Activities for Non-Swimmers

Wet or dry, Green Island or the Outer Reef Activity Platform, you can experience the Great Barrier Reef in many ways. If you don’t wish to swim, or are travelling with people who don’t wish to swim, there is still much to do and plenty to see.

Great Barrier Reef Adventure

(Outer Reef Platform)

Semi-Submersible coral viewing tour

Semi-Submersible coral viewing tour

great-adventures-outer-barrier-reef-144830Explore the vibrant reef from the comfort of the air conditioned semi-submersible viewing tour with informative commentary. Our friendly crew are ready to share their knowledge and passion for the Great Barrier Reef with you.

As the semi-sub meanders slowly through beautiful coral gardens, you’ll experience the remarkable life below the surface.

The semi-sub tours takes approximately 25 minutes and departs every 30 minutes, or as announced, from the rear of the platform.

Underwater Observatory

Underwater Observatory

slider-uw-observFrom the underwater observatory you will be able to view corals, giant clams and be mesmerised by a myriad of colourful fish and marine life before your eyes. Here you can explore at your own pace or join the eco reef talk with the Marine Naturalist. Be sure to check out the extensive interpretive posters in the underwater observatory too. You’ll be identifying Nemos and Parrotfish in no time!

From the viewing area, you can also watch divers as they decent into the water for an underwater adventure from the specially designed dive platform.

Green Island

Glass Bottom Boat

Glass Bottom Boat

The glass bottom boat tour, complete with informative commentary is the perfect introduction to see the abundant marine life waiting to be discovered. If you’re lucky you may spot a graceful sea turtle cruising alongside!

Photography Tip: For the best pictures, turn off or cover you camera flash to prevent reflections from the glass.

Self-Guided Eco Island Walk

Self-Guided Eco Island Walk and Interpretive Centre

Ideal for nature lovers! Collect Great Adventures’ Self-guided Eco Island Walk booklet from the Island Information Counter and take a leisurely walk through the rainforest. You’ll learn about some of the island’s flora and fauna – over 120 native plant species and around 55 species of birds are regularly seen on the island.

The colourful interpretive (multi-lingual) boardwalk centre is set in the tranquil rainforest and features unique displays on the island’s ecology, and European and Indigenous histories.

Walking around the island takes about 45 minutes and you’ll see different environments, from the sandy beaches to granite beach rock.

Marineland Melanesia

Marineland Melanesia

One of Green Island’s most unique attractions is indeed Marineland Melanesia. Not only is it home to the largest captive crocodile in Australia, Cassius, it is also home to one of the largest private collections of exotic Melanesian tribal artifacts and aquariums.

With twice daily crocodile shows and the chance to hold a baby croc, it’s definitely a family favourite, especially with the children.