glad to hear what a wonderful time you had during your sail and Great Barrier Reef experience!
star-5
Surprised my boyfriend...
Hayley_S
, Oct 2021
Surprised my boyfriend for his birthday with a sail boat ride filled with snorkelling in crystal blue waters, delicious food onboard followed by a little adventure on green island and topped the day off with some cheese and wines as we headed on back to the mainland, boat crew were super friendly- would absolutely recommend, we loved it!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
What a lovely birthday surprise Hayley! Glad we were able to give you both the day you were looking for and make his birthday extra special! Thank you for your review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A amazing day
jenny_w
, Sep 2021
The whole day was well planned and memorable, it was a fantastic day. The crew were attentive and helpful, food was great and plentiful. This was my first time snorkelling, the staff helped me overcome the nerves staying with me the whole time. The guided reef tour was amazing. There were only 8 passengers so it was a more personise tour. Thanks again for an amazing day.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for you review and great to hear that you overcame your nerves with our attentive crew. We love to ensure you are well looked after so all you have to do is look at the reef!! Each time you do it - it will get easier and easier - hope to see you again some time!
star-5
Fantastic day out
Karen_S
, Aug 2021
Friendly helpful crew, beautiful lunch, great snorkelling spot & travelling back with all the sails up was superb
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your review! Sounds like you enjoyed all aspects of the day :) Safe travels.

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