Green Island sits about 45 minutes from Cairns across the stunning expanse of the Coral Sea, which forms part of the Great Barrier Reef. The Island boasts a 6,000-year-old coral cay that’s home to hundreds of colourful and fascinating marine species. Here, visitors can snorkel and dive to explore the underwater world, or take a boat trip to see the sights from above water level.
The reefs that surround Green Island provide the perfect habitat for a number of tropical marine life. Seagrass beds are home to a range of species, including young fish that use the long grass to hide from predators, large, ancient sea turtles, and prehistoric-looking dugong that feed on the grass. Here, there are more than 190 different types of hard corals and over 100 types of soft corals, all of which house different species and underwater life.
There are two main habitats that surround Green Island. First of all, there are the seagrass beds which languish in the shallows, and then there is the reef, that begins in the shallows and continues out into the depths of the ocean.
If you’re exploring the underwater world of Green Island, you can expect to see numerous different types of creature.
A huge selection of colourful fish glide beneath the surface of the Coral Sea in this part of Australia. All of them boast vibrant patterns, including the popular clownfish which can be found in abundance in this part of the ocean.
Ancient Sea Turtles
The ancient sea turtles provide a glimpse into the Great Barrier Reef’s lengthy and rich history. These prehistoric creatures glide effortlessly through the waters, coming back to the Green Island reef to feed and breed.
Dugongs are strange looking but fascinating creatures. You can find them in the seagrass habitats around Green Island, where they feed off the long reeds and relax in the warm shallows.
The coral cays make up a huge part of the marine life of Green Island. These ancient backdrops provide most of the food and homes of the many creatures that live in the area. Amongst the hard and soft corals, you’ll find molluscs, small fish, and another mesmerising creatures hiding, feeding, and resting.
Taking a trip to Green Island means immersing yourself in the amazing underwater world that surrounds it. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the cool waters of the Great Barrier Reef or want to learn more about the marine life, this is the perfect place to do it.