That is what is written in the literature at the resort but you won't find it on Green Island Resort or Thomas Cook promotional material. My rough calculation is that this means the average daily count is around 800 people on an island that is 600m/250m.
We stayed on GI for 6 days at the end of an otherwise excellent 3 weeks in Australia. The idea was that we would have a relaxing Great barrier Reef experience at the end of a multi site trip. We did not expect to share the island with boat load after boat load of day trippers. The island is geared to the day visitors who pack the area outside reception and spend their money in the food court. Yes - food court - like you get at a shopping mall or airport terminal.
Positive element - the room is nicely furnished. However, the view from the terrace was trees (don't expect a nice beach view - the alternative is a swimming pool view). Also the room is very dark. There are 2 reasons: the trees and the fact that the bathroom is next to the passageway so you need to draw the blinds if you don't want other guests and staff to see you in all your glory emerging from the shower.
After the day visitors leave at around 4.30, everything except the main restaurant closes, including the pool bar and the spa - after all, the main money generating body has gone. That leaves you with the main restaurant as the only place to grab a beer. The restaurant food was overpriced and poor in quality - we had to send back a pizza that was burnt.
The snorkeling is also very poor. We are used to the Maldives but have always wanted to snorkel on the "Barrier Reef" - this was not the barrier reef of my imagination. After two days trying to find the coral following instructions from the Dive shop and the life guards, we realised that a small area of soft coral and anemone was the extent. There were a few patches only of hard coral and very few fish.
Should I go on? The supervised beach is small (around 50m) and packed with the day trippers. The main pool is shared with the hundreds of day visitors. An attraction is the crocodile park where they keep salt crocodiles and turtles in a small area and sell you artifacts. If you go on a trip to the outer reef (as we did) you will see plenty of dead hard coral and a few fish.
Overall a big disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 27 km across the Coral Sea from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Green Island Resort is luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. With just 46 suites nestled amongst the rainforest and secluded from the day visitor facilities, this world-class eco-sensitive resort offers a unique blend of luxurious accommodation, first class service and unparalleled access to the Great Barrier Reef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Island Hotel Cairns