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Great Adventures

#55 of 157 Tours in Cairns
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Address: One Spence Street | Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number:
4044 9944

With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef...

With Great Adventures you can explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on any day of your holiday, be it at the spacious outer reef activity platform or the tropical reef and rainforest surrounds of Green Island. Cruises depart daily from Cairns aboard modern fast catamarans. All cruises are accredited with Advanced Ecotourism Certification, ensuring guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this magnificent World Heritage environment.

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Green Island - Not the place for Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling

My husband and I took the Great Adventures trip to Green Island to snorkel but we were very disappointed as the reef is bleached out and has no color. We expected to at least see... read more

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Tampa, Florida
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29 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I took the Great Adventures trip to Green Island to snorkel but we were very disappointed as the reef is bleached out and has no color. We expected to at least see an abundance and variety of fish but were disappointed with that as well as the fish were few and far between. We went another day,... More 

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Coomera, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The company and crew did nothing wrong. The booking experience was OK, the boat was OK. But Green island is just too busy for us. Hundreds of tourists from multiple boats crowd the island. Just not the sort of experience we enjoy. The snorkelling was OK. As was the lunch ($extra).

Thank b0b555
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are hoping to see the Great Barrier Reef the Green Island day trip is not the right choice. The boat is comfortable and fast but does not get you to the outer reef which is what you want if you really want to see and experience the reef. Snorkeling on the island will get you some fish and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked with this company because it was the only one that seemed to offer any "eco" credentials. We were duped. As other reviewers, we found the trip overcrowded and clearly aimed at fleecing overseas tourists. We'd travelled up from Melbourne - and could come back another time - but if those visiting from overseas have only this as their... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far the coolest thing I have ever done. We went to several different reefs and had plenty of time to snorkel or dive at each one. There were snorkeling and scuba diving guides available. The reefs were so full of color and marine life. I would definitely recommend this!!!!!! So cool and awesome staff

Thank Kasey265
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started off the day in the marine terminal where we boarded the boat which was very comfortable with staff who were very accommodating. We received free tea and coffee throughout the whole journey. The boat stopped off at Green Island where day trippers got off and then continued to the pontoon before which we were giving a safety guide... More 

Thank Sophie R
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

2 friends and I took the Silver Swift day trip to the outer reef for certified diving (one friend), snorkeling (other friend), and an introductory dive (me). It was a very full day with 3 dive sites and exceptional instructors guiding each of the different groups. For intro diving, we were trained in the hour+ ride out to the first... More 

Thank twallin330
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to see corals, take the vessel and go to the barrier reef. Great Adventures has nice boats and a very good platform in the coral reef area, where you can snorkel or scuba dive, and enjoy lunch. Much better than Green Island. In fact Green Island is for people than do not snorkel/dive and prefer stay on... More 

Thank Mauricio Y
Auburn, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took to/from Green Island...free tea/coffee was limited availability and minimal quality. A lot of attempted up-selling of tours available on Green Island with captive audience. Never the less, this was a fast, safe, fairly reasonably priced way to get to Green Island compared to some other options.

Thank robgriffith5365
Venice, Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Top notch company with an outstanding crew and staff. Several other choices available at same location but no comparison with professionalism. Very comfortable ride out to reef. Include the Green Island stop only if you want a shallow practice swim before the true reef. Once arriving at the anchored barge, go immediately to the submersible for a true untethered trip... More 

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