Green Island is one of the hundreds of islands amongst the Great Barrier Reef. This is the only island on the Great Barrier Reef with a thriving rainforest. It is home to more than 35 species of sea birds and 28 species of forest birds. Many rare species of sea animals and a great number of plants are also found here. This island is a popular tourist destination. Every year, Green Island welcomes approximately 130,000 visitors. The number even increases from April to September as it is the best time to visit the island.
The magnificent Green Island sits in the Coral Sea approximately 28 kilometres from Cairns. To access this beautiful wonder of nature, you can take a taxi from Cairns airport to the Marlin Jetty or you can use the Cairns airport shuttle service to reach there. The taxi ride to the Marlin Jetty from Cairns Airport doesn’t cost much. It will take up to 15 minutes to reach the Marlin Jetty.
Once you reach the Jetty, you have to look for the available trips to the island. There are several trips available that offer trip to the island with several activities. You can choose one depending on your budget and the kind of experience you want.
It takes 45 to 60 minutes from Cairns to reach Green Island, depending on the type of vessel. Prices of the trips vary but most of the trips are affordable and are very budget-friendly.
Here are a few things that you can do on Green island to make the most of your holiday:
Snorkeling is one of the most popular water sports among water enthusiasts. If you want to experience the true essence of the magnificent reef, snorkeling is a must-do. What can be more wonderful than seeing marine life and having this one-of-a-kind experience? There are many snorkeling clubs on Green island that help visitors to have the best snorkeling experience.
2. Scuba Diving
The coral reef offers some of the greatest diving experiences to its visitors. It is the best way to see the mesmerizing reef. Scuba diving allows one to witness the astounding beauty of the corals and the captivating marine life.
However, while scuba diving, one must take care not to cause any damage to the underwater corals. As the corals are delicate and can break due to excess touching and kicking. This activity can be enjoyed by both beginners and advanced divers.
3. Glass Bottom Boat
You should add the ride on Glass Bottom Boat to your adventure list. You can see the beauty of Coral reefs, marine life, and Sea-floor, without stepping foot in the water and getting wet. Glass Bottom Boats are available on the island for your ease. These boats have a bottom made of glass, you can see the sea floor and the corals while riding this boat.
4. Have a walk in the Rainforest
If you want to get away from the bustling crowds on the sea and want to feel the serenity and calm of the island. You can take a stroll in the rainforest in the heart of the island. There is a walking track that goes around the island, you can walk there and feel the utmost calm, listen to the sounds of rare birds and it will surely be a wonderful adventure for you.