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“Green Island Resort- Perfect for a day or two” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Green Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Green Island
Certificate of Excellence
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Green Island Resort- Perfect for a day or two”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Before I say anything else, let me stress that Green Island Resort is a RAINforest. It rains there. Plan your trip accordingly. What I mean by accordingly is that you shouldn't go in the middle of rainy season and complain about rain in a rainforest (I did and it was unreasonable of me). The best time to go, according to the staff members I asked, is later in the year before it's too unbearably hot. So that means October or November. December starts to get really hot and then late January is the beginning of the wet season. Wet season lasts throughout the winter and ends sometime in September I guess. Even though I was there in March and it rained everyday, it rains only sporadically so it doesn't ruin the beach during the wet season.

Now that I have given a lame weather update, the place is awesome. Absolutely amazing. We were there for three days, and my wife and I (we were there honeymooning) are kind of adventuruous and love to do outdoors kind of things, so three days way a lot. If we had it to do over again, we would have only stayed two and then gone to Port Douglas earlier. Because you are on an island, services are limited. There are only two options for dinner, and the menus for both (the picnic dinner which is mainly cold meats etc, and the restaurant) are static except for the specials at the Emerald's. There isn't all that much to explore because the island is small and they try to keep people away from the back side of it for environmental reasons, and during the day, as I am sure you've read, it's got plenty of day trippers, but it isn't any more or less packed than any popular beach in a resort town you'll go to. Things you should do: take TravelCalm if it's rainy season because the rain and wind make the seas rough, go to the 5 PM fish feeding and wildlife tour and what not that all starts at 8 PM. The staff are all friendly and helpful, especially Brett. Him and I were buddies by the time we left. Also, go on the half day snorkeling tour they offer and see the reef. That isn't the best reef you can go to or the best tour, but it's included in the package so it's definitely worth it. They have snorkeling off the beach which isn't bad, so do that, but it will be crowded, so just expect that. There is another beach, to the right of the jetty (boardwalk) if you're walking on it and facing the island that is usually empty but doesn't have a reef really close. If you're brave enough to go out a little ways, there is a lot to see. I saw a bunch of turtles, a reef shark, tons of parrot fish, and lots of other things out that way. Be careful though, because some larger agressive fish live at the very end of the jetty. You'll learn that at the fish feeding, which is awesome. But Green Island's rooms are pretty nice, I guess I forgot that. I am used to motel 6s, so it was a major step up. The place is perfect if you want to relax and get away from everything for a day or two, but if you're adventuruous, about a day or so is all you'll need. Wonderful place, though and great for kids (tons of them around.)

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a forest view. Everyone has had a pool view, but forest views are much better...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Yes it's a popular island for day trippers but there are a lot of fun activities to do because of them
When they all get back in the ferry the island is all yours
Our room was beautiful and I love the timber ceiling it is an old resort but had been refurbished to vogue standards the restaurant was awesome to.
I seriously can't fault anything ow yeah the weather the next morning was horrible and high seas if you could do something about that it was the best trip ever ;)

Room Tip: Room numbers 39-42
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Motherwillowtree
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Stayed one night at the resort with a friend and can't wait to go back with my husband! The staff at the resort and the service provided to guests is really amazing, beginning at check in at the ferry terminal when there is a designated check in for resort guests so there is no need to line up with day trippers to the island. One of the staff spoke to us on the trip over and was very friendly and we were then met at Green Island by a very helpful resort staff member who took us to reception and explained the activities we could do ( most were included) while we were there. The room was really good, with a nice balcony, two queen beds and good sized bathroom with separate shower and bath, all very clean. Very good value for money especially if you are a Cairns local with the package we had included snorkels, stinger suits, evening drinks and fish feeding, breakfast and use of the guest lounge which was very handy to use after check out the next day. It was low season so most of the eating venues were closed, we ate lunch, dinner and breakfast the next day and i consider it to be good value, not cheap, but good value, particularly given that there were no other places to go.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank gabysue
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Christchurch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed one night at this wonderful resort and loved it so much we went back for a second night. The staff. particularly Jake in the restaurant, Julian, Ava and Jane in Reception were fantastic and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and memorable. The rooms are absolutely beautiful and everything you would imagine a resort room to be. The small size of the resort and the fact it is nestled amongst the rain forest makes it very peaceful and not too busy. The extras included are really good too - fish feeding, nature walk for the kids, night walk and the welcome drinks on the beach. Overall this is a wonderful place to stay and we will definitely go back for another tropical break.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Halta
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

I spent my birthday here last year and loved the whole day! I would love to stay on this island for more than a day!
We dived, snorkelled, ate, drank, it was a perfect day!
Good value for money all round and the food was very nice in the burger joint at lunchtime.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cairns Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

My husband and I spent our anniversary here (we live in Cairns) and can't believe people come from all over the world to have a Great Barrier Reef Island experience here and pay the $$$$ they do. The island and resort only caters to the the Day Tourist market and if you are a resort guest the only place to hide from the swarm of day tourists on this tiny island is at the resort pool interior to the resort with no view of the beach. Once the swarm leaves at 4:30 that arrived at 9 you find you can now come out to roam but don't expect anything to be open. If you have the money go to Lizard Island, or on a medium budget go the Fitzroy Island a great value. I have noticed that Fitzroy has started some day tours as well hope they don't ruin it. The amount of fish seen a Green Island snorkeling under the pier is better than Ftizroy but Fitzroy has more snorkeling area and chances to see more variety. Go on day trip snorkeling withe the dive shop.

Room Tip: Ask to be away from the bird poop smell, too pungent to sit on the patio and can't open the wind...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank QueenParrotfish
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Green Island Resort
Address: Green Island, Great Barrier Reef, Green Island, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Green Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Green Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Green Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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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