Sail to Green IslandOn the Great Barrier Reef

Green Island is a fully developed coral island situated only 26 kilometres from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Its protected waters are the perfect location to discover the reef, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Ocean Free sails you leisurely to Pinnacle Reef, an exclusive mooring on the eastern lee of Green Island, offering excellent coral coverage and vibrant marine life. Here you can snorkel directly off the boat or you may even want to try your first ever scuba dive. For certified divers, you’ll enjoy being guided by our qualified instructors on one of the best kept secrets of the Great Barrier Reef.

Ocean Free is surveyed to carry 52 passengers, but limits its daily guests to just 25 ensuring a truly personalised and unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience, with maximum comfort and space.

Ocean Free Tour Prices ~ Green Island Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

Tour Price Price Levy Total
Adult $225 $20 $10* $235
Children $160 $20 $10* $170
Family $693 $20 $10* $733
The Levy is a fee levied on all passengers to cover park entry fees, port and administration costs. Due to the Government temporarily waiving the environmental management charge, levy charged will be reduced to $10 until 2022.
Intro Dive Prices Price
First Dive $105 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
Second Dive $50 (Includes all tuition and equipment)
All diving (Introductory & Certified) is subject to having no medical condition (past or present) or taking any medication contrary to diving on day of travel. Prior dive medical clearance may be required. Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day
Certified Dive Prices Price
First Dive $70 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
Second Dive $35 (Includes all top equipment & complimentary dive guide)
All diving (Introductory & Certified) is subject to having no medical condition (past or present) or taking any medication contrary to diving on day of travel. Prior dive medical clearance may be required. Please enquire if unsure to avoid any disappointment on the day
Optional Island Activities Price
Glass Bottom Boat Adult $22
Glass Bottom Boat Child $11
Semi-Sub Adult $30
Semi-Sub Child $15
Please inform the skipper on boarding if you may be interested in these options / Pay direct to island
Transfers Price
Return Inner city Cairns $18
Return Northern Beaches as far as Palm Cove $25
Transfers must be pre-booked with minimum 24hrs notice, transfer cost is per person.
Covid Notice
We follow all legislative and WPH&S requirements for recreational snorkelling and diving, and are ATEC accredited for COVID safety, following all our Industry bodies and State and Federal requirements of the present time. At this stage QLD legislation requires that all guests travelling on all reef tours must show proof of double vaccination or proof of medical exemption- this will be checked during the check-in process before boarding the vessels. Please enquire if you have any queries on or phone +61 7 40521111 – we are here to help!
Cancellation Policy
The company reserves the right to cancel the trip due to poor weather conditions or mechanical problems or, on rare occasions, to use another vessel or select the sites used. On very rare occasions, during these build up times, there may be a cancellation to a scheduled day due to low numbers. We will reschedule or endeavour to pick the other best reef options for that day to suit your preferences. However, now international and domestic borders are all open we expect this to be a very rare occurrence. If tour has been cancelled by the company a full refund given. No refund if tour cancelled or amended by customer within 24 hrs. Cancellations due to COVID restrictions/ requirements outside of minimum 24 hrs notice will however be given consideration for change/ full refund.

Your Green Island Tour Includes

  • Morning tea and coffee, Danish pastries and fresh fruit on boarding
  • 4½ hours on our exclusive mooring on the Great Barrier Reef
  • High crew to guest ratio
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch including seafood
  • Snorkelling tuition, tours and in-water assistance if required
  • Use of all snorkeling equipment including lycra or wetsuits
  • Prescription masks (please pre-book)
  • Scuba diving demonstration
  • Fish feed
  • Transfers to & from Green Island
  • Tropical afternoon tea – cheese platter / fresh fruit platter / cake platter – and glass of wine on sail home

Optional Green Island Extras

  • Coach transfers ($18 Inner city return per person; $25 Northern Beaches, as far as Palm Cove, return per person) – must be pre-booked
  • Scuba diving- Introductory / Certified
  • Refreshments
  • Underwater cameras
  • Range of quality merchandise
  • Green Island activities
    • Semi-submersible
    • Glass bottom boat
    • Marineland Melanesia
    • Please let the skipper know on boarding, if you want to do any activities. Pay direct to island operators

Your Day on Ocean Free View Full Itinerary

Check In / Departure

Your Ocean Free day commences with check-in at the Ocean Free / Ocean Freedom desk inside the Cairns’ Reef Fleet Terminal ( located 1,Spence str Marlin Marina, Cairns)  from 7.15am. From there it’s a short skip to A Finger no 4  where Ocean Free awaits you! Boarding commences at 7.30am for an 8am departure. Enjoy fresh tea, coffee, fruit and Danish pastries, which are served on board on your arrival.

Hoist The Sails

You can assist with the hoisting of the sails. After an introductory safety brief, just kick back and enjoy the motor sail to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef. For those of you wishing to scuba dive, the paperwork and briefs are completed during the journey out, so when we arrive at The Great Barrier Reef you are ready to dive!

Enjoy Sailing To Green Island

Once sails are dropped we meander through the reef to our private mooring at Pinnacle Reef, with Green Island just 1Km away. This is all you’ve ever dreamed of in a tropical paradise! The boat is greeted by schools of spangled emperors, yellow tailed fusiliers, parrot fish and giant trevally. The Great Barrier Reef is just below.

Let's Get Wet

Once briefed on the water activities, your adventures begin! You can snorkel directly off the boat, floating over coral gardens. Or try non-certified diving for the first time. No experience needed and it’s 2 divers for 1 instructor. Certified divers can enjoy a guided dive. All equipment is included and provided. After all the action, you feast on a delicious smorgasbord lunch.

Green Island Activities

In the afternoon transfers to Green Island begin – look out for turtles on the way! Wander along the beautiful white beach and walk around the island to view the bird life and vegetation. There’s interpretive boardwalks through the rainforest and you can visit Marineland Melanesia (where you can see a croc feed in captivity!). Grab an ice-cream or cocktail and relax in paradise.

Set Sail For Cairns

After over 4 ½ hours on the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island we set sail (real sailing – engines switched OFF)  for Cairns (wind permitting). Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your tropical afternoon tea (fruit, cheese & cake), a perfect finale to a day of snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. We arrive back to Cairns around 5pm with the sun setting in the hills behind Cairns. Just beautiful.

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