Green Island

Cairns' most accessible and eternally popular reef day trip destination.
Popular both for its easily accessible beauty and sheer convenience, Green Island sits a relatively short distance of Cairns’ coast and thus is an excellent taste of the reef for those visiting the region short on time. While it trends towards crowded and commercialised, there is still plenty of worthy and enjoyable reasons to pay it a visit and explore the surrounding waters.
About Green Island

A small-sized island relative to its visitor numbers, Green Island is located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and – despite its tiny scale – is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the entire region due to its impressive beauty combined with ease of access from the mainland.


Green Island boasts white sandy beaches, sapphire blue waters, lush rainforests, beautiful coral reefs and abundant marine life – which make the island a perfect holiday gateway. The island is a small coral cay, with over 120 species of native plants, abundant marine life, colourful bird life and unique coral gardens to explore during your holiday.

Green Island is a great place to participate in a range of recreational activities, such as helmet diving, swimming, diving, scuba diving and snorkelling in the tranquil island waters. For those looking for a laid back holiday, you can simply relax or sunbathe on the picturesque beach while enjoying the breathtaking natural scenery of the island and its surroundings.

You can also go for glass bottom boat viewing tours and semi-submarine tours to explore the colourful coral reefs and rich marine life and witness sea anemones, turtles, starfish, colourful fish, giant clams, eels, sea urchins, sponges and shells.

You can also go for modern air-conditioned catamarans, such as “Reef Rocket” and “Big Cat,” which provide a diverse range of adventure activities. For more fun and adventure activity, you can take a short boat trip to do snorkelling in the best sites on Green Island to discover the spectacular coral reefs and marine creatures under the supervision of a safety officer.

he coral reef around the island includes 100 types of soft corals and 190 types of hard corals, a rare sight found elsewhere. If you are a bird lover, Green Island is no less than a paradise, home to a wide variety of seabirds, land birds and migratory birds.

If you are lucky, you can spot around 55 bird species on the island on any given day, with 15 species nesting on the island regularly. If you are looking for that “perfect” island accommodation, then Green Island Resort is likely to be your best option.This exclusive resort is flanked by lush rainforest and offers luxury accommodation with indoor/outdoor dining, a licensed bar, boutiques and 25-m swimming pool.

You can choose your accommodation from Reef and Island Suites, which have private balconies with either pool or rainforest views. The resort also offers numerous guest facilities, including bar and restaurant and a lounge area. You can also take the advantage of Arumi Massage & Beauty at Green Island Resort to refresh your body and mind.

Green Island in Pictures
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