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Make your own way to the Cairns marina to board your deluxe 2-masted schooner for the sail to Green Island, located on the Great Barrier Reef only 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Cairns. The spacious 54-foot (16.5-meter) sailboat is stocked with complimentary tea, coffee, muffins, and fruit for your morning tea. If interested, learn some sailing skills from the crew as you motor-sail to Green Island.

Stop at Pinnacle Reef, just off Green Island, for snorkeling or scuba diving at this underwater paradise. Around midday, the crew serves your buffet lunch onboard the boat, then transfers you by dinghy to Green Island. There, have time to enjoy the beach or visit attractions like Marineland Melanesia.

After more than four hours at the Great Barrier Reef, sail back to Cairns. Your onboard afternoon tea includes a glass of Australian sparkling wine to top off your tour.
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Green Island
Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom
Marineland Crocodile Park
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef at Green Island on a full-day sailing tour from Cairns that offers swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving options. See the colorful coral reefs up close, lounge on the white-sand beaches, or walk through the island’s rain forest. This tour, which is suitable for all levels of water experience, includes snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance as well as lunch and light refreshments.
  • Snorkel or dive at Green Island, a protected Marine National Park
  • Enjoy Australia’s rain forest, white-sand beaches, and Great Barrier Reef
  • Choose to spend more time in the water or to explore on land
  • Receive a snorkeling lesson and in-water assistance from your guide
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Best day in the reef

If you only do one reef tour in Cairns, make it the sailing tour with these guys. They seriously have the best crew, and they have the best job in Cairns. It was relaxing sailing out to the mooring at Green Island, even more fun...More

Thank Andrew J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Ocean Free

A very beautiful great moment, the day was amazing! Wonderful landscapes and the crew is very attentive and very welcoming. In addition, the meal is worthy of a restaurant, very good, with greedy surprises. I can only recommend after this activity with this crew. Thanks

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Green island and snorkeling

Opted for ocean free sailing boat rather than catamaran and turned out to be right option. Limited guests so got great service from Phil, Chris and Emily .... crew, boat, food were excellent... even coming into the water and guiding around the reef snorkeling.... if...More

Thank Peter B
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Peter! Thank you for taking the time out to leave this lovely review! Our crew and skipper are all so attentive to safety whilst maintaining a fun and easy going atmosphere, you are on holiday after all! Luckily for us, we are the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Every vacation should have a great day like this!

What a day! It was picture perfect. The weather was perfect, water was clear and just warm enough to snorkel without wet suits. I realize I am credit to them based on weather and sea conditions but let me add that the staff were very...More

Thank Varoujan C
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Varoujan! Thank you for taking the time out to post this lovely review. Its sounds like you had a great day, always wonderful when the weather is in your favour. We absolutely pride ourselves on our crew. Each crew member is hand picked...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018
1st Great Barrier Reef Visit

With so many options for reef tours I chose this one because sail boats are much more romantic than large power boats. I appreciated the small group size (less than 20 estimated) in contrast to much larger ships potentially housing 300 tourists. The crew were...More

Thank David S
OceanFreedom, Manager at Ocean Free and Ocean Freedom, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2018

Hi David, thank you for taking your time to write us this review. Ocean Free caters to 25 passengers, so maintains the intimate feel of our family owned company! Despite offering snorkeling and diving, we do often have inexperienced swimmers wanting to join us on...More

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Jessie B
31 August 2018|
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Response from Jessicalin289 | Reviewed this property |
Everyone gets the first dive for the price of the tour. If you choose to do the second dive, you pay extra (I believe it was 75$). Some people might skip the second dive to explore the island or snorkel.
Geoffrey K
9 May 2018|
Response from Bart K | Reviewed this property |
They offer both a snorkel or a dive trip. You pay extra for the dive experience and it comes with full gear and if it’s your first time, they give you the complete introduction. I only went snorkeling so I don’t know the... More
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