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.)
- 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