Exploring The Great Barrier Reef On Green Island National Park.

No visit to Cairns would be complete without experiencing the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best dive sites in the world.

It is made up of a collection of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and covers a huge 344,000 square kilometre, making it the world’s largest structure made by living organisms.


To explore this natural wonder we booked a tour with Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruise. This award winning and eco certified tour operator departs daily from Cairns. We booked the full day cruise which included free snorkel gear, a trip on a semi submersible boat and a full buffet lunch.


We departed Cairns at 9am and within 45 minutes we had arrived at Green Island National Park. This is a resort island located off the coast of Cairns. Green Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Nature Park. It was formed around 6000 years ago from coral sand.

We had nearly 6 hours on the island where we relaxed on the beach, snorkeled and witnessed the stunning reef on the semi submersible boat. With this tour we also had full access to the island resort’s swimming pool facilities.


There were two beautiful beaches where we could snorkel straight over the coral. The sea life and reef in this area are fantastic. We were lucky enough to swim with a green turtle. The reef is home to a spectacular array of marine life where you can expect to see butterflyfish, groupers and clownfish that look just like Nemo!


The water is crystal clear and the reef is close to the surface allowing you to dive down to swim amongst it all. We were so mesmerised by the underwater wonder of the reef it was easy to lose track of time.

Overall, this tour was everything we had hoped it to be. We departed the island at 3:45pm and made it back to Cairns around 4:30pm. We would highly recommend Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises.

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