Is it safe for babies or children?
Great Adventures’ cruises are suitable for people of all ages, including families with infants and children, however we do recommend children are supervised and accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. For anyone wishing to take their children into the water, we recommend that a buoyancy device is used. Buoyancy vests are available for hire at Green Island from the Dive Shop. If you are travelling to the Outer reef, these are included in the cruise and can be collected with the rest of your snorkelling equipment.
Both the island and the Activity Platform are pram friendly with ample room to move. The beach at Green Island has quite soft sand and therefor e it is not practical for prams to be taken on the beach area. There however is extensive wooden boardwalks the take you through the island’s rainforest which are suitable for prams.
Family Fares and Pricing
Great Adventures offers special family fares on all our tour products :
Green Island is great for families with young children. Together you can take the glass bottom boat tour, try snorkelling or just wading in the shallow water and enjoy playing on the beach. You can also take a leisurely stroll through the rainforest to the colourful interpretive centre.
There are also some optional activities at an additional cost you might like to try on the island. Marineland Melanesia is a crocodile and marine life habit with a small museum. They have a daily crocodile feeding show – you can even have your photo taken holding a baby crocodile which the kids absolutely love!
Paddling in a canoe (available from Beach Hire) is an activity you may find enjoyable with young children.
Outer Reef Platform
At the Outer Reef, you can visit the large underwater observatory any time throughout the day. Children are often mesmerised watching the different fish and corals, and also the divers descending into the water. The semi-submersible coral viewing tour is another favourite with kids and a great way to see the reef without even getting wet. If you would like to take the children into the water, there are buoyancy vests to assist with flotation and they are available in smaller sizes. They are also available in adult sizes which makes it easier for you too so you don’t get dragged down by the kids! Snorkelling equipment is available in child sizes. Sometimes it’s best to give them the mask first so they get used to viewing the corals and fish underwater, then if they would like to try with the snorkel it’s available to use. Sometimes children prefer not to use the snorkel as it’s a little different for them to get used to breathing through a snorkel. There are age limits for some activities.
The minimum age for diving, Scuba Doo and Seawalker is 12 years old.