A trip to Green Island

The Great Barrier Reef is by far, in my opinion, the greatest attraction while visiting Cairns in Queensland, Australia.  There are many ways to see it – diving, snorkeling, riding a helicopter overhead – but my favorite was a day excursion to Green Island.  An amazing coral cay (which is an island with a tropical rainforest in the middle of the ocean), you can spend several days there on a resort or take a day trip from Cairns.

I chose to take a day trip and was so excited when we arrived.

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Along the beach, you can rent a lawn chair to soak up some sun or a kayak to row out around the reef.

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Part of my excursion included a ride in a glass bottom boat:

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where the fish got up close and personal.

and personal!

But my favorite part of the day was the snorkeling!

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Check out these beauties:

IMG_0145IMG_0159IMG_0146how cool is this fish?

This guy snuck up on me:

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At the end of the day, the island looked just as beautiful as when we arrived.IMG_0158

Was so sad to sail away…

IMG_0157  Can’t wait for next time!

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