Green Island, Cairns
We took a trip on the boat over to Green Island for a half day. I actually wish in hindsight we had made a full day of it, but so be it. It's not a particularly big island at all, but enjoyed the glass bottom boat ride, and the hour or so we had at the beach.
Like most activities in this part of the world it is a bit on the expensive side to do, around AUD100 per person, but we enjoyed it all the same.
Marineland Melanesia is THE highlight of Green Island as an aquarium, gallery and crocodile farm. Those with the nerve can even hold a yearling crocodile.
Open daily 9:30 am -4:15 pm
Adults $9.50, Children $4.50
Transportation to Green Island is by ferry. Try Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises, offering a full day on the island and snorkeling gear. Departs Cairns 9am. 617-4051-0444
The Green Island is not far from Cairns. Cruise transfers take only about 45 min. Swimming and snorkeling here is recommended. Beach and under water is beautiful. I found this turtle not far from the beach. The island also has little rainforest boardwalk for you to go thru. The forest will make you feel freshness and relax. There are cruises transfers to the island every day. I went there on Feb-2011. Price for 1 day trip is start from AUD75.
This sailboat departs from Cairns and sails (or motors) to Green Island, one of the closest islands to Cairns in the Great Barrier Reef. The boat is a large sailboat but much smaller than most ships that travel to the reef. As a result, these tours are much smaller than most, and the crew knows who you are. However, keep in mind that this is a sailboat - there is a very small below-decks area where you can store your things and a small head, but for the most part, you will be on deck, either in the full sun or back near the captain under an awning. The staff is very personable and will strike up a conversation with you about anything, and like most Aussies, they are hilarious and good-natured. The reef near Green Island is not as good quality as those that are further out to sea, but I still had some amazing encounters with wildlife, including finding a giant clam that I could not have put my arms all the way around and a large group of squid that followed me around. This company offers both diving and snorkeling, and you can also venture to Green Island itself. The island is home to a well-hidden, five-star resort, but you can avoid it pretty easily. A walk around the perimeter of the island is definitely worth it, and there are lots of interesting birds. The beaches on the island are great, and if you would like to shower off the salt water, the resort also has freshwater showers available.
Lunch is provided, and on the way back to the city, fresh fruit and champagne are available.
If you easily get seasick, this probably is not the best option for you. Smaller boats mean more motion. You will also likely get wet, so it may be best to bring a change of clothes. However, being under full sail with a small, intimate crew and travel group is entirely worth it. The staff make it a very fun experience, and Green Island is a nice, close place to visit.
The island is a 6000 year old coral cay & a National Park. It is situated 27km from Cairns & takes about 45 minutes by boat.
I visited for a few hours & spent my time walking through the rainforest, relaxing on a sandy beach & taking a dip in the clear warm water. Even though there were quite a few people there, I managed to find a quiet bit of beach for myself.
If you want to stay here a bit longer, the island has a 46 room resort.
Green Island is a coral cay located on the Great Barrier Reef. It is a 30-45 minute trip from Cairns by catamaran. Once you get there you can do some snorkelling, stay dry and check out the under-water world from the glass bottom boat, take a wander through the rainforest, or just relax on the beach.
It is a great place to get an introduction to the Great Barrier Reef without having to travel too far from the mainland.
To get to Green Island we caught a fast catamaran from Cairns, with the company Great Adventures. We did their 'Green Island Eco Adventure', which at a cost of around $60 per person gave us:
- return trip to the island (took around 45 minutes)
- morning tea onboard the boat
- a choice of doing a glass bottom boat tour or use of snorkelling equipment
- Guided eco island walk
- Entry to island swimming pool and use of day visitor facilities.
The catamaran left from the main wharf area in Cairns. It was a decent size boat, with plenty of seating in and outside. I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff and enjoyed the trip.
Australian Crocodiles or "Salties" have been immortalized in Hollywood films. Come see what all the gore is about! Green Island is home to the most unique crocodile zoo in the world. See all ages and sizes of beasts, from harmless, almost cute, babies to full grown man-killers.
Marineland Melansia also boasts the world's largest captive crocodile. Named Cassius and nicknamed, "Sweetheart", this 3000 lb, 18 ft darling is scarier than Jaws. Be sure to swing by at 10:30 am or 1:45 pm for feeding time.
Green Island is a popular island. There is a resort here, but alot of people come here for day trips. The snorkelling and scuba diving is excellent here. This is where I saw my first sea cucumber and the reef is vibrant and colourful. There is a swimming pool here, plus shops, but you cant beat the beach.
Green Island is just one of the many thousand of tropical islands located off the Queensland Coast.
It is surrounded by coral reef and hence is a popular snorkling and diving location.
Although Green Island has it's own resort it is often accessed solely as a day trip from Cairns.