Green Island

Green Island is a popular island to visit.

As opposed to Fitzroy Island, it is a real coral cay.

Coral cay islands are smaller than continental islands such as Fitzroy.

Also they are not hilly like Fitzroy is.

They just look like little round buttons sticking out of water, exactly like Green Island does.

green island cairns

They are so small you can easily walk around it in half an hour.

green island queensland

The best way to visit Green island is like we did -
by buying a whole day trip.

Half day trips cost just as much so you may as well buy a whole day trip and get more out of your money ;-)

There are other ways such as sailing, two day combo trips (reef and rainforest - Kuranda included), three day cruise passes and three day Green Island trips, but I haven't tried them.

All I tried was the one day tour and I was extremely happy with it. It was just long enough to see and experience it all, and it wasn't too long either. But of course it depends on what you like.

green island north queensland

In the day trip that I did, we left Cairns about 8am and were on the island roughly an hour later.

green island trip

We had the choice of a glass bottom boat tour or use of snorkelling gear (included in the price).

green island jetty

I have done a lot of snorkelling so this time we did the glass bottom boat tour instead and it was great.

green island boat tour

But snorkelling looked excellent too - the corals are right on the beach.

green island snorkelling

Tip - if you have the snorkelling gear, bring it along and do both snorkelling (with your own gear) and glass bottom boat (included in the price)!

green island views

We did the glass bottom boat tour straight away so we didn't have to watch the time for the rest of the day and could just relax.

glass bottom boat

There is a very nice resort on the island with places to eat and drink as well as a swimming pool (of course, you can stay at the resort over the night).

green island resort

We had a lunch at the buffet restaurant 
at the resort but there are also cafes which would be cheaper.

green island restaurant

Next to the resort is the Marineland Melanesia, famous for Cassus - the largest captive crocodile in the world.

marineland melanesia

Marineland Melanesia is in the island's tropical rainforest, which you can discover walking on a boardwalk.

marineland melanesia

The walk takes you to the other end of the island

green island rainforest

... where there is more coral reef right on the beach, you can walk to it and discover it at low tide.

green island walk

From there, we walked around the island which is a beautiful walk. 

green island beach

Back near the jetty, there is a flagged beach (you should always swim between the flags on Australian beaches).

green island swim

The rest of the day, we just lazed on the beaches, had a drink at the resort, went for swims, watched the beautifully colourful coral reef fish in the water - until it was time to leave.
green island tour

It had been a beautiful day well worth every cent!

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