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Frankland Island Cruises

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!
  • Our Frankland Island tour has the best coral gardens on the northern facing side of the island protecting it from any winds or bad weather making it a great year round reef trip choice
  • The coral reefs on the northern side of Frankland Island are spectacular and are home to many sea turtles and the odd Dugong now and again
  • Upgrade to all the Frankland Island options and try paddle boarding, sea kayaking, scuba diving, or Sea Doo to enhance your Great Barrier Reef tour experience from Cairns
  • Only 100 guests are permitted on this Great Barrier Reef tour on this gorgeous tropical island each day and we are the only boat operator to visit the Frankland Islands.
  • You will be snorkeling and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia within 30 minutes of leaving the boat harbour

A superb Cairns Great Barrier Reef Island tour & River Cruise. Travel with small numbers to snorkel or dive the reef and explore an uninhabited tropical island that is home to many turtles.

Our Frankland Island Great Barrier Reef tour from Cairns is totally unique that there is only one boat per day permitted on this island and it carries only 100 guests making your Great Barrier Reef tour experience casual, unhurried and uncrowded with a beautiful tropical island all to yourselves.

A fantastic Great Barrier Reef tour for the whole family from Cairns that offer so many amazing natural experiences in an untouched environment.

We are the only Great Barrier Reef tour operator with a license to visit uninhabited Normanby Island in the Frankland Islands making this one of the most private and exclusive island tours on the Great Barrier Reef just outside of Cairns.

The Frankland Islands reef tour also offers the shortest ocean crossing from the mainland to the Great Barrier reef- just 30 minutes.

This makes it perfect for people who may suffer from seasickness or for those who don’t want to be on a boat for long. Such a short open water crossing reduces the chances of sea sickness and ensures everyone will have a wonderful day on this gorgeous unspoilt tropical island south of Cairns.

While the reef tour is completely guided by experienced marine naturalists, guests don’t have to tag along with the marine tour guides, you can explore and discover everything on the island at your own pace if you prefer.

If you love sea turtles then book this Frankland Island Great Barrier Reef tour as quite a number of turtles call these island reefs home. 

The calm northern facing lagoon on Frankland Islands is also perfect for first time scuba-divers, shallow sheltered shores offer safe, comfortable sandy slopes for first time scuba divers to wade into the water at a depth comfortable for them to becoming accustomed to scuba diving.

This northern section of the island is mostly always protected from the southerly winds so allows for calm snorkelling even in the most adverse weather.

If you have children with you then again the Frankland Island tour is a really great option for you.  

Morning and afternoon tea is provided and a tropical buffet lunch is served on the beach. Most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. 

Optional Extras Payable on Day of Travel

  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Guided island walk
  • Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour
  • Advanced Snorkel Safari
  • Wetsuit Hire
  • Prescription Mask Hire

Frankland Islands Reef Trip - Cairns

This Great Barrier Reef tour just out of Cairns is unlike any other- whether you are self-driving or choosing to book the coach transfers, your day will start with a nice scenic drive just South of Cairns to a charming Deeral township.

That’s where you will board the boat to enjoy 30 minute river cruise down the beautiful Mulgrave River where rainforest, mangroves and migratory birds can be seen!

After the river cruise it is only a short 30 minute ocean crossing to the stunning Frankland Islands, which makes it a perfect trip for someone who is worried about seasickness.

Activities on Frankland Islands – Normanby Island

Snorkelling

Enjoy snorkelling straight from the beach, shallow entry point makes it a perfect reef tour for families with younger children and people who don’t like the idea of snorkelling in the deep water from the back of a boat or pontoon.

There is also the opportunity for guests to undertake our adventure drift snorkel which is to explore our western reef. This is an optional snorkelling tour which is from our smaller dive tender.

Frankland Islands are surrounded by colourful healthy coral gardens, giant clams and sea turtles are often spotted.

You are sure to discover something new and exciting that you have never seen before.  

Semi-Submersible Submarine Tour

Besides snorkelling you can also enjoy coral-viewing tour from semi-submersible submarine boat. Stay dry and see the reef with an informative commentary on the great barrier reef.

Exploring the Island – Guided Island Walk

Tropical buffet lunch is included, served on the beach under a canopy of trees at their picnic area. Once you have restored your energy levels there is plenty of time to explore the Normanby Island at your own leisure or you could join the guided island walk with the Marine Biologist.

Frankland Islands consist of 5 continental islands- Normanby, Mabel, High, Russell and Round. 

Optional Extras

There are also many optional extras to choose from such as scuba-diving, Sea-Doo underwater scooters, paddle boarding and sea kayaking- depending what suits you the best.

These need to be pre-booked at time of making your Great Barrier Reef Island tour booking.

See more Great Barrier Reef tour options from Cairns. 

Included In Price

  • Maximum of 100 guests - No big crowds
  • Only one Great Barrier Reef tour boat permitted on Frankland Islands
  • Guided snorkel tour off the beach
  • Use of snorkelling equipment & tuition
  • 30 Minute Mulgrave River Cruise
  • Use of lycra suit (seasonal)
  • Return island Cruise
  • Tropical buffet lunch
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • EMC - Reef Tax
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 7:30am ex Cairns - returning 5:15pm (approx)
  • 6:55am ex Northern Beaches/Palm Cove - returning 6:00pm (approx)
  • Self Drive check in at 8:15 am at Deeral
Departure Instructions

Self-drive guests will need to make their own way to Deeral, 45 minutes south of Cairns

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
Destinations
  • Frankland Islands National Park
  • Mulgrave River
  • Great Barrier Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Daily - except on the following Australian public holidays: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Duration

9 hours (approx)
Approximately 4 - 4.5 hours on the reef

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Certified and Introductory scuba diving - minimum age 12
  • Return accommodation transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodation (payable on day of travel direct to operator)
  • Sea Doo Motorised Scooter
  • Adventure snorkel safari by boat
  • Semi-submersible submarine tour
  • Glass bottom boat tour
  • Clear kayaks
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Special prescription maks
  • Underwater cameras
Fitness Level Required

Low

Restrictions
  • Guests must be able to walk up to 100 m on sand / uneven ground
  • Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
IN-WATER RESTRICTIONS

Scuba Diving Restrictions

  • Certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.
  • Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator
  • Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years.
  • Flying after scuba diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Advanced Dive Medical Intro Dive Medical

Read more about Diving Safety on the Great Barrier Reef.

Additional Information
  • Not suitable for disabled passengers
  • We reserve the right to cancel the tour, change fares and itineraries including vessel type or provider to suit prevailing conditions or in the unlikely event of mechanical issues. Prices are in AUD. All passengers will be requested to complete a snorkelling safety questionnaire and divers will be requested to complete a medical questionnaire. All children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. Exceptions are school groups, when children are accompanied by a teacher and have filled out a disclaimer form. Only the semi-submersible OR the glass bottom boat will run daily the selection of which is at our discretion. All other optional tours are weather permitting.
  • Scuba Diving Restrictions: certain medical conditions and medications may preclude some people from scuba diving.Participation is subject to a medical questionnaire completed on board with the tour operator. Minimum age for scuba diving is 12 years. Flying after scuba diving: a wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel and shoes that can get wet for island walk and boat transfers
  • Camera
  • Cash or Credit Card for additional purchases

  • 4-14 years inclusive, children's rates apply
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children (4 to 14)
  • Scuba diving minimum age 12
  • Children 0-3 years travel free

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Bookings cancelled within 24 hours from date of travel or failure to board will incur 100% cancellation fee.
  • Guests may change the date of their tour without penalty up to 48 hours prior to tour departure, subject to availability.

Cairns Frankland Island Tour – Simply Beautiful

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

Amazing Must Do Reef Tour!

From

au$199.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$119.00
Family: au$517.00

Tour Code: 634

From

au$199.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
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BarrierReefAustralia
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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