Ocean Free Green Island & Reef Day Tour
Extremely personal Great Barrier Reef Tour with outstanding customer service. We connect with our guests to ensure their expectations are met. Ocean Free offers you the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended. Ocean Free is the only operator in Cairns to offer a personal sailing reef and island tour. Sail, snorkel and scuba dive aboard personalised tours with fun and professional crew. Explore Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with Ocean Free. Whether or not you have previous snorkel or dive experience, let us show you the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and this stunning tropical island paradise. Sail Ocean Free for that personal touch. Our Boat Ocean Free is a 16.5 metre sailing schooner. Check in at Reef Fleet Terminal from 7.15am at Ocean Free + Ocean Freedom desk. Board from 7.30am A Finger No. 4 at the Marlin Marina, Cairns for an 8am departure – coffee, tea and Danish pastries and fresh fruit served on boarding. Your Destinations Pinnacle Reef and Green Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Pristine destinations which offer visitors a wealth of natural experiences. Pinnacle Reef is just 1km from Green Island. It’s shallow sheltered waters are the perfect place to snorkel and dive. Your Day Will Be Amazing Upon arrival at Pinnacle Reef, guests can enjoy a swim, snorkel, a dive (optional extra) or just relax. Ocean Free’s exclusive mooring ensures that the ocean is uninterrupted by crowds. The “bommies” (coral outcrops) and coral gardens, from just 1 metre under the surface, are teaming with life and make viewing easy. The trips to Green Island are by tender. There are 4 ½ hrs for guests to spend between the reef and the island. Delicious Lunch & Snacks Included A large smorgasbord lunch consisting of Tasmanian smoked salmon, prawns, mixed meat platter, chicken platter, 3 fresh salads, assorted breads is served on board the boat. It’s a self-serve buffet. We can cater to dietary restrictions, just let us know at the time of booking as this must be pre-booked. Tropical fruit platter, cheese, crackers, cakes and a glass of wine are served on the sail home. Water is available throughout the day. Our Guests Love Life Extremely low guest numbers (max 25 guests) with 4 crew ensures a personal snorkel and dive experience. All guests are assessed for their snorkelling and diving abilities and are appropriately assisted to ensure that all are able to experience and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. Guests need to be mobile enough to get into and out of a dinghy onto the beach and into and out of a dinghy from the main vessel. Green Island A Tropical Paradise Guests can enjoy most of the day on the island or just an hour exploring the walking tracks and rainforest– the amount of time spent between the island and the boat is the guest’s choice. The island is perfect for a swim, sunbathe, glass bottom boat, a semi sub or Marineland Melanesia (where crocs in captivity can be seen as well as many other sea-life). (Optional Island activities Glass Bottom Boat + Semi-sub can be organised on the day – please inform skipper on boarding) Scuba Diving: Intro and Certified Guests who have never dived and wish to try it, may do an introductory dive. Maximum 2 divers to 1 instructor for your first dive (normal ratio on other tours is 4:1). Guests who are certified divers can enjoy the wonders of the reef with a complimentary guide. All diving is done directly from the Ocean Free boat on Pinnacle Reef, which is 1km offshore from Green Island. Shallow, sheltered waters with an abundance of marine life. A gentle diving experience. Lots of Inclusions, Value for Money All snorkel and scuba diving equipment and tuition, including top quality snorkelling gear, buoyancy vests/wetsuits/lycra suits. High crew to guest ratio. Scuba diving demonstration. Coffee/tea + Danish pastries and fresh fruit on boarding. Complimentary coffee/ tea when moored. Fish Feed. Transfers to and from Green Island. True Sailing experience (engines do get switched off!) on way home. Complimentary glass of wine on sail home. Optional Extras Certified Diving, you can choose to do 1 or 2 cert dives. Introductory Diving, with no experience necessary. Book 1 or 2 intro dives. For the diving, all of the equipment, instruction and dive guides are included in the dive prices. Underwater camera hire. Glass Bottom Boat / Semi-sub (pay on Green Island) – just let skipper know on boarding boat in morning. Alcoholic and soft drinks refreshments. A range of quality merchandise. How Much Time Do We Have Ocean Free provides guests with 4 ½ hrs at Green Island and Pinnacle Reef, on the Great Barrier Reef. They can spend this time as they choose. All on the boat. All at the island. Or split your time between them both, for a fantastic day tour experience. There’s lots of activities for you to choose from: snorkelling, scuba diving, island walks, glass bottom boat tours, relaxing the beach, grabbing a cocktail from the island bar.

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About Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef

Sail to Green Island

Sail to Green Island

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.

Ocean Free's small number of passengers, only 25*, ensures a truly personalised and unforgettable Great Barrier Reef experience. You may even want to try your first ever scuba dive, or for the certified diver, enjoy being guided by our qualified instructors on one of the best kept secrets on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tour Inclusions

  • Morning tea & coffee
  • 4½ hours on our exclusive mooring on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch
  • Snorkeling tuition
  • Use of all snorkeling equipment
  • Wet/Stinger suits
  • Scuba diving demonstration
  • Transfers to & from Green Island
  • Afternoon tea (tropical)
  • Glass of wine

Optional Extras

  • Coach transfers
  • Scuba diving- Introductory/Certified
  • Refreshments
  • Underwater cameras
  • Range of quality merchandise
  • Green Island activities
  • Semi-submersible
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Marineland Melanesia

On Green Island

On Green Island
  • wander along the beautiful white beach
  • walk around the island, view the bird life and vegetation
  • grab an ice-cream or cocktail and relax in paradise

After over 4 hours on the Great Barrier Reef we set sail 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 snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef. We arrive back in Cairns between 5:00-5:30pm, with the sun setting in the hills behind Cairns - Beautiful!


Why Sail with us?

Why Sail with us?
  • The most personal, customer-oriented Great Barrier Reef & Island tour in Cairns.
  • ONLY 25 guests maximum (surveyed for 52).
  • Escape the crowds. Ocean Free has an exclusive reef mooring, where only our guests snorkel and dive.
  • Ocean Free is the only sailing tour to offer reef and island destinations.
  • This is Cairns' only sailing tour where the engines really do get switched off (wind prevailing).
  • A truly personalised tour where you are a name not a number.
  • Experience this world renowned island, the only one on the Great Barrier Reef to have rainforest!

Our crew make the difference, with enthusiasm and service, ensuring all of our guests have a memorable and safe Great Barrier Reef Experience!

Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef Reviews


0 Jessica Barrett

This was probably the best experience I've had in Australia! Myself and boyfriend done snorkeling and scuba diving on the day cruise yesterday and it was amazing! I am terrified of water but the instructors were incredible, big shout out to Jen who was our instructor for the dive she was extremely helpful, yas are all legends!!. All staff were really informative and welcoming. Couldn't recommend these guys enough they love what they do! I loved every second of it. Thanks for an unforgettable experience


0 Jenn Perschke

I have dreamed of scuba diving on the great barrier reef my entire life. This trip exceeded all of my expectations. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. The crew was amazing! All of them were so kind, funny, knowledgeable, and respectful of the reef. I could definitely tell that they love what they do. Im not sure if I will ever have the opportunity to return to Cairns, but I would definitely do this trip all over again. Thank you for helping me make my dreams come true!


How to get to Ocean Free Green Island + Great Barrier Reef

Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom depart from A Finger at the Marlin Marina.

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P.O. Box 358
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QLD 4870

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