Great Adventures Green Island & Outer Reef Pontoon

Duration | 9 hours
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Complete your Great Barrier Reef Experience with the ultimate day out by combining Green Island and the Outer Barrier Reef.  

Green Island is a superb coral cay with delightful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters on the Great Barrier Reef just 45 minutes from Cairns. You will have 2 hours to explore this perfect piece of paradise.

After spending time on Green Island cruise on-board a modern comfortable high-speed catamaran to the first class multi-level pontoon situated on the Outer Barrier Reef.  Spend your afternoon snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, discovering exotic marine life and beautiful coral formations OR stay dry and cruise in the Semi-Sub and visit the Underwater Observatory.  There is something here for everybody.  

Green Island & Outer Reef Family Pricing
We offer special rates for families.  Please check the booking form for up to date family pricing for your group.

Infants (3 Years & Under) travel free
Children (4 - 14 years) Half Price
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) 1 Child travels free


  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Morning tea & coffee served until boat departure
  • Morning tea cake selection
  • Two (2) hours on Green Island
  • Three (3) hours at Outer Reef platform
  • Snorkelling equipment all day
  • Use of buoyancy vests at the pontoon
  • Reef education presentation
  • Hot and cold buffet lunch
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Eco Reef Talk in underwater observatory
  • Afternoon tea & coffee whilst at the platform
  • Cheese and biscuits on return journey   

Optional Extras (available when booking)

Seawalker Helmet Dive | $148 Per Person
Seawalker offers an amazing underwater helmet diving experience on the Great Barrier Reef. It’s unique in that you walk on the seafloor surrounded by colourful tropical fish and corals at beautiful Green Island. There is no equipment to operate and a great option for non-swimmers. Seawalker is accessible to almost everyone and you don’t even have to get you hair wet!

Intro Dive | $142 Per Person
Scuba diving is the best way to see the reef and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Our professional and experienced PADI instructors will guide you through every aspect of your dive, allowing you to have a relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Certified Dive | $126 Per Person
If you already have a dive certification, we will provide you with all your scuba gear, and an experienced dive guide to ensure maximum enjoyment, safety and to guide you to the best sites.

Guided Snorkel Tour | $68 Adult | $36 Child
For those looking for a more immersive snorkel experience, a guided snorkel tour is a great way to maximise your visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Ideal for novice snorkellers and family groups, you will be able to swim with the fish and explore the wonders of the reef with one of our knowledgeable guides by your side.

Pontoon Facilities:   

  • Undercover seating and tables
  • Full Bar Facilities
  • Sun-deck with Sun-lounges
  • Swimming enclosure for children
  • Change rooms with freshwater showers
  • Scuba diving facilities with semi-submerged platform

Your day at a glance

7.30am Check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding pass.

8:00am Vessel boarding.  Complimentary morning tea/coffee served on boarding.

8:30am Depart Reef Fleet Terminal for Green Island.

9.15am Arrive Green Island  2 hours free time to explore Green Island…Included snorkel gear, (fins, mask and snorkel) can be obtained from the Dive Shop on the island.  Enjoy a leisurely island walk with the self-guided Eco Island Walk or take a dip in the island swimming pool.

11:20am  Re-board vessel for departure to the Great Barrier Reef platform.  Cake selection served on forward journey.  During your journey to the reef, a Reef Presentation is shown on the vessel’s monitors.  Snorkelling demonstration by crew.

12:30pm  Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef platform  Reef activities commence…Semi-submersible coral viewing tour with informative commentary departs every 30 minutes or as advised. 

Snorkel directly from the platform. Collect your snorkel gear and buoyancy vests once on the platform.  Underwater observatory is open throughout the day for coral and fish viewing. 

1.00-2.30pm  Hot and cold buffet lunch is served.  Time for more reef activities or just relax on the sundeck and take in the views!  Tea and coffee is available whilst at the platform.

3:30pm  A blast on the ship's horn will signal the time when all passengers should return to the vessel ready for departure.

3:45pm  Departure to Cairns via Green Island.  Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on homeward journey.

5:30pm  Arrive Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.

What to Bring:

  • Swimwear and towel
  • Hat and shirt for sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (Underwater cameras are available to hire)




Great day out. Staff exceptional, lunch good, time at Pontoon just right.


Helen Brent-Jones

We booked this tour through travstar. We received great service from travstar and the tour was very enjoyable.


Rebecca Ford

Staff and crew were all wonderful and very helpful. I loved the Scuba-do experience and also the helicopter ride back to Cairns - excellent day.


Catherine Jeffs

My husband Scott and I had a fantastic day on our tour of the Green Island and Great Reef Pontoon 6/6/15. It was a full day creating fantastic memories we will treasure for a lifetime. Highlights were the parasailing at Green Island truley magestic flying above the waves looking as far as you can to the Island itself and beyond. The staff on the pontoon were quick to help make sure we were well decked out with gear for snorkeling and enouraged us to make the most of our visit in swimming with the fish. We always felt safe , the food was delicious the semi sub was awsome...thanks for the memories Cathie and Scott Jeffs


Peter Femhel

Dear Natalie and Gene,

Thanks for your terrific service. Both my daughter and myself really enjoyed the two trips booked through Travstar.

What I really appreciated, on perusing the so many day tour options on your website, was the very detailed description of each tour plan, with times and features and itinerary all provided. That was of great assistance.

Thanks again


Heather Driscoll

Really enjoyable, great friendly staff. Could do with better directions at Green Island for where the best snorkelling is when you only have a 2 hour stop over every minute counts. Pontoon and semi sub fantastic. Outer reef is magnificent!! Loved it!!

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7.30am Check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to obtain your boarding pass.
8:00am Vessel boarding. Complimentary morning tea/coffee served on boarding.
8:30am Depart Reef Fleet Terminal for Green Island.