Things to Do Green Island

Aquatic activities

Snorkelling is a great way for travellers of all ages to experience the reef. Whether you drift over the shallows or dive your way through the depths, you will be able to get a magical view of fish, turtles and dugongs as well as hundreds of varieties of hard and soft corals – the ‘tropical forests of the ocean’ – that will be sure to mesmerise you with their colours and forms. Equipment can be hired on the island or may be provided with your tour. If you are keen to go a little further into the depths, introductory and certified Scuba diving can be done at offshore sites from Green Island.

Looking for something new? Green Island is ready to raise the stakes in reef snorkelling and diving experiences with the Snuba Diving shallow water diving system. With no heavy equipment and air tanks that float on the surface, travelers can venture up to 3 metres under the sea. If you prefer to be closer to the water’s surface, the Snuba Doo Power Snorkelling provides you with a buoyancy vest and a scuba regulator mouthpiece that makes it easier to breathe than when doing regular snorkelling.

For the ultimate underwater adventure, look no further than Seawalker. There are not many experiences that can top taking a walk on the seafloor of the Great Barrier Reef! Let the Seawalker team set you up with a helmet that will keep your head dry and guide you on a tour 5 metres below the surface. This is a fun and safe activity for both swimmers and non-swimmers, and is a must-have for your Instagram page.

For some action-packed fun on top of the water, hire a kayak, surfski or windsurfer to show your expertise or learn a new skill. For a little more adrenalin, take to the skies with parasailing.

If you want to stay dry and a little more relaxed, opt for the glass bottom boat tour. With expert commentary and the chance to feed the fish, this is a great way to take a peek at the magical reef world below the surface. If you want to get a little closer, check out the exclusive Submarine tour. As you sit below water level in air-conditioned comfort, you will be led on a tour of the tropical wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and its marine life, getting an up-close diver’s experience without getting wet!

Let’s not forget the larger marine life. Magnificent humpback whales are regularly sighted on the journey to Green during the winter months of July and August. Some travelers can be lucky enough to sight these majestic creatures while on the way to and from Green Island, but dedicated whale watching tours can also be arranged in the waters off Green Island with Cairns Whale Watching Tours

For something completely different, take to the skies on a Helicopter Scenic Flight  You can sit back and enjoy an enchanting view of Green Island and the surrounding reef, in all it’s colours, scale, and glory. Truly a bucket list item!


Remember though, Green Island is a unique destination because it gives you reef and rainforest in the one visit. The low, forested atoll makes access to the rainforest convenient for travellers. Wander easily along one of the many boardwalk trails that wind their way through the rainforested national park section. Alternatively, plot your own adventure around the 1.6 kilometre circumference of the island along its beautiful shorelines.


After all the exhilarating activities – or perhaps instead of them – simply relax with a cold drink on your personal sun lounge with an umbrella on the beach. If you need a little more rest and relaxation, head for the Day Spa at the resort and be pampered with spa, beauty and massage treatments.

In fact, visiting Green Island Resort just to wine, dine and relax your way through the day watching the sun rise and set over the reef waters is a perfectly good plan!