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Green Island Full Day Tour from Cairns

Spend a day exploring paradise just 1 hour from Cairns.

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Duration
Duration
Full Day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9 am to 5 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Meals
Meals
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Cairns
From AUD $99
Children: AUD $49.5
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What's Included

  • Return catamaran from Cairns to Green Island
  • Choice of snorkel equipment or glass-bottomed boat tour
  • Snorkelling demonstration & reef presentation en route to Green Island
  • Use of vessel during time at island as an air-conditioned base

What's excluded

  • Transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation to Reef Fleet Terminal
  • Optional on-island activities including semi-submersible tour, guided snorkel tours.
  • Food and beverages
  • Lycra suit and floatation vest hire

WHAT TO EXPECT

Green Island is a beautiful, 6000-year old coral cay located on the Great Barrier Reef, just over an hour minutes from Cairns. At the heart of the 15-hectare island is a lush, tropical rainforest, with over 120 native plant species and colourful birdlife. Surrounding it is pristine white sand beaches and magnificent coral reefs, teeming with marine life. 

 

This full-day cruise is the perfect way to submerge yourself in paradise. You'll enjoy five and a half hours of island time, and have the option of using snorkelling equipment to explore the reef up close. Just settle yourself on a beautiful stretch of sand and wade into the water – the reef is accessed from the beach, making it super accessible and perfect for the whole family. Alternatively, you can choose the glass-bottomed boat tour if you prefer to stay dry. The 30-minute journey sees you sit around the window into the water below for a snorkeller's view of the reef. You'll spot all kinds of sea life including fish, stingrays, and turtles, plus lots of colourful coral. 

 

There are other optional activities on the island too. You can laze in the sun on the beautiful beaches and cool off with a casual swim, or take to the air on a scenic helicopter journey. For other underwater adventures, you can choose to add on a semi-submersible trip, SNUBA experience, or SNUBA-DOO, all of which let you see beneath the surface of the water. There's also Marineland Melanesia, a family-owned wildlife park that's home to over 50 crocodiles. Just talk to the friendly crew on the journey to the island, and they'll help organise any extras!

 

When it comes to lunchtime, you can purchase refreshments from the various outlets on the island. Finally, as the sun begins to set you'll head back to the mainland, arriving in Cairns by 5 pm. 

 

Where we visit:

  • Green Island
Tour Options
  • Package 1 - Glass Bottom Boat or Snorkelling Gear - 9 am
    Choose either Glass Bottom Boat or Snorkelling Gear
    From AUD $99
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  • Package 2 - Semi-Submarine + 1 Activity - 9 am
    Semi-Submarine + Glass Bottom Boat or Snorkel Gear
    From AUD $121
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  • Package 3 - Buffet Lunch + 1 Activity - 9 am
    Buffet Lunch And Choice of either Glass Bottom Boat or Snorkel Gear
    From AUD $127
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  • Package 4 - Buffet Lunch + Semi-Submarine + 1 Activity - 9 am
    Buffet Lunch + Semi-Submarine And Choice of either Glass Bottom Boat or Snorkel Gear
    From AUD $139
    Value AUD $149 SAVE AUD $10
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FAQ

Parking is available at the nearby Pier Shopping Complex/Shangri-la hotel, located opposite the Reef Fleet Terminal. The hourly cost is from AUD $1.60 for indoor and outdoor parking. All-day parking is also available near Trinity Wharf at approximately $3 per day.

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Yes, please check in at The Reef Fleet Terminal at least 30 minutes prior to your departure (1 Spence St, Cairns, Qld 4870). Please present relevant vouchers or itineraries at check-in exchange for your boarding passes.

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All our vessels are pram friendly. The beach areas are not practical for prams however there are boardwalks and pathways throughout the island that are suitable. Prams can be stored on ‘Big Cat’ if needed.

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The large stable catamaran operates for the Full Day Tours at 9 am and takes approximately 1 hour 15mins to get to Green Island. The smaller speedier boat is used for half-day and full-day 11 am departures, taking approximately 45 minutes

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In poor weather, you can move your booking without charge to the next most suitable day, subject to availability and with 48 hours' notice. In the rare event, that the weather is deemed too bad to travel and you are unable to reschedule, a full refund will be provided.

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Hopefully not. This depends largely on the individual. Travelling on the fast, stable catamaran ensures the smoothest possible ride.

At 20 knots and above it can get a little bumpy at times however our skippers are skilled in picking the best route to our destination. If you are prone to other common forms of motion sickness such as travelling in a car or plane you may wish to take precautions. There are complimentary natural Ginger Tablets onboard however these are preventative, not a cure, so should be taken approximately 30 minutes prior to departure for maximum benefit.

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Yes. The island has plenty of trees inland and spots around the beach to seek shelter. The lycra stinger suits are great sun protection too. The boat is open all day if you wish to have a break from the sun and heat and enjoy the air-conditioned vessel.

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We recommend you bring a towel, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and swimwear. Also, cash for drinks, snacks, or souvenirs you may want to buy. Credit cards are accepted at most shops on the Island however surcharges may apply.

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The cruises are suitable for people of all ages, including families with young children. The half-day option is ideal for small children, infants, and babies. Additionally snorkelling directly from the beach is perfect for children and first-time snorkellers.

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Passengers 16 years and over are permitted to travel without adult supervision (photo identification will be required at check-in). Adult supervision (18 years and over) is required at all times for children under 16 years of age. Passengers 16 years and over are not the responsibility of the operator. Diving options are not allowed without Adult/Guardian authorisation and supervisor.

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Passengers must have some mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist them. Depending on tides it may be necessary to embark/disembark from different levels on the boat. Coral viewing and glass-bottomed boat activities are subject to the weather and the extent of the passenger’s mobility and/or the presence of a carer who can assist. Please note that the toilets on the vessel are not wheelchair accessible but there are disabled toilets available on the island. Please advise at the time of booking if you have wheelchair-bound passengers travelling.
These guidelines apply to standard wheelchairs only. We are not able to accommodate electric wheelchairs on any of the vessels or coaches.

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At certain times of the year, generally November through until May, jellyfish commonly called marine stingers can inhabit the seas of northern Australia. Most jellyfish are harmless to man, however certain varieties may cause a serious reaction. Jellyfish of this kind are normally only found in waters close to the mainland and do not usually frequent the reef. Incidents involving serious marine stings in the Green Island area are very rare. It is important that snorkelers and swimmers listen to the specific advice given regarding the degree of risk on any particular day. We recommend that anyone wanting to enter the water at this time of year wears a lycra suit to protect you from the sun and to reduce the possibility of stings and irritations. If you don’t have your own we do hire them for a small cleaning and maintenance fee.

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The Semi-submarine tour is approximately a half-hour coral viewing tour. This tour is recommended as it is a great opportunity to see plenty of marine life swimming right past your window! Similar to a diver's perspective of the reef. This tour also has an informative commentary and fish feed included. The Glass Bottom Boat is also approximately 30 minutes and has a commentary and a fish feed. The main difference is the Glass Bottom Boat is more like a snorkeler's view from the surface looking down.

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Diving Green Island has never been so easy! SNUBA® is a shallow water diving system whereby customers can explore underwater up to 3 metres. No need to wear heavy equipment, the air tanks float on the surface and you breathe through a normal scuba regulator mouthpiece. Introductory & Certified diving can also be booked at the dive shop on the Island.

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A snorkelling and safety presentation is given on board en route to Green Island. Snorkelling is undertaken at your own leisure, directly from the beach. A lifeguard is on duty in the flagged area at the northern beach.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The ticket/boarding pass issued to the passenger entitles the passenger to transportation and other services as indicated on its face (“the service”)
  • The operator reserves the right to cancel or vary the service in any way whatsoever and for any reason without any liability to the passenger
  • The operator is not a common carrier and reserves the right to refuse to carry any passengers or goods without giving reasons

Cancellation Policy:

You can cancel or amend your tour to a different date (subject to availability) with more than 24 hours' notice prior to travel. If you need to cancel or change dates within 24 hours of travel a 100% cancellation fee applies.


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Pickup Locations
  • 01 Make Own Way to Reef Fleet Terminal @ 08:15
  • 181 The Esplanade (Lake St side) @ 08:10
  • 201 Lake Street @ 08:10
  • Abbey's B&B PU @ 396 Draper Street @ 08:05
  • Acacia Court @ 08:05
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  • 01 Make Own Way to Reef Fleet Terminal @ 08:15
  • 181 The Esplanade (Lake St side) @ 08:10
  • 201 Lake Street @ 08:10
  • Abbey's B&B PU @ 396 Draper Street @ 08:05
  • Acacia Court @ 08:05
  • Accommodation On Sheridan @ 08:00
  • Adobe Motel @ 08:00
  • Agincourt Beachfront Apartments @ 07:35
  • Alamanda Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Alassio Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Amaroo - bottom of driveway @ 07:45
  • API Units Clifton Bch @ 07:35
  • Aquarius @ 08:15
  • Arcadia Gardens Apartments @ 07:50
  • Arcadia Holiday Units @ 08:00
  • Argosy on the Beach @ 07:35
  • Aspect Central Cairns @ 08:00
  • Asylum Cairns Backpackers @ 08:15
  • Bailey - Crystalbrook @ 08:15
  • Balaclava Hotel @ 07:40
  • Balinese Tropical Motel Retreat @ 08:10
  • Barrier Reef Tourist Park @ 07:15
  • Bay Village Tropical Retreat @ 08:10
  • Beach Front Lodge @ 08:00
  • BeachView Apartments at Villa Paradiso @ 07:20
  • Bellevue @ Trinity @ 07:45
  • Bellview Hostel (Bus stop out front of Hostel) @ 08:15
  • Best Western Cairns Central Apartments @ 08:20
  • Billabong B&B @ 08:05
  • Blue Lagoon @ 07:45
  • Blue Sky Brewery @ 08:25
  • Bluewater B & B @ 07:50
  • Bohemia Resort @ 08:05
  • Breakfree Royal Harbour (Abbott St side) @ 08:25
  • Bus Stop @ Cnr Moore & Trinity Sts @ 07:45
  • Cairns Beach House @ 08:00
  • Cairns Beach Resort @ 08:05
  • Cairns Beaches Flashpackers @ 07:20
  • Cairns Central YHA @ 08:20
  • Cairns City Backpackers @ 07:50
  • Cairns City Motel (Poinsettia) @ 08:15
  • Cairns City Palms @ 08:00
  • Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort @ 07:30
  • Cairns College of English @ 08:25
  • Cairns Colonial Club Resort @ 08:00
  • Cairns Convention Centre @ 08:25
  • Cairns Gateway Resort @ 07:30
  • Cairns Girls Hostel (147 Lake St) @ 08:15
  • Cairns Harbour Lights @ 08:25
  • Cairns Holiday Lodge @ 08:00
  • Cairns Holiday Park (Little St) @ 08:05
  • Cairns Language Centre @ 07:50
  • Cairns Motor Inn @ 08:00
  • Cairns One @ 07:50
  • Cairns Plaza Hotel @ 08:15
  • Cairns Queens Court @ 08:00
  • Cairns Queenslander Hotel & Apartments @ 08:05
  • Cairns Rainbow Resort @ 08:00
  • Cairns Ramada @ 08:15
  • Cairns Reef & Rainforest B&B @ 07:20
  • Cairns Reef Apartments & Motel @ 07:30
  • Cairns Sheridan Hotel @ 08:00
  • Cairns Southside International Inn @ 07:35
  • Cairns Sunshine Towers @ 08:15
  • Cairns Trinity Beach Holiday Park @ 07:45
  • Cairns Villa & Leisure Park (Bus Stop Opp) @ 07:55
  • Cairns-sharehouse @ 08:05
  • Calypso Hostel @ 08:05
  • Cancelled with Charge @ 00:00
  • Cannon Park Motel @ 07:35
  • Caravella Backpackers @ 08:15
  • Caravella Central @ 08:20
  • Cascade Gardens @ 08:15
  • Castaways @ 08:00
  • Castaways Trinity Beach - Cnr Moore & Trinity @ 07:45
  • Castle Holiday Units @ 08:10
  • Central Plaza (lake st) (Best Western) @ 08:10
  • Charleston House @ 08:05
  • City Plaza Apartments @ 08:05
  • City Sheridan @ 08:00
  • City Terraces @ 08:05
  • Citysider @ 08:05
  • Clarendon on Spence @ 08:25
  • Clifton Beach P/O-BUS STOP Endeavour Rd @ 07:35
  • Clifton Gardens @ 07:35
  • Clifton Palms @ 07:35
  • Clifton Sands Holiday Apartments @ 07:35
  • Clifton Views @ 07:35
  • Coastwatch Shopping Centre @ 07:45
  • Cocos Apartments @ 07:45
  • Comfort Inn Cairns City @ 08:15
  • Cool Waters @ 08:05
  • Coolabah Motel @ 07:35
  • Coral Horizon Apartments @ 07:20
  • Coral Reef Resort @ 07:55
  • Coral Towers @ 08:05
  • Coral Tree Inn @ 08:15
  • Costa Blanca @ 08:05
  • Costa Royale Trinity Beach @ 07:45
  • Crystal Cascade Van Park @ 08:05
  • Crystal Garden Resort @ 08:05
  • delete @ 08:05
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns @ 08:15
  • Dreamtime Travellers Rest @ 07:50
  • Edge Apartments @ 08:05
  • Edge Hill Tavern @ 07:40
  • El Dorado @ 08:10
  • Ellis Beach Caravan Park @ 07:15
  • Elysium, The @ 07:20
  • Esplanade - B/Stop (Raw Prawn) @ 08:15
  • Esplanade Apartments Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Fig Tree Lodge @ 08:00
  • First City Caravilla (Kelly St) @ 07:35
  • Floriana @ 08:10
  • Flynn by Crystalbrook (Abbott St side) @ 08:25
  • Freshwater Connection @ 08:05
  • Gecko's Backpackers @ 07:50
  • Getaway on Grafton @ 08:15
  • Gilligans @ 08:20
  • Global Palace @ 08:25
  • Golden Sands @ 08:00
  • Grand Hotel @ 08:25
  • Grey Whale @ 08:05
  • Grosvenor in Cairns @ 08:00
  • Half Moon Bay Resort @ 08:00
  • Hides Hotel Bus Stop @ 08:25
  • Hilton Cairns @ 08:25
  • Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside @ 08:05
  • Holloways B&B @ 08:05
  • Holloways Shops @ 08:05
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor @ 07:20
  • Ibis Styles Cairns @ 08:15
  • Il Centro @ 08:20
  • Il Palazzo @ 08:25
  • Imagine Drift Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Inn Cairns (Commonwealth Bank ) @ 08:25
  • Inn The Pink @ 08:00
  • Island Views Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Jack & Newell Apartments @ 08:25
  • JCU Pick up (Magregor Rd - Bus stop N24 opp S'field Early Learning ctr) @ 07:50
  • JJs Backpackers @ 08:05
  • Kaplan Aspect (was International House) @ 08:05
  • Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa @ 07:35
  • Koala Court @ 08:05
  • Koalas Beach Resort @ 08:15
  • Kookas B&B (Bottom of Driveway) @ 07:40
  • Lahania @ 07:35
  • Lake Placid Caravan Park @ 07:55
  • Lakes Cairns Resort @ 08:05
  • Lilybank Bed & Breakfast @ 08:20
  • Limmy's Restaurant @ 08:15
  • Machans School @ 08:20
  • Mad Monkey BP (100-102 Sheridan St - Formerly Bohemia Central) @ 08:20
  • Mad Monkey Village (141 Sheridan Street - formerly Njoy) @ 08:00
  • Make Own Way to Reef Fleet Terminal @ 08:15
  • Make Own Way to Reef Fleet Terminal @ 10:30
  • Mango Lagoon Resort and Wellness Spa @ 07:20
  • Mango Paradise @ 08:05
  • Mantra Amphora Resort-Reception Side @ 07:20
  • Mantra Esplanade @ 08:25
  • Mantra Trilogy @ 08:15
  • Marina Gables @ 07:45
  • Marlin Cove Resort @ 07:45
  • Marlin Gateway Apts B/Stop near Anderson Rd @ 07:45
  • Marlin Waters Beachfront Apartments @ 07:20
  • McLeod Street Backpackers @ 08:05
  • Mediterranean Beachfront Apartments @ 08:00
  • Melaleuca Resort @ 07:20
  • Meridien at Trinity @ 07:45
  • Mid City Luxury Suites @ 08:20
  • Motel Nomad (OLD Tropical Gardens) @ 07:35
  • New Chalon @ 07:30
  • Nomads Cairns Hostel @ 08:05
  • North Cove Waterfront Suites @ 08:05
  • Northern Greenhouse Backpackers @ 08:20
  • Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort @ 08:15
  • Oaks Cairns (Pick up Mantra Esplanade) @ 08:25
  • Oasis at Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Oasis Inn @ 08:05
  • Ocean Sprey Apartments @ 08:00
  • On The Beach Holiday Apartments @ 07:45
  • Pacific Cay @ 08:00
  • Pacific Hotel Cairns @ 08:30
  • Pacific Sands @ 08:05
  • Palm Cove Camping Ground @ 07:20
  • Palm Cove Tropic Apartments @ 07:20
  • Palm Royale @ 07:55
  • Palms at Trinity @ 07:45
  • Paradise On The Beach Resort @ 07:20
  • Paradise Palms Cairns @ 07:35
  • Paringa Apartments @ 07:20
  • Park Regis City Quays @ 08:25
  • Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Code @ 07:20
  • Pier Marketplace @ 08:30
  • Piermonde @ 08:25
  • Pullman Cairns International @ 08:25
  • Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple @ 07:20
  • Pullman Reef Hotel Casino @ 08:25
  • QCWA Units Grafton Street @ 08:10
  • Railway Station @ 08:20
  • Rainforest Grove @ 07:55
  • Raintrees Shops Bus Stop @ 07:55
  • Red Beret @ 08:05
  • Reef Gateway @ 08:10
  • Reef House @ 07:20
  • Reef Palms @ 08:05
  • Reef Retreat Palm Cove, The @ 07:20
  • Regency Palms @ 07:40
  • Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort @ 08:15
  • Royal Palms (McLeod St) @ 08:05
  • Roydon-Bus Stop Cnr Moore & Trinity St @ 07:45
  • Ryans Rest @ 07:50
  • Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns @ 08:15
  • Rydges Plaza Cairns @ 08:20
  • Sanctuary Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Sarayi Boutique Hotel @ 07:20
  • Sea Change Beachfront Apartments @ 07:45
  • Seaforth Apartments @ 07:45
  • Seashells Trinity Beach @ 07:45
  • See Notes Run 1 Beach (9.00am BC / RMC) @ 00:00
  • See Notes Run 1 City (9.00am BC / RMC) @ 00:00
  • Select Big Cat pickup @ 00:00
  • Select Blazing Saddles Pickup @ 00:00
  • Select GSL Aviation Pickup @ 00:00
  • Select Hot Air pickup @ 00:00
  • Select Palm Cove pickup @ 00:00
  • Select Reef Rocket pickup @ 00:00
  • Select RNR Rafting Pickup @ 00:00
  • Select Skyrail Pickup @ 00:00
  • Select Tjapukai Pickup @ 00:00
  • Select Tropic Wings pickup @ 00:00
  • Shangri-La Hotel, The @ 08:30
  • Silvester Palms @ 07:20
  • Skyrail @ 07:50
  • Sleeping with the Enemy @ 08:05
  • Smithfield - P/U Shell Service Station @ 07:50
  • Smithfield R/bout Bus stop Dan Murphy's @ 07:50
  • South Pacific B&B @ 07:35
  • Southern Cross Atrium Apartments @ 08:10
  • Sun Pacific College - 55-65 Poolwood Rd Kewarra Beach @ 07:35
  • Sunland Van Park - Pease St Busstop @ 07:55
  • TBA (To Be Advised) @ 00:00
  • The Abbott @ 08:25
  • The Beach Place @ 08:00
  • The Beachfront Hideway @ 08:05
  • The Jack (shenanigans) @ 08:20
  • Tjapukai @ 07:50
  • Tradewinds McLeod @ 08:05
  • Tranquility Palm Cove @ 07:20
  • Tranquils B & B @ 07:45
  • Travellers Oasis @ 07:50
  • Tree Tops (Stratford) @ 08:20
  • Trinity Beach Club Holiday Apartments @ 07:45
  • Trinity Beach Pacific @ 07:45
  • Trinity Hideaway B & B @ 07:45
  • Trinity Links (main road @ front gate) @ 07:25
  • Trinity on the Esplanade @ 07:45
  • Trinity Sands Holiday Units @ 07:45
  • Trinity Waters @ 07:45
  • Trinity Wharf @ 08:25
  • Tropic Days Backpackers @ 07:35
  • Tropic Sunrise - p/u Digger St @ 08:05
  • Tropic Towers @ 08:05
  • Tropical Heritage Cairns @ 08:15
  • Tropical Queenslander @ 08:05
  • Villa Beach Park @ 07:35
  • Villa Holloway @ 08:05
  • Villa Marine @ 08:00
  • Villa Shangri-La @ 08:05
  • Villa Vaucluse @ 08:20
  • Villas Palm Cove, The @ 07:20
  • Vision Apartments (Abbott St side) @ 08:15
  • Vue Apartments Trinity Beach @ 07:45
  • Waterfront Terraces - Lake St side @ 08:05
  • Watersedge - Abbott st side @ 08:15
  • White Rock Van Park @ 07:25
  • Wildworld @ 07:20
  • Woodducks (Rosies) @ 08:10
  • YAL Cairns (former Tropicana Lodge) @ 08:05
  • York Beachfront Holiday Apartments @ 08:00
  • Yorkeys Knob Boat Club @ 08:00
  • Zanzoo Bed & Breakfast @ 08:05
  • Zimzala B&B @ 08:05

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