There are only three island resorts on coral cays on Australia's Great Barrier Reef and one of these is Green Island. It is situated just out to sea from Cairns in Far North Queensland at a point where the reef is at its closest point to the mainland. This makes access so much easier than visiting the reef at other locations. Green Island has been a top tourist draw card for generations and its underwater observatory was one of the first places that tourists could venture below the surface and view the coral. The original observatory is still open today. Being a true coral cay, the island is sitting right on the reef. If you swim off the beach you can be immediately snorkeling over the coral. The advantages of the short boat ride and being able to stay right on the reef are obvious. Green Island is also the destination for thousands of day trippers from Cairns wanting to experience the Great Barrier Reef.
Green Island resort is also the only five star resort on the Great Barrier Reef. It is regarded as one of the most environmentally friendly tourist resorts in the world and it is limited to 46 luxurious suites. The resort features concierge service and 24 hour reception as well as a beauty spa, swimming pools, award winning restaurant and a casual grill, dive shop, and all the other things that you would expect at a five star resort. There are two styles of accommodation which are the Reef Suites and the Island Suites. There are 10 Reef Suites with a king bed, 12 Island Suites with a king bed, 24 Island Suites with two double beds and 18 of the Island Suites are interconnecting.
Green Island is covered in rainforest and surrounded by coral sand beaches. The Island is 15 hectares in size and takes about 45 minutes to walk around. It is home to 126 species of plants and thousands of sea birds. The entire region is world heritage listed. Daily activities include glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling equipment, guided night nature walks, fish feeding daily, windsurfers, surf skis and canoes and beach volleyball.
If you want to stay at a great island resort and the Great Barrier Reef is on your holiday wish list, then why not kill two birds with one stone and stay at Green Island resort.