We visited Green Island as our first side-trip out of Cairns. We had been advised by the tourist office that we’d be best off doing this as early in our trip as possible, as there was a cyclone looming off the coast which threatened to ruin everything! We heeded their advice and booked our trip for Sunday morning; sadly for Uncle Martyn and Jenni, this meant boarding a boat only a few hours after their plane had touched down from China! Still, they were good sports about the whole thing, and we all were soon on our way!
We were all in need of coffee when we arrived, and let me tell you, it’s slim pickings on Green Island. Without much criteria to choose from, we settled on the vendor who had the best coffee machine, figuring they’d be least disappointing of the bunch. I was a little worried though when I found out our “barista” had never heard of a Babychino. “It’s simple”, I said, “just like an Equinox, but hold the espresso shot.”. No, I didn’t really say that, but what a zinger it would have been if I did!
Anyway, there we all were, sitting around the pool, watching the resort guests flaunting their aquatic rights in our faces, when it suddenly dawned on me… this is a human zoo! All of the chairs were angled towards the pool, as if whatever is going on in there was put there for your entertainment. All it needed was a “Do not feed the humans” sign and Mr Taronga would have been signing up the admission rights!
Our time on Green Island was actually very short, since we had opted for only the half-day adventure (due to inclement weather, not to mention impending nap time). As such, we decided not to “invest” the $20 per person to go through the crocodile museum. Instead, we headed back to the pier for our Glass Bottomed Boat ride!
This was easily the saving grace of the whole Green Island trip. It was great! The windy weather meant conditions were a little choppy, which also meant visibility wasn’t the greatest; but still, we got a very clear view of all the fishies swimming underneath the boat. It sure made me hungry for a fish burger! Especially when the guide threw some bait overboard and the fishies went ballistic trying to get it all!
While we were waiting for our ferry back to the mainland, a large gust of wind came and blew Oscar’s hat right off his head. Poor Oscar was most upset by this, and only calmed down when we promised to buy him a new one, and reassured him one of the fishies would put his hat to good use.
Overall, we didn’t really think Green Island was worth the amount of money it cost us to get there. In hindsight, I’d say that unless the weather is good and you’re going out there to do some snorkelling on the reef, you can probably save yourself some cash and give it a skip. Still, nothing ventured nothing gained – and the Glass Bottomed Boat ride was a definite highlight!