Things to Do on Green Island
By Viator, June 2013
The big draw for Green Island is its natural beauty. White sand beaches, lush forest and stunning underwater vistas are only the beginning. Brilliant corals, fish in a rainbow of colors, turtles, starfish, giant clams and anemones make their home on the reef surrounding the island. As part of the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is World Heritage listed and has been declared a World Heritage site.
Getting to Green Island
There are numerous ways to get to Green Island from Cairns. A cruise to Green Island is far and away the most popular option, leaving from Cairns to spend 4-5 hours on Green Island, alternatively half-day cruises spend 2 hours on the island. Combo and multi-day tours allow visitors to see more sights or spend longer on the island, or a helicopter trip to the island offers a unique vantage point.
The Green Island Resort is a five star resort and the only place to stay on the island. Day visitors can also experience the best the resort has to offer. A swimming pool, beach lounges and shops provide a more relaxed entertainment whilst walking tracks through the national park showcase the tropical rainforest.
On the Water
Just as the Green Island Resort opens up its on-land facilities for day trippers, visitors also have the use of canoes, surf skis and sailboards. Take a canoe over the shallow sea and take a close-up view of the corals and fish without getting wet. You might even spot a turtle. For a little less effort, try a glass-bottom boat trips over the reef.
Under the Water
The big attraction of course on an island in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is what lies under the waves. The reef surrounding Green Island is plentiful and pristine, and best from in the water. Snorkeling and diving are popular activities on Green Island a sea-walking tour is a unique experience.
Contributed by Lindsey Hodder
Tours & Tickets
See the sights of Cairns’ city, port and beaches on a small-group afternoon tour! You also have the option to combine the tour with a morning cruise to Green ... Read more
Duration: Cairns half-day city tour: 5.5 hours
Cairns and Green Island full-day tour: 9 hours
Soak up the sun on Green Island when you’re in port in Cairns, and experience the Great Barrier Reef from the air and the sea. Flying in a helicopter from ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)