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Frankland Islands Reef Cruise

The only Cairns reef, rainforest and river experience. Explore and enjoy this natural paradise, no big crowds, full of marine life. Enjoy the opportunity to have this hidden gem all to yourself! Frankland Islands Reef Cruises is an exclusive Cairns Great Barrier Reef day tour. It starts with a rainforest river cruise, followed by the shortest open water crossing of any of the Cairns day tour boats, to put you right on the Great Barrier Reef.

Our destination is Normanby Island in the beautiful Frankland Islands National Park island group. Surrounded by vibrant fringing reefs, it’s home to many species of marine life, including turtles, octopuses and the ever-popular anemone clownfish, Nemo, to name a few. You have up to 4 hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water.

If you’ve never snorkelled before, don’t worry – our crew will give you all the instruction and briefing you need. Flotation devices are available so you can float along with ease and enjoy the sights as you explore the reef. Experienced instructors, including our Master Reef Guides, guide both snorkel tours. They know where to find all the best marine life, from turtles and fish to giant clams and impressive corals. Want to stay dry, and view the Great Barrier Reef on the Semi-Submersible tour? You will be amazed at what you will see. Discover the pristine coral reefs without getting your feet wet from the comfort of our semi-submarine. Take a guided tour of the reefs surrounding the islands and learn about the incredible ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with fish, turtles and the diverse range of corals.

Adult $229 |Child $129 4-16yrs
Family 2A2C $587
Departs daily 7am - 5pm
Enjoy an all-inclusive River, Reef, and Island Cruise with the sole commercial operator permitted on the pristine uninhabited Frankland Islands. Snorkel off the Island's National Park white sand beach, swim with sea turtles, and have a quick and convenient journey with the shortest open water crossing.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tropical North Queensland..

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Frankland Islands Reef Cruise is an all-inclusive day tour, that includes coach transfers from Cairns CBD, rainforest river cruise, all snorkel equipment & tuition, adventure snorkel safari, semi-submersible tour, guided island walk, morning & afternoon tea, buffet lunch, and use of kayaks and paddle-boards.
This is an adventure not to miss and as a local living in Cairns for 28 years this is one of my favourite Reef Tours
The Frankland Islands is the only Reef and River Great Barrier Reef Island Cruise. Located 35 minutes south of Cairns, Normanby Island is a National Park, part coral cay continental island with a healthy and vibrant fringing coral reef. You can snorkel straight off the beach, with a vast array of tropical fish and the opportunity to swim alongside sea turtles. With the shortest open water crossing, you are there and home again in perfect timing. You have up to 4-hours to explore and enjoy this natural paradise, above and below the water. Relax and explore with no crowds and plenty of space and time to maximise your Great Barrier Reef experience.

If you’ve never snorkelled before, don’t worry – our crew will give you all the instruction and briefing you need. Flotation devices are available so you can float along with ease and just enjoy the sights as you explore the reef.

Both snorkel tours are guided by experienced instructors, including our Master Reef Guides. They know where to find all the best marine life, from turtles and fish to giant clams and impressive corals.

Includes:

  • Return coach transfers from Cairns CBD
  • Enjoy the drive past rainforest clad mountain ranges and open fields of sugar cane
  • River cruise, reef and island experience
  • Use of Snorkelling Equipment, Including Tuition
  • Protection suits are available free of charge
  • Enjoy a refreshing lunch in the shade behind the beach
  • Guided Snorkelling Tour
  • Guided Island Walk
  • Semi Submersible
  • Expert marine biologist onhand to explain the Frankland Island’s unique eco system
  • Optional activities include introductory and certified diving
  • Prescription Masks and wet suits available for hire
  • Use of Kayaks and Paddleboards
What to bring: Your camera. Swim suit and beach towel. Hat, sunscreen and other sun protection. Cash for drinks at the bar, credit cards for shopping and optional tours.

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