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A family trip out to Green Island
Posted on October 28, 2008 by admin
With my family recently visiting from Melbourne we decided a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef was on the agenda. As the wind was up most of the week we went out on the last day of there visit which was last Thursday. Green Island was the perfect option for my family as my grandmother who recently turned eighty was up here on holiday with the family. As she is not as agile as she used to be this was the perfect choice! We booked to travel out on the 11.00 am Reef Rocket departure from Cairns as this gave us a little extra time in the morning to get ready but still allowed for four hours on Green Island. On arrival we checked in at the Reef Fleet Terminal to collect our boarding passes. On boarding the boat we were greeted by the photographer who snapped our picture before entering the vessel. Once on board we were off on our 45 minute trip over to Green Island! It was during this time that I planned out our day to best make the most of the time we had on the island.
On arrival we headed to the mother ship Big Cat to enjoy our buffet lunch. The lunch was good with a choice of cold meats and salad plus a hot beef curry and very yummy vegetarian lasagna and some fresh fruit. After this it was time for the semi submarine tour which was excellent and perfect for my grandmother as it gave up an up close view of the coral and fish on the reef she especially loved the sucker fish that sucked right on the window in front of her! After the semi sub we boarded the glass bottom boat tour which the driver was excellent and gave a very good commentary on the Great Barrier Reef. Both the semi sub and the glass bottom boat are a fantastic option for people wanting to see the reef without getting wet!
It was now time to venture onto the island, were we made out way to Marineland Melanesia. Marineland Melanesia is a nautical museum situated on Green Island the museum houses various artifacts, various types of marine life and is home to a number of crocodiles (which have feeding times throughout the day). I was really fascinated by the tiny little epaulette shark embryo in the purse shaped egg, with the new tiny little shark wiggling away this was just amazing as it was only a couple of centimetres long…fascinating! I could have stayed in here a bit longer but I new we had snorkelling yet to do so it was off to the beach to snorkel. Well even Grandma got her fins and mask on, but standing on the beach ready she did not make it too far off the beach! (Little did she know it very difficult to try walking with your fins on!) My partner and I swam out as far at the Big Cat boat and in front of the under water observatory to view the best area for the coral and fish as the current was a bit strong I would only recommend this if you are a good strong swimmer. Lucky we both are! After such a full itinerary it was now time for a quick freshen up on board the island and time to head back to our boat for our departure back to Cairns.
My whole family (especially my Grandmother) had a fantastic day. I know from her point it was one of the best days she had in years she was even calling out good bye Green Island I love you! Whilst waiting to board the boat back home. Green Island Information
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