Glass Bottom Boat Tours from Green Island

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Cairns’ most visited attractions. Set just off the coast of the vibrant city, this World Heritage site promises visitors a magical day. Explore a landscape filled with stunning islands, ancient coral reefs, and mesmerising sea creatures.

In the middle of it all sits Green Island, a magnificent coral cay just 27km from the coast of Cairns. As well as boasting a lush rainforest and native critters, the island is surrounded by a stunning coral reef. Packed full of interesting scenery, search for rare species breathe in the coastal air.

While a lot of people choose to go diving and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, there are other options. What if we told you, you can explore this part of the world without having to get your feet wet? (or any other part of you, for that matter).

For visitors who don’t want to venture below the sea’s surface there is the glass bottom boat. Explore the stunning underwater world of the reef without stepping a foot in the water!

Glass Bottom Boat Tours on Green Island

These adventures give you the chance to marvel at the colourful underwater world from the safety of a boat – or a semi-submarine, as we like to call it.

Glass bottom boat tours take place in an air-conditioned, comfortable boat. You’ll get to sit below water level, so you are face-to-face with some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most magical scenes. As you go, you’ll experience the diverse selection of wildlife here and learn more about the coral reef and marine life from the knowledgeable crew.

If that wasn’t enough, you can partake in the lively fish feeding event, which sees schools of fish swarm around the submarine. Join in the feeding, or simply sit back and relax as the show unfolds before you.

The glass bottom boat tours from Green Island tend to last for around thirty minutes. This gives you plenty of time to see the sights and learn more about this fascinating part of Australia. If you’re not keen on swimming this is a great alternative to get close to the sea life.

Glass bottom boat tours depart from Green Island daily. You’ll cruise into the Great Barrier Reef and immerse yourself in the extreme beauty of the sea.

Vessel type

Glass bottom boat tours can be on one of two types of marine vessels.

Glass bottom boats are boats that, unsurprisingly, have glass bottoms that allow you to see the underwater world below. They are steadily fading out however as semi-submarines gain in popularity.

So, what is a semi-sub?

Semi-submarines are sort of a midway point between a submarine and a boat. They can be partially submerged under the water, but not entirely. When touring on a semi-sub, you sit inside the glass walled cabin below the surface. This is a fantastic way to get 360° views of the ocean floor!

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