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GREEN ISLAND
GREEN ISLAND
GREEN ISLAND WITH SURROUNDING REEF
GREEN ISLAND WITH SURROUNDING REEF
GREEN ISLAND
GREEN ISLAND
GREEN ISLAND
GREEN ISLAND
GREEN ISLAND RESORT REEF SUITE
GREEN ISLAND RESORT REEF SUITE
EMERALDS RESTAURANT
EMERALDS RESTAURANT
CANOPY GRILL CAFE
CANOPY GRILL CAFE
POOL BAR
POOL BAR
SNORKELING
SNORKELING
RESORT POOL
RESORT POOL
THE REEF PRINCE TRASFER VESSEL
THE REEF PRINCE TRASFER VESSEL
GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
SCUBA DIVING
SCUBA DIVING
SNORKELING
SNORKELING
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SEMI SUB
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SEMI SUB INTERIOR
BOTANICAL BOARDWALK
BOTANICAL BOARDWALK
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Green Island

Updated: 29-Apr-2016

Green Island is a 6000 year old coral cay located right on Australia's beautiful Great Barrier Reef, conveniently situated just 27 Kilometres east of Cairns.  Green Island is home to over 120 species of native plants, colourful bird and marine life and beautiful coral gardens to explore. 

As a coral cay is naturally formed very slowly of a build-up of sand on a reef the water is quite shallow and has a gentle and slow drop-off into deeper water.  This makes Green Island the perfect island for toddlers to paddle and for beginner snorkellers to practice. 

Green Island is widely regarded as one of the world's most eco-sensitive tourism developments.  Structurally, all resort buildings and infrastructure (e.g. boardwalks) were built with minimal vegetation clearing, in many cases the structures were built around the trees.  No building extrudes above the tree canopy, therefore preserving the natural appearance of the island from the water, shoreline and air. 

The majority of the Resort's structures have no gutters ensuring that the rainfall is allowed to fall and replenish the moisture levels required to support vegetation from the island aquifer.  The Resort also has a desalination plant. 

There are a variety of full and half day packages to the island. The full day package offers passengers the chance to view the coral reef & abundant fish life on the Glass Bottom Boat or snorkelling tour. Passengers can relax on the sheltered beach with plenty of shady retreats or snorkel & swim in the cool island waters before enjoying a delicious buffet lunch.

Day Visitors: 

There are 2 large day trip operators who visit Green Island daily with regular ferry times and also a sailing day cruise called Ocean Free that combines a sailing daytrip to the reef off Green Island with tender trips over the island for a look around. 

Big Cat Green Island Cruises offers 9am, 11am and 1pm departures with a range of return times so that you can spend as little as 2 hours or as much as 5 hours on the island.  The Big Cat catamaran is a 1 hour journey from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to Green Island.  The Reef Rocket is a 45 minute journey.  Guests are required to check-in at least 45 minutes prior to departure.  The Reef Fleet Terminal is at the marina in the city of Cairns and if you are staying in a city hotel it is not usually necessary to book a hotel transfer.  These tours can be combined with options such as snorkelling, a glass bottom boat tour, a semi-submarine tour or a buffet lunch.  The lunch is served on-board the Big Cat vessel.  The various combinations can also include hotel transfers if these are required. 

Great Adventures also offers Green Island daytrips with 3 departure times:  8:30am, 10:30am and 1:00pm from Cairns.  Return ferries depart the island at 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm for day visitors.  With these flexible ferry times guests can spend from over 2 hours up to 6.5 hours on the island.  The ferry is a comfortable large catamaran and travel time is 50 minutes.  Check-in time at the Reef Fleet Terminal is required 45 minutes prior to departure.  Great Adventures own Green Island Resort and guests who book with Great Adventures enjoy free exclusive access to the island swimming pool.  There is a Great Adventures counter on the island where staff can assist Great Adventures day visitors.  Great Adventures guests also receive a self-guided island walk map. 

Great Adventures also offer combinations where you can visit Green Island for 2 hours followed by a trip to the Outer Barrier Reef all in one day.  This is a very popular daytrip idea. 

There are a number of dining options and food outlets on the island for day visitors. 

Emeralds Restaurant is an elegant air-conditioned restaurant with an outdoor terrace option. 

The Canopy Grill is open during the day only and serves burgers and fish & chips under the rainforest canopy.

Lite Bites Ice Cream Parlour during the day only and serves ice-cream, cakes, sandwiches, milk shakes and other snacks. 

Reflections Pool Bar serves cocktails and rinks.  or lunch from  It is also possible to bring your own picnic lunch.

For those who would like to indulge in the complete reef experience Green Island Resort is the perfect relaxing getaway.  There is a seperate resort pool and the resort is tucked away in a private section of the island and does not feel busy.  There are 3 departures from Cairns Marina daily making matching flights and ferries relatively easy.  You can be sipping a cocktail on a tropical island in no time.

Laze in lounge chairs around the pools or along the beach, with shade from your own personal parasol. For the naturalists, guided rainforest walks, evening nature walks and stargazing are all offered. Fish feeding, windsurfers, surf skis, canoes, snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boat tour are just a few of the free activities available to House Guests.

For those with romance in mind Green Island Resort offers a truly unique romantic experience with private dining for two under the stars.  The resort also is happy to prepare gourmet picnic hampers.  

Scuba diving, including Introductory or Certified, Outer Reef Tours to the Great Barrier Reef, parasailing, helicopter and seaplane scenic flights are some of the optional tours also available.

Green Island Resort:
On the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most unique and memorable destinations in Tropical North Queensland.  The very private 46 room resort offers 2 room types all with lovely balconies with rainforest outlooks. All rooms are set in clusters under the rainforest canopy and adjoining central facilities via raised covered walkways.

The Reef Suite is perfect for Honeymooners and is a split-level luxury suite of 66 square metres, large king size bed, spacious lounge area, separate bath and shower, and private balcony. 

The Island Suite are spacious guest rooms with 56 square metres.  They can be either double or twin rooms, some inter-connecting or adjoining. All rooms have a separate shower and bath, and balcony.  These rooms are set in clusters of 4 with 2 rooms upstairs and 2 rooms on the ground level. 

Dining:
Emeralds Restaurant is Green Island's signature restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Canopy Grill serves your favourite burger or the freshest seafood. A barbeque buffet lunch is available from 11am until 2.30pm with casual outdoor dining. Lite Bites serves ice cream, coffee, snacks, milkshakes and sandwiches. Reflections Pool Bar tempts you with specialty cocktails, beer or just a soft drink. Sit back at the bar or lay back on the pool deck. A true Island Resort atmosphere.

Accommodation Transfers:
Great Adventures departs from Trinity Wharf however a coach pick up service is available from all accommodation in Cairns, the Northern Beaches & Port Douglas. These hotel transfers are an additional cost

Diving & Snorkelling:
Great Diving Adventures offers scuba diving for both introductory and certified divers at Green Island. No experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Certified divers can enjoy spectacular dives at the specially selected sites. A new dive school, recently introduced on Green Island, conducts PADI qualified courses over a three or four day duration.

Guided snorkel tours are also conducted and are highly recommended. They are a great way to maximise your experience on the Great Barrier Reef.

Resort Guests:  

Green Island Resort consistently receives excellent feedback on Travstar.com.  We have fabulous 2 and 3 night package rates that represent excellent value year round. 

When comparing Green Island Resort with other Island Resorts please consider all of the inclusions in the package that you will need to add on to the cost of another Island stay.  
 
Guests on the Island are treated like VIP’s. 
Guests check-in at the Reef Fleet Terminal and their luggage is then delivered to their room on the Island. 
Guests are greeted by a concierge on arrival at the Island and walked along the jetty to the Reception. 

Included in your stay:  
* Return ferry transfers from Cairns
* Fresh beach towels
* Sun lounges with umbrellas on the beach
* Snorkelling gear for the duration of your stay
* Kayaks
* Non-motorised water sport equipment such as kite surfers
* A private resort pool for Island guests only
* A private guest lounge for Island guests only
* A high calibre of restaurants including 5 star breakfast with all the trimmings. 
* A high calibre of service
* Hospitality trained staff
* Surf life saver on the beach
* 5 star luxury room with all amenities
* Free Wi-Fi around the pool

Green Island Resort provides a consistently high level of service.    
 

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