Green Island, Cairns

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A visit to Green Island will bring you to the tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef. Just 27 km (17 mi) offshore from Cairns, this small, sandy island formed on the surface of a coral reef. Snorkel and dive in the cool waters over colorful coral and sealife. Go on a glass-bottom boat or semisubmerged submarine to see the underwater views of starfish, turtles, shells, and fish. Follow the boardwalk through the thick, emerald rainforest to reach the crocodile farm. Rent a locker for your belongings at the island, so that you can explore the place without worry. Take a look at our Cairns trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Green Island and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • October 12, 2017
    We opted for a half day trip to Green Island. Trip from marina in Cairns takes approx 45 minutes. Arrived at Island and had selected the glass bottom boat activity rather than the snorkelling. Saw som...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    Took the Great Adventures boat to Green Island. The 45-min boat trip was quick and well organised however I do not understand the reasoning of having to queue for a boarding pass??? In the world of in...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    Green Island can be easily accessed by large catamaran boats several times a day. The island is a coral atoll so very flat and easily explored. There is a board walk through the island with informatio...  more »
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  • April 27, 2017
    Well looked after and good facilities. The island is well managed and the sea life is amazing. An easy and safe way to experience the GBR with your family.
  • July 23, 2017
    Cute little island. Gets very busy with tourists. Lots of cafes (a little pricey), a nice pool and amenities, easy walking tracks. Holding the crocodile "Fluffy" at Marineland Melanesia was my daughter's highlight of the island. Unfortunately we went on a rainy, overcast day and the boat ride was really choppy and the day was less enjoyable than it could've been. Heaps of people got sick on the boat getting there (50 min ride). If I went again, I would not pre-book but wait until the night before to ensure good weather.
  • May 14, 2017
    Awesome experience. Great place for a day trip and nice clean beach. It was over crowded but the fact that it's an small island it is inevitable.
  • May 23, 2017
    Amazing. Rich sea life. Sea turtle dwell in the waters near the beach.
  • December 7, 2016
    Most amazing vacations I've ever had. Price reflects quality of the place. Enjoy day trips while the packs of tourists invade the island and then get the island to yourself and few hotel guests during sunset.

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Though Cairns seems to offer an endless selection of cozy rooms, most budget-friendly options remain fully booked through the high season, stretching from June to September. Reserve early if you want a hotel room packed with amenities, or look for alternative lodgings in the city's smaller inns. As the backpacker capital of northern Queensland, Cairns features dozens of economical hostels providing comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi. For something far more luxurious, look for centrally located rental apartments with spacious rooms and harbor views.
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