Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef – We Seek Travel Blog

For these crusing the Australian Coral Coast, it’s a everlasting distinction of reef and mangroves. Every has its perks, and naturally, it’s inevitable pitfalls.

On the reef and the islands, you’re on the mercy of the never-still sea. You’re met with perpetual rocking, rolling and creaking. Quite the opposite, the mangroves present repose as tranquil as that on land. That’s, in case you don’t thoughts sandfly stings and crocodiles neighbours watching from the banks.

As far eliminated life at sea is from the standard comforts of land, these previous couple of months of crusing the Australian Coral Coast has received me itching for extra.

Junk Rig sailing

From the Rainforest to the Reef – The Closing Week of Crusing on Malaika

Once more, we departed Port Douglas at first mild, heavy with the considered the journey coming to an in depth, however passionate about lastly reaching the outer Nice Barrier Reef.

The course was set on the plotter for Cairns harbour once more, which might put us in a great spot for anchor earlier than heading to Inexperienced Island.

South In opposition to the Trades

The plotter instructed us that the journey again south would take 10 hours at an affordable 4-knot tempo. Nevertheless, the wind and chop had different plans.

I wouldn’t want a visit beating into the trades on my worst enemy. Winds have been lifeless forward at 20 knots, which whipped up the already established swell. We have been compelled to motor your complete manner, every large wave stopping us close to lifeless in our tracks and forcing us to rebuild momentum.

Because of this, it took us practically 10 hours to succeed in Double Island. So, as a substitute of constant ahead to Cairns, we determined to cease in at Yorkey’s Nob Marina for a well-needed relaxation.

Frankie holding on through rough weather

Inexperienced Island

Quick ahead via the remaining journey to Cairns and we have been on our manner again out to Inexperienced Island. By now, the winds and swell had calmed to a close to stand-still. Whereas we couldn’t get a lot crusing accomplished, it proved to be good situations to discover Inexperienced Island and the Nice Barrier Reef.

Green Island, Sailing to Green Island Cairns

Exploring Inexperienced Island

We spent a full day and night time at Inexperienced Island, which I rank as my favourite Nice Barrier Reef Island thus far.

We snorkeled on the Pinnacle, noticed a number of turtles, kayaked over tropical reef and explored the inside of the island.

Walking around Green Island
Green Island Pier

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Inexperienced Island Anchorage Data

There are three blue buoys at Inexperienced Island which accommodate monohull vessels as much as 20 M and multihulls as much as 18 in 34-knot winds.

The primary buoy appeared slightly tough to get to, and was situated near the ferry entrance channel on the pier facet of the island.

We selected to select up one of many different two courtesy buoys. To succeed in them, you’ll must circle the perimeter of the reef, marked by white buoys till you attain the doorway level. Positively have a lookout who can shout out for bommies and ensure to take your time, particularly on low tide

We needed to slowly maneuver Malaika via the mine-field of shallow reef and needed to make some fast diversions as we got here in on a reasonably low tide.

If there aren’t any buoys obtainable, it’s attainable to anchor within the pit of sand simply ahead from the courtesy buoys. There’s loads of swinging room right here and the sand is claimed to be fairly first rate holding.

Green Island Sailng Yacht

The Outer Reef: Michaelmas Cay

Inexperienced Island was definitely a spotlight of the Islands. Nonetheless, we have been all excited to lastly attain the outer cays of the world’s largest residing organism.

From Inexperienced Island, we determined to move North via the reef channel to Michaelmas Cay, a small sand cay on the finish of an enormous stretch of shallow reef. We had good climate on the strategy, with mild breeze and fully flat seas.

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