If you are visiting Cairns Australia for the sole purpose of visiting the Great Barrier Reef, a Cairns liveaboard boat or island resort accommodation may be the ideal option to make the most of your time visiting our remarkable part of the world.
Cairns island resorts are located only short 45-minute boat journey from Cairns Marina, which itself is situated in the heart of Cairns City centre.
Great Barrier Reef island resorts – such as Green Island Resort – offer luxury tropical hotel accommodation on sand islands situated close to the mainland, and surrounded by ‘inner Great Barrier Reef’.
Cairns liveaboard boats on the Great Barrier Reef – such as Reef Encounter Liveaboard – are one of the most unique holiday experiences that Australia has to offer. Overnight boat accommodation allows you to combine spectacular accommodation whilst touring the exclusive, very best areas of this natural world wonder – Australia’s ‘outer’ Great Barrier Reef.
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- Green Island Resort – Hotel resort accommodation on a tropical sand island
- Reef Encounter Liveaboard Boat – The Best Outer Great Barrier Reef Overnight Hotel Boat
- Great Barrier Reef Accommodation: Package Deals
Green Island Resort
Hotel Resort Accommodation On A Tropical Sand Island Paradise
Green Island Resort is situated on the pristine ‘inner’ Great Barrier Reef, off the coast from Cairns in Queensland, Australia. A natural sand island, Green Island is a ‘coral cay’.
The spectacular resort on the island proudly embraces its natural surroundings and is an eco-friendly resort, fully embracing the island’s tropical rainforest, white sandy beaches and coral reef habitats.
More On Green Island Accommodation, Dining & Activities
There are three hotel resort room types to select from as your accommodation to stay at Green Island Resort. All hotel resort rooms are air-conditioned with separate bath and shower facilities, wi-fi, excellent rainforest views, a private balcony and full buffet breakfast included for guests. Green Island Resort rooms have all the usual amenities of a 4.5-star hotel.
The ‘Island Suite King Room’ has a ki bed and is suitable for up to two people. The ‘Island Suite Twin Room’ has two, double beds and is the perfect option for those not wishing to share a bed or families of up to two adults and two children. The ‘Reef Suite Room’ is the most luxurious and spacious option of all, with a ki bed suitable for up to two people.
Green Island Resort Accommodation – Dining
A range of dining options, bars, restaurants and cafes are located on the island resort. A full buffet-style breakfast is included for all Green Island Resort guests.
Green Island Resort Accommodation Activities
Included in your hotel stay at Green Island Resort is your return scenic ferry journey from Cairns Marlin Marina, located in the heart of Cairns City centre, to the coral island.
As one of the most beautiful sand islands in the Coral Sea, it is unsurprising that there are idyllic beaches to enjoy. Sun lounges and umbrellas are complimentary to hotel guests. Green Island Resort boasts lush tropical walking tracks to explore, and complementary nature walks and fish feeding tours are included with your hotel stay. A glass-bottom-boat tour is also included, for those who wish to witness the Great Barrier Reef fish and coral whilst staying dry.
For exploring the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, complimentary snorkelling and snorkel equipment allow you to explore the beautiful Great Barrier Reef straight off the islands white sandy beaches. Sea kayaks, canoes and windsurfing are all available free of charge to island resort guests.
Optional extra activities available at Green Island Resort include scuba diving for all experience levels, sea-walker helmet diving, scenic Great Barrier Reef helicopter tours, ‘Marineland Melanesia’ – home to the worlds largest crocodile in captivity and a resort massage salon. Day trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef can also be arranged during your island resort stay, upon request.
Reef Encounter Liveaboard Boat
Cairns Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard Boat Accommodation
Cairns outer Great Barrier Reef liveaboards offer boutique, hotel-style accommodation and amenities.
We support the best Great Barrier Reef liveaboard accommodation for the guest experience. A fantastic outer Great Barrier Reef tour and overnight hotel boat, Reef Encounter provides excellent accommodation options to suit all holidaymakers.
Reef Encounter overnight boat provides liveaboard accommodation and your Great Barrier Reef trip all rolled into one. Liveaboard boat tours depart and return daily via a fast, guest transfer vessel, from Cairns Marina – located in the heart of Cairns city centre. This means you can depart for your overnight liveaboard tour on any day which suits you, staying onboard for as long as you choose.
More On Reef Encounter Accommodation, Dining & Activities
Select Your Liveaboard Accommodation Option
Accommodation onboard the liveaboard boat, Reef Encounter, ranges from standard hotel-style accommodation, in ‘Stateroom Cabins’, to luxury accommodation packages known as the ‘Top Deck Club’. All liveaboard boat cabins have ensuite w-c and shower facilities, spectacular ocean views, air-conditioning and Australian power outlets.
You may book your liveaboard accommodation for as many nights as you choose.
Stateroom cabins onboard Reef Encounter liveaboard boat, are standard hotel room cabins with either one double bed or two single beds to choose between. All hotel cabins are for two guests unless you select ‘sole-occupancy’ when booking to ensure private accommodation. All hotel cabins are air-conditioned with their own ensuite, towels and linen provided as well as a range of eco-friendly Australian toiletries. All have spectacular ocean views of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Discover more about stateroom accommodation and inclusions, here.
Top Deck Club accommodation onboard Reef Encounter liveaboard boat, have all the same inclusions as stateroom cabins, with many added luxury inclusions and upgrades. Whilst enjoying the best hotel rooms on the boat, the Top Deck Club also comes with your very own crewmember – assigned to make your Great Barrier Reef stay the very best it can possibly be. Your personal valet will be there to give you private tours when snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef – tailoring your in-water experience to your level of ability and guaranteeing you see the very best of the reef. Private dining is included in the evening for Top Deck Club guests, served outside under the starlit sky overlooking the Coral Sea (where weather permits). Discover more about the Top Deck Club and its luxury inclusions, here.
All Top Deck Club hotel cabins are for two guests unless you select ‘sole-occupancy’ when booking to ensure private accommodation.
Liveaboard Accommodation Activities
Reef Encounter liveaboard accommodation provides entertainment for all the family. Onboard activities for guests include unlimited snorkelling and swimming on the outer Great Barrier Reef, free glass-bottom-boat tours upon request, unlimited use of the large sundeck and outdoor lounges and outdoor hot-water spa. Indoors there is a shared communal area with a TV, games and library area and a fully licenced bar serving alcohol, soft drinks and snacks.
Optional extra activities include scuba diving for all levels of experience, from complete beginner to experienced certified divers. Scuba courses are also available for those wishing to develop a skill during your Great Barrier Reef holiday! Reef Encounter has a helicopter landing pad on the boat. Scenic helicopter tours may be booked with your tour to take guests to and/or from your reef accommodation is an excellent way to experience an ariel, postcard vista of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding islands.
Liveaboard Accommodation – All Meals Included
All meals are included in your Great Barrier Reef liveaboard accommodation. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are lovingly prepared fresh, daily by an onboard chef. Complimentary tea, coffee and fruit are available free of charge throughout the trip. All dietary requirements are catered for and should be advised of whilst you are making your booking.
Great Barrier Reef Hotels Located Close To Cairns Marlin Marina
Are you looking for the ideal place to base yourself for all your Great Barrier Reef adventures? Cairns Marlin Marina hosts a choice of outstanding hotel accommodation options, right at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Here, we’ve listed for you some of the hotel options that are prominently located at Cairns Marlin Marina.
Cairns Marina is located only a few minutes walk from the heart of Cairns City Center and is a vibrant hub of cafes, shops and dining experiences in its own right. Cairns Marlin Marina is the main departure point for boat tours to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as scenic helicopter tours over the reef, islands and rainforest.
The advice given here is intended for your convenience. As you are unable to make hotel bookings via this website, we hope it will assist you in finding the right hotel accommodation for your needs, while visiting our incredible Cairns region.
This website is not affiliated to any of the hotels listed below. The list is given to assist visitors to find the best accommodation in Cairns to suit your needs. Bookings for these land-based hotels will need to be made independently, and we recommend that you conduct your own research prior to booking your hotel accommodation.
4 – 5 Star Hotel Accommodation At Cairns Marlin Marina
The Shangri-La Hotel Cairns is conveniently located on the Cairns Marina, with most rooms boasting spectacular harbour and mountain views. Ideally situated adjacent to the Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Esplanade, this five-star hotel is a 5-minute walk from the city centre, a 10-minute walk to the Cairns Convention Center and a 10-minute drive to Cairns international and domestic airport.
The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino boasts a 5-star hotel accommodation rating, with all the luxuries one would expect including a casino, bars, pool, sauna and gym. It is located an easy 3-minute walk to the Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal, 2-minutes to Cairns City Center and a 4-minute walk to Cairns Convention Center. It is a 10-minute drive to Cairns airport.
The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights Hotel is also located directly on the Cairns waterfront at the Cairns Marlin Marina. Offering both hotel rooms, self-catering apartment accommodation and one, two and three-bedroom self-contained apartments. All take advantage of spectacular views and provide an ideal base for exploring Cairns City and boat tours to the Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef Accommodation: Package Deals
Often the very best Great Barrier Reef accommodation specials are package deals. Here, we’ve collected for you a range of the very best accommodation package deals to be found in the Cairns Great Barrier Reef region!
Whether you are looking for a Great Barrier Reef liveaboard hotel stay combined with a famous Cairns day tour – such as a tour to the world-heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, a day tour to the famous village of Kuranda by scenic train and Skyrail, a trip into the Queensland outback or a package that combines them all – we’ve listed the very best of them for you here.
Our favourite package deal for accommodation on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has got to be the unbeatable ‘Reef and Island Getaway’ resort package. Combining the very best of an overnight liveaboard reef tour with a relaxing stay at the tropical paradise of Green Island Resort. You’ll see the unrivalled beauty of the spectacular ‘outer’ Great Barrier Reefs during your liveaboard stay, experiencing first hand the picture-post-card images that you conjure when thinking of the Great Barrier Reef. Then you’ll enjoy true relaxation in natures beach island paradise, with a stay on Green Island Resort on the ‘inner’ reef close to the beautiful Australia coastline.
You may stay as many nights as you choose at the Green Island Resort and onboard the outer Great Barrier Reef liveaboard boat, Reef Encounter, with this unique and flexible package deal.